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“Itinerary for a day trip to Kurama-dera”
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Kurama-dera
Ranked #66 of 1,375 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

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.

Enjoy!

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Kurama is in the front of the main hall or six-pointed star. Standing in the center, it has been to be able to receive a mysterious power. Standing in the center of the six-pointed star, I heard come true Toka, and rumor wish and wonder and pray in the main hall your dream will be come true. and this one my dream come true, i can goes to japan

Thank DimasNugrahaS1
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We ate lunch at Hirobun in Kibune and then hiked from Kibune to Kurama temple. It only took an hour and what a set of beautiful buildings to end our hike at! We got pictures of some of our favorites. The temple is spread out over the mountain so you get exercise even if you're not hiking.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

This temple is often associated with the legend of Ushiwakamaru, Minamoto Yoshitsune, a hero of Japan. From downtown Kyoto to Kurama, you can take Eiden. But from the main gate to the temple, you have to walk, or better to say climb the mountain. If you have time, you can even enjoy a hiking to Kibune.

Thank Kimitaka S
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

Some of the hike is quite steep in parts so some level of fitness would be recommended but.... the hike and scenery are quite amazing with lovely temples nestled into the mountainside. We hiked from Kurama to Kibune.

Thank NPR1973
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