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“beautiful hillside temple complex”
Review of Kurama-dera

Ranked #67 of 1,375 things to do in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 5 April 2018

You can approach the temple complex from either Kurama station or over the mountain from Kifune. It is a steep hilly site, though there is a funicular from the Kurama side. There are several beautiful temple buildings in different levels, which you can explore. This is a working temple, and you may see a ceremony in progress.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful temple that is not overly crowded by tourists in comparison to temples in Kyoto central. The temple itself is one of 20+ sites on the trail. There are many stairs to prepare yourself for a small but beautiful hike surrounded by forests and water

Thank Luna_Tsubasa
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Got off the train at Kibune and followed the road up the hill until the sign for Kuramadera. There's an attendant who charges 300 yen and gives you a map. He said it was only 10 minutes to the first building but I don't know how fit one has to be to make that time. Took me more like 20 because it's straight up. Beautiful hike though, with steps and a safe trail. The temple is also nice and the mountain has a sacred air. I went to the onsen after the hike which was perfect.

2  Thank Renee M
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

This temple is one of famous temples in Japan. The temple and mountain has quite interesting and mysterious story about Yoshitune who was a famous samurai and trained this mountain with Tengu. Tengu is a Japanese god who has long nose and lives in mountains.
I walked from the bottom through the temple, and walked to Mao-den, then Kifune-shirine. The way was really interesting but steep, so if you wanna walk through, then you should wear comfortable shoes. It takes 2 hours or little more by foot. But, it is quite nice view with clear and clean air, and if you can feel some energy or vibration, then you will fell something different from other shrines and temples in Japan. If you do not wanna walk up to the temple, then, there is a cable car. So, you can save your energy and time.

Thank KeikoKR
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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.


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