If you are going all the way from Kyoto City to Kumara-Dera, may I suggest you plan for a day hike from Kibune to Kumara.
From Kyoto City take the Keikan Line to Deimachiyanagi and then transfer to the Eizan Kumara Line bound for Kumara.
Disembark from Kibune (one stop before Kumara). The moment you are out of the station cross the small road and wait for the bus to Kibune town. The timetable is available on the board of the stop so you can decide whether you want to walk 2km or just wait for the bus. The bus costs 160yen.
Drop off at Kibune town and you will see small village houses on both sides of the road. Walk until you see a red bridge with the river to your right. Cross the bridge and pay the 300yen entrance fee.
I must caution that there are quite a number of steps up from Kibune but it is doable as long as you go at a leisurely pace. Enjoy the peace and loving of the forest as you hike up to Kumara.
Once at the peak where Kumara-Dera is, make your prayers and wishes, sit down and have a rest at the benches and soak in the great energies of the temple. You might want to bring some snacks with you to munch.
Thereafter descend all the way down to the town of Kumara. The first restaurant on the left you will see is vegetarian restaurant Youshiji. Go and have a hot soba noodles with wild vegetables it’s so good!
When your stomach is filled, head to the main road and turn right if you want to go to Kumara station to head back to the city.
Turn left if you want to end your hike with an outdoor onsen experience. Walk about 15mins before you see Kumara onsen to your right. Kumara has an outdoor bath and you can pay 1000 yen entrance fee, or pay 2,500 yen to use both indoors and outdoors. You may want to dine in their restaurant too. Otherwise, take the shuttle to Kurama station and head back to the city.
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