What to Expect
Kurama is a rural town in the northern mountains of Kyoto City. Kurama is known for Kurama-dera Buddhist temple. It takes about 40 minutes to climb up to the temple's main hall. Along the ascent to Kurama-dera, Yuki Jinja,shrine is located, famous for its Fire Festival which is held on October 22. From the main hall, the hiking trail continues through the forest to Kibune. Kurama is very popular among Japanese people to visit, because of the many mysterious occult events such as "Tengu" legendary creature.
Kibune is a small town along the valley which developed around Kifune Shrine. Kifune Shrine is dedicated to the god of water. Here you can obtain a paper fortune slips that reveal their messages when dipped into water.
From June to September, restaurants in Kibune build platforms called "Kawadoko" out over the river where visitors can enjoy a meal.
After the hike, you can also enjoy bathing in the open-air Spa called "Rotenburo" at Kurama Onsen resort.