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Mt. Kurama

Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1111, Japan
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Ranked #39 of 373 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Mountains, Lookouts
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

If you have an adventurous side and don't mind walking up a couple thousand steps, the view from 3/4 the way up to the top (at the Main Hall) is breathtaking and so peaceful. I highly recommend. There's an aerial gondola from that point that ends by 4pm, so if you want to ride it, plan on starting your trek... More

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Cairns, Australia
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115 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

From Kyoto we wanted to go to Kibune for a day trip. We started out in the morning catching the subway to Keihan Sanjo station and changed to Keihan line to Demachiyanagi station and then changed to the Eizan line for a 30 minute journey to Kibune-guchi station. The train carriage had a few rows of seats facing out the... More

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Where is the 6 star rate? This place is absolutely stunning. It was my best experience in the whole Japan. Escape city attractions and go to the hills 30 min away by train. My visit was during spring 2014 and the weather was more than pleasant. I took a morning train from central Kyoto at Gion-Shijo Station to the northern... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We loved our day trip to Mt. Kurama from Kyoto. Once you get to Demachiyanagi, take the Eizan line to Kurama- 420 yen. This train takes you into an enchanting forest of maple and cedar trees. We got off the last stop, Kurama and begin the hike up the mountain from here. (If you walk straight out from the train... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We had a great time hiking to the top of Mt Kurama from Kurama and returning via Kibune. Kurama is easily reachable from Kyoto by train. We went on a day when it reached the 80's in Kyoto; it was considerably cooler in Kurama, so hiking was a particular joy. The air is clean and clear and as you climb... More

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We went to Kurama for the fire festival on 22 Oct. Took train from Shichijo to Demachiyagi and change there for a crowded 30 min train it Kurama. It was warned that it would be packed especially as we only left Kyoto after 1800 pm. Quite frankly I anticipated it to be a lot more chaotic and crowded; instead at... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We walked up Mt Kurama from Kurama station, it was quite a trek but it was in beautiful surroundings and the views from the top were wonderful. We walked down the other side to the villages. If you are there in the summer make sure you are hungry when you come back down the mountain. The restaurants set up dining... More

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81 reviews 81 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Kurama and Kibune are small towns in the hills north of Kyoto & excellent for a short day hike. It is just 30mins ride on the Eizan line from Demachiyagi Station, and about 1 hr all-in starting from (say) Gojo. the hill is only 266m and the hike distance is about 2.6km and can be comfortably completed in 1.5hrs (though... More

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Kyoto, Japan
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51 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

while this is a nice outskirt day from Kyoto with a cool easy hike in the mountains, Its only a must during the fire festival (Oct 22) - its VERY crowded and a mess to get to but quite worth it. While Ive been to other better and more exciting fire festivals in Japan, they are difficult to get to... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Friendly staff, functional temple, beautiful grounds. Perfect morning activity prior to an onsen soak. Use the cable car if walking becomes problematic.

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