Kifune Shrine

Kifune Shrine, Kyoto

Kifune Shrine
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia120 contributions
Beautiful place indeed
Nov 2019
The picture of the red stairs attracted me to visit the place. So, added this place into my Japan trip. Went on end Nov 2019 for a day trip to visit Kibune shrine, Kurama-Dera temple and to see the maple leave tunnel at night. Bought the EE Kippu (Eizan Railway 1-day pass Y1200 at Demachiyanagi station and took the train to Kibuneguchi station. On the way, you will pass the famous "Momiji tunnel" that will be illuminated during the night.

At the Kibuneguchi station, although we can see landslide on many part of the hills (aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis), the view were still lovely with blooming red maple leave tree, Took the local bus for a 10 mins ride to last stop near Kibune shrine and walked uphill for another 10 mins to the shrine. We were lucky as it was a weekday and there is not many people yet. Although it is a small shrine, people come here to view the beautiful red maple leaves trees and to enjoy the nature. The view is really lovely. You will pass by a lovely river and quaint Japanese houses and shops, as you walk to the shrine. There are a handful of restaurant and cafes if you wish to have a meal.

It rained when we were walking to the shrine until we left the place. It was wet and cold and it did dampen our mood but I was still feeling happy. For me, this place is worth coming as it really very beautiful and serene (provided you come early).

total journey time taken from Demachiyanagi station to Kibune shrine is about 1 hour 15 mins. Spent about 45 mins there.
Written September 30, 2020
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Otsu, Japan394 contributions
Peaceful world
Jan 2020
This time, we took a bus from the subway station, 'Kokusai-kaikan' and changed to another small bus to the shrine.
There are not so many people visiting, and you can enjoy the quiet and peaceful time. I tried the fortune telling paper (we get a piece of white pager and put it on the water, then the letters will come out on the paper and tells us about our fortune.)
There is a small path in the mountain which takes you to the other temple, Kuramadera Temple. It's a kind of hiking! We took the train from 'Kurama' and came back to 'Demachiyanagi' station. (From there, we can get another train to 'Sanjyo-Keihan' which is located in the center of Kyoto.)
Written May 10, 2020
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Cal8888 Canada
Canada223 contributions
Good and Bad....
Nov 2019
Being a photographer, I was intrigued by the lovely pictures I saw online and the hype this temple has received - so I decided to give it a visit.


The location really is magical. I decided to take a taxi so I could get there early and arrived just as dawn was breaking so there was NO traffic. And only a handful of other visitors. The homes and businesses that lined the road were softly lit and made the drive up the windy mountain road that leads to the temple almost magical. Even the taxi driver was taken by the early morning beauty of the place and thanked me for letting him come bring me here. I snapped a few photos of him at the Tori gate on his phone.

Definitely the red Tori gate with red lantern lined stairway leading to the temple was impressive on first glance. Especially with the autumn colours in the misty, early morning hours.


Once you get up the stairs - there is really not much to see. You have a small temple with a small courtyard. There is a mountain spring and gift shop. Once the gift shop opens at 9:00am you can get your temple book stamped and pick up some souvenirs and your fortune - which you have to submerge in water to see the magic ink appear. You can also drink and buy some of the magic water.

The HORDES of people started showing up at about 8:30am. Fortunately I was able to get a few 'magic hour' photos before the tour buses started arriving. With each tour bus, another wave of 40 to 50 people. Soon the place was so crowded you could barely walk around.

I decided to take my cue to exit and walked to the bus stop for the bus to the train station (about a 10 minute walk). The walk is pleasant as there is a beautiful mountain stream to walk next to.

At the bus stop there were 10 tour buses and the line up for the bathrooms was about 50 people deep. I hopped on the local bus and we passed 3 more tour buses on the way to the train station (which was about 5 minutes away).

The train station was under construction and there were no English signs saying where the entrance was so it was a bit confusing. The station was unmanned except for a conductor, so make sure you have a PASMO card or similar to make purchasing your ticket easy.

The train back to KYOTO was awesome as it goes through the maple corridor which is pretty cool. The maple corridor is quite short though. Still the autumn colours before we hit the first town were wonderful.


I hesitate to recommend coming here, as by doing so it will make more tour buses come which is totally ruining the magic of this site. It makes me sad...
Written February 1, 2020
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Sydney, Australia546 contributions
Great for Autumn colours
Nov 2019 • Couples
We visited in Mid November so the colours were just about at their peak. The walk up to the shrine was beautiful, it should only take about 20mins but we kept stopping to admire the scenery so it took nearly an hour. There is a local bus if you don’t want to walk. The shrine itself was quite nice. The famous stairs were a little on the crowded side as it was lunch time by the time we got their. My fault for not getting their earlier for a better photo op. That being said the crowds weren’t as bad as some of the other temples & shrines in Kyoto. There are restaurants & bathrooms nearby.
Written January 18, 2020
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia54 contributions
Not worth the hype
Nov 2019 • Solo
The stair view leading to the shrine is one of the most beautiful shot but other than that, there is nothing much up the temple. Besides, there will be constant flow of crowds during peak season (autumn) and if you want to take a photo of that beautiful stair without anyone on it, I suggest either you come super early before 8am or late evening, after 7pm. It's beautiful staircase photo if there is no one on it, but if there are people walking up and down, it looked like any other stone stairs...
Written November 30, 2019
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Sydney, Australia380 contributions
Kifune Shrine
Aug 2019
Great area to visit even in Summer. It's cooler due to the river flowing through, you can also organise a lunch over the river. Definitely worth visiting.
Written August 15, 2019
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7 contributions
Amazing Illumination. Great for a hike
Jul 2019 • Solo
It is located deep in mountains, slightly far from the city, but the peaceful and sacred atmosphere of the shrine would have never existed if it wasn’t.

Walk from the Kibuneguchi station if you don’t mind the little hike of 30 minutes. The beautiful scenery of the mountains is all yours, and the air is really fresh and cool.

Special illumination for Japanese summer festival(Tanabata) was amazing. Just beautiful. There weren’t much people, so I could enjoy the sacred atmosphere fully.

You should definitely visit the illumination. It’s held from 1st July to 15th August.




Written July 28, 2019
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Garys Tribe Global Blog
Isle of Skye, UK1,333 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Kifune (close to Kurama)

As we were walking through the village of Hifune we noticed a lovely stairway going up to the shrine on both sides which is very picturesque and makes you feel like your in a tail from ancient Japanese story.

The shrine itself is obviously an important symbol for the village so please ensure you show the same respect for the shrine as the locals do and not like typical tourists pushing locals out of the way to take a snapshot which we regularly see.

Enjoy the peace and tranquility the shrine offers spending time to contemplate and summarise your visit to Kifune.

If your in Kifune take a moment to see the shrine, its quite relaxing and offers a break on your route back to the station.

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Written April 19, 2019
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Hart H
Jakarta, Indonesia134 contributions
Just a shrine
Jul 2018 • Family
Just a shrine with beautiful surrounding.
Really a great small town to visit.
Food was expensive thou more on tourist side.
Air was great, clean and fresh.
Written July 11, 2018
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Jerzy W.
9 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
There are many places in which people express their covenant with God. This time you can be extremely surprised, because the uniqueness chosen by the people of this region is peculiar.
Written May 22, 2018
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