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  • Kurama area(Kurama-dera,Yuki-jinja)

  • Kurama area
    • Kurama-dera Temple is a mountain temple with a long history and a unique atmosphere. It is considered by some to contain special spiritual energy, and over the years many famous people have come here to meditate.
    • If it gets off at the terminal point and the Kurama station of the kurama line of Eizan Electric Railroad, a tengu's field will meet.
    • Yuki-jinja Shrine dates from the founding of Heian-Kyo (Kyoto), and was established to protect the northern quarter of the city from evil influences.

The autumnal leaves of Kurama-dera.

    The autumnal leaves of Kurama-dera Temple.

  • There is a path from the main hall which circles the mountain through groves of towering cedar trees which scent the fresh air. Nearer to the temple buildings, the air is scented with incense. There are many places which afford you stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • A visit to Kurama is well worth the effort. It is a chance to blend great hiking with time well spent investigating ancient and somewhat mysterious temple buildings.

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The autumnal leaves of Yuki-jinja.

    The autumnal leaves of Yuki-jinja Shrine.

  • It is famous for being the site of the Kurama Fire Festival, which takes place on October 22nd each year, and is one of Kyoto's three great festivals.
  • Massive watch fires are set along the streets of Kurama, and more than 250 pine torches, some weighing as much as 80 kilograms, are lit and paraded along the street up to the shrine along with mikoshi (portable shrines). It is a very dramatic festival, rich with the spirit of ancient times.

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    Access to Kurama

  • [Address]
  •     1074 Kurama-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
  • [Access]
  •     Eizan Railway : 5-minute walk from Kurama Station

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