Explore the most popular walking trails in Kyoto with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice fall foliage walk — super easy. Stop in on the shops and cafes to meet some terrifically hospitable people.

Can be a crowded walk, although it thins out a little as you get higher up. You can step off the main trail at some points and walk outside the gates for a different perspective (and fewer people).

A really nice moderate trek if you are visiting Kyoto for a single day and love to visit a picturesque place in Kyoto.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike through tall trees, pretty epic finish at the top. There is a water machine at the top but I’d recommend bringing plenty. There are several trail options, all good, some busier than others. There is a good free paper map at the bottom of the trails.

hiking
5 months ago

Kurama trail done the reverse way as this path shows. Starting in the steep stairs of the temple, this is where most of the photos should be taken. It's first going up and then down. The reverse path is easier than the one this guide shows.
Both starting and finishing areas are kind of expensive, so prepare food on advance. There is no water between Kurama temple and the kaiseki restaurants near Kibuneguchi.
However, at the entrance of the path you can get wooden walking staffs which help a lot.
Landscape is beautiful, specially nice so close from Kioto, but nothing spectacular.

An extended walk after Philosopher’s walk, culture and beautiful cherry blossoms with colorful kimonos.

walking
7 months ago

Lovely city trail with cherry blossoms, canal and old buildings, peaceful walk.

road biking
9 months ago

Did it on rental bikes which was extremely fun and delightful

A Shinto shrine. Mostly paved with a lot of stairs. Many small shrines along the way. Tori gates cover much of the trail. Nice view of Kyoto half way up. The trail is lit after dark. Many shops for food and souvenirs, but only open during the day. Lots of vending machines - so, it’s not necessary to bring water. The All Trails map is missing half of the loop trail at the top of the mountain.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Beautiful well maintained trail between Kibune and Kurama. Good inclines and declines. We walked it with backpacks but we saw ladies in dresses on the trail. Gorgeous area!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pretty an very easy to navigate.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

good place to walk. very flat. you can find some nice cafes along the path.

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

My wife and I did the Kurama Hike this morning. We started at 9 am. We reached the Kurama Temple , the birthplace of the Reiki practice. There are lots of stairs and cedar trees throughout the trail. It took us 1 hour to the top and 1 hr down. I did stop a few times to take pics and vids w/ my GoPro 5 and smartphone. Fun and amazing. You will embrace the Japanese spirit and culture.

walking
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Magnificent, beautiful and unforgettable.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Great hike through small villages , rice paddies and temples. Got lost a few times but got back on track. We went end of summer. Lots of wildlife- snakes , ferrets , insects , birds , frogs etc. Not sure if the snakes are poisonous!!

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

lovely wooded hike with many shrines. it's easy to access via the local train and makes for a good loop. I wish the river meals next to kifune were cheaper.

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

Some trails marked on map were not clear but trail used was well marked and easy to follow. Some snakes and large insects at the beginning while at lower altitude. Recommend it as moderate.

on Kurama Trail

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Green leaves were so beatiful.
Sound from Kibune River was comfortable.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A great hike of Hiei. Take the bus to Shugakuin. You'll see a river at the stop. walk along that river up to the trailhead (called Kirara-oka). You take that all the way up, no way to get lost. You will have to pay 600 yen to enter the facilities. You can return or walk through the temple compound and descend to Sakamoto station and ride that back to Kyoto. There are wild monkeys on the hike sometimes, but they won't approach you.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Directions: Get to Kyoto Station around 7-8, take #72 bus to Kiyotaki. From Kiyotaki Station, walk down the road into town to the shrine gate across the river. The road will ascend all the way up the 5 kilometer (3 mile) climb into the Atago Shrine area. There are several return routes. You can branch over the mountain to Takao, with a bus ride back, or go back through Getsurinji temple. The trail to these are located on the right next to the final stone steps up to Atago Shrine. Getsurinji is an ad hoc temple of a couple of Buddhist statue carving recluses that live on the mountain. Go down farther on this path and it leads to Kuuya Falls, a beautiful waterfall. You can return back by bus from Takao or from Kiyotaki.

walking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

The scenery is beautiful, of course, especially during cherry blossom season or fall foliage, but it really is more of a stroll than anything else. The path is flat for the most part; the plus side is that it's almost barrier-free / wheelchair-friendly, the downside is that it can be VERY crowded.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

10,000 gates. Quite lovely. Definitely get up early if you want your walk to be more serene and if you'd like your photos to be without people.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thanks for the guide. It was very clear and I had no trouble following your tour. I went there relatively late, so by the time I hit the 8th/9th stop, it was getting kind of dark. I ended up turning back and didn't go all the way to 11th stop. It was a really great tour and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I took tons of photos there. I even gave an American couple directions with your tour. It was awesome! :-)

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