Kyoto to Kurama. How to get to Kurama by bus and train with public transportation in Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog

 

So a trip to Kurama can make for a nice day trip from Kyoto.

There might be 3 main reasons to make a trip out to Kurama as a day trip from Kyoto.

 

1. Kurama-dera Temple

Kyoto station to Kurama-dera temple. Best things to do in Kurama as day trip from Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

 

2. Kurama to Kibune hike

Kyoto station to Kurama to Kibune shrine hike. Best things to do in Kurama as day trip from Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

 

3. Kurama onsen hot spring bath

The Kurama onsen is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Kurama train station.

You can stay a night or more here, and you can also come just for the day too.

You can find prices for the day here.

For current rates for the overnight stay, put in “Kurama Onsen” below (partner website) along with your travel dates (or any future date) to see more about this ryokan in Kurama!

 



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Day trip from Kyoto to Kurama and beyond

 

Kurama as part of one day Kyoto itinerary

I made a visit to Kurama as a part of a day trip to Kurama, Kibune, and Ohara with a one day pass:

 

 

 

So, if you’ve decided that you’re going to Kurama…

How to get to Kurama from Kyoto station?!

Kyoto to Kurama train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

For the best way to get to Kurama at the time you’re trying to get there, Google Maps is pretty reliable when it comes to getting around Kyoto.

 

That said, here’s how I went from Kyoto station to Kurama!

 

In short, Kyoto to Kurama:

  • Arrive at Kyoto station
  • Kyoto station to Demachiyanagi bus (around 30-35 minutes)
  • Go to Demachiyanagi train station (Eizan railway line aka Eiden)
  • Demachiyanagi to Kurama train (around 30 minutes)
  • Arrive at Kurama train station!

 

And here’s what it may look like!

 

Kyoto station

If you’re arriving to Kyoto by train, you’ll want to go to the central exit.

 

Kyoto train station to Kurama. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Once you exit, you’ll see the bus area pretty quickly.

There’s an information board there so you can look for the bus that Google Maps tells you to take.

There also might be people there to help you!

 

Kyoto bus station to Kurama. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

So you can ask them too how to get to the Demachiyanagi station.

 

See tips on getting around Kyoto by bus (even without a bus pass).

 

 

Kyoto station to Demachiyanagi bus

This bus ride will likely be 30-40 minutes.

 

Kyoto to Kurama bus - Kyoto station to Demachiyanagi bus stop. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto to Kurama bus - Kyoto station to Demachiyanagi bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Arrive at Demachiyanagi train station

The bus will drop you off pretty close to the train station, so once you get off the bus, head on over to the Eizan railway train station.

 

Kyoto to Kurama train - Demachiyanagi train station. Eizan railway and Keihan railway. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

If you don’t have a Kurama Kibune day pass or ICOCA card (or similar), you’ll first need to buy a train ticket.

And then you’ll go through the gate…

 

Kyoto to Kurama train - Demachiyanagi to Kurama train ticket. Eizan train. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

And then you’ll get on the train!

 

Kyoto to Kurama train - Demachiyanagi to Kurama train. Demachiyanagi train station, eizan railway line. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Demachiyanagi to Kurama train station

Now the easy part!

Grab a seat, enjoy the views, and wait until the final stop!

You don’t even need to pay attention to getting off at the right stop, since the Kurama train station is at the end of the line!

This train ride will likely be around 30 minutes.

 

Kyoto to Kurama train seating. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto to Kurama train ride. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto to Kurama train ride. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Arrive at Kurama train station!

Kyoto to Kurama train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto to Kurama train station arrival timing. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto to Kurama train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

There are coin lockers for luggage storage at the train station.

 

Kyoto to Kurama train station. Coin lockers for luggage. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

And if you didn’t arrive with drinks and snacks, this is a good time to get some too!

 

Kyoto to Kurama train station. Vending machines for drinks and snacks. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

There’s also tengu to be seen.

 

Kyoto to Kurama train station tengu. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto to Kurama train station tengu. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

And off you go to Kurama!

Kyoto to Kurama. How to get to Kurama. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Kyoto to Kurama train. How to get to Kurama. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

HAPPY KURAMA VISIT!

 

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Kurama!

 

 



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Hotels in Kyoto
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The super fast train in Japan
In general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.

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See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.

My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.

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Best travel guides for Japan
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Sometimes it makes sense to book direct - my preferred way!

But this booking site will search a combination of airlines, including those who aren't partner airlines, which means that they can help you find cheaper flights by booking individual flights for you as part of one flight itinerary. This can be especially helpful if you're not flying out of a major hub with direct flights to Japan.

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