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Mt Kurama mysterious hiking in Kyoto

Toru A.

4.93(14) reviews
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Mt Kurama famous for Shugendo(ascetic Buddhism practice in mountainous area )is located in north east far from downtown Kyoto. This sacred mountain has more mysterious story than Buddhist's hard practice. Legend says that about 6 million years ago, one alien called Kumara came here all the way from Venus.This mountain is also said to be the most power spot.

Meeting Point

At your hotel in Kyoto

Mt Kurama hiking

Visiting Kifune shrine ( deity of marriage is enshrined)

Visiting Japanese traditional restaurant along the stream called Kifune

Ending Point

At you hotel in Kyoto

What to Expect

As soon as getting off the local train runnig Eizan line, you will encounter strange world. In front of the station, you will see statue of Tengu: Goblin with red face, long nose, two wings on his shoulder.You can see many Tengu's statue and pictures in every temples here in Kurama.Are they servants of deity or alien from Venus? Please make sure by your own eyes.

From the top of the mountain, you can enjoy breathtaking moutrain view. Behind the temple, ascending mountain trail, you can get to so called matchmaking shrine named Kifune Shrine. On the way to there, you can see many huge cider tree's roots like wave which come out from ground.

This tour will get you to know Japanese ascetic Buddhism, and also become heathy because of 2 hours hike,

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

hotel pick up

entrance fee for guide in Mt kurama

entrance fee in Kifune shrine(free)

What‘s not included

entrance fee in Mt kurama ¥300

transportation fee(you and guide) one person ¥1680(round ticket from Dematiyanagi to Kurama) except for fee from your hotel to Dematiyanagi station


Important Information

This is hiking tour.So if you are not good at long walk, you should not participate in this.

If you want join this tour, you had better wear trekking shoes or proper shoes for hiking.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time



Katharina C.

Oct 17, 2019

Wonderful Osaka walking tour

Toru was very informative and flexible throughout the walking tour. He did a great job guiding our large group.

Toru A.

Thank you very much. I enjoyed too.


Birgit G.

Oct 8, 2019

A great day in Kyoto

We had a great day and saw lots of sites in a small amount of time. He knows his way around and went at a pace we wanted. A very pleasant man to spend the day with, has good knowledge of much of the history.

Toru A.

Thank you very much. Please come back again.

Sarah O.

Aug 2, 2019

Hot day in Kyoto

Toru gave a fantastic tour for us on one of the hottest days of the year. He was easy to work with and accommodated all our requests. While on the tour, he used JR Rail lines as much as possible so our transportation costs were low. We learned a lot of interesting facts from him. We highly recommend Toru for your tour.

Toru A.

Thank you so much. I enjoyed too in spite of the hottest day. Please take and have lots of fun in Japan.


Veronica A.

Jun 11, 2019

Great guide with a sense of humour

Toru is really an amazing guide. He is helpful and super funny- we went for a hike up mount kurama with our 5 months old baby and he was very considerate and accommodating. He is also a very genuine person and we enjoyed spending the day with him Would definitely recommend Toru to friends and will definitely use him for our next trip in japan!

Toru A.

Thank you so much. Please come back again!

$169/ per group