Kurama-dera Temple

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Kurama-dera Temple

The Kuruma-dera Shrine is said to have originally been founded by one of the Chinese monk Ganjin (Jianzhen)’s disciples, and during the Heian Era (794-1185) it was a very popular shrine that drew many believers, and although it had belonged to the Tendai sect of Buddhism for a very long time, in 1949 it was established independently as the chief temple of Kurama Hiroyo.

The main temple hall and pagoda has recently been rebuilt with concrete, and it also has a cable railway for worshippers, so it is noted as a particularly progressive shrine.
※ Note: The cable railway will be closed from May 2015 to March 2016 for repair work.

During the Heian Era the warlord Minamoto no Yoshitsune famously trained here from childhood, in the art of warfare and this is also the place where he legendarily learned the art of swordsmanship from the Kurama Tengu (type of monster in Japanese mythology).


Bus: Take JR Kyoto Station in Kyoto’s Bus 4 Line 17, and get off at Demachiyanagi Station. Then, take the Eizan Electric Railway and get off at Kurama Station.

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Sights Kurama-dera Temple (鞍馬寺)
Address 1074, Kurama-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-741-2003
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-16:30
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November)
Recommended target Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Kurama-dera Temple