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Into the Mountains on a Hot Day

A day trip to Kurama

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). P1070407.jpgP1070408.jpg

Kurama is also known for a shrine part way up the mountain.large_P1070406.jpg

Here's the approach to the gate of the shrine. P1070410.jpgP1070413.jpg

A lone iris on the pathway. P1070417.jpg

Jizo is the protector of children and travelers. P1070420.jpgP1070441.jpg

Lots of big koi.P1070422.jpg

The real attraction is not so much the shrine as it is the trees, particularly the large cryptomeria, the national tree of Japan.P1070430.jpgP1070432.jpg

Small wildlife was abundant. P1070445.jpgP1070449.jpgP1070476.jpgP1070488.jpgP1070490.jpg

And lots and lots of steps. P1070450.jpgP1070452.jpgP1070459.jpgP1070466.jpg

Finally the shrine! P1070480.jpg But the trail didn't end there; it kept going to the nearby village of Kibune, so we kept going. P1070496.jpgP1070486.jpg An artist was at work deep in the forest. P1070482.jpg And there were more but much smaller shrines.P1070498.jpgP1070494.jpg

But mostly it was the forest. P1070501.jpgP1070504.jpgP1070505.jpgP1070506.jpgP1070508.jpg

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. P1070510.jpgP1070513.jpg

Posted by pokano 02:42 Archived in Japan

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