Kurama Travel Guide

  • Jizo in the Rocks
    Jizo in the Rocks
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  • Bridge Along the Trail
    Bridge Along the Trail
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  • Candles beneath Kurama-dera
    Candles beneath Kurama-dera
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Kurama Things to Do

  • Mount Kurama

    The mountain is of course famous for Kurama-dera Temple, but it is also believed to one place where tengu live (the big-nosed half-bird, half-human creatures).One of the biggest draws to Kurama, though, is its nature. The forest is very serene and absolutely gorgeous in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. Along the trail you'll find a...

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  • Kurama-dera Temple

    Kurama-dera Temple was founded by a monk in 770. Although the temple's main building is up the mountain (near the mid-way point along the path from Kurama to Kifune), it is actually spread out over the mountainside. The temple's gate is actually near Kurama Station, before you reach Yuki Shrine, and the pagoda is at the top of the cablecar. The...

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  • Yuki Shrine

    Yuki Shrine is the first shrine you will come across if you enter from Kurama Station. It is famous as the site of the Kurama Fire Festival held on October 22. It was built to protect Kyoto's northern borders from evil spirits that may try to enter during the Momoyama Period in the architectural style of the same name. The huge cedar tree towering...

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  • Kifune Shrine

    Also called Kibune Shrine, this shrine is divided into three parts located within walking distance of one another. The main shrine that you see today is the first of the shrines along the road and the most modern. The most interesting thing here are the fortunes. They are on paper and to see your fortune, you must dip the paper in the water at the...

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  • Kurama Onsen

    A good idea could be to start the hike from Kibune and finish at Kurama so you can enjoy a hot soak at Kurama Onsen. The view is very nice and the big bath is outdoors with a small indoors. The price is quite high at 1100 yen and I believe I smelled chlorine in the water. Nevertheless a thoroughly enjoyable visit.

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  • Hiking Kurama Temple : Guide book

    Hiking Kurama is a beautiful thing to do especially in the fall when the leaves turn in mid November. There are so many great little spots, especially if you have an awareness of chi energy.A book recently came out, available on American amazon.com that talks about the mountain extensively, and describes what you will see there. Called Reiki's...

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  • Experience a natural Sulphur Hot Spring.

    This is probably main attraction of the town/village of Kurama. The Hot Spring! For about 1,100 yen, you enjoy the bath. Might be expensive to some but it's one of those things that you should not miss while you're in Japan. Go to the onsen after visiting Kurama temple. After all those hiking up mt. Kurama, I think the bath will be more enjoyable....

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  • Walk to the Onsen

    There is free shuttle to the onsen, but walking will give you a better enjoyment because the onsen is not that far from the station. You get to see, feel, and breathe the fresh air of a japanese countryside. I highly recommend it.

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  • Kurama Onsen

    What could be better after a brisk walk than a soak in a hot steaming bath. And why not share your bath with your friends!!!!!Welcome to Kurama Onsen!For the outdoor onsen (rotembero) - when the bus drops you off walk towards the building on the right, up the slope. Buy a ticket from the machine before the manned booth (1100 yen) and hand the...

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  • A look at rural living

    Kurama is a charming village, and walking through the village from the Kibune walk to the onsen will give you the opportunity to see rural life in (slow motion) action.

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  • Beneath Kurama-dera (a crypt?)

    When you go into the temple, Kurama-dera, don't miss the opportuinity to visit the crypt type place downstairs. There are stairs at both ends of the temple, but they are easy to miss if you are not looking for them.It is dimly illuminated with many lanterns hanging from the ceiling, and candles and smells of sandalwood, with hundreds of small urns...

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  • Dragon spring

    Just down the hill from Kurama -dera temple complex, check out this spring sculpted like a dragon. These are commonly seen around Japaense temples, and I love them. this is another one of my favourites.

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Kurama Restaurants

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    by meimivw Written May 19, 2005

    After all the walking, hiking, bathing in Kurama, you might get hungry. The best place is to just eat at the onsen itself. Make sure you let the people know that you are there for food because somebody tried to stop me from entering the restaurant because most foreigners/tourist only visited the resort to experience the outdoor bath. So make sure to say something like "Tabetai" (I want to eat) or "Onaka Suita" (I'm hungry) to anybody who try to stop you from eating (in case the person don't speak english). But their service is stil great.

    Favorite Dish: Uhh.....I can't read the kanji in the menu. So, I basically just point the hot tofu dish because I have been craving for it. But....all of them do look good.

    Hot Tofu!
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Kurama Transportation

  • Getting to Kurama

    It's very easy to reach Kurama by train. First, if you are not on the Keihan Line, you need to get there. It runs through Eastern Kyoto. If you're at Kyoto Station, you can take a train to Tambabashi Station to transfer to the Keihan Line. If you're in Osaka on the loop, go to Kyobashi Station to transfer to the Keihan Line.From the Keihan Line,...

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  • Free shuttle to Kurama Onsen

    There is a free shuttle that will take you from the station to the onsen. I recommend walking to the onsen and take the shuttle when it's time to go back to station instead.

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Kurama Warnings and Dangers

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    by meimivw Written May 19, 2005

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    Actually....I found this sign interesting. An australian exchange student told me that the sign said something like you will be kicked out of the facility or refused service if you look like a yakuza.

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