Kurama and Kibune are a pair of tranquil rural villages and easy and scenic 30-minute train north of Kyoto on Eizan Line. They form the best half-day trip out of Kyoto.
“Kurama – Kibune © norio-nakayama
Kurama And Kibune Area Description:
Tucked into the mountains north of the Kyoto, Kurama and Kibune feel like worlds away. Surrounded by forested mountains, these two quaint villages will ease your soul after spending too long among the neon and concrete of the city below. The premier attraction is Kurama-dera, a mountaintop temple with great views. Combine a visit here with a walk over the mountain to the village of Kibune.
Things To Do And See in Kurama
- Kurama-dera Mountain Temple
Kurama-dera Mountain Temple is easily the best day- or half-day trip out of Kyoto. High on the shoulder of Mt. Kurama, you can feel the power of nature up here
- Yuki-jinja Shrine
A small Shinto shrine partway up Mt. Kurama, Yuki-jinja seems to embody the true spirit of Shinto: the reverence for the awesome power of nature
- Kurama Onsen
The best onsen (hot spring) in the Kyoto area, Kurama Onsen is an easy 30-minute train trip north of Kyoto. Sitting in the outdoor tub surrounded by forested mountains is pure onsen bliss
Things To Do And See in Kibune
- Kibune-jinja Shrine
Kifune-jinja Shrine (also known as Kibune-jinja) is the main sightseeing attraction in the quaint village of Kibune
Places to Eat in Kurama
Yoshuji is the nicest place to eat in Kurama, full stop. You can choose from sets of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine or simpler bowls of noodles
- Aburaya Shokudo
Simple, hearty fare for pilgrims to Kurama-dera Mountain Temple, Aburaya Shokudo is an old-school eatery. No pretensions: just filling rice and noodle dishes
Places to Eat in Kibune
A friendly and scenic spot to eat in Kurama, Nakayoshi fits the bill for lunch in this scenic village
An elegant riverside restaurant in Kibune, Tochigiku is a great spot for lunch after hiking across the mountain
Hirobun is one of the more laid-back riverside restaurants in the quaint village of Kibune
Beniya is one of the more elegant riverside restaurants in the quaint riverside town of Kibune
- Kibune Club
The perfect place for a cuppa while exploring Kibune, Kibune Club is the best café in the entire village of Kibune
- Kurama to Kibune Hike
The easy hike from Kurama to Kibune, in the hills north of Kyoto, is our favorite half-day trip out of Kyoto City. It’s the perfect combination of nature and culture.
Ryokan in Kibune
- Ryokan Ugenta
One of the finest and most stylish ryokan in the entire Kyoto Area, Ryokan Ugenta is prime honeymoon territory
Getting To Kurama And Kibune
- By train: Take the Keihan Line to the northernmost stop, Demachiyanagi Station, and switch to the Eizan Line. Be careful to board a Kurama-bound train as some trains on this line go to Yase instead.
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