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Kurama-dera, Kyoto

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Religious Site · Landmark
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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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  • We visited Kurama temple in the afternoon after visiting Kifune shrine at the neighboring town. Kurama Temple is located at the base of the Mount Kurama but will still need to hike up to the temple... 
    We visited Kurama temple in the afternoon after visiting Kifune shrine at the neighboring town. Kurama Temple is located at the base of the Mount Kurama but will still need to hike up to the temple...  more »
  • This beautiful mountain temple was something different than the ones in Kyoto city area. To begin with, it is clearly off the beaten track and hence a welcome getaway from the crowds. The temple area....  more
    This beautiful mountain temple was something different than the ones in Kyoto city area. To begin with, it is clearly off the beaten track and hence a welcome getaway from the crowds. The temple area....  more »
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  • Amazing place with a beautiful view. During winter it's so magical. But you need to go there early morning.
  • Super awesome place bit they should get rid of the smoking spot right outside the entrance

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