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Mt. Kurama

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Address: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111, Kyoto Prefecture

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Fantastic hike just outside Kyoto

What a day! We wanted to experience nature on a short trip to Japan so caught a train to Kibune to hike to Kurama over Mt Kurama (so we could soak at the onsen at the end... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

What a day! We wanted to experience nature on a short trip to Japan so caught a train to Kibune to hike to Kurama over Mt Kurama (so we could soak at the onsen at the end). Amazing - we saw deer, squirrel and gorgeous forest views. The trees and temples along the way are beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I loved this little hiking trail only 1 hour from the city centre. It took us 3-4 hours total from the bottom of Mt Kurama to Kibune to finish. There is a shrine near the bottom of Mt Kurama called Yuki Shrine which has an impressive Nou stage attached to the shrine gate. Lovely architecture. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We arrived here with little knowledge of what to expect, we drove here and parked near the entrance and proceeded to hike up the mountain. It's a relatively steep walk but not a problem and being winter it was great to see some snow and the air is crisp. A highly recommend trek!

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Tel Aviv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Visit to Mt. Kurama can be a part of the one-day trip Kurama-Kibune. You take Eizan train from Kokusaikaikan Station to Kurama and walk follow signs to Kibune. On the way you go up and down over Mt. Kurama. On the way you will walk through interesting forest, visit Kurama-dera Temple, enjoy views and fresh air. The train trip is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

You can take the local densha to get to Kurama take the cable car up and start your hike with a leg up. the hike is fairly easy even some old Japanese grandpas and grandmas were doing it when I was there. If you go from Kibune to Kurama it's much harder as there is no cable car and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My family and I took a bus to a bus stop near Demachiyanagi Station and changed to Eizan Railway Kurama line which cost 1000 yen for one day pass. It is more cheaper than buying two ways tickets to Mt Kurama. With the Eizan railway one day pass, we get 200 yen discount for visiting Mt Kurama. Mt Kurama is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This was probably the highlight of my Kyoto trip. We took a train from Kyoto central up towards Kurama.. we left fairly early but were still packed like sardine in the train itself. Once we reached the town, the police kind of made us walk in a line around the town in a circuit so that all the visitors got... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

A lovely temple up a very steep hill, at times, but well worth the climb and the auto-lifter. Visited during Wesak festival and happily observed the rituals and the night candles. A slow walk down in the dark. Not far to travel from Kyoto, even at night, but there is little open after dark in the town so BYO supplies.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The 2nd walk in Japan unplanned as we were supposed to visit only Kibune Shrine but we alighted at the wrong station. We then found that we were at Mt Kurama and it is linked to Kifune Shrine so we decided to walk all the way there instead of spending time to walk back to station and take train again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

First of all you need to make a little search to go this place to save you from that burden let me write here how i went there ( quite simple though ); 1- Take bus number 4 from Kyoto station ( 230 yen ) 2- Leave at Demachiyanagi Station 3- Take Eizan train ( i hope i wrote it... More 

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