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Mt. Kurama Tours

Mt. Kurama
Folklore says that Sojobo, an ancient mythological king who rules over minor deities, inhabits Kurama, a rural temple town in nestled in the northern Kyoto mountains. In the 11th century, Sojobo taught swordsmanship and magic to a famous Japanese general. Although the famous stories are still told, today Mt. Kurama is most famous for its natural hot springs, temples, and nature trails.

Visitors to the area flock to Kurama-dera, a Buddhist temple resting on a steep mountainside above the town. To reach it involves a 30-45 minute hike that can be cut in half by taking a cable car halfway up the mountain. A Shinto Shrine provides respite along the way; it has become famous for an annual Fire Festival that takes place in October. Nature enthusiasts can continue hiking past the temple to several others along a route to the small town of Kibune.

Practical Info

Mt. Kurama is located 30 minutes from Kyoto on the Eizan Kurama Line from Demachi-Yanagi Station. Trains depart every 15-20 minutes, and the ride costs 410 yen ($4USD). Entrance to the hot springs baths is 2500 yen ($25) for indoor and outdoor options; outdoor onlyu costs 1100 yen ($11USD). A day trip is easily possible from Kyoto, but are lodging options in Kurama for extended trips.
Address: Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Enjoy Hiking! Tour in Kurama & Kibune area with local guide

Enjoy Hiking! Tour in Kurama & Kibune area with local guide

Kyoto was the former capital of Japan for more than 1, 000 years; from 794 until 1868. Many important parts of Japanese history and culture had been unfolded and developed here. Since it was not bombed during World War II, Kyoto still retains many historical sites. That's why we can say ''Kyoto is the best place to see and feel the Essence of Japan''. In this tour, You can spend one day in the north suburbs of Kyoto, visiting important places in this area. For example: We visit Kurama temple well known as of power spot and nice panoramic view. Since the temple is located in Mt. Kurama, we can enjoy walking up in the mountain to get to there. Going on hiking trail in the mountain, we will arrive Kibune area. After the lunch break, we visit another important place''Kifune shrine'' the guardian shrine of water in Kyoto. We will back to Kurama area where you can see some local shops. If you'd like, you can also enjoy hot springs''ONSEN'' there, before we take train back to the city.
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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