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The most beautiful location in Kyoto

We walked this route on a snowy day just before New Year. The walk through the Japanese cedar... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jon B
Sydney, Australia
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A Sacred Walk

I stayed a few days on the base of Mt Kurama and had the opportunity to spend two days exploring... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2017
Brisbane, Australia
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Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked this route on a snowy day just before New Year. The walk through the Japanese cedar forest, covered in snow, was beautiful. The forest was a wonderful contrast to the temple gardens of Kyoto. It was interesting to see a ceremony taking place...More

Thank Jon B
Reviewed 3 December 2017

I stayed a few days on the base of Mt Kurama and had the opportunity to spend two days exploring this amazing sacred sanctuary. Unfortunately the recent typhoon had closed the walking tracks on the other side of the mountain. However, there is much to...More

Thank travellerjanelle
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Weather was cold but still a surreal experience! Opted for the cableway up instead of trekking due to small kiddo. Wanted to trek over to Kifune however was informed due to fallen trees, the route was closed. Despite that, I wouldn't mind going back again...More

Thank SotongKingTK
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We'd been looking forward to attending the Kurama Fire Festival for quite some time, and numerous online videos and travel programs show it to be an amazing cultural experience that's not to be missed. Despite heavy winds and rain from Typhoon Lan blowing through town,...More

5  Thank GlobalVagabonds
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

This was a great peaceful day of hiking and relaxing in the mountains surrounding Kyoto, away from the busy and crowded tourist attractions of the city. The area is accessible by a short train ride from the city and it's a great change of scenery....More

Thank Tamari85
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We walked up all the way to the top of the mountain, after that we could see monkeys and city of Kyoto.

3  Thank Venus L
Reviewed 1 September 2017

So take the train from kyoto to escape some of the crowds to this peaceful mountain retreat, it is the birthplace of the Reiki practice,its great walk through the mountain trial, wouldn't recommend if you are not fit , but it great to do as...More

1  Thank IntheloopScot
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Must see if in Kyoto. Great walk to Kibune over the mountain. Must go and see if you are a Reiki practitioner and do the walk and have a picnic at the top of the mountain.

Thank Vivien D
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Took about 3 hours to walk from entrance to Kurama temple to the exit at Kibune. The trail provided a good workout. There were trees all around which provided nice shade from the sun, great respite in the July heat.

2  Thank Addy_gooner
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

During hot season provides really good escape from heat it is a stunning walk! Would not recommend on a wet or windy day Also had cautions of bears and wasps but track has other people on it so not an issue! This was one of...More

Thank sagerogersuff
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7 September 2017|
Response from lovestravel100Ca | Reviewed this property |
Try the Kyoto site on festivals. Be aware that it is hugely crowded at that time.
6 August 2017|
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Response from Patricia N | Reviewed this property |
We went from Kibuneguchi to Kurama. There were lots of steps going that way, so it is much easier on the knees to go up stairs than to come down them.
26 July 2017|
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Response from lovestravel100Ca | Reviewed this property |
If there is not a great snowfall, it might be magical in winter. Call the onsen to check if it is open. I believe there is a building in a Kurama that has an indoor bath facility.