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
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!
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:
- Kyoto station to Kurama
- Visit to Kurama-dera Temple
- Kurama to Kibune hike
- Visit to Kifune Shrine
- Kibune to Ohara bus
- Visit to Sanzen-in Temple
- Visit to Jakko-in Temple
- Ohara to Kyoto bus
So, if you’ve decided that you’re going to Kurama…
How to get to Kurama from Kyoto station?!
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!
If you’re arriving to Kyoto by train, you’ll want to go to the central exit.
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!
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.
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.
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…
And then you’ll get on the train!
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.
Arrive at Kurama train station!
There are coin lockers for luggage storage at the train station.
And if you didn’t arrive with drinks and snacks, this is a good time to get some too!
There’s also tengu to be seen.
And off you go to Kurama!
HAPPY KURAMA VISIT!
Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Kurama!
- Day 1: Top tourist spots with one day bus pass
- Day 2: Fushimi Inari Shrine hike through 1,000 torii gates
- Day 3: Philosopher’s Path
- Day 4: Arashiyama and Sagano
- Day 5: Kurama Kibune Ohara with one day pass
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For more on planning your trip to Kyoto, see the 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day Kyoto itineraries. If you'll be in Kyoto in the spring, also see the 1-day cherry blossom photo walk.
Hotels in KyotoSearch for deals on Kyoto hotels here.
For hostels across Japan, try this top backpacker's hostel chain.
Kyoto can also be a good place to stay at a Japanese-style ryokan, like this one. Or if you're on more of a budget, try this one.
Also use the map below to see more hotels in Kyoto!
The super fast train in JapanIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.
See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.
NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)
There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.
You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)
I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!
The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.
So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.
Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.
If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, 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.
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
Best travel guides for JapanIf you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.
For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.
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