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Full Day Hiking Tour in the Mountains of Kyoto

Uncover Kyoto's hidden gems in this 8 hour day trip from central Kyoto. Head to these “spiritual power spots” nestled into the natural beauty of the mountains, far away from crowds.


Upon ascending Mt. Kurama, you will find a wealth of magical temples, relaxing onsens and hiking paths through lush green cedar forests.Mt. Kurama is a very historical area, known for being the birthplace of reiki (a healing technique) and home to the tengu, Japanese folklore creatures said to be the protectors of the natural world.You will leisurely walk from Kurama to the quaint mountain village of Kibune, stopping to see various sights along the way.It is the perfect trip for those wishing to get out of the city and enjoy some easy hiking in the nature.

① 9:00 – Pickup from your hotel in Kyoto city
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Kurama by the Eizan Railway.From there you will take a short 15 minute walk to Yuki Shrine.

b7ec0863dfda2bd7604068ff815ccfb000bd6109.jpg② 10:30 - 10:50 - Yuki shrine
Yuki Shrine was actually built in central Kyoto, but in 940 AD was moved to Kurama to protect the area from mysterious evil.One of the highlights of this mountainous shrine is an 800-year-old cedar tree which towers over the shrine at 53m tall .

Kuramadera.jpg③ 11:15 – 12:00 - Kuramadera Honden Kondo
After exploring Yuki Shrine, you will meander though the forest on a pleasant 25 minute walk to the most famous shrine of the area – Kuramadera.Founded in the 8th century, Kuramadera is dedicated to the worship of mountains and nature, and has an incredible view over the surrounding mountain ranges, especially in Autumn.See how many long-nosed tengu (guardians of the mountain) you can spot.

Kinonemichi.jpg④ 12:10 – 12:25 - Walk on Kinone-michi
From the main shrine, further walk into the forest to Kinonemichi (Tree Root Road).There, you'll find that the path becomes a sea of ​​tree roots for you to traverse.The rooms are unable to grow underground due to the hardness of the surrounding sandstone, so instead grow upon the surface, allowing you to see something usually buried deep in the ground.

Okunoin Maoden.jpg⑤ 12:25 - 12:35 - Okunoin Maoden
Nestled deep in the mountains is the Okunoin Maoden Temple. It is said to be where demons reign and has a very mysterious feeling about it.

efd40ca30c9a5fcb3a7920aa70db72b364b1e2ff.jpg⑥ 12:55 – 13:25 - Kifune Jinja Hongu
Kifune Shrine is considered a place for sailors to go to pray for luck on their voyages and is dedicated to the God of water and rain.There are places where you can drink the pure mountain water fresh from the source, and many little streams dotted around If you come in summer, expect to be charmed by the wildflowers, but it is no less stunning shrouded in autumn colors, or pure white snow.Be sure to try the mizuura mikuji (water fortune telling paper) which your guide can translate for you.

52997058284c2999dc90def9a3f49d43f8c3d3cd.jpg⑦ 13:30 – 14:30 - Lunch at a Kawadoko style restaurant in Kibune
Eat at a local "kawadoko" restaurant. Kawadoko is a Kyoto style of restaurant where the floor is built on the river so that customers can relax hearing the tinkling of the stream as they eat, and refresh feeling the cool air coming off the water.

Kifune Jinja Okumiya.jpg
⑧ 14:35 -15:00 - Kifune Jinja Okumiya
According to legend, a goddess traveled in a boat from Osaka all the way up the river into these mountains.This inner shrine of Kifune houses the boat it is said that she rode in.

