A day trip to Kurama
26.05.2014 - 26.05.2014
A few days ago, the forecast for Kyoto was in the mid 80's. A good time to go to the mountains, we thought. Not the real high mountains, but mountains close enough to make an easy day trip. So we went to Mount Kurama, a 30 minute train ride from Northern Kyoto. We could feel that it was several degrees cooler than the city!
Kurama is a cute village known for its onsen (hot springs).
Kurama is also known for a shrine part way up the mountain.
Here's the approach to the gate of the shrine.
Jizo is the protector of children and travelers.
Lots of big koi.
The real attraction is not so much the shrine as it is the trees, particularly the large cryptomeria, the national tree of Japan.
Small wildlife was abundant.
Finally the shrine! But the trail didn't end there; it kept going to the nearby village of Kibune, so we kept going. An artist was at work deep in the forest. And there were more but much smaller shrines.
But mostly it was the forest.
Finally, we came to Kibune, the neighboring village. It looked charming, but we had misread the train schedule and thought we had to hurry to get the last train back to town, so we didn't have much time to enjoy it. As you can see, there are platforms suspended over the water; in the heat of the summer, restaurants serve kaiseki dinners on these platforms.