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Kurama-dera Temple

Travel Guide - Kurama-dera Temple


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


  • 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


T🔥bias Wehrum ✨ @tolicious - 2020-05-22
Some temple guardian tigers are better at gardening than others... (at Kurama-dera near Kyoto) https://t.co/W2mQ6YXVff
真紅, KYOKUTEI. @CRAMOlSlE - 2020-05-20
difficulty while trying to reach Mount Kurama,” he continued.
⠀⠀ Kind Shinku was something worth to be taken… https://t.co/FF8N6fhzDp
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-18
@Kitsu_yip96 'Those abilities will be no match for our power... So, this is it's temple? Tch, I thought it would be… https://t.co/cvg45qEZBs
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-18
@Kitsu_yip96 'What is this place? It's clearly not the temple that was outside.'

Kurama asked yet another question… https://t.co/7Msm1AtfHh
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-18
@Kitsu_yip96 After a few minutes of walking through the temple Kurama started to sense some malicious intent.

'I s… https://t.co/XtmpziCeRI
真紅, KYOKUTEI. @CRAMOlSlE - 2020-05-18
send them to Mount Kurama. Leave everything to the temple and say the potatoes are from Kyokutei,” said Shinku.… https://t.co/jApLYonhXY
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-17
@Kitsu_yip96 'I guess we came at a bad time, it's usually hot and humid here. Kit if you want you can hop onto my t… https://t.co/ObKe6duhlg
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-16
@Kitsu_yip96 'Hm... Look can we just move on? I'd like to at least see your place...'

Kurama says to which Kokuo r… https://t.co/Z4ENaPPjBP
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-16
@Kitsu_yip96 'Kit we're almost there, I think I see her temple through the trees up ahead. It might be a good time… https://t.co/qQ2jPbdRre
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-16
@Kitsu_yip96 The trio start heading over to a jungle like area, where they soon approach a well kept and lit cave w… https://t.co/Kspyvw1QKu
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-15
@Kitsu_yip96 'He sensed us through the fog he's created, but he can't tell who's coming through it so he thinks we'… https://t.co/fFonlT5mxK
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-15
@Kitsu_yip96 'Then don't use your sight kit, use your other sens-'

He cut himself off as he felt the intent of att… https://t.co/yhWa25QeLQ
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-15
@Kitsu_yip96 'Yes he is kit, but you'll soon realize that he's more than just a Turtle!'

He said as he took off se… https://t.co/o0fKp7aq7l
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-15
@Kitsu_yip96 The two came across a fog that was surrounding a body of water where isobu's temple was located

'Almo… https://t.co/wW8vpxzNDb
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-13
@Kitsu_yip96 'Yes his name Isobu, he currently lives in a temple in the land of water, shall we pay him a visit?'

He asks with a sly smile
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-12
@Kitsu_yip96 'She lives in a temple just an hour's trip away from here... Unless we hurry... Would you like me to hurry?'
Kurama NTF @Kurama_NTF - 2020-05-12
@Kitsu_yip96 With out a moment's notice he kicks off sending mounds of dirt, rocks and trees up into the air.

'It… https://t.co/MtEzhG17qN
Japanese Gallery Kensington @JapaneseGallery - 2020-04-11
Cherry blossoms at night (yozakura - 夜桜). A peaceful view of Kyoto in spring 🌸

Artist: Teruhide Kato (1936… https://t.co/c1ArXWhxD6
Rika Tanaka @reikiwithrika - 2020-04-09
A photo of today’s Kurama Temple in Kyoto. Hope you can feel the harmonious energy of Love, Light and Power from th… https://t.co/8AU3E7obx1
ときりょう@ 5月17日春例大祭F13B @tokiryou - 2020-03-27
@Hotfinwax I recommend U to go kurama temple in Kyoto. Because the temple worship Tengu.
doug hockaday @doug_hockaday - 2020-03-13
@Kurama_NTF I lived at an outland of the hidden mist i worshipped a dark silver great snake when i was a boy i alwa… https://t.co/Dn3D4EWa7R
Taiken Japan @TaikenJapan - 2020-03-06
1 Buddhist temple and 1 Shinto shrine nearby each other and teeming with things to do, sights to see, and stories t… https://t.co/KxIgJ3DrlV
firdausab @firdausab - 2020-02-26
Pickup the pieces 😊 #kojakoeyes #kofi日本 #tb @ Kurama Temple https://t.co/D9E30fyJCL
Bryan Reinhard @Brjan - 2020-02-22
The closest place from Osaka might be Kyoto mountainsides. The best bet was a small temple village, Kurama, 30-minu… https://t.co/V92tOEZ4ph
Bryan Reinhard @Brjan - 2020-02-22
Views along the path from Kurama Temple to Kibune village https://t.co/qr1vE4M1CZ
@pbndme - 2020-02-22
what if we kissed next to the kurama temple’s lanterns
Howl @tsuzushii - 2020-02-16
@anniV4X Thanks Anni!! Feels nice to be understood. You can ask me anything, we’re friends! This was during my last… https://t.co/c2iwlHzBOs
さかもつ @saka_suke - 2020-02-10
『Kurama Temple』Being-healthy|https://t.co/f2xtmIxDh8
Hilton Sy @hhiltonz - 2020-02-03
Kurama-dera is a large temple complex spread across the side of Mt. Kurama, looking over quaint Kurama village in n… https://t.co/MH2goFHZTS
BCC @ByCommonConsent - 2020-01-26
@BWJones @chrismichel Would strongly recommend a trip up to Kurama-dera temple and the nearby outdoor onsen


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