P7296461.jpg⑨ 15:15 – 15:30 - Kifune Cosmetics & Gallery
Browse their products made from water drawn from the sacred springs of the Kibune area. They draw the water at the full moon, making it spiritually and energetically charged. They claim their products bring out the flawless skin that Japanese women are famous for by combining thousand-year-old Kyoto traditions with cutting edge technology.⑩

16:00 - Kibuneguchi station
Head to Kibuneguchi station for the trip back to Kyoto.⑪

17:00 – Drop off at your hotel in Kyoto city


• Immerse yourself in the clear mountain air and lush green of the Kyoto mountains
• Try a Kawadoko (eating on the river) style traditional restaurant
• Explore the grounds of the legendary Karumadera Temple
• Feel like you're in a fairytale on the Tree Root Road
• Have your fortune told by the magical waters of Kibune at the Kifune Jinja Hongu


• Please wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking on mountain paths.
• This tour is not suitable for baby strollers or wheelchairs.
• If you wish to change the tour time, please contact us.
• During the peak travel seasons of March, April, and October, please be aware that there will be an additional charge of 2,000 yen per person for the tour.

  Price ¥20,000〜 / person

¥44,000 for a private tour for 1 person
¥22,000 / person for 2 adults
¥20,000 for 3 adults or more

¥10,000 for children 6-12

  Duration 8 hours
  Hours of availability

9:00-17:00 (flexible)


• English speaking guide
• Hotel pick-up/drop-off
• Shrine/Temple entry fees
• Public transport costs (from Central Kyoto-Kurama and back)


• Food and drinks

  Participants 1-6 people

Reviews (38)

Anna Dominique Thomas(US)★★★★★

Nice experience for foreigners and locals alike!

We booked the Mt. Kurama tour in Kyoto and highly recommend it. Michiko-san, our tour guide, met us at our hotel and we commuted to Mt. Kurama together. It was such a nice experience for foreigners and locals alike because Michiko-san was very knowledgeable of Japanese history and we learned a lot from her. She also speaks perfect English! We were lucky enough to see wild deer on our hike and it made our hike truly special. We will definitely book again!

Madlena( Bulgaria)★★★★★

Enjoy nature and traditions around Kyoto mountains with a delightful companion

Ms. Michiko Murayama, the tour guide, had a wonderful plan and I was looking very much forward walking around and exploring the natural and cultural beauty around Kyoto mountains. However, “the God of water” had the last say about it. Due to heavy rainfall in the day of the event, Michiko had to make changes to the itinerary and ensure safety. She suggested to visit only shrines that have easier access and had to cancel the much anticipated walk through the forest. With much regret about the cancellation, however, Michiko made the best effort to have a pleasant experience by organizing efficient transportation, reasonable access to shrines. Her inspiring attitude helped us deal with the poring rain and look at the positive as we enjoyed encounter with unusually colorful frog and fresh wild berry in the forest. We both laughed when I identified her as “juggling master” when she was holding both my umbrella, her umbrella and taking a picture at the same time. Due to the cancellation of significant portion of the tour there was remaining time and Michiko suggested to visit “The Home of 1000 Buddha’s”. Although, I have visited the site years ago, I appreciate visiting it again and with Michiko ‘s guidance and explanations I was able to comprehend deeper the beautiful national treasure. During the day Michiko and I had multiple interesting conversations and we enjoyed discussing similarities between different cultures. Michiko was very helpful and caring when managing the wet conditions. She was well prepared to offer much needed little towels. Although the Water God was not welcoming us that day, it was very pleasurable and enriching experience when spending time with Ms. Michiko Murayama. I highly recommend this tour and wish people to be able to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty in the mountains of Kyoto along side a wonderful companion as Ms. Michiko Murayama.
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Autumn Hike

Enjoyable walking hike through beautiful scenery in Mount Kuruma. Great guided tour by Tomo. Both the guide agency and Tomo were flexible to modify the tour on the spot in response to my request.


Magical Mountains of Kyoto

Our guide Akari was so helpful and very knowledgeable of the history of Kibune-Kirama. Overall effort is a high - if you’re looking for a nice stroll in the park, this would be very difficult for you - consider another option. That being said, the views from the top is breathtaking. If you’re lucky enough to see these views in Autumn as our group did - even better!
I would like to emphasize how helpful Akari was during our tour, she is very considerate and ensuring everyone gets to the top as safe as possible. Not only did we all make it to the top and back safely, we receive much needed understanding of the rich culture and traditions of Japan. We are no longer bystanders traveling aimlessly, but a willing participant of this short but great journey.

