Hiking Kibune to Kurama
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Distance 4.5 Kilometres
Duration 2-3 hours
Start Eizan Kibune Guchi station
Finish Kurama station
Nearest Town Kyoto 30 minutes by train.
Tips Buy a one day ticket from any Keihan station. Ticket price starts at 1,140 yen to 1,660 yen.
Take an outdoor hotspring at Kurama Adults 1100 yen, Children 700 yen.
The hike starts at Eizan Kibune Guchi station , exit the station and follow the road up the mountain following a beautiful mountain stream for two kilometres to the beautiful village of Kibune.
Before crossing a beautiful red bridge which leads to the hiking track up over the mountain to Kurama. It is best to walk about five minutes through the village of Kibune to see the Kibune shrine, which is easily recognised by its huge red shrine gate. The stair case up to the shrine is also very beautiful with lines of red lanterns and a couple of cedar trees that are 600 and 700 years old.
The shrine itself only needs about 5-10 minutes to explore and admission is free. People come to the shrine to pray in times of draught to pray for the rain to come or for it too stop raining if the area has had too much rainfall.
The stairs leading up the mountain are quite steep, until you come to Kimone Sando, a clearing covered with the tangled, exposed roots of old cedar trees. A very interesting place with a great opportunity for a few photos. From here the hiking becomes a lot easier and you'll come to the Okuno -in Mao-Den, where the warrior Minamoto Yoshitsune completed his training with a Tengu Goblin before joining the powerful Minamoto clan. From here its a 20 minute walk to the main hall of Kurama dera temple.
The Kurama Dera temple belonged to the the Tendai Sect of Buddhism until 1949 when it became an independant brand of Buddhism known as Kurama -Kyo.
From Kurama dera temple it is a 15 minute walk down stairs to the village of Kurama. On the way down they are currently doing some repair work to the hiking course. The stairs give way to a gravel road, walk down this and you will come across the inochi (life statue). The three tiered statue represents the three aspects of the god Sonten, the deity worshipped in Kurama-kyo buddhism. Soon past this you will come to the Yuki shrine which has two gigantic cedar trees behind the gates to the shrine. The yuki shrine holds a unique fire festival on October 22
Less than five minutes from Yuki shrine you will reach the village of Kurama from here you can turn right at the road and walk five minutes to the Kurama train station to take you back to Kyoto or you could turn left like we did and walk to Kurama hotsprings or if you are lucky enough like we were to be picked up by the free shuttle bus that runs about every 30 minutes between the station and the hotsprings.