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Kurama Temple, Kyoto

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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. Take a look at our Kyoto road trip planner to schedule your visit to Kurama Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • September 21, 2017
    Then visit the kibune Shrine on go to Kurama station (1 station) on the train and went from there. Seems that people from the vessel, but rather tired train move. Is now of Kurama-Dera Temple entrance from the front of the station, and then ride the cable cars (one-way 200 yen), will be walking and climbing steep 1 km long. Walking fine, even after I got off the cable car and there were a lot of stairs. On the mountain when the TTA that could feel the stunning views. I think it is not very hard. It is recommended to go with good walking shoes.
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  • September 17, 2017
    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...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    It is a record he placed 770 years of the Nara era was beginning and Zun Tian temple to worship as a symbol of the cosmic life energy of universe influence of Hindu goddess of mercy belief, faith Hill, Temple. Used the funicular for the physical preservation is a series of stone steps to the main building. Two-storied pagoda station dark issue before the temple shrine surrounded by dense forest and, at the top of the stairs, opened brightly. Stand on the floor in front of the main Kongo and filled with accessible clean light in the sky as a welcome antidote to that feeling. Down home approach of who visited Yuki shrine, returned. Turning slowly for up to speed in the direction of the cable car, wait 20 minutes, and it took two hours.
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  • July 3, 2017
    A spur of the moment decision to visit this temple on outskirts of Kyoto proved to be a wise move as it was one of the prettiest temples we visited in Kyoto with breathtaking views all around.
  • May 26, 2017
    Well worth the hike over the ridge. Practically deserted, tranquil and lovely. A real religious aura to the place
  • April 26, 2017
    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.
  • March 4, 2017
    There is no such word i can describe.... Go there and feel it!!! 🌲🌲
  • February 7, 2017
    Stunning Mt.Kurama! Great and breath taking view definitely worth you to pay your visit there!

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