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Atago Mountain Hike is a 8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 3,540 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

River

Waterfall

Wildlife

Historic site

No dogs

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Richard McDonald
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Hiking

Oh, this was a tough one for me, the unrelenting steps and no real flat or down sections made it pretty gruelling on my old knees. Especially coming down. I personally think this is much more 'Difficult' than other hikes labelled as 'Difficult' in the area, and the temple at the top is vastly underwhelming. The best part of the day, for me, was walking from Arashiyama Station to the trail head, via the Bamboo Forest. The rest... meh. Hiking isn't just walking up thousands of steps. And that's exactly what this felt like. Honestly, I didn't enjoy it one bit.

YY Chang
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I was there to see the autumn leaves and hopped on to the Kyoto city bus from Omiya Shijo station heading to Takaosan 高雄 (not the Takaosan 高尾山 in Tokyo) From the Takaosan Jingoji Temple, I walked 4km along the river downstream and it was a very pleasant trail, mostly flat surrounded by autumn leaves. The end of this trail will take you directly to the entrance of the Mount Atago, the ometosando route. The trail was paved very well with all the sign boards of total 4km uphill (1/40 to 40/40, every 100m, there was a sign board, so you won’t loss your direction). Over 80% of the trail were steps going upward and there were also few decent rest areas along the way. Highly recommended to bring water and snacks. It took me 2 hours to get on top of the mountain (924m). There was a large space on top on the mountain where you could have your bento lunch while enjoying the mountain view, overlooking Arashiyama from a distance. I took the same route down as I couldn’t find other routes. Yet there was a fork road which I took and it directly led me to Hozukyo station direction instead of Kiyotaki station. The downhill trail was fun, covered with fallen leaves and sometimes small rocks, it only took me 40 mins to come down where I took a local bus back to Hozukyo station. Overall it’s a great hike, trail route was well maintained and not difficult. There were not many people on the routes and majority of them were locals. Great getaway from hustle and bustle Kyoto touristic spots, even I am also a tourist!

Yoshi OK
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Hiking

Summer night hiking in Kyoto. I went to Mt. Atago in Kyoto to see the night festival at Atago Shine. So many people in Kyoto walk to pray eight-kilometer pilgrimage route once a year on July 31st. It takes about 3 hours to the top. I stated at 11 pm from Kyoto station and return at 6 am next day. People in Kyoto believe they go to Atago Shine that day and to make them happy and to be peaceful. It's a pilgrimage trip on a summer night in Kyoto.

Bisimwa Ro
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Randonnee assez sympa a faire et pas trop compliquee. Si j'ai un conseil a vous donner, c'est de ne surtout pas prendre le chemin retour que j'ai pris (celui à gauche). J'y etais en novembre juste apres la periode des typhons au Japon. Le chemin balise etait impraticable a cause de la chute de nombreux arbres, il ne faut surtout pas suivre le chemin qui longe la riviere au risque de se retrouver coince surtout si vous commencez l'ascension tard dans la journee.

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benedikt Weiß
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Hiking

Netter Ausflug, habe nur vereinzelt Einheimische auf dem Weg getroffen, die mir auch sofort geholfen haben wenn ich Orientierungsprobleme hatte. Der Schrein auf dem Gipfel war so lala, aber der Ausblick dafür sehr cool. Bin beim Rückweg einfach dem Fluss gefolgt und in Hozokyu-Station in den Zug gestiegen der mich wieder nach Kyoto brachte.

Kyle Milley
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IMPORTANT: if you plan on doing this trail in a roundabout route instead of directly up and down the left side, be careful. I did a clockwise loop (ascending up the left side, descending down the right side). I followed the all trails red line the entire time- big mistake. On the descent down the right side, you come to a fork in the road. If you follow the red line on the trails app, it will take you off the main path onto a much more overgrown trail (yet initially marked with ribbons). I followed down this route instead of continuing on the well-groomed path. As I descended, the path became more and more overgrown and poorly marked. Eventually, there doesn’t appear to be a path at all, and I was left with only the red line to follow down a very hazardous bushwhacking route. The problem is, I couldn’t turn back very easily, as I had made some steep descents over this time. So I was stuck continuing down the AllTrails red line, hoping it would connect up with a better trail. Eventually it did, but not before I had to cross a stream and climb a very steep mountainside to where the red line reconnected. At this point, my phone was almost dead and the sun had just set (luckily I did have my headlamp), so I reconnected just in time. DO NOT FOLLOW THE ALLTRAILS RED LINE ON THE RIGHT SIDE DESCENT NEAR THE BOTTOM. Stay on the groomed path the whole way down.

Robert G.
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Kevin Bonk
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Hiking

Great trail with decent views, shrines and historical markers along the way. Steep in some places, but not technical with steps most of the way up the main trail. If you’re coming from the Hozukyo train station suggest going along the gorge trail southwest of the start/end point.

Tom A.
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Fantastic trail. Challenging, but not too technical. Late Feb is a great time to do it. Not to hot and still snow up at the shrine - adds to the magic of the place. Stop at the little tea room for tea and soup at the end of the trail!

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Tyson Wienker
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HikingRockySnow

An outstanding hike with a mountaintop temple. Light snow above 700 m which was particularly atmospheric. Great views of Kyoto 3/4 of the way up. Highly recommended.

Tiernan Turner
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Hiking

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.

Matt Hodge
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Hiking
First to Review

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.

chris m.
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John Stokes
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Connor Mulcahy
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Jun Itokawa
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Ken Chia
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Jack Cliff
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Tomomi Hirai
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Yujiro Otsubo
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