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All paths leading to the mountain are closed due to recent typhoon

I visited here on 18 Oct 18 but only to find out that due to the recent typhoon, all of the paths... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Singapore, Singapore
an easy hike

I came here because I'm an avid hiker. The climb was easy, but time consuming. We spent a whole day... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Sakyo-ku, Sakyo, Kyoto 601-1111, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Where is the 6 star rate? This place is absolutely stunning. It was my best experience in the whole Japan. Escape city attractions and go to the hills 30 min away by train. My visit was during spring 2014 and the weather was more than...More

30  Thank apsb
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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

7  Thank GlobalVagabonds
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited here on 18 Oct 18 but only to find out that due to the recent typhoon, all of the paths leading to the mountain is closed, including the cable car. Even the train to Kurama Station stopped one stop before due to track...More

Thank aaong86
Reviewed 8 October 2018

I came here because I'm an avid hiker. The climb was easy, but time consuming. We spent a whole day here and in the immediate area. Many small shops at the base of the mountain. Was expecting more from the shrines along the path, especially...More

Thank JulianaAloisa
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

We went here the 23th of september 2018 but the cablecar and hiking trails are both closed. It is not possible to go to kuramadera or surrouding spots. Ps. One/two day bus pass is not valid in this region.

7  Thank Karlijn v
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Made the trip out to Kurama from Kyoto after a weeks work in Osaka. The train ride terminated at the quaint little Kurama station, definitely a stark contrast to the concrete of Osaka. The walk from Kurama to Kibune is fantastic, although you can walk...More

2  Thank Daniel D
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I did the whole hiking path to Kibune and it look 1.5 hours due to the rain on the day of the hike. The mountain is very well kept although there are only a couple of rest stations and no trash cans so like with...More

Thank Leila R
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Amazing escape from busy streets of Kyoto! Very quiet and spiritual place. I went to Kurama station where I started my assent. I do recommend this route as you can also start at Kibuneguchi station but it’s way too steep with no proper stairs.

1  Thank tfortatiana
Reviewed 25 August 2018

We took the train out to Kurama and hiked up to the shrine and down to Kibune, where we caught the train back to Kyoto. The hike was one of the highlights of our trip. While somewhat steep there were good views throughout and shaded....More

1  Thank BlueScotch
Reviewed 22 June 2018

From Kyoto station it's three trains and an hour's trip (or 30 minutes drive). Really worth visiting when the crowds and cement in downtown Kyoto get a little too much. Lovely views over the surrounding countryside from Kurama Temple. Restaurants around the temple area, and...More

Thank Seitch
Reviewed 9 June 2018

This is a wonderful day trip from Kyoto. The mount is a faily easy climb and the szenery is beautiful. There are warnings of bears, snakes and poisenous bugs along the second part of the way but we never saw any:)

Thank Songbird1954
Reviewed 6 June 2018

This is a fantastic temple and collection of shrines. Excellent facilities and well worth a visit. You can either walk up or take the cable car up and then there are also two routes down. One route is shorter and takes you back to your...More

5  Thank kym B
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Jessica M
8 August 2018|
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Response from Seitch | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Once you get to Kyoto, getting to Mt Kurama is pretty easy. If you drive as it's only about 20kms, so about 40-60 min depending on traffic. I visited Mt Kurama, travelling by train from Kyoto and it took roughly an... More
Shannon T
14 June 2018|
Response from Nancy154987 | Reviewed this property |
It is best to google Mt. Kurama and from there you will find good advice and maps on how to take the train to Kurama. It is very simple to get to the train station for the line that goes straight there. You can take a taxi... More
Shannon T
14 June 2018|
Response from CatherineBulg | Reviewed this property |
Hello! To come to Kurama mountain from Kyoto is easy. First you should take the the Keihan Electric Railway (in Kyoto it’s like a subway line, but a private one) from city center to Demachiyanagi station and then change for... More
6 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 Catherine D | 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.