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Best trails in Kyoto

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Looking for a great trail near Kyoto, Kyoto? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Setonaikai National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Osaka Castle Park or Minoo Park. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Kyoto ranging from 2.5 to 10.6 miles and from 101 to 2,772 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Fushimi Inari Walking Tour
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
The main shrine of more than 30,000 shrines in Japan is Fushimi Inari Taisha, and the origin of the Inari faith is Mount Inari. As a god of good harvest, prosperous business, peace and prosperity in the household, and fulfillment of various wishes, it is widely worshiped all over the country. To enhance business well-being and success, many companies and individuals visit and offer here every year. Their names are lined along the paths of the entire complex and are engraved on some 10,000 vermilion torii which are very famous featured spot. The shrine has existed since the early 8th century, however, all of the buildings are more recent. The complex located at the base of Inari-san (Mount Inari) and includes trails up the mountain to many other smaller shrines which are called "Otsuka". About 2.5 million people will visit Fushimi Inari Taisha during "Hatsumoude". "Hatsumoude" is the first event to visit shrines and temples after the new year to show their gratitude of the past year, and pray for the safety and peace of the new year.Show more
#2 - Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
The Kurama/Kibune area has become a popular destination for visitors to Kyoto. Kurama and Mount Kurama (Kuramayama) is also well known for the origin of the Tengu myth (Tengu is a spirit who lives in the deep forest of the mountains.) Set in the northern mountains, less than 1 hour from the city centre, this little town has a lot to offer for anyone wanting to discover and experience most aspects that consist of Japan's scenery, history and tradition. The history of the Kurama dates-back to the time the Kurama-dera Temple was founded in the 8th century, by a monk Gantei. Bishamon-ten which is one of guardians in the Buddhist heaven is the main deity and has long been worshiped by people in the area. The original buildings have been repeatedly destroyed by fire, and the main temple was last rebuilt in the 20 centuries. There are many festivals in the area throughout the year. For example, "Kuramano Hi Matsuri" (Fire Festival) at Yuki Shrine, which is held annually in October. Most tours in the Kurama area will lead you to start your hike from Kurama station, and go through Mount Kurama (Kuramayama), descend into Kibune, finishing at the Kibuneguchi Station. This route starts at Kibuneguchi Station on the opposite side and arrives at Kurama Station via Kurama-dera Temple. Be aware several sections of this trail can be steep and narrow especially in the winter time. As you pass along the highland, you will encounter some sub-temples and spring water outlets along the way. Don't forget to take your picture with the "Tengu" at the station!Show more
#3 - Hieizan Enryakuji - Shugakuin (Kyoto)
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
This trails leads you to Hieizan Enryakuji through Mount Hiei from Kyoto side. The area and mountain are very famous by historically. You will enjoy walking through many historic sites, and the opportunity to meet the beautiful nature of Mount Hiei.Show more
#4 - Fushimi Inari - Mount Daimonji
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 6 h 13 m
This hiking course departs from Fushimi Inari and heads to the summit of Mount Daimonji, which is famous for Gozan no Okuribi. It is a course where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kyoto from the top of the mountain and see the sacred nature of Fushimi Inari and Mount Daimonji.Show more
#5 - Arashiyama Tourism Walking Course
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
This course goes around the beautiful and historic towns of Arashiyama and Sagano. Walk through Arashiyama Station through famous temples/shrines, Togetsukyo Bridge and bamboo grove. This is a wonderful walking course that touches the beauty and history of Arashiyama.Show more
#6 - Mount Atago Loop
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
The trail is well maintained and leads to Atagoyama via several shrines. You can enjoy the view of the sacred nature of Atagoyama and Kyoto on this mountain trail that is perfect for getting away from the bustling sightseeing spots of Kyoto.Show more
#7 - Kyoto Gion Walking Tour
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
The Gion has become famous city for Geisha (sometimes known as Geiko), traditional female Japanese entertainers, whose skills include various Japanese arts as classic music and dance. There are also Maiko (Geisha in training) who, dressed in full regalia, can be seen in the evenings as they move-about through the streets of Gion. The Gion was developed as a gate town of Yasaka Shrine, and rest areas and teahouses for worshipers began to increase during the Edo Era. Commencing at the intersection of Shijo-dori (Shijo Avenue) and Kawabata-dori (Kawabata Street), you will make your way to Yasaka Shrine, directly in front of you on Shijo-dori. From here you progress to the Hanami-koji Area where you can reach the Kennin-ji Temple. Then you will back track to the Shirakawa area, with the Shirakawa Canal running-through it's centre. The canal is lined with willow trees, with many high-class restaurants and Ochaya overlooking the canal. Then, off to the Pontocho area where you can also find many restaurants and bars and you will cross the Kamogawa (Kamo River).Show more
#8 - Nijo-jo Castle Walking Tour
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Nijo-jo Castle has a history of over 400 years since it was built. The castle was completed by the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu in early 1600, who was the first Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867). Tokugawa Ieyasu unified Japan after a long period of civil war, and governed over 260 years with the generations. The Shogunate created by Ieyasu continued for 15 generations and was one of the longest stable and prosperous in Japanese history. The 400-year-old buildings of the Ninomaru-goten Palace, the Kara-mon Gate and the Ninomaru Garden, are unique and gorgeous Japanese architecture from Momoyama period, the early Edo period. Nijo-jo Castle has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a valuable historical heritage that is the legacy of the rise and fall of the Tokugawa family and Japan's long history. This tour takes you through the sites of Nijo-jo Castle. Show more
#9 - Kinkaku-ji Walking Tour
Kinkakuji
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
Kinkaku-ji is well known as a famous Golden Pavilion. Actually, the official name of this branch temple of the Rinzai-sect Zen temple of Shokoku-ji is Rokuon-ji. The temple is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This route takes you through the site of Kinkaku-ji which offers a opportunity to encounter the history, and culture of Japan, and the gorgeous scenery of the Kinkaku-ji.Show more
#10 - Daigo-ji Temple Walking Tour
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
Daigo-ji Temple is the headquarters of the Daigo branch of the Shingon mission. It was built by a Buddhist monk named Shobo Rigen Daishi in 874. Daigo-ji temple is situated at Mt Kasatori (Mt Daigo), and the complex covers the mountain from top-to-bottom. The area, on the top of the mountain, is commonly known as Kami-Daigo (the upper part of Daigo), while the expanse at the foot of the mountain, is called Shimo-Daigo (the lower part of Daigo). With more than 1,000-years of history, Daigo-ji temple has retained an important position in the history of Buddhism in Japan. Many of it's artifacts, protected for a long period of time, have been designated as "National Treasures" and "Important Cultural Assets". In 1994, Daigo-ji temple was registered as a "World Cultural Heritage Site" by U.N.E.S.C.O. Many annual events, having a long history and tradition, are still held, including, in particular, the "Godai-Rikison Minno-e Festival", held each February. This is a contest where participants compete to see who can lift and hold huge amounts of Mochi (steam pounded rice). On the night of August 5th, Daigo-ji temple is surrounded by the lights of candles and paper-lanterns, which bless all life."Cherry Blossom" season (April/May) is also a popular time to be visiting Daigo-ji temple.Show more
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