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Mt. Kurama, Sakyo

4.6
#2 of 21 in Nature in Kyoto
Head up Mt. Kurama to find a place central to the region's natural and spiritual heritage. Topped with a famous temple and shrine, the forested hills are reputedly the home of Sojobo, King of the Tengu (Shinto gods and spirits who inhabit the forests and mountains). The hill has also become known as the birthplace of reiki: fans of the holistic practice flock here to witness the place where the founder of reiki, Mikao Usui, after 21 days of meditation, received the healing energy. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Mt. Kurama and many more Kyoto attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kyoto vacation tool .
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  • Reiki is one of my son's passions and Mt Kurama was a must-feel for him, because the founder (Usui) meditated there. The air is fresh and there is a serene energy to the place. In fall foliage the...  more »
  • This is a special place. Be sure to hike up to the temple and over to Kibune (the other side of the mountain) if you are reasonably healthy and can walk on steep steps. If you are not very fit or...  more »
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  • Lying on the outskirts of the city, this is a nice and easy trail away from the usual hustle of Kyoto. This route between Kurama and Kifune takes usually around 2.5 hour dotted with temples and spots with rich history. This trail does not offer a panoramic view but definitely a worthwhile dip in the forest greens.
  • Nice to get out of the hectic city of Kyoto and head of the forests. Not too far to go, hardly any people which is nice.. has a steep climb to get to the top and you can walk back down the other side to get to Kibune (a nice town and in the summer months they put decking over the river so you can eat on it!) The after effects of the typhoon is still very obvious at the moment, a lot of fallen down trees and destruction but the walk was still beautiful and a nice day out.
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