Private tour

Kyoto: Guided Walking Tour around Philosopher’s Path

Activity provider: otomo Inc.

Kyoto: Guided Walking Tour around Philosopher’s Path

Activity provider: otomo Inc.

From US$ 107.24 per person

Explore Silver Temple 'Ginkaku-ji' and walk along the Philosopher’s Path to Nanzen-ji Temple. Learn how the beautiful pathway gets its name.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Private group


  • Discover the life of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the Shogun who built the Silver Temple, Ginkaku-ji
  • Visit Nanzen-ji temple, a unique temple in Kyoto
  • Learn about places of worship near the Philosopher’s Path
Full description
Meet your friendly guide at JR Kyoto station and get on the bus together. Arrive at 'Ginkaku-ji' and start exploring the philosopher's world. Visit Ginkaku-ji Temple, the silver temple, located at starting point of the Philosopher’s Path. Learn why it is called a silver temple even though it isn't covered with silver. Taste soft serve with a piece of gold or silver leaf on it. You can choose between gold and silver. Discover why Philosopher’s Path is famous among locals. Experience the perfect place to stroll while being lost in thought. Gaze at cherry blossoms in spring, fireflies in summer, and autumn leaves in fall. Continue to Otoyo Shrine, one of the unique shrines located alongside the Philosopher’s Path. Shrines like this one usually have a statue of dogs made from stone, but this site has a rat statue which is unique to this shrine. Then, experience Nanzen-ji Temple, said to be the most special among all the temples in Kyoto. You can climb up on the gate which is like an observatory and have a panoramic view of Kyoto city. Don’t miss the photogenic spots such as the beautiful garden and the Lake Biwa Canal, built in the Meiji era (1868-1912) and considered as a piece of important modern architecture.
  • Tour guide
  • Private tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

In front of the Bus Ticket Center near the central gate (Karasuma gate) of Kyoto Station, JR Line.

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What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Travel expenses are not included in the tour price. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest. A minimum of JPY 2000 per person is recommended.

Product ID: 395330