Kurama Onsen
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Kurama Onsen

520 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111 Kyoto Prefecture
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#3 of 13 onsen ryokans in Kyoto
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If you’re looking for a quaint onsen ryokan in Kyoto, look no further than Kurama Onsen.

Close to some of Kyoto's most popular landmarks, such as Jakkoin (2.6 mi) and Iwakura Jissoin (2.8 mi), Kurama Onsen Hotel is a great destination for tourists.

Kurama Onsen is a quaint onsen ryokan offering a refrigerator and air conditioning in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests.

The onsen ryokan features baggage storage. Plus, guests can enjoy a sauna and an on-site restaurant, which have made this a popular choice among travellers visiting Kyoto. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular art museums such as Kyoto National Museum, Garden of Fine Arts, and Jotenkaku Museum.

The staff at Kurama Onsen looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Sauna
Restaurant
Free shuttle or taxi services
Hot spring bath
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Internet
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Open-air bath
Room features
Air conditioning
Safe
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Mountain View
Great View

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520 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111 Kyoto Prefecture
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Somewhat walkable
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ND V wrote a review Feb 2020
18 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We caught the bus to the onsen in winter and came across such a beautiful winter landscape upon arrival. I would recommend the bus over train as it takes you directly there.

I highly recommend venturing up on a day when it is snowing as it was an almost magical experience having the warm onsen with the cold snow wafting down from the mountain. The scenes around the onsen were also beautiful. The onsen itself was clean, private and well equipped with hair dryers, towel rentals and lockers. Would highly recommend going up if you have a few days in Kyoto !
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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TMandK wrote a review Feb 2010
Sydney13 contributions41 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were somewhat hesitant to stay at a ryokan as we had heard they are overpriced, often not as clean as major hotels, and difficult to get by if you don't speak some Japanese. However, after arriving at Kurama Onsen just outside of Kyoto, we were happy we decided to take the plunge.

Kurama is a 30 minute train ride through the mountains from Kyoto. The ryokan has a free shuttle bus that meets each train in the small village.

Upon arrival we were given our amenities in the room, and immediately walked up to the outdoor hot baths, which were spotless and offered a brilliant view of the surrounding mountainside. I had three baths during the 24 hours we were at the onsen - that's how good it was! My partner had a bit of trouble with the whole communal nudity thing, but was OK eventually.

The kaseiki dinner, served in the room, was spectacular, with fresh sashimi, silky tofu, grilled local duck and many other delicacies served right before your eyes. After the 14 courses and a bottle of local sake I had a wonderful sleep on the slightly-too-hard beds. But hey, you're in Japan so it won't be the first hard bed you've encountered.

Value wise it was slightly pricey at 35,000 yen for two people (around $400). But when you remember this includes dinner, breakfast, hot springs and accommodation, it's not too bad a deal.

All in all, highly recommended.
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Date of stay: January 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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happy_traveller_730 wrote a review Oct 2017
Sydney, Australia33 contributions79 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an excellent stay at Kurama Onsen. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for that Ryokan (Japanese Inn) experience with onsen thrown in. We stayed there for 2 nights and walked to the Kurama Temple and Kifune Shrine. Very enjoyable and scenic. The staff at Kurama Onsen are first class with the service and the meals (breakfast and dinner included) are delicous! There are only 6 rooms and they are nice and clean.

If you are staying here, then the onsen is very private once the day trippers are gone after 5:00 pm. You may even have the whole onsen to yourself.
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sutter93 wrote a review Apr 2017
Tofino, Canada52 contributions69 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Take a trip outside of Kyoto and get closer to nature. We stayed one night at the Kurama Onsen. It was our first ryokan experience and we're glad we did it. The temply nearby (10min walk) provides a great place to do a walk/hike/exercise in nature. The onsen is very nice as well. The service is excellent: there is a bus driver waiting for you at the bus stop at ALL hours. He is to and from there all day every day every 20mins. So no matter what time you arrive, he's waiting for you. The highlight of the trip to the ryokan was the food though. The kaizen meal was out of this world and blew us away. My wife is gluten free and they fixed her an entire different menu. Everything was so unique individually prepared. I feel lucky to have seen 2 full kaizen meals in one. Breakfast the next day was equally as impressive. I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for the ryokan experience.
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Date of stay: October 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jdu513 wrote a review May 2015
Toronto64 contributions23 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Kurama Onsen is about 1 hr north of Kyoto by train. It was relaxing, away from all the city noise. The outdoor onsen was amazing. Their is a lookout to the forests and it was peaceful.

This was a traditional Japanese inn. The room was spacious, but you do sleep on a thin mattress on the ground. Dinner is hot pot style and brought to your room. Breakfast is a little more western style, with buns, coffee, hashbrowns.

The hosts and staff were extremely polite and did everything to make sure we were comfortable. I wouldn't stay again, but it was definitely nice to experience this one time.
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Date of stay: April 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sisnieC wrote a review May 2013
Perth, Australia5 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the first of everything for me -- stark naked in hotspring in front of people I know (and some I don't) & having a feast fit for the king! That's about summing up the experience of a lifetime at the BEST resort I have stayed in.