Ed Wong(USA)★★★★★

Viewing the Fall colors of Kurama Mountain

Akari was the perfect host/guide for our hiking tour! She had an endless amount of energy and knowledge as the hike was challenging and the local history was extensive. The mountains of Kyoto was beautiful this time of year and we were blessed with fabulous weather as it rained the night before but not during our outing.
Akari was so kind and generous with her time that she even took us back to the city center of Kyoto to make sure we could get into a decent restaurant for dinner (we got rejected without a reservation numerous times). We thanked her for the pleasure of her company over a meal and she shared her knowledge of Osaka as that’s our next stop.
Thank you Akari and hope to keep in touch. Looking forward to seeing you the next time we visit Kyoto/Osaka!

Denise Wong (USA)★★★★★

Beautiful hike thru the fall colors. Lots of steps/stairs and elevation change.

Our guide, Akari, was well versed about the Kurama Hike area and it’s history. She also shared her passion for the natural beauty of the area.

Samantha Wu(USA)★★★★★

Kuramadera Mountain Hike

Amazing knowledge of Kyoto and Japanese history. She helped our group learn about the different customs and rich traditions of the city. It was a time well spent and enjoyed every minute of our tour.

Julia Renner(USA)★★★★★


We had an amazing time with our tour guide Mizuho! She did an incredible job making us feel welcome and guiding us throughout the temples and shrines. We would love to tour with her in the future!

Dmitrey Kaplun(Canada)★★★★★

A journey through the mystical forest of Mt Kurama

The tour covers the areas of Mt Kurama and Kifune. There is a high vibrational energy around Mt Kurama and was incredible to visit the birthplace of Reiki. The guide for the November 4th tour was Akari and she provided good information on the history of the area, was attentive and answered the questions I had with a lot of detail. The lunch she recommend was one of the highlights of the tour. Go ahead and book the tour if you want to see and learn about Japan’s nature and the origins of Reiki energy!

Isai Vieyra Mena(USA)★★★★★

Beautiful Mountain Hike

Akari-san was the best! This Hiking Tour was absolutely gorgeous, and Akari taught me a lot about Mount Kurama's history. Akari introduced me to some local restaurants, and she shared lovely stories with us. She was wonderful! I recommend this tour to anyone that wants to see nature and learn about Japanese history.

Jayne Geddes(USA)★★★★★

Great historical hike

Beautiful nature and temples and shrines ! Great tour and tour lady ! Make sure have a good health and energy for all the stair way.

Michael Loucy(USA)★★★★★

Great crash course in historic Japan

Meg was a great guide on our full day tour of Mt Kurama. She met us at our hotel a handled all transfers to the Mt and then helped us better understand much of the history and traditions. Much appreciated Megu.

Amanda Henry(Australia)★★★★★

Excellent Kyoto mountains day trip

Lovely day hiking in the hills and mountain temples near Kyoto with our guide Yoji. Yoji was very knowledgeable and we had a great time, thank you!

Adam Whan(Australia)★★★★★

Informative and fun experience

Our guide was fabulous she took us to many places that we loved and she listened to what we wanted to see and made the day perfect to suit us. She took us to a great tempura restaurant that we really enjoyed. The whole day was very enjoyable.

Allison Mendes(Canada)★★★★★

Excellent tour

Excellent tour! The views on hike are spectacular. What made this tour most memorable was our tour guide. He was friendly , extremely knowledgeable and communicated throughout the day about history, culture and religion of Japan. Our guide asked what we were interested in seeing and ensured our requests were exceeded. We visited lesser known spots as well - this enriched our experience. HIGHLY recommend this tour.

Wyatt Boska(USA)★★★★★

Mizuho best tour guide

We had a really good time on the hike! Mizuho was a terrific guide; very knowledgeable, kind, and great at teaching Japanese culture and traditions.

Chrisanthi Farrey(USA)★★★★★

A truly amazing day!

An absolutely wonderful day! Our tour guide, Akari is amazing. She expertly led us to the peak of Mt. Kurama and then down to the lovely town of Kifune. She explained the sights along the way and gave us time for interactive experiences and took many great pictures of us (all at her suggestion). 100% recommend!

