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

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


  • 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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240.30 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior


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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  • 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)


-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
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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.
Reviews ( 5 )
2 weeks ago |   by Lubna

“ 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.

1 month ago |   by Saumya

“ 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.

1 month ago |   by Thomas

“ Memorable Experience for the family ”

I am very impressed with Mr. Koichi sama. He is very knowledgeable person with unique insights to places and historical areas. I got to know him well after four days of touring with us. The greatest assets is his ability to be flexible and modify tour schedules according to the weather(rain) and family needs(hungry kids) as I travelled with my children. He has a protective nature that helped keep my children safe as we toured to multiple sites. Our tour hours are frequently changed and usually lasted longer than it should and I am very thankful for his patience and kindness(Thankful as well to his wife). I was able to visit all the wonderful sites that the family wanted to see. Mr. Koichi sama made contact with me earlier prior to arrival to Japan to plan out the sightseeing tours which we often modified as some areas were more fun to stay longer. He also took us to an impromptu Osaka night tour on his own accord to make our whole experience complete. My family had a wonderful time and travelling to places in his new car was a great perk because it allowed the family to rest in between sights. I would have never seen those many places and wonderful shortcuts if not for him. My family members were also learning basic Japanese as he taught my two daughters basic conversational Japanese daily. He takes great family pictures which often included him in. I will surely send him copies of the pictures to remember us by. Mr. Koichi sama is a gem. He went out of his way to ensure a beautiful experience and would highly recommend him. My family misses his presence around us, he became a part of my family and proud to call him my friend. Mr. Koichi sama, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. By the way, those were very delicious Sakura Mochi and apples. I hope to see you again my friend.

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1 month ago |   by Rachna

“ Great way to see Kyoto in one day ”

Due to limited time and spread out sights, we chose Koichi to take us by car to see Arashiyama, Kinkakuji, Nijo Castle & Fushimi Inari Shrine in 7 hours. The tour surpassed our expectations, travelling by car saved us a lot of time & Koichi was very enthusiastic and explained the history & the background of all sights. He also went beyond the regular tour drove us through very pretty neighborhoods, included the Ryoanji temple when he heard we were interested. It was a great experience to see Kyoto through the eyes of a local and the private car was a great blessing, the only change I would make is to see Fushimi Inari Shrine on another day as along with the rest of the sights it became a long tiring day. I would highly recommend the private car tour with Koichi as it covers a lot of sights very efficiently with local facts, nuggets & insights thrown in. It also helps that Koichi, is a really lovely person who enjoys his tours and spending time with different people. I wish him all the best ...

2 months ago |   by Rowena

“ Osaka Kyoto Nara 2018 ”

My sister, two daughters and I were very excited for our Osaka Day Tour with Koichi. We agreed to meet with him in our hotel lobby at 8:30 am, but as early as 8:15 am, we were already set. We were surprised to see Koichi arrive early as well. It gave us a good impression of him. The first place we went to was the Osaka Castle. In actuality, this was not part of the itinerary because we were only going to visit Kyoto and Nara, but because Koichi insisted, he toured us around the place. Aside from going to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion and Fushimi-inari Shrine in Kyoto, Koichi also showed us some places like the Geisha District, while we were on the car. It was great to see other famous spots, even for a short while. Aside from the fact that Koichi was knowledgable about the history of the places we visited, he was also very helpful when he would notice that we were getting a little tired. He would stop for awhile, ask if we’re okay, and even offer to help us in walking. Moreover, we appreciate all the little gifts or souvenirs he gave us, like the origami that his wife prepared, and the little snack he gave us. Truly, Koichi is not your usual tour guide. I forgot to mention that he also takes amazing pictures — almost all angles possible! We appreciate all of his efforts to explain Japan’s history to us. He even prepared visual aids for us to read, and we can fully attest that we really learned a lot from him. Our Osaka experience would not have been memorable without him. Koichi was more than a tour guide for us. He was our friend. Till next time! Arigato gozaimasu, Koichi!

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