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on Kurama Trail

2 days ago

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!

Pretty an very easy to navigate.

hiking
5 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

Magnificent, beautiful and unforgettable.

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!!

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

So I actually did this by accident. I was just exploring on one of my off days, when I just happened to summit a mountain and found out what I had done. It was an amazing hike: very beautiful. I saw a fox, which made my day. Plus a few deer. It was greatZ highly recommend.

3 months ago

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.

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4 months ago

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
5 months ago

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

on Kurama Trail

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

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.