Close to Kurama Temple and Kifune Shrine, which are also known as the largest power spots in Kyoto, the Kifune / Kurama area is crowded with many tourists especially on weekends. However, since it goes up and down the mountain, sightseeing requires considerable effort. How about a day bath at Kurama Onsen to heal your tired and sweaty body after climbing a mountain?
Kurama Onsen Hot Spring | One-day hot spring popular in Kifune / Kurama area with good access from Kyoto and Osaka
From Kyoto city, it takes about 30 minutes from Demachiyanagi to Eizan Electric Railway to the terminal. A free shuttle bus runs from Kurama Station to Kurama Onsen according to the train time. However, this neighborhood still has the townscape of the old post town, so it is nice to take a leisurely walk and head for the hot spring.
Approximately 10 minutes from Niomon of Kurama Temple. The road is straight, so you don’t get lost. After about 10 minutes to the north, you will see a big hot spring sign on the right. There is a Kyoto bus stop right in front of you, so it is convenient to come by bus from Kyoto at once.
A day trip course is absolutely recommended to thoroughly enjoy the Kurama Onsen Hot Spring.
Entering the premises, the facility overlooking the parking lot is a smaller two-story building than expected. You can stay at Kurama Onsen, but it doesn’t seem to take that many guests. If you wish to stay, it may be better to make a reservation early.
By the way, first, pay the bath fee at the counter on the left immediately after entering the building. There are two types of bathing fees: an open-air bath course that uses only the open-air bath, and a one-day course that allows you to use the hotel’s large public bath. I recommend a day trip course for first-time visitors. The reason will be explained in order from now on.
Bathing fee Open-air bath course: 1,000 yen for adults, 700 yen for children Day course: 2,500 yen for adults, 1600 yen for children Note: Children from 4 to 12 years old
The bathing fee for the one-day course includes a rental fee for a set of yukata, bath towels and face towels (rental towels can be purchased and purchased separately for the open-air bath course). So, even if you come empty-handed, you will be immersed in the hot spring slowly without any inconvenience.
After all, even if you don’t have any preparations, it’s nice to have a hot spring where you can drop in when you want. It’s hard to imagine going on a sightseeing trip with a bath towel for the purpose of entering the hot spring from the beginning …
Houreitou: An open-air bath where you can feel the changing of the four seasons against the backdrop of the great nature of Kuramayama
To get to the open-air bath “Houreitou”, where you can take a bath while watching the great nature of Kuramayama, once you exit the building, climb the slope to the left of the parking lot.
The quality of Kurama Onsen Hot Spring is a simple hydrogen sulfide spring which is said to be relatively common in Japan. Originally, the hot water has a sulfur smell, but the hot water of Kurama Onsen is circulated and the sulfur smell has been removed, so if you are a hot spring enthusiast, you may be a little disappointed. However, the pleasure of enjoying the great nature by immersing in warm water adjusted for a long time has not been lost at all.
On this day of Golden Week, the blue of the fine weather and the green of Mt. Kurama were in contrast, and it was very beautiful. In autumn, the red leaves will add to this, and you will be able to worship a more beautiful view …
For lunch, enjoy the wild vegetables and local chicken in Kyoto at the restaurant on the first floor of the facility
After enjoying the open-air bath and feeling a little hungry, why not have lunch at the on-site restaurant?
Steamed rice using Kurashi’s specialty pepper and various Japanese dishes using wild vegetables and local chicken are quite substantial. It’s a little expensive because there is only an inn, but it’s one of the pleasures of a hot spring that you can have a relaxing meal at your own pace while catching a beer or local sake from the bath.
By the way, there seems to be an even more advantageous bathing plan that combines rice and hot spring using these wild vegetables and local chicken (4,800 yen for a good set). Let’s return to the hot spring slowly from morning to evening! That might be just right.
After a meal, take a nap in a large room in the break room that opened the accommodation on the second floor
A time when your stomach is full and you get a little sleepy. I want to get into the hot spring again, but it’s still a bit early … The rest room on the second floor of the facility is open for you.
Inside, you will find a Japanese-style saloon with only one TV and two massage chairs. Here, it will be used in the banquet hall at night.
Each customer who came earlier is taking a break in the style they want. Throw your feet out on the tatami mats to watch professional baseball broadcasts, leave yourself in a massage chair to look out over the scenery, surf the internet with your smartphone using free Wi-Fi…
You can lie on the tatami as it is, but you can use a mattress, pillow and towel for one person free of charge, so you can borrow these and take a nap. Rest your body and soul in the rest room as you like until you are ready for the next bath…
The last hot spring goes to the large public bath in the facility. Sweat in the sauna and get ready for the shuttle bus on the way back.
Now, when your body and mind are ready, let’s go to the public bath in the facility.
Sauna is attached to large public bath which is more spacious than open-air bath. Here, you sweat slowly and use a cold water bath that collects mountain water to tighten your body. Wash your body according to the shuttle bus time, return to the last hot spring, prepare yourself and finish your day trip plan! Return the borrowed yukata and towels to the counter and drink coffee until the bus departs.
Have a sip of classic coffee milk …
Enjoy your stay at Kurama Onsen until the last minute!
There is also a free shuttle bus from the station, but it is not bad to walk while looking at the cityscape of Kurama … Kurama Onsen is a 12-minute walk from Kurama Station on Eizan Electric Railway
Finally, the details of the facility.
Address: 520 Kurama Honcho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Phone number: 075-741-2131
Open: 10: 30-20: 20 last reception (in winter 19:20 last reception)
Close: Open daily (Please contact us on October 22nd, when the Kurama Fire Festival is held)
Customers who came together on the return shuttle bus…
We can even go on a day trip from Tokyo!
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