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A Visit to Mount Kurama

Kurama

We went there on October 12th 2022 with a small train from the north of Kyoto. Once in Kurama, and before going up the mountain, we had lunch at a vegetarian restaurant. The chef is a retired monk, serving buddhist vegetarian cuisine. A popular restaurant in Kurama, reservation required.

Kurama-dera is a temple in the far north of Kyoto, which houses some National Treasures of Japan.
Situated in secluded wilderness at the base of Mount Kurama, it is accessible by its own cable car line, the Kurama-dera Cable.
Mt. Kurama is easily one of the best day trips outside of downtown Kyoto. Temples with mysterious origins, a mystical history, lush cedar forests, and an easy day hike are all at your fingertips.
Outside of Kurama station you will be greeted by an enormous statue of Sojobo, king of the Tengu, said to have originated in Kurama.
It is an extremely popular temple for Japanese people to visit, owing to the many mysteries and occult events surrounding it, but does not appear in most English language guidebooks.

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A Vegetarian restaurant in Kurama.

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The Today's menu.

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Going to the top, many stairs....

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View from the top

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View from the top

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Going down the mountain forest.

© PHOTOS BY JC DUMONT

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