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Kurama Temple

#48 of 1,082 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 1074 Kuramahonmachi Sakyoku, Kyoto 601-1111 , Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-741-2003
09:00 - 16:30
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Beautiful location

The temple is simple and quite beautiful. But the location is wonderful. We were there just before the cherry blossoms we're in bloom. It must be unbelievable when they are. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is simple and quite beautiful. But the location is wonderful. We were there just before the cherry blossoms we're in bloom. It must be unbelievable when they are. We didn't do the big walk up to the temple but we did walk down and am glad we did. It's a pretty easy walk through the hills. We were... More 

Thank Stephen N
Hinckley, United Kingdom
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443 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This temple is at the end or beginning of the Kibune to Kurama hike, whichever way round you do it It is quite a walk up if you start there, but there is a cable car for the first bit

Thank Sue K
Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

A stunning building, full of peace and love. A beautiful view across the valley to Kurama township. A visit to the temple is included in the price if you approach from Kibune. Highly recommend.

Thank Billy C
Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a great day hike for those who wants to get out of Kyoto CBD and the repetitive Temple galore visit. This is a pretty simple hike which start from Kurama and ends at Kibune town. Scenery is very enjoyable and you get to see a soak in the beauty of the surroundings and understand some cultural differences of... More 

Thank Evan G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

To reach the temple's main hall that is located up the mountain from the temple's gate, you can choose either walk uphill or use cable car halfway up the mountain. Unfortunately, the cable car was still out of service due to maintenance work when we visited there. We had to walk uphill which took 30 minutes to the main hall.... More 

1 Thank Julius _
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

This time my route was Kifune Shrine > Lunch@Nakayoshi > Hiking from Kifune to Kurama Temple. This route is about 1hour walking. Some people start hiking from Kurama Temple side, but I guess startig from Kifune side is much easier, especial right after the rain. It's a little forest, so you can enjoy trees, fresh air, etc. If you try... More 

2 Thank hakiko_5
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

To visit this temple, we had to take the Keihan Eizan raiway (叡山電車) from Demachiyanagi station. It can be crowded during the autumn season. We bought the one day pass for convenience and to fully enjoy the various spots along the line. The temple compound is huge, take your time. Be prepared to climb fleet of stairs. Wear comfortable walking... More 

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Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Kurama temple is located north of the city but is connected by trains from the Shijo ( change at Demachigawa ) The temple locates at the top of the mountain and there are two choices, climbing on foot or taking a cable-car. I would recommend to walk since the slope is not too steep and there are lots to... More 

1 Thank gehararigo
Keene, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

The temple is very lovely, nice walk up the mountain. We made the blunder of trying the fire festival, which was a quaint local custom that found its way onto the tourist scene to the dismay of the local people. We were compelled by the police to walk in a herd around the whole village like so many pilgrims, impossible... More 

1 Thank LDWG
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Same day as the Kifune trip, and all in all a good way to spend the day together, getting the heat of the city off our skins. It's about ten degrees cooler outside the city. Recommended if you have the time in your schedule. We had only a week, but found it necessary to break the pavement. There's some transit... More 

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