Kurama-dera
Kurama-dera
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Beautiful walk up the mountain. You pass shinto shrines, and Buddhist temples in which the priests chant the Heart Sutra, up to the main complex with beautiful view over the green valley. If you have time take the path to the Kurama peak, or over the top to Kifune shrine. This is a breath of fresh air from Kyoto - and a great way for walking a Japanese forest. My bird app identified songs/sounds from the large-billed crow, the bulbul and the Japanese paradise flycatcher.
Written 3 August 2022
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chriscyl
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We visited Kurama temple in the afternoon after visiting Kifune shrine at the neighboring town. Kurama Temple is located at the base of the Mount Kurama but will still need to hike up to the temple. The entrance fee = Y300 – Y500. You can either hike up the whole way to the temple or take the cable car (additional fee) that stop at half of the journey and you continue hiking up to the temple.

We hike up all the way up to enjoy the scenery. At the beginning of the journey, we passed thru a towering Japanese cedar tree. Some parts of the journey have steep staircases while some part are paved roads. The hike was tiring for me but worth it. Took about 45 mins to reach the temple.

The view on top is absolutely amazing during autumn time. The temple is big and it is not that crowded. You can walked up to the temple balcony to see the beautiful view of the surrounding area. In front of the main hall, people are queuing to stand on the star-shape symbol on the ground (Kongoshō Six-Pointed Star) the focal point of the Mount Kurama’s spiritual energy. We also joined another queue to get the temple goshuin stamp and bought several pre-printed goshuins. We wanted to hike further up to see the forest of twisted cedar tree roots but it started to drizzle. So we had to forgo that plan.

This temple is definitely worth going during autumn season. We visited the nearby Kifune shrine, Kurama temple and ended the day with a lovely train ride through the beautiful illuminated Momiji tunnel on the way back to Demachiyanagi Station
Written 11 October 2020
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Erkki N
Finland887 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This beautiful mountain temple was something different than the ones in Kyoto city area. To begin with, it is clearly off the beaten track and hence a welcome getaway from the crowds. The temple area is surrounded by nature rather than streets and houses, adding a feeling of serenity. Finally, the temple area is large, including a path rising from the first gate to the main hall providing quite a nice view to the surrounding mountains.

To get there you need to take the Eizan electric railway. The trains run every 30 minutes or so, so it is worth the trouble to check the timetables before you go. The ride itself is a scenic experience and takes almost half an hour. At the temple you should be prepared to walk uphill a good bit. There is a ropeway if you wish to make the ascent a bit easier, but the challenge is not overwhelming: Taking a load of photos during the ascent, it took me about 35 minutes.

Beautiful red wooden lanterns surround the path all the way up to the main hall and there are small shrines and statues on the way. Actually, the path was kind of more pretty than the main hall area itself. When I visited the temple, there had been a big taifun (previous year?) and the devastation could be clearly seen: wide areas of fallen trees and even some temple stuctures destroyed.

I decided to take the hike from Kurama-dera to Kibune, the village in next valley. The hike is not an extreme one and absolutely recommended: you get to see real wild nature, massive trees with large roots, small shrines here and there along the path, and finally arrive to the pretty Kibune village with a temple of its own. I proceeded with moderate pace and made the hike comfortably in about 45 minutes.
Written 8 August 2020
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Carmela
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Kifune and Kurama is easily accesible from Kyoto station, remember eizan line because this is your gateway to both place.You could use google map or hyperdia for how to get there.

I used my kansai thru pass so i used hyperdia to know how to access kibuneguchi station using private railways (No JR since it is not covered by the pass). The trip from Kyoto Station to Kifune Shrine is fully covered by the pass.

The lantern staircase is enough reason for me to do this trip. I imagine it will be more beautiful during snow. You could also try the fortune telling by water (200 yen) which i did have some fun, soaking the omikuji in water looks magical in some ways, for non-japanese tourist, there is a qr code for translation. Take a picture of the qr code and google any qr translation website available.

