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Kurama Temple

#46 of 1,012 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: 1074 Kuramahonmachi Sakyoku, Kyoto 601-1111 , Kyoto Prefecture
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Inner peace can be found here

A stunning building, full of peace and love. A beautiful view across the valley to Kurama township. A visit to the temple is included in the price if you approach from Kibune... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2017
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

A stunning building, full of peace and love. A beautiful view across the valley to Kurama township. A visit to the temple is included in the price if you approach from Kibune. Highly recommend.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a great day hike for those who wants to get out of Kyoto CBD and the repetitive Temple galore visit. This is a pretty simple hike which start from Kurama and ends at Kibune town. Scenery is very enjoyable and you get to see a soak in the beauty of the surroundings and understand some cultural differences of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

To reach the temple's main hall that is located up the mountain from the temple's gate, you can choose either walk uphill or use cable car halfway up the mountain. Unfortunately, the cable car was still out of service due to maintenance work when we visited there. We had to walk uphill which took 30 minutes to the main hall.... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

This time my route was Kifune Shrine > Lunch@Nakayoshi > Hiking from Kifune to Kurama Temple. This route is about 1hour walking. Some people start hiking from Kurama Temple side, but I guess startig from Kifune side is much easier, especial right after the rain. It's a little forest, so you can enjoy trees, fresh air, etc. If you try... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

To visit this temple, we had to take the Keihan Eizan raiway (叡山電車) from Demachiyanagi station. It can be crowded during the autumn season. We bought the one day pass for convenience and to fully enjoy the various spots along the line. The temple compound is huge, take your time. Be prepared to climb fleet of stairs. Wear comfortable walking... More 

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Tokyo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Kurama temple is located north of the city but is connected by trains from the Shijo ( change at Demachigawa ) The temple locates at the top of the mountain and there are two choices, climbing on foot or taking a cable-car. I would recommend to walk since the slope is not too steep and there are lots to... More 

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Keene, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The temple is very lovely, nice walk up the mountain. We made the blunder of trying the fire festival, which was a quaint local custom that found its way onto the tourist scene to the dismay of the local people. We were compelled by the police to walk in a herd around the whole village like so many pilgrims, impossible... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Same day as the Kifune trip, and all in all a good way to spend the day together, getting the heat of the city off our skins. It's about ten degrees cooler outside the city. Recommended if you have the time in your schedule. We had only a week, but found it necessary to break the pavement. There's some transit... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This place feels different from any other regions in Kyoto. If you wish to see the very famous fire festival (Hi matsuri), it's held annually on the 22nd of October. However, be prepared to queue for a long time as people from all around the world visit Kyoto just to see this festival. Be sure to also take pictures with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Take a subway north to catch the Eizan Electric Railway and take it to the end of the line, not the second to last. If you do that you have to walk up the mountain. Get off at Kurama Station and walk up to the Temple. Recommend trying the cable ride to get up to it. Then keep walking on... More 

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