Kimberly Oram(USA)★★★★★

Immersion into Japanese culture with an immersion in nature

The tour was very informative and enjoyable! We thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour. The shrines, temples, and nature were breath taking . Definitely better with a guided tour. Our guide was so sweet and informative!

Alpana Kharkar (USA)★★★★★

A day in the mountains!

Mizuho was an incredible guide and taught us so much about the history of Japan at the same time as leading us on a beautiful hike. Thank you for a wonderful day!

Carey August(USA)★★★★★

BEST guide ever!

We can’t say enough good about our day with Michiko! First, she communicated with us in advance about how to adjust our plans due to an injury one of us had. She was flexible and creative throughout the day. Exceptionally knowledgeable, excellent language skills, even found our dinner restaurant and made the reservation. If every guide were this fabulous, travel would always be the incredible experience it is supposed to be.

Brett August(USA)★★★★★

Great tour with super guide Michiko

Our guide, Michiko, was AMAZING! Before our tour, she communicated with me about altering our plans because of an injury one of us had. She was knowledgeable and had great language skills. Best day ever!!

Manoel Heleno Ramos de Mendonca(Brazil)★★★★★

Forest, views, shrines... quite a pleasant day and experience!

The climbing is really something, but not a problem if one goes on his/her own pace. The views are amazing. The sound of the forest is wonderful. So many shrines to get to know about! The top is worth it. Yuki (Yoshida Yukiko) is a sweetheart. She was on time, very considerate, passed on lots of info about the shrines and history of the site, took us to a very nice lunch, offered for photos... it was quite a pleasant day and experience!!!

Chris Benson(USA)★★★★★

Birthday Hike to Mt Kurama

Michiko and Miki were the best guides and companions on our pilgrimage to Mt Kurama and Kurama-den. They took us through the awe inspiring temples and sharer wisdom that will blossom in our hearts for ages to come.
They also kept us on time even though we also went off the beaten trail, which was what we wanted. As a result, we saw deer, had incredible fortune, and experienced rare drumming from the monks.
We will miss them but will take the memory of this experience with us forever.

Russell Turner(USA)★★★★★

Great day spent in the Mount Kurma outside of Kyoto

We are 70 plus year old’s and thought, can we do this? At the end of the hike, we realized our guide Mizuho was so interesting in presenting the history of the site that we felt it was more like a stroll than 2 hours on a stairmaster. The walk was a combination nature walk, history lesson and zen like experience. Hopefully, if you are visiting the area, you have a chance to walk up this amazing shrine and experience this for yourself.

Sophia Gabriel(USA)★★★★★

Take a guided hike in the mountains outside of Kyoto if you want to experience tranquility and bliss

We are a couple of 70 + year old travelers who want to experience the rural beauty that Japan is know for . We are glad that we choose the day long hike up Mt Kurama about an hour north of Kyoto. The hike was amazing with lots of history, beautiful shrines, gorgeous waterfalls and many flowers and massive pine trees. Mizuho, our guide was prompt, well prepared and fun to spend the day with. She really is a superb guide and inspiration to get us up and down the mountain safely and had a great attitude. I would recommend this tour for anyone who loves to experience nature, art and history.

Rina Blomerus(South Africa)★★★★★

Memorable day in the Kyoto mountains

We had a wonderful day with Akari in the mountains of Kyoto. She gave us Japan background that assisted us in our total 14 day holiday. History, religion,food ,sights, travel tips , help with transport. She was so well prepared to cross our lack of knowledge, with nice diagrams. I enjoyed the age old folk story she told us , demonstrated with a childrens illustrated book. We thank you Akari for enriching our lives.

Rina Blomerus(South Africa)★★★★★

Mountain experience with , shrines , blossoms and a picturesque lunch setting

Akari , was a wonderful guide , in very good English she introduced us into Japan s culture , religion , history , food , and lifestyle that we could enjoy our stay in Japan She shared attractions , and we had a wonderful moutain walk with blossoms amd shrines, with lunch in a picturesque valley wit a small stream.

