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Address: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111, Kyoto Prefecture
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The best hike of my life

I felt incredibly alive and well while climbing Mt Karuma. I believe in taking time to appreciate the landscape. This made the hike slow and steady, rather than painful or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I felt incredibly alive and well while climbing Mt Karuma. I believe in taking time to appreciate the landscape. This made the hike slow and steady, rather than painful or stressful. There's no rush when you're climbing, go at your own pace. The forrest was breathtaking and the autumn views stole my heart. This was my favourite day during my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss the day trip out to Kurama and then to Kibune over the mountain. It is a great day trip. 30 minutes by train to the second last stop (probably have to stand but get a seat on the way back). Best temple experience and less touristy. Setting in nature with lovely walk between the two towns. You do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very nice stroll up the mountain; no vendors, real shrines and temples, even a monk school; it was impressive, a sacred montain

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This is the perfect place for hiking but recommended to go at early morning if you go in the winter because it's gonna pitch black (dark) after 4.30 PM (and it's true, it's getting dark real fast in winter). There is some hiking wooden stick for free lend at the entrance, take it if you want (it's good for you... More 

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Osaka Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Easy to go by cable car and little walk ! Only 10 to 15 minutes but in winter sometimes snowing this area!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This side trip (one day from Kyoto as your base) has it all... a great rail trip up into the local mountains right to the start of your hike up Mt. Kurama. Beware there are many, many stairs. If stairs are not a problem for you and your group I think you will love this scenice walk. Make a loop... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The sun came out after two days of continuous rain and made the view from Kurama lovely. Kurama is a little less well-known among foreign tourist and I guess off the beaten path in that sense, but there were many Japanese tourists there. Everything was decently signposted for the English-speaking crowd, though. We found our way from the train station... More 

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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

This place is really beautiful. Also love the tranquility of the place. Too bad when we visit the cable car was still out of service and it was raining non-stop, so we only went as far as our legs can carry us which was only half way though. Plan to revisit here again sometimes in Winter, the red lighted lantern... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Going to Mt Kurama is very easy, from Osaka by Keihan Line. The temple is on the mountain top and only way up is by foot. The slope is steep for most of the paths. This make the climb a bit challenging, but there are many rest points along the path. One may take around 20 to 30 mins to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

After watching the Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages) parade to the end, we headed up to Kurama to experience the once-a-year fire festival. After taking the Tozai subway east and Karasuma train north, we joined masses of people being herded onto Eizan railway trains. Due to good organization, everyone moved along and we arrived about 90 minutes after we... More 

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