Philosopher’s Path is a must-see in Kyoto! I didn’t make it there on my first visit to Japan in 2016, but it was on our list for this April 2018 trip. Typically, this entire canal is flooded with a blanket of cherry blossoms. Seeing this surreal sight was at the top of our agenda, but as I’m sure I’ve mentioned, we totally missed the cherry blossoms this spring season because it was so warm so early this year. But even without the pretty pink flowers, it was a leisurely afternoon activity for an hour or two!
It’s said that famous Japanese philosophers used to walk this path on their morning meditations, and it’s easy to see why, as it’s so peaceful. I’m sure it’s even more so during the morning hours! There are little shops and small restaurants along the way… Take your time exploring the area. Yojiya Cafe is a great spot to stop and have some tea and sweets! We also stopped at Goken Uiro for a matcha shaved ice and at a more touristy-looking cafe with outdoor seating for a glass of wine.
After my first trip to Japan, I had forgotten just how widespread Kyoto was. Most of the city has such a quaint feel, but it takes quite a while to get from one side of the city to the other! The entrance to Philosopher’s Path was about a 30-40 minute walk from our apartment (each way)… Our plan was to walk there and taxi home, but we weren’t able to catch a cab back home and ended up walking both ways. (Uber isn’t a thing in Kyoto, and Philosopher’s Path is in a more remote area of the city.) Definitely got our steps in that day!
One (not-so-)little note about these sandals…
I got them back in 2016, but I still wear them con-stant-ly. They were definitely an investment (they’re Loeffler Randall), but the cost per wear at this point is probably PENNIES! And they’re so insanely comfortable — I’ve never had a single blister from them and I’ve walked MILES while wearing them when traveling. Honestly! They don’t look like they’d be the most comfortable sandals, but they truly are.
This exact style is sold out (you can find a different colorway here), but Loeffler Randall always has these same lace-up sandals available — just in different colors and with different embellishments! Before I had this pair, I had a tassel pair that I wore over and over, too. (See this post, this post, and this post.)
BUT if you’re not in the market to splurge on a new pair of sandals right now, I feel ya and YOU’RE IN LUCK! I literally just found an IDENTICAL pair for SUPER CHEAP. Thank me later. 😘
Get the Look…
Express Denim Jacket (old; identical here & here)
Old Navy Ribbed Long-Sleeve Tee (old; similar here & here)
Rachel Roy Pleated Pink Midi Skirt (old; similar here, here, here)
Loeffler Randall Pom-Pom Sandals (identical pair for way less here!)
Brahmin Embossed Round Handbag
Express Sunglasses (old; similar here & here)
I know you always love to see multiple ways to wear things! So here’s a new little section I’m going to include in outfit posts…
How Else I’ve Worn It…
Denim Jacket | Check out all of my outfits with denim jackets here!
Pleated Skirt | See how I last wore it on the blog here!
Round Handbag | Wore it on repeat in Japan! See every outfit here.