1 Day Hiking Tour in the Mountains of Kyoto

Upon ascending Mt. Kuruma, you will find a wealth of magical temples, relaxing onsens and hiking paths through lush green cedar forests. Mt. Kurama is a very historical area, known for being the birthplace of reiki (a healing technique) and home to the tengu, Japanese folklore creatures said to be the protectors of the natural world. You will leisurely walk from Kurama to the quaint mountain village of Kibune, stopping to see various sights along the way. It is the perfect trip for those wishing to get out of the city and enjoy some easy hiking in the nature.
* Duration: 8 hours
* Starts: Kyoto, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Upon ascending Mt. Kuruma, you will find a wealth of magical temples, relaxing onsens and hiking paths through lush green cedar forests. Mt. Kurama is a very historical area, known for being the birthplace of reiki (a healing technique) and home to the tengu, Japanese folklore creatures said to be the protectors of the natural world. You will leisurely walk from Kurama to the quaint mountain village of Kibune, stopping to see various sights along the way. It is the perfect trip for those wishing to get out of the city and enjoy some easy hiking in the nature.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Yuki Shrine, 1073 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1111 Kyoto Prefecture

Yuki Shrine was actually built in central Kyoto, but in 940 AD was moved to Kurama to protect the area from mysterious evil. One of the highlights of this mountainous shrine is an 800-year-old cedar tree which towers over the shrine at 53m tall.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Kurama-dera, 1074 Kuramahommachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111 Kyoto Prefecture

After exploring Yuki Shrine, you will meander though the forest on a pleasant 25 minute walk to the most famous shrine of the area – Kuramadera. Founded in the 8th century, Kuramadera is dedicated to the worship of mountains and nature, and has an incredible view over the surrounding mountain ranges, especially in Autumn. See how many long-nosed tengu (guardians of the mountain) you can spot.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Okunoin Maoden, 1074, KuramahonmachI, Sakyo-Ku InsIde Kurama Temple, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture

Nestled deep in the mountains is the Okunoin Maoden Temple. It is said to be where demons reign and has a very mysterious feeling about it.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kifune Shrine, 180 Kurama Kibunecho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1112 Kyoto Prefecture

Kifune Shrine is considered a place for sailors to go to pray for luck on their voyages and is dedicated to the God of water and rain. There are places where you can drink the pure mountain water fresh from the source, and many little streams dotted around the shrine. If you come in summer, expect to be charmed by the wildflowers, but it is no less stunning shrouded in autumn colours, or pure white snow. Be sure to try the mizuura mikuji (water fortune telling paper) which your guide can translate for you.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

Eat at a local “kawadoko” restaurant. Kawadoko is a Kyoto style of restaurant where the floor is built on the river so that customers can relax hearing the tinkling of the stream as they eat, and refresh feeling the cool air coming off the water.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kifune Shrine, 55 Shichikuseihokucho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8426 Kyoto Prefecture

According to legend, a goddess traveled in a boat from Osaka all the way up the river into these mountains. This inner shrine of Kifune houses the boat it is said that she rode in.

Duration: 25 minutes