At 17,200 yen a night, we got to try out an experience that probably would have been the first & last for many who don't have the luxury to travel regularly, let alone to a luxurious Japanese onsen. The service from the staff was tip-top from the moment we stepped off the train. The package included 2-way transportation to the resort, a welcome ocha with titbits, a super-sumptuous dinner & breakfast...not to mention unlimited usage of its indoor & outdoor onsen facilities. Oh, they even helped us set up our tatami beds on request!

The only inconvenience was the public bathing facilities, which only available on ground floor but we got used to it by next day. Our room was a little cramped for 4 but well, it was good enough for a night stay. A truly pampering haven that you must not miss!
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Date of stay: May 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Ask for a bigger room if sharing more than 3. Warning: For smokers, keep the window close at...
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Supasaiyajin wrote a review Dec 2012
Bangkok, Thailand27 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It is quite remote but a great location, and i advise to take the train to get to Kamakura, the way through the forest is beautiful.
Rooms are spacious, staff is helpful, but speak little english really. The hot spring baths both indoor and outdoor are just the right size, nice, clean and not overcrowded as in other (bigger) Onsen.
Dinner and breakfast are outstanding.
Went there for our honeymoon, and it was wonderful!
I strongly recommend it.
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Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Luke H wrote a review Jun 2018
15 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow, wow, wow, we are completely humbled, this was one of those truly magnificent experiences in a lifetime, we are truly spirited away.
Every moment was out of a dream. The food, beyond compare, the onsen, amazing, the experience, like no other. Can we live here for ever, really, please.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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welbyaltidor wrote a review Nov 2016
Eindhoven, The Netherlands4 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The resort is about 10 minutes away from the station, but a free shuttle will pick you up when you get off the train and whisk you away to the resort.
All rooms are Japanese-style (tatami and futons) and you will be expected to wear yukata.
Dinner is served in the room as is traditional, and we enjoyed a delicious kaiseki dinner on the first night (with about 15 dishes) and a wild chicken hotpot on the next day. Breakfast is Japanese-style, and served in the cafeteria downstairs.
I love this hotel and it was one of my best experiences in Japan.
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Date of stay: November 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jeremy C wrote a review Apr 2013
Singapore, Singapore73 contributions58 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Before arriving at the Kurama station, everyone would have taken a local train that would bring us there, on the train, there are window facing seats. That's the best way to enjoy the scenery! ps: cherry blossoms along the way!

Upon arriving at Kurama station, one may take the shuttle van service that stops at the station approximately every 20 minutes. No worries on this, the shuttle van would arrive when the local train arrives.

The Onsen would provide towels , a japanese after shower robe and a pair of socks for your spring water baths. In case you havent been to one before, from my observation, usually one will rinse through water and go into the hot spring water. After some time, one will immediately soak into the ice cold water for a moment, cooling oneself and back to the hot spring water again. Thereafter, we would bathe normally with the provided shampoo and shower foam. Interesting experience! oh! there's also a outdoor spring!

Enjoy all the food that have been prepared! There's dinner and breakfast.
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Date of stay: March 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Yonie71 asked a question May 2018
Cremorne Point, Australia29 contributions25 helpful votes
If you book to stay here do you have to pay to enter the onsen?
Answer from Ania W
3 contributions1 helpful vote
I went to the Kurama Onsen today and my tattoos were not a problem 😊 they are less strict when it comes to foreigners!
Answer from OgdenRed
West Haven, Utah, United States33 contributions35 helpful votes
No reservation needed. We just showed up.
Andy M wrote a tip Oct 2015
Hong Kong, China15 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are on the first floor facing the river"
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ClimbKili16 wrote a tip May 2015
Brewster, New York31 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There were only 5 rooms, so all are great"
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Ludivine94450 wrote a tip Dec 2014
Limeil-Brevannes, France5 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"We took a standard room and was very pleased to have view on the parking. I say "pleased" because there are 3 beautiful Japanese marple-tree in the parking and as it was autumn they were simply beautiful. Nice view to take a break in the morning in the room before enjoying the outside public bath."
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Lisa G wrote a tip Aug 2014
3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It's a very basic room, and that is just what we wanted."
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IreneCanberra wrote a tip May 2014
Canberra98 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only five rooms and all face the same way"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kurama Onsen
Which popular attractions are close to Kurama Onsen?
Nearby attractions include Mt. Kurama (0.4 miles), Kurama-dera (0.3 miles), and Yuki Shrine (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kurama Onsen?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a spa.
What food & drink options are available at Kurama Onsen?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Kurama Onsen?
Conveniently located restaurants include Yoshuji, Kurama Onsen, and Nagomiya Kotengu.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kurama Onsen?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Kurama Onsen?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shugakuin Imperial Villa (4.7 miles), Kifune Shrine (0.8 miles), and Hosenin (3.3 miles).
Does Kurama Onsen have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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