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Mt. Kurama

Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1111, Japan
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Ranked #49 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Mountains, Lookouts
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 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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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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Singapore
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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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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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London
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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

If you have not planned to visit the Japanese countryside, a hop and a skip will take you to Kurama Dera where a temple, shrines and a trail will give you a breath of Japanese mountain air. Simply board the train at Demachiyanagi station, you may get the tourist train with seats angled towards the view. Hop off at the... More

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Moscow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Easy to reach place in the mountains. Visit it in a working day and enjoy silence of the forest, big cedar trees and the beauty of the temples.

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Take the train up to Kurama, its a lovely journey and can be amazing depending on the journey. There are some nice little restaurants when you get off the train. I ate ate a soba retaurant. Was amazing. You can either take the cable car up or walk. The walks not bad , but i definately recommend the cable car... More

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