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Enjoy Hot Spring after Hike in mysterious mountains of Kyoto -Kurama to Kibune-

by Koichi
(8) Reviews
6h $ 240 Price up to 6 people

Highlights

  • Kuramadera temple, known for its spirituality and breathtaking natural beauty
  • Hiking from Kurama to Kibune through wooded forest past several other temple structures
  • Kifune Shrine, in which the goddess of the water is enshrined
  • Scenic train ride from Kibuneguchi Sta. to Kurama
  • Enjoy soaking in Onsen (Open air Spa) at Kurama Onsen resort after the hike (If you like)
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Overview

We will visit Kuramadera which is a Buddhist temple located along the steep wooded mountainside. Behind the temple's main building, the hiking trail continues through the forest to Kibune, a small town famous for Kibune Shrine dedicated to the goddess of the water "Tamayorihime". The hike from Kurama-dera to Kibune takes about one hour. If you like, you can also enjoy "Onsen" hot spring at Kurama.

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.

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Highlights

  • Kuramadera temple, known for its spirituality and breathtaking natural beauty
  • Hiking from Kurama to Kibune through wooded forest past several other temple structures
  • Kifune Shrine, in which the goddess of the water is enshrined
  • Scenic train ride from Kibuneguchi Sta. to Kurama
  • Enjoy soaking in Onsen (Open air Spa) at Kurama Onsen resort after the hike (If you like)

Important

-I recommend this tour from May to November.
-You are going to walk in Mountain area for about two hours. So I recommend you should wear sneakers or hiking shoes and bring a rain wear or umbrella in case of shower, and also bring some water and snacks to appease your thirst and hunger temporarily.
-You can take cable-car (200 yen)that leads about halfway up the mountain. In this case, you may skip Yuki jinja shrine.
-If you like to enjoy "Kawadoko" meal, please let me know, I will arrange it. Most restaurants serve meals that range in price from 10,000 to 20,000 yen per person. Dependig on the wether conditions, you may have lunch inside of the building.
-From Kibune to Kurama station via Kibuneguchi station, we usually use public transportation(Shuttle Bus and scenic train).
-Daytrippers can use the public open-air bath at the price of 1000 yen at Kurama Onsen resort.

-In case of rain, I would like to take you to Ohara district (Sanzen-in temple, and so on) after visiting Kuramadera temple and Kibune Shrine by my private vehicle.
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What‘s included
-My services as your Tour Guide
-Complimentary transportation from your hotel to Kurama by private vehicle
-My transportation fare
* This tour might be extended due to various circumstances such as weather or your physical conditions etc. In such case, I would NOT charge any extra guide fee.
What‘s not included
-Entrance fees (Kuramadera: 300 yen per person, Hot spring outdoor spa: 1000 yen)
-Cable car: 200 yen per person
-Bus and train fare: 350 yen per person (140 yen for bus from kibune Jinja to Kibuneguchi Sta. 210 yen for train from Kibuneguchi Sta. to Kurama Sta.)
-Lunch,drinks, and snacks
Meeting Point
At your hotel in kyoto city area
Ending Point
At your Hotel or anywhere in Kyoto city area
Duration
6 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM , 08:30 AM , 09:00 AM , 09:30 AM , 10:00 AM
Number of people
up to 6 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 8 )
Premila Premila United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Half day tour of Kyoto ”

We were a family of four including two teenagers. We had half day trip of Kyoto with Mr Koichi. He showed us Golden Pavilion and Imperial palace and Gion district in a short time. He took us around in his car that made it very efficient. He is very knowledgeable about the hostilely and told of lot of tit bits. It was very hot that day we toured with him but he made sure we were comfortable. Thanks Mr Koichi for you help

Koichi:

Dear Premila san, Thank you very much for your kind comments. It was a short trip, but I had a great time with you and your family members. I really appreciate you. Thank you for taking your precious time to write such a nice review. I’m looking forward to seeing you again. Koichi

Mary Susan Mary Philippines ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Day Trip to Kobe ”

Since it was the first time for my family of 5 to visit Kobe, I was a little worried that we might not be able to go to the sights that we wanted to see conveniently. Koichi was very accommodating to us. He was open to my suggestions for the itinerary and was kind to adjust to our requests. He was also very informative of the places that we went to.He even accompanied my husband and son to go to a robot store while in Kobe. My family had a wonderful first time in visiting Kobe, thanks to Koichi.

Koichi:

Mary san, Thank you for giving me such a nice comment. I was very happy to be with you and your lovely family members. I'm really looking forward to seeing you again. And next time, I would like to show you more interesting places and things. I really appreciate you for taking time and writing me a reference. Thanks again. Yours Sincerely, Koichi

Cynthia Cynthia United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Outstanding Guide - Best way to see Kyoto ”

Koichi is an outstanding guide and takes great pride to know details about Kyoto and its surrounding area. Our first day with Koichi was spent driving to many of the top sites in Kyoto. He was so knowledgeable about the temples, shrines, history of Japan, navigation of the streets, and traditions of the country. He also took us to off the tourist track locations like a 300 year old hundred thatch roof tea house that was such a joy to go to. Because Koichi had a car, we were able to see so much more than if we were to travel by public transportation. We did in one day, what many people do in 3 days. Our second day, we asked to go to two areas: a sake distillery and the tea area (Uji). We loved them both. We spent the morning at several sake distilleries and the surrounding area... read more

Koichi:

Dear Cynthia san, Thank you very much for giving me such wonderful comments. I am glad that I could share happy days with you and your family members. I really appreciate you for you and taking time from your precious time and writing me a reference. I would like to thank you again providing me with highly recommendable reference. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. I’m really looking forward to seeing you again! Arigatou-gozaimasu! Cynthia san. Koichi

Lubna Lubna United Arab Emirates ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Best tour guide a family could have! ”

Our tour with Koichi was just perfect! We have a 2 year old and a 6 year old - he brought a car seat for us and took us to Nara and showed us a lot sights on the way, he was easy to talk to and very kind and went out of his way to help with the baby stroller. He also treated us to some fresh Mochi which was amazing. I would highly recommend Koichi. Thanks for the amazing day.

Koichi:

Hi! Lubna san. Thank you for your kind review. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the Nara tour with me. I could also have a great time with Lubna san , your nice husband, and lovely children. I think childcare is very hard work, but please enjoy raising children since its period will pass by so quickly. I really hope to see you again in the near future. Best Regards, Koichi

Saumya Saumya India ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Koichi San enhanced our experience multi-fold!! ”

I travelled to Kyoto with my family (total 5 people, 4 elders). We did one day trip to Nara, Osaka and a day in Kyoto with our base being Kyoto. Our time with Koichi San was amazing. He not only helped us understand the history and culture better, he was very empathetic to the needs of elders, patient with figuring out best routes and flexible in scheduling the day per our needs and taste. He is a very nice and genuine human being and a great company to spend your time with. I highly recommend having him your tour guide! Thank you Koichi San! Wish you very best in endeavors ahead.

Koichi:

Dear Saumya san, I really appreciate your generosity for taking time from your busy schedule. Thank you for your great warm-hearted comments for me. Very Arigatou-Gozaimasu!! I had a great time with you. Pleasure is mine, Saumya san. I'm looking forward to seeing you in the near future. And shall we enjoy singing Karaoke songs!! Best regards, Koichi

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