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Kurama-dera Temple

Travel Guide - Kurama-dera Temple

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Kurama-dera Temple was founded in 770 by the monk Gantei, a disciple of Ganjin (Jianzhen). Originally belonging to the Tendai sect, the temple has been independent since 1949, describing its own brand of Buddhism as Kurama-Kokyo sect.
In 770, Gantei left Toshodai-ji Temple of Nara in search of a wilderness sanctuary where he meditate. When wandering in the hills north of Kyoto, he came across a white horse which led him to the valley known today as Kurama. After settling in Mt. Kurama-yama, he was attacked by a demon but saved by Bishamonten (Vaisravana), the guardian god of the northern quarter of the Buddhist heaven. Then he established Kurama-dera Temple to worship Bishamonten in the current location, just below the peak of the mountain. The statue of Bishamonten enshrined in the temple is now designated as a National Treasure. The temple is also known as a legendary place where Ushiwaka-maru (Minamoto-no-Yoshitsune) spent in his boyhood and met Tengu (Long-nosed goblin).
To reach the entrance of the temple, you can take a tram that goes to the top of the hill. You can also choose to hike up a trail that winds through a forest of tall cedar trees. At the top of the hill, there is a courtyard dominated by the temple's Honden main hall. The view from the hall is brilliant, especially in the season of cherry blossoms in the spring or colored leaves in the autumn. Behind the hall a trail leads off to the mountain's peak. From the mountain peak, you can head off to the valley floor of Kibune by taking a descending trail down the other side.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 9:00 - 16:30
  • Reihoden Museum: 9:00 - 16:00

ClosedClosed

  • Reihoden Museum: Mondays (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)
  • Reihoden Museum: December 12 - February

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 200 yen (General, Adult)
  • Admission Free (Child)
  • Reihoden Museum: 200 yen (General, Adult)
  • Reihoden Museum: 100 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 30 minutes walk from Kurama Station on the Kurama Line (E17)
  • 5 minutes walk from Kurama Station on the Kurama Line (E17) and take the cable car at Sanmon Station. Get off at Tahoto Station, then walk 7 minutes.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1074, Kurama Hommachi, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-1111

TweetsTweets

nugget @gowithnugget - 2019-11-15
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Bennett The Sage @BennettTheSage - 2019-11-12
Myself at the temple on top of Mt. Kurama.

And yes, there is a Mt. Hiei. https://t.co/tuVe7RsBb1
Maarten Das @maartend4 - 2019-11-03
Kurama-dera again, another shot of the buzzard that kept circling the temple grounds... https://t.co/yPKNOyE5b7
Matt Blair @matteblair - 2019-11-03
@Orsi_Spanyol So lucky! My favorite part of Kyoto was walking the trails around Kifune and Kurama. There's a temple… https://t.co/c9ueaaqv9b
🍊. @fleurxds - 2019-10-15
Kamisama Hajimemashita / Baeksoo!AU

Jongin as Kurama, a crow-like creature of heaven who has fallen from grace and… https://t.co/B2ugzEErlg
🍊. (Unbound!AU daily updates this week) @fleurxds - 2019-10-15
Kamisama Hajimemashita / Baeksoo!AU

Jongin as Kurama, a crow-like creature of heaven who has fallen from grace and… https://t.co/B2ugzEErlg
Gary Savage @gssavage - 2019-10-12
@dave_in_oxford @Kamakura_By_Sea And don’t miss Kurama Onsen a little bit up the road from the temple.
Kamakura By The Sea @Kamakura_By_Sea - 2019-10-12
Absolutely stunning. Note to self: add Mt. Kurama and temple to bucket list. https://t.co/580QqSZCnm
Cris @repelectrick125 - 2019-09-26
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Kelsey Coulthard @KelseyCoulthard - 2019-09-24
@KendallPatrice In Kyoto:
-Fushimi Inari (I got engaged there)
-Bamboo Forrest
-Gion food strip Pontocho (restaur… https://t.co/S2GovYSWnb
Toshin @FoxToshin - 2019-09-17
Then, yesterday, we met with @KostyaFox_ and went together to Kurama-dera, a temple in a forest mountain (with lots… https://t.co/HgK81CyTz8
Toshin@日本🇯🇵 @FoxToshin - 2019-09-17
Then, yesterday, we met with @KostyaFox_ and went together to Kurama-dera, a temple in a forest mountain (with lots… https://t.co/HgK81CyTz8
JATRABRIDGE @jatrabrige - 2019-09-15
#onsenkyoto
#travelkyoto
Going up to north from center of Kyoto city, Kurama area is there.
There is Kuramadera tem… https://t.co/lw29MB1lda
jason francis @jasonfrancis71 - 2019-09-12
People ask me why I love kyoto. A visit today to kinkakuji golden temple & the mountain village of kurama is why. https://t.co/HqBHKGfnTf
nugget @gowithnugget - 2019-09-09
Explore #Kyoto's countryside with a gorgeous train ride and hike to Kurama-dera Temple. #familytravel #gowithnugget https://t.co/3YZc31puWw
myles jude @mylesjude2 - 2019-09-08
@matthewmeyerart Also do you have a website where I can look up some info on Mao san, Senju Kannon, and Bishamonten… https://t.co/RDdgTntNxn
Tyler Singletary @harmophone - 2019-08-31
@haimvat Mount Kurama on the outskirts of Kyoto. 'Hello Dolly', a little jazz bar. Kodai-ji Temple and garden.
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-08-29
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David Culton @theplayoflight - 2019-08-25
Temple Takeoff (Kurama Temple, Kyoto) – Often when I’m taking long exposure images, people come into the scene who… https://t.co/swIIMbkDrn
kitten 🍑 @sweetnpeachie - 2019-08-25
Sora was one of the best filler arc characters in Naruto, a monk in training from the Land of Fires Fire Temple who… https://t.co/pwbXjxfvEw
David Culton @theplayoflight - 2019-08-24
Temple Takeoff (Kurama Temple, Kyoto) – Often when I’m taking long exposure images, people come into the scene who… https://t.co/sey3DBE2Rh
David Culton @theplayoflight - 2019-08-24
Temple Takeoff (Kurama Temple, Kyoto) – Often when I’m taking long exposure images, people come into the scene who… https://t.co/xXvAP76Ryc
David Culton @theplayoflight - 2019-08-23
Tree Spirits (Kurama Temple, Kyoto) – In Japan, many places and things are sacred and can be inhabited by spirits.… https://t.co/oOdwXsCpAi
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-08-21
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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-08-13
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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-08-11
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
Juancarlos Escalante @OnlyJuancarlos - 2019-08-10
Just a 50 minute train ride north of downtown Kyoto, the rural mountain town of Kurama is known for its main attrac… https://t.co/LIBV6S2NxF
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-07-29
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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-07-20
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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-07-18
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto

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