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Kurama-dera, Kyoto

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Located in isolated wilderness high on a wooded mountain, Kurama-dera represents a center of worship for an esoteric sect, revering deities of the sun, love, and power. Hike the steep path to the 8th-century temple (which will take around 30 minutes), enjoying the wind through the colossal cryptomeria trees and a Shinto shrine along the way. Alternatively, take the cable car halfway up. Soak in the peaceful atmosphere of this popular--yet untouristed--temple, and observe the forested valley from its terrace, set directly on a mountain slope. Take a look at our Kyoto road trip planner to schedule your visit to Kurama-dera and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The Aoyama Temple, located on Aoyama Mountain near Kyoto, Japan, can be taken by a short walk from Theiyama City from Kyoto City to The Aoki Station. It's very much to walk into the temple, the whole anastares are very comfortable to walk.
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  • Founded in 770, Kurama-dera is accessible after a 45-minute hike from Kurama station. Vegetation has suffered from recent storms, and many trees have been uprooted or cut to prevent them from falling. That said, the hiking trail is well signposted and requires a minimum of physical fitness. The Kurama-dera was created by the monk Gantei, while he was looking for a place to meditate. He met a white horse that led him to the place of the future Kurama-dera.
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  • I went here when snow falls.. Amazing place for relaxing your mind.. Please try to ride the cable car there.. Woooww.. Thaattss soooo amazing 😆
  • This mountain area has many temples and an hiking trail. I love it very much.
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