Rina Blomerus(South Africa)★★★★★

Mountain experience with , shrines , blossoms and a picturesque lunch setting

Akari , was a wonderful guide , in very good English she introduced us into Japan s culture , religion , history , food , and lifestyle that we could enjoy our stay in Japan She shared attractions , and we had a wonderful moutain walk with blossoms amd shrines, with lunch in a picturesque valley wit a small stream.

Adam Tofts(UK)★★★★★

1 day hiking in Kyoto mountain with Miki

We had an amazing day hiking in the Kumara mountain.
Our guide Miki was fantastic and made the day an extremely memorable experience. Her knowledge, passion and style was perfect throughout the day. The train ride to the start of the trek was amazing, and the temples and shrines on the walk were breathtaking. We have many wonderful memories from the day and spending the day with Miki was a real privilege.
We highly recommend this trip.

Leslie Serber(Switzerland)★★★★★

Get outdoors!

The tour was everything I envisioned and complimented by a great host/guide. Yuki-san was really attentive to my needs and ensured that the tour provided great historic detail of the sites we visited, but also kept a good pace in the mountains which was appreciated. Highly reccomended and Yuki was a wonderful guide.

Kosaraju Mamata Krishna(India)★★★★★

Mystical Mountain Trip near Kyoto

Had a fantastic day visiting mystical shrines and sacred temples in the forests of the beautiful mountains near Kyoto.
We had Mizuho as our guide and felt so taken care of by her gentle presence, the just right pace that she kept for our walking tour and her informative and inspiring insights on the shrines we were visiting and Japanese culture and traditions.
Lunch was an experience in itself - a delicious kaiseki meal on a beautiful restaurant over a river with Mizuho patiently answering my endless questions about ingredients and preparation.
We were traveling with our teenage son and he loved meeting Mizuho and sharing his hobbies with her as well. Thank you Mizuho and OMAKASE for a most memorable day for every member of our family! Would highly recommend this tour if you like nature, gentle walking, water, secret shrines and quiet companionship.

Darren Geiger Jr(USA)★★★★★

Magical experience

I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. The mountains of Kyoto were beautiful even in rainy weather. My guide Mizuho was knowledgeable and fun to talk with. Whether you’re a hiker or not this is a can’t miss tour.

Daniel Ladow(USA)★★★★★

Spiritual mountain woods, shrines, super guide

This hike is not very long but does involve a great deal of steps up and down and some uneven surfaces. It is an immersive, beautiful green wooded area with the spiritual resonance of the shrines. Our guide Akari was wonderful, highly knowledgeable, very helpful with a warm desire to share her deep love of this environment and its history. She really helped make it a special experience.


Excellent guide

Excellent guide, very patient and kind in her explanations, very professional. She gave us a very comprehensive guide and very good explanations.

Clint Squire(USA)★★★★★

A rewarding challenge!

Beautiful forest hike with many temples, shrines and scenic overlooks. Be ready for a lot of stairs, but there are frequent stops along the way so it’s completely doable. The small mountain town and lunch at the end is rewarding. Our guide Miyo was very patient, pleasant and knowledgeable.

Jenny Stafford(USA)★★★★★

A must do tour!

Highly recommend this tour. It is one of the highlights of my two weeks in Japan and top 3 favorite temple. Having the private tour made it all the better, getting to go at your own preferred pace and have direct conversations. The lunch location and the dish my guide picked for me was absolutely delicious. I would 100% request my guide to do another tour when I return to Japan.

Mariam Cantelmi(USA)★★★★★

Great day trip from Kyoto

Wonderful experience hiking Kurana mountain! Our guide, Miki, was excellent. If you plan to hike the full trail be prepared for a lot of steps. Alternatively, you can take the tram up. It's well worth the journey to the top. The views and temple at the top are beautiful!

Jennifer Fuhler(USA)★★★★★

Hiking and shrine tour

Great day trip - challenging and educational. The rain didn’t keep us from exploring the mountain and shrines. Thank you!

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