BLOGWalking2021.11.17

Philosopher's Path and Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine

The third Thursday of November is World Philosophy Day.

First implemented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2002.

The General Assembly of UNESCO in 2005 declared that it would be enacted on the 3rd Thursday of November.

Thursday, November 18 in 2021 is World Philosophy Day.

Speaking of "philosophy" in Kyoto, it is the path along the canal called "Tetsugaku no Michi (Philosopher's Path)".

The name comes from the fact that Ikutaro Nishida, a professor and philosopher at Kyoto University, walked around meditating.

It spans about 2 km from Ginkakuji-bashi Bridge at the north end to Nyakuoji-bashi Bridge at the south end and is now maintained as a walking trail.

Cherry blossoms in spring, fresh greenery and fireflies in summer, autumn leaves in autumn, and snow scenery in winter.

At this time of year, the trees begin to change color here and there, and from now on, autumn leaves and yellow leaves are in full bloom.

The surrounding area is dotted with places famous for autumn leaves such as Eikan-do Temple, Nanzen-ji Temple and Ginkaku-ji Temple.

Along with autumn leaves, flowers of camellia and fruits of Nanten are colored along the canal.

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Nyakuoji-bashi Bridge is located at the southern end of "Tetsugaku no Michi (Philosopher's Path)".

What stands at the foot of this is "Kumano Nyakuoji Shrine."

Amaterasu Omikami (the Sun Goddess) is one of the enshrined deities.

It was named after the another pseudonym, 'Nyakuichi-Oji'.

It is one of the "Kyoto 3 Kumano (Three major Kumano shrines in Kyoto)" along with 'Kumano-jinja Shrine' and 'Imakumano-jinja Shrine.'

At the shrine office, Ema (votive picture tablet) will be given as a memorial to walk the Philosopher's Walk.

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The stone handrail of Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine was originally a balustrade of Nyakuoji-bashi Bridge built in 1920.

In 1993, when the Nyakuoji-bashi Bridge was renovated, the temple was relocated here.

In addition, Nagi trees, which are sacred trees, are considered "knock down" for all sufferings, and nagimamori are also given.

There are many places to visit such as the shrine's treasure "Ebisu Shinzo", so why don't you visit it?


Kumano Nyakuoji-jinja Shrine
2 Nyakuoji-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
10 minutes walk from Nanzen-ji Temple Eikando-mae, City bus stop

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