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Ginkaku-ji - Silver Pavilion - a Zen temple at the foot of Kyoto's Higashiyama ("eastern mountains"), built in the style of the Golden Pavilion with a famous rock and sand garden. The temple is formally known as Tozan Jishoji. The Philosopher's Path (Tetsugaku no michi) - is a pleasant stone path through the northern part of Kyoto's Higashiyama district. The path follows a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Usually in early April these trees explode with color, making this one of the city's most popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spots. Approximately two kilometers long, the path begins around Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) and ends in the neighborhood of Nanzenji. The path gets its name due to Nishida Kitaro, one of Japan's most famous philosophers, who was said to practice meditation while walking this route on his daily commute to Kyoto University.Read More