The Philosopher's path is a 2Km long pedestrian path along a canal surrounded by cherry trees, which covers the distance between the Ginkaku-ji and the Nanzen-ji temples. Its name derives from the famous Japanese Philosopher Nishida Kitaro who used to walk this path to get to Kyoto University while meditating.
A number of small restaurants, cafes and shops can be found along the path, as well as a few smaller temples and Shrines. Due to the high concentration of cherry trees, the Philosopher's Path is one of Kyoto's best spots for Hanami (cherry blossom viewing).
Bus no. 5,17,32,100,102,203,204
Both Ginkaku-ji and the beginning of the Philosopher's Path can be reached in a short walk from Ginkakuji-michi bus station. The path takes about 30 minutes to walk.