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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. Use our Kyoto travel itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Kurama Temple and other attractions in Kyoto.
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  • The Kurama temple is located north of the city but is connected by trains from the Shijo ( change at Demachigawa ) The temple locates at the top of the mountain and there are two choices, climbing on ...  more »
  • The temple is very lovely, nice walk up the mountain. We made the blunder of trying the fire festival, which was a quaint local custom that found its way onto the tourist scene to the dismay of the lo...  more »
  • Same day as the Kifune trip, and all in all a good way to spend the day together, getting the heat of the city off our skins. It's about ten degrees cooler outside the city. Recommended if you have th...  more »