Half Day Trip to 貴船 Kibune and 鞍馬 Kurama

IMG_3185The weather turned out better than expected, and we decided to go ahead with the hike from 貴船 Kibune to 鞍馬 Kurama as planned.

We headed for breakfast at a Happiness Cafe nearby at 7:30am, and caught the 8:30am subway to Kyoto station. It was crowded at Kyoto Station and we had to squeeze into our connecting train. The crowd-at-door syndrome was not unique to Singapore 😅

At 出町柳駅 Demachiyanagi Station, we purchased a ¥1800 discount ticket (Train – Hot Spring All in One Pass 貴船鞍馬散策チケット) each that would allow us a return trip to 貴船/鞍馬 Kibune/Kurama (usual ¥860) , plus the entrance fee to the 鞍馬寺 Kurama Temple (usual ¥300), and entrance fee to くらま温泉 Kurama Outdoor Onsen (usual ¥1000).

First stop was a visit to 貴船神社 Kifune/Kibune shrine. It was a pleasant walk. We then backtracked to the red bridge where the entrance to 鞍馬山 Kurama Mountain was, at around 11:10am. The staff explained that it would take about 1.5 hours for the hike, but we took close to 2 hours with many breaks in between and took the 13:05pm ropeway down the hill (¥200 per adult one way). The ropeway ride didn’t have much of a view, but we were certainly grateful for the rest!

IMG_3223Ending at 鞍馬 Kurama meant that we could visit the onsen to relax our tired bodies and legs 😀

You could bring your own towel, or pay to rent a bath towel (¥400) / purchase a face towel (¥300). And it was indeed very refreshing indeed!

Post soak, we shared a tempura soba (¥825) at one of the shops near 鞍馬駅 Kurama Station before taking the train back.

Note: We followed this useful guide at Japan Visitor. As at Jan 2021, the onsen is temporarily closed.


  • Location: 520 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 601-1111, Japan 〒601-1111京都市左京区鞍馬本町520 (Google Maps)
  • Nearest Station: Eizan Dentetsu Kurama Station 叡山電車 鞍馬駅 (free shuttle bus from station to onsen)
  • Websitewww.kurama-onsen.co.jp
  • Hrs: 10:30am – 9pm
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