After Kifune Shrine, i decided to hike my way to Kurama Dera, and i almost regretted it, the hike has proper path but steep, for physical fit person i don't think it will be an issue. I can't remember how long was the uphill but my estimate is 30-45 minutes. There are temple stops, and lots of tree logs, it was quiet hike with few konnichiwa along the way. From Kifune to Kurama i think there is more hike down than up so i was glad i decided to start in Kifune. For people who are in doubt if they can hike from kifune, just go back to kibuneguchi station and kurama is one station away. Though you will still hike but not so much.

Kurama Dera is very much your typical shrine,what surprise me is the tranquility i felt inside the temple, or maybe i'm just tired, i'm not sure, but the place is really peaceful. After The shrine you could opt to go to onsen nearby, which i opted out because it rained and decided to cut my trip.

And the Kurama station have two statues that scared me at first, but then just enjoyed to take some pictures.
Written 12 December 2019
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William W
Blean, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We chose the long hike to this peaceful mountain sanctuary in order to escape the noise and constant bustle of the Japanese cities we had visited - and we were not disappointed. Getting there by train involves several changes but the ride gives a close-up glimpse of rural Japan not seen elsewhere. The walk from the station to the temple at the top is long and quite arduous, involving many steps, but the trees are splendid and the sense of tranquility as one climbs is refeshing. The temple itself is quietly pleasant and we found the staff and monks unfailingly smiling and helpful. Above all, NOT MANY PEOPLE! From the summit we walked up and over to come down on the Kibune side - worth it. All in all an excellent few hours.
Written 10 October 2019
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Tomashk808
Hawaii Kai50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
This activity is perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto. Wait for a good weather day, take the train all the way to Kurama station (2 separate train lines, walk between each) and begin your adventure through the mountains. Once at the start of the hike, taking the cable car will save some time. The primary temple Kurama-Derya is amazing and you will see many sights/temples along the way. Once at the main temple you can continue your hike all the way down to the next village. Once on the main road head right/ uphill again to visit Kifune shrine, and wonder through the quaint riverside village. You are able to take a long walk to Kibuneguchi station or short bus to complete your journey. Amazing day trip!
Written 19 September 2019
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Vermont7,489 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
The grand staircase up to Kurama-dera is just the beginning. This is a large temple complex - save at least a half day or a full day for a visit and a hike. You can walk or take the cable car which we did not do.

The mountainside temple is surrounded by nature. Unfortunately we visited soon after Typhoon Jebi wreaked havoc with the giant trees on the mountain. The hiking trail to Kibune was not open to the public.

On the train ride to Kurama we saw many huge trees uprooted along both sides of the tracks.

We tied a visit here with a visit to Hakuyruen Garden. We bought a day pass for the Eizan Line train as part of our garden ticket and this allowed us to go from Hakuyruen to Kurama and then return to Kyoto from Kurama. The day pass is cost effective if you do this.
Written 24 August 2019
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Higuma 2017
Australia989 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Jebi typhoon in 2018 has caused considerable damage to the forest. The woods still stand tall, but so many have been toppled, leaving a thin, rather sunny cover to the grounds. This is no more place for tengus, or even bears, for that matter. Of course old Sōjōbō has long been gone, but I would be surprised if any self-respecting tengu remains in the area. In addition to the iconic giant head at the bottom of the hill, by the station, the feather fans on the katens, banners and lanterns, there is very little of tengu presence anyway, regardless of the forest. You can see the powerful eyes of a mighty tengu deep inside one of the shrine buildings. I must say I was disappointed. Perhaps the least impressive of all tengu temple and shrines I have been.
Written 7 June 2019
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joywu1001
Taichung, Taiwan93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
I hiked from Kurama to Kibune Shrine; I think this direction is easier, with an easy slope climbing uphill and steeper downhill. Also there is more food available in the Kibune area, so you can treat yourself after a good hike. The hike took us around 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes, bring drinking water and a foldable umbrella in case it rains. The scenery and nature and trees were beautiful. The temple was pretty too, but I enjoyed the hike itself more.
Written 18 May 2019
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Tricky
Stockholm, Sweden254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This was a great half day trip from Kyoto. The route from Kurama is easier as you walk on gravel roads and proper stairs the whole time. The route from Kibune is a bit trickier as it’s basically a path through the woods with uneven makeshift wooden steps here and there. If you have problems walking or bad eyesight but still want to get to the temple without using the cable car I would definitely recommend using only the Kurama path.
Written 14 May 2019
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