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Mt. Kurama

Mt. Kurama is by far the most magical place (for me) in all of Kyoto. Actually, it is not in the city, but is reached by the cute, little Eizen Line R.R. and runs through the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mt. Kurama is by far the most magical place (for me) in all of Kyoto. Actually, it is not in the city, but is reached by the cute, little Eizen Line R.R. and runs through the northern part of the city before turning into a single track and passing through lovely cedar trees. I would definitely walk either up or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the Eizan line to the end and you're at this small village. When you walk through the gates, you'll have a meaningful uphill climb, but nothing too bad (A funicular is available). You're tucked into the mountains outside of Kyoto, and surrounded by nature. Since it's tucked away, there are few people and you have the chance to really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

As a Reiki master, it was a dream of mine to visit the birthplace of Reiki. I started my climb from the Kibune side, having already walked up to the start of the trail from Kibune station. I paid the entry fee, collects my walking stick, and started the steep climb up the mountain. It was quite a warm day,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

If you have a few days to spend in Kyoto, you MUST do the Kibune-to-Kurama hike! Mt. Kurama is a bit out of the way from downtown Kyoto, but the transit system in Japan is amazing so it was quite easy to reach. I took the subway all the way to Demachiyanagi station and then transferred to the Eizan line.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I visited Kurama on 22nd October for the fire festival. I caught the quaint train in the early afternoon, and spent a lovely afternoon walking up to the temple and to the top of Mount Kurama. As evening approached, the number of visitors to the little town increased exponentially, and we were herded like sheep by the police. The Fire... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This trip would easily be anywhere from 3 - 5 hours. 3 hours if you start and retrace back from and to Kurama. 5 hours if you do the loop from Kurama to kibune.or slightly longer if you do kibune to Kurama. Some say do kibune first and end at Kurama. I disagree. Firstly the kibune station is about 1.5kms... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Well worth the hike, if you are able. It is a lot of stairs. There are restrooms along the way. We went to Kurama during the fire festival, and retuned on a different day to enjoy it without the crowds, since the area was so beautiful. The lantern lined hike up Mt. Kurama was stunning, and less crowded than any... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The temple is interesting and it is a nice walk up the mountain. We made the mistake of coming to the fire festival, which was never intended by the locals to morph into a tourist draw and the number of visitors completely overwhelms the village.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

After a few days of lots of tourists we went on the walk from Kibune over the hill and past the various temples, shrines and buildings down into Kurama. It was a lovely walk and the waterfalls and river along Kibune are very nice. There were certainly less tourists this far out from Kyoto which was nice for a more... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We had such high expectations before heading to the Kurama fire festival on October 22nd. In order to ensure a nice spot and avoid the crowd (we thought), we arrived there at about 3pm, and sat at a perfect location. Well, this was probably the worst idea we had. It is absolutely useless to go there so early, and here... More 

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