There’s a canal in the Northern Higashiyama district of Kyoto that runs north-south along the mountain side where so many temples and shrines are situated. Along the canal runs a pedestrian path – the Path of Philosophy. It’s name is derived from 20th century philosopher Nishida Kitaro who used to roam this path lost in thought on a regular basis. Aptly named, the walk along Tetsugaku-no-Michi is serene and pretty. The length is about a 30-minute walk start-to-finish through an upscale residential neighborhood dotted with ancient religious sites. Nice!!!
One thing that is immediately apparent in Kyoto is that the waterways are pristine – quite the contrast from most of the SE Asian countries that I have visited. The water is a sacred thing here; the magic ingredient in the national adult beverage sake, the purifier at the entrance to every Shinto shrine. People drink their water from the tap here, the first time I have run into that privilege since leaving the States (as a matter of fact, now that I remember, we didn’t even drink tap water in the States anymore).