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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 - 2019-05-22
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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-05-21
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TravelCaffeine.com @TravelCaffeine - 2019-05-20
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What's up in Kyoto @whatsupinkyoto - 2019-05-17
Not to miss this weekend in #kyoto is the Uesaku Festival.

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Tanebet @Tanebet - 2019-05-13
Escape the city by going to Kurama. Not many visitors and for a while I was the only foreigner in the temple. https://t.co/7oOgqbPbc8
Rei Murasame 村雨れい @ReiMurasame - 2019-05-12
@sinnersergal @BlindFreddy3 @utvigilemus 'Kurama-dera (鞍馬寺) is a temple in the far north of Kyoto which houses some… https://t.co/a9wq5ivlnE
Rei Murasame 村雨れい @ReiMurasame - 2019-05-12
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@Jakl 🌹 @jakl - 2019-04-26
I just hiked up Mt Kurama and found a small eclectic museum and a giant temple surrounded by flowering cherry bloss… https://t.co/7PDKghAE2K
Joanna @ Home w/ Japan Withdrawal @ayanami116 - 2019-04-25
Instead of the usual #Kyoto attractions, Brandon and I decided to go a little out of the way to the land of the… https://t.co/h9iHvBw8W2
Joanna @ Home w/ Japan Withdrawal @ayanami116 - 2019-04-25
Instead of the usual #Kyoto attractions, Brandon and I decided to go a little out of the way to the land of the… https://t.co/h9iHvBw8W2
Joanna @ Home w/ Japan Withdrawal @ayanami116 - 2019-04-25
We took another cable car up the side of the mountain to get to the main temple of Kurama! https://t.co/hMSr4KyW6C
Joanna @ Home w/ Japan Withdrawal @ayanami116 - 2019-04-25
We took another cable car up the side of the mountain to get to the main temple of Kurama! https://t.co/hMSr4KyW6C
Joanna @ Japan 🍯🌙💕 @ayanami116 - 2019-04-25
Instead of the usual #Kyoto attractions, Brandon and I decided to go a little out of the way to the land of the… https://t.co/h9iHvBw8W2
Joanna @ Japan 🍯🌙💕 @ayanami116 - 2019-04-25
We took another cable car up the side of the mountain to get to the main temple of Kurama! https://t.co/hMSr4KyW6C
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-04-21
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
Japan Hoppers @JapanHoppers - 2019-04-18
Yuki-jinja Shrine is located on the premises of Kurama Temple in Kyoto. The following deities are worshipped here:… https://t.co/3BcJvu0YqI
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-04-14
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
Fuji Arts Inc @FujiArtsInc - 2019-04-13
Spring in Kurama Temple, 1953 by Takeji Asano (1900 - 1999); Japanese woodblock print.

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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-04-08
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 - 2019-04-05
Explore #Kyoto's countryside with a gorgeous train ride and hike to Kurama-dera Temple. #familytravel #gowithnugget https://t.co/3YZc317U4Y
Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-03-31
Let's go by cablecar to Kurama temple, in Kyoto, with beautiful red lanterns along the way! →https://t.co/b0RbiFgurN #kurama #kyoto
READ BENEATH THE CITADEL @ClareAgrippina - 2019-03-26
Up ontop of the beautiful Kurama-dera temple, and I just had to check...

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David Culton @theplayoflight - 2019-03-25
Temple, Mountain and Sky (Kurama Temple, Kyoto, Japan) – You have to want to get to this temple...a special train t… https://t.co/AwUnCuwqL5
Yuki Yamasaki @yukiyamasaki - 2019-03-24
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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-03-23
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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