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Kurama Onsen

520 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111, Kyoto Prefecture
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We read previous reviews and we decided to visit Kurama Onsen. We paid ¥1000 each to use the outdoor bath (rotenburo). We were disappointed. The value of the bath was over-rated. The bath was only about 6 x 4 metres, no towels were provided and no stools to sit on when drying one's hair! For ¥1000, you would also assume... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

A great Onsen. Peaceful & quiet place. Traditional Japanese bedrooms. A great hike up to the Kurama Temple & afters Onsen will be t best way to cure the tired legs. It's an outdoor & indoor Onsen. For cyclist , a great climb up to the place from Kyoto, using the small roads vs highways. Worth the visit .

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Thank twoodslye
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Took the train from Kyoto. It's an hour away on a charming little line. Did the 'big' package for 2500 yen which includes inside and outside spas plus kimono and towel rental. The inside onsen is okay. There's a sauna. Traditional bathing facilities but there is a western shower inside. The best bit is the outside onsen. You have to... More 

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Thank Ross M
Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

The train ride up to Kurama is wonderful - winding through trees, along rivers - and the town of Kurama is quaint. But the Onsen itself has all the charm of a carpeted train station: loud, bright and western-styled. The indoor baths are in the main building, but to get to the outdoor baths you have to put on a... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We had a lovely two-night stay at Kurama Onsen, a hot-spring resort about 30-45 minutes away from the center of Kyoto by train. The resort is about 10 minutes away from the station, but a free shuttle will pick you up when you get off the train and whisk you away to the resort. Kurama Onsen works as a ryokan... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This place is fairly expensive, but it only has a few rooms. We came there by bus from the train station, which is an experience in itself. Everything is in Japanese, even on Google maps. However, the bus stopped just outside the place. We took off our shoes and got a pair of slippers. They were expecting us and we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We arrived in Kurama late in the afternoon, so we had scheduled to stay two nights at the Onsen, so that we could spend a day hiking the Kurama-dera shrine. There was a van at the train station to pick us up, which was greatly appreciated after a long day of traveling. The Onsen itself was absolutely wonderful. The hosts... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This was the perfect way to end our 2 week trek through Japan. We really wanted to stay in a Ryokan and were so happy we chose to stay here!!! Kurama is a short journey from the heart of Kyoto, so it is easy enough to visit during the day to see the temples, but Kurama itself is beautiful with... More 

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Thank Samantha G
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I decided to try a night in a hotel that would give us a little of the Traditional Japanese living you don't get in the big city with chain hotels, shops,traffic and temples. We were thrilled we came upon this and had the good fortune to book a night there, which is hard to do since there... More 

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34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The temples of Kyoto are amazing and even though they all aim for you to reach a tranquil state of mind - you will get exhausted. I had friends who had not only recommended me to experience an onsen, but specifically the Kurama onsen. I'm glad I did. After an hour by local train and a pick-up or a 15... More 

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