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Kurama Temple, Kyoto

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Located in isolated wilderness high on a wooded mountain, Kurama Temple represents a center of worship for an esoteric sect, revering deities of the sun, love, and power. Hike the steep path to the 8th-century temple (which will take around 30 minutes), enjoying the wind through the colossal cryptomeria trees and a Shinto shrine along the way. Alternatively, take the cable car halfway up. Soak in the peaceful atmosphere of this popular--yet untouristed--temple, and observe the forested valley from its terrace, set directly on a mountain slope. Use our Kyoto travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Kurama Temple and other attractions in Kyoto.
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  • 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 K...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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  more »
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  • Well worth the hike over the ridge. Practically deserted, tranquil and lovely. A real religious aura to the place
  • I had gone with some friends in November to hopefully see the changing leaves. It was warm enough at this point of the year that not too many of the trees changed color despite being up in the mountains. The train that leads up to the temple has seats that are oriented towards the windows for this reason (as a note, when we went they did not take the ICOCA cards at the station). It was just cool enough to keep us from overheating from the walk up the mountain from the back side. If you go towards the front of the temple its a much easier trek. Loved the tengu themes, and the tiger statues replacing typical komainu ones. This temple is a great visit for scenery away from the business of central Kyoto. Not too far away is a pretty decent onsen too.
  • Stunning Mt.Kurama! Great and breath taking view definitely worth you to pay your visit there!
  • There is no such word i can describe.... Go there and feel it!!! 🌲🌲
  • Lovely temple, with great views. It takes you a hole day, but is totally worth it.