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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

Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-01-18
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The Train Hacker 🚅 @TheTrainHacker - 2019-01-01
...Kurama-dera Temple) > arrive in Kurama > head to Kurama onsen a fantastic hot-spring in a picturesque setting su… https://t.co/uLj9fFUzOG
The Train Hacker 🚅 @TheTrainHacker - 2019-01-01
This photo of me by a temple was taken on the mountain walk from Kibune to Kurama in the mountains north of Kyoto.… https://t.co/zosrpstFpR
Gendai Reiki Sydney @gendaireiki_au - 2018-12-29
Kibune shrine, stands on a back of Kurama temple, it turned into black and white world just for over night. https://t.co/YDgIHtLbfw
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-12-21
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
stroller @s_troehler - 2018-12-18
On the Shinkansen to Kyoto, train museum in Kyoto, and Kurama-dera Temple. https://t.co/iDjIvKyFXz
stroller @s_troehler - 2018-12-18
Some more from our trip to Kurama-dera Temple. https://t.co/WqML6Z5gXa
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-12-17
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
Dreaminatom🌱 @dreaminatom - 2018-12-16
About to make the ascent through Kurama-dera Temple to the top. You could either hike an hour or take the gondola s… https://t.co/ZzvEYTHb0g
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-12-01
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-11-27
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
nugget @gowithnugget - 2018-11-26
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くみ_Kumi @kumi_hrj - 2018-11-15
I usually check the website below to find the best timing for colored leaves in Kyoto🍁
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Lauren @wrought_thought - 2018-11-14
@faith_schaffer I’ve visited Kurama twice (once last winter, and then back in June). I adore it! I had a very sweet… https://t.co/5ZYBuaERIl
Luke @slpinkydee - 2018-11-06
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Mt. Kurama sustained damage back in September from a… https://t.co/jNikzZR3tM
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-11-05
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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-10-20
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-10-14
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
nene_koko_neko @yumasign - 2018-10-14
@bornfreeonekiss i finish my trip plan .. 90% ..

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桜香楽〜SAKARA-KYOTO 〜 @sakara_kyoto - 2018-10-10
Ok Kurama Temple has been closed since the 21 typhoon, especially the main buildings.
Please check the information,… https://t.co/KunoGyv1s3
桜香楽〜SAKARA-KYOTO 〜 @sakara_kyoto - 2018-10-10
The road from Kibune shrine to Kurama temple has been closed since the typhoon 21!
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-10-04
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
Y Hori @horiautomatic - 2018-09-23
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Sᴇᴠᴇɴᴛʜ Hᴏᴋᴀɢᴇ @TheWillOfRamen - 2018-09-14
@JoganUzumaki ―dubious but still compliant tone, he went onto scratch the side of his temple as he normally did in… https://t.co/eOO8Mf1sUP
Sᴇᴠᴇɴᴛʜ Hᴏᴋᴀɢᴇ (Caught the flu / Bedridden) @TheWillOfRamen - 2018-09-14
@JoganUzumaki ―dubious but still compliant tone, he went onto scratch the side of his temple as he normally did in… https://t.co/eOO8Mf1sUP
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-08-25
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-08-24
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
David Bearden @zacksoccer - 2018-08-19
New artwork for sale! - 'Kurama-dera Temple' - https://t.co/vdrMSr5VlD @fineartamerica https://t.co/YKAMeP6pQY
Antonia 🌸 Crying over toumyu 🇫🇷 @Lauf3yson - 2018-08-18
Talking about climbing the Kurama temple, featuring a relatable Shunya https://t.co/ayTyt95ocl
Antonia 🌸 Crying over toumyu 🇫🇷 @Lauf3yson - 2018-08-18
Yoshitsune was 16 when he left the Kurama temple and he was like 120cm tall oh my tiny boy how precious

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