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Kurama Trail is a 6.3 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

6.3 km
361 m
Point to Point

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching

hot springs




The Kurama/Kibune area has become a popular destination for visitors to Kyoto. Set in the northern mountains, less than 1-hour from the city centre, this little rural village has a lot to offer for those wanting to discover & experience most aspects that make-up Japan's scenery, history and tradition. As you board the "Eizan" train at Demachiyagi station, you will be taken through the northern suburbs of Kyoto, and, before long, you will enter the forests and mountains of Kurama ( the area is home to some giant Cedar, Maple and Wisteria trees ). The history of the Kurama area dates-back to when the Kurama Temple was founded in 770, by a Monk from Nara's Toushoudai-ji, who was led to an area below the summit by a white horse.After seeing a vision of the deity Bishamon-ten, guardian of the northern quarter of the Buddhist heaven, he established Kurama-dera on that site. The original buildings, however, have been repeatedly destroyed by fire, and the Main Hall was last rebuilt in 1971. There are many festivals held in the area throughout the year, at Yuki-Jinja for example, you can experience "Kurama Hi Matsuri" (Fire Festival), held annually on October 22nd. Traditionally, at the end of a days hiking, the Japanese like to soak-away their aches and pains with a visit to an "Onsen" (Natural Hot Spring) or "Ryokan" (Japanese style Inn).Located at the upper-end of Kurama (turn left at the "Sanmon Gate"), is the "Kurama Onsen". The onsen is part of the Ryoken, and, for 2,500-yen per-person, you have full access to all the facilities the Inn has to offer. Most guides will have you commencing your hike at Kurama station, and, after your ascent of Kurama-yama, will descend into Kibune, finishing at the Kibune-guchi station. If you are not interested in the onsen, or just want to visit the area around Kurama, alight/catch the train at Kurama station.This hike/guide is in reverse, as you may want to soak-away those aches and pains, after your days hike in the Kurama onsen. After alighting your train at Kibuni-guchi station,you have a 2km walk through the forest to Kibune. Before you commence your ascent to Kurama-yama,visit the Kibune-jinja (open from 6am to 8pm, with free admittance)and take-in the many restaurants with "Yuka" (dining platforms) over the Kibune-gawa.After crossing the picturesque bridge, you begin your ascent. The trail can be steep and narrow in places, so please be careful, especially in winter.Watch-out for the many twisted branches of the ancient Fuji trees.As you pass-along the plateau, you will experience some sub-temples and spring-water outlets along the way. Also in the area is the "Kinone-sandou", a clearing covered with the tangled, exposed roots of old Sugi trees. Soon you will reach Kurama-dera. Your descent from here will take you past Yuki-jinja (mentioned earlier) onto the "Sanmon Gate". Turn left here to go to the Kurama onsen, or right, via the souvenir shops, to the Kurama Station. Don't forget to have your photo taken with the "Tengu" at the station.

5 months ago

Sadly, it’s closed right now (Dec 2018) because of downed trees after a typhoon... But I ended up taking the train from Kibune to Kurama, and the towns, shrines and the hot springs were all great!

11 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.

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!

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.

Friday, May 05, 2017

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

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