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Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour is a 4.8 mile 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 backpacking.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 1,410 ft Route type Point to Point
Kid friendly Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Hot springs Paved River Views Wild flowers Wildlife City walk Historic site
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The Kurama/Kibune area has become a popular destination for visitors to Kyoto. Kurama and Kurama-yama (Mount Kurama) 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 rural village 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 area dates back to when the Kurama 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 guides will lead you to start your hike from Kurama station, and after Kurama-yama (Mount Kurama), descend into Kibune, finishing at the Kibune-guchi station. If you are not interested in the onsen(hot springs), or just want to visit the area of Kurama, you can catch a train at Kurama station. You can also travel in the reverse way of this tour. 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. Soon you will reach Kurama-dera Temple. Your descent from here will take you past Yuki Shrine (mentioned earlier) onto the Nio-mon Gate as known as Sanmon Gate. Turn left there to go to the Kurama onsen, or right to the Kurama Station via the souvenir shops. Don't forget to take your picture with the "Tengu" at the station.

You can soak-away the aches and pains from your hike by visiting to an "Onsen" (Natural Hot Spring) or "Ryokan" (Japanese style Inn) which is located at the upper-end of Kurama (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 of the Inn.

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 ) Getting here is quite easy. The Eizan terminal commences at Demachiyagi station, which is connected to the "Keihan Main Line" from Osaka to Kyoto. Check at the Keihan station for any "special" same-day packages. These include travel and access to the onsen.Before boarding the Eizan train, make sure you are on the right train. Some of their trains go to Heizan.From Kyoto station, there is a regular bus-service to Demachiyagi.

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Cherie Chow
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Amazing!! Walked the opposite direction and finished off at the onsen — was definitely the move.

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Frances C
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Beautiful hike! As some others have stated, I’d recommend starting at Kurama instead. If you get off at Kibuneguchi station and follow the trail as suggested the first ~2 miles are uphill on a road with no sidewalk and not a whole lot to see- it was much better taking this downhill at the end. Other than that this whole area is beautiful and completely worth the short trek from Kyoto.

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Dan T
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We hiked from Kurama to Kifune and loved it! It's probably one of the best I've experienced in Japan. If you can deal with inclines, it's easy. We had a 5/6 month pregnant lady in our group...the reactions from people passing us were awesome :d

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Christie Blum
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Well marked - we walked from Kibune/kibuneguchi to Kurama and it was a good choice. The food options in karabe were not as numerous or varied as we had hoped/ thought there would be. We took the trolley down which was fine - straight down but not very scenic, it probably cuts 20min off the hike. It would be beautiful to do this as night with the trail lanterns to guide you.

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Cole Ramus
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This hike is amazing, once you actually find the entrance. The GPS coordinates are off so beware. I would start at the main location in the town. Don't follow what All Trails has it linked too.

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Harrison Fugate
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Beautiful mossy forest, can't recommend this trail highly enough

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Anthony Rosen
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I think this is better starting from Karuma. The temple is better experience from bottom to top.

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Cyber Yoda
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This was a decent hike. Lots of scenery. It is heavily trafficked. Great if you like to meditate. If you start from kibuneguchi station sugges you take the bus close by. You can follow the people. This saves you 1.5 miles going uphill and nothing to see as you hike alongside a road. Beware of leaches as I got 2 on my feet. Of course it was raining. We elected to take the cable car down which is about 200 yen per person for adults

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Iván Hernández Alayeto
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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.

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Jim Medley
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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!

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Dwight Velazquez
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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.

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chris wu
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德 林
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David Mortensen
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Ben Hamner
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Walt Orlowsky
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Jonathan LeSage
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Elias Bjørne-Larsen
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Jey Suhn
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Thomas Galaida
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Phuong Nguyen
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Simeon Wong
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Cassandra Wardinsky
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Nur Tomal
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Gautam Gupta
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Matt Abs
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Gilad Gam
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Felix Welckenbach
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Blake Bambridge
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Regina Yuan
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