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.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Koichi.
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.
-My services as your Tour Guide
-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.
-Entrance fees (Kuramadera: 300 yen per person, Hot spring outdoor spa: 1000 yen)
-Taxi fare from your hotel to Demachi yanagi Tram station:around 1000 to 3000 yen per cab from city center
-Eiden Tram Train: 840 (420*2) yen per person
-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
-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. read more
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Kiochi was an excellent guide and we would have no hesitation in recommending him to others. From the initial contact he was responsive and based on our available time, he proposed a schedule which would allow us to take in all the key sights of Kyoto. He met us at the station, provided a very informative overview of each site we visited and even arranged a superb lunch. We even managed to squeeze in an extra visit on the way back to the station. Without using the services of a knowledgeable and organised guide like Koichi, we would never have been able to see all the main sights and understand the role of Kyoto in the history of Japan. Thank you Koichi for a wonderful & memorable day.
Hi! John san. Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. It’s my pleasure. I wish you had more time to spend in Kyoto. In Kyoto and surrounding areas, there are many other places you should visit and things I would like to recommend. Well, I hope to see you again in the near future. Thanks again. Koichi
Koichi was terrific. He met us punctually at he SilverSea ship. We then took public transportation to Osaka sights. We went to the castle, he had us take the tram to save energy getting to the top of the castle area as it was extremely hot. He guided us to 5be lovely tea house on the grounds where we enjoyed a tea ceremony. Took the bus tram to save steps again to our next sight. We went to a lovely Shri e, a wonderful temple where a funeral was being performed and then we headed to the busy shopping streets of Osaka. We had a delightful local lunch which Koichi ordered for us. We did about 20,000 steps with Koichi that day. It was a really great day with a great guide.
Koichi was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the local areas we visited. The tour was faultless throughout and was the realisation of a dream come true for me. During our tour we had a brilliant lunch suggested to us by Koichi and we visited several places which were not on our original plan, but made the day even more enjoyable. A super highlight was when Koichi suggested we stop at a local supermarket where he purchased a bottle of his favourite local sake for us to sample. Yum!! Thank you Koichi for such a wonderful day. Ian and Leanne
Hi! Ian san, Thank you for your wonderful comments for me. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. It’s my pleasure! I hope to see your fine works that you made on the tour day. Well, have you contacted the kiln where we visited? They told us that today would be the firing day. I’m looking forward to meeting you again. Koichi
We could not have had a better guide for our day in Kyoto than Koichi san! From our initial contact he planned a wonderful day for us and accommodated our special request for a vegetarian lunch. He met us early at our hotel and we started our adventure. Mid-morning he accommodated our impromptu request to visit Arashiyama Monkey Park, which was a highlight for us, especially our daughter. He even helped my daughter get her first goshuincho book and first (of many) goshuins. He explained culture and history and taught us how to properly do the purification ritual at temples/shrines. And he took so many wonderful family photos for us! Another highlight of our time with him was an amazing lunch at the restaurant at Ryoanji Temple. We ate Yudofu in a tatami room that look out onto a beautiful ... read more
Hi! Donna san. Thank you for writing me such a wonderful comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. I'm so happy to have been your guide. I think we were very lucky since we could see beautiful cherry blossoms for that time of the season. I would like to have a chance to guide you next time too. I really hope to see you in the near future. Koichi
From the first contact by email I knew we would be in good hands. Koichi helped me decide on activities for each day based on his extensive knowledge of the area and his quick grasp of what my wife and I would want to see. On our 4 days together we could not ask for a better experience. He is knowledgeable, a very careful driver and was very considerate of our interests, adding things to our original plan. He has a wonderful disposition.
Thank you for your wonderful comment for me. Charles san! I am very happy you enjoyed the tour. I would like to see you again in the near future since I want to show you some other hidden interesting places next time too. Koichi