Kurama Temple and Kifune Shrine: 

Escape from the crowd of central Kyoto and explore the deep mountain in the North.

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The spirit of Water kami 
Kurama Temple and Kifune Shrine:

Escape from the crowd of central Kyoto and

explore the deep mountain in the North.

 

There are so many beautiful spots in Kyoto, but if you wish to visit more off the beaten path in nature, this is a perfect course.  You will have a direct experience of the feeling of “kami”, Shinto deities, not in the shrine buildings, but in the elements of nature, such as trees, water, air, etc.

 

Highlights:

・Feel the deep sacred nature away from the crowded Kyoto.

 ・Visit Kurama Temple with many legends and power spots.

 ・Enjoy pure nature walks up and down the Kurama mountain.

 ・Take time to meditate in the mountain forest

 ・Purify your mind and body and feel the coolness of the sacred sites.

 

 

It roughly takes about 1 hour by train and on foot to get to these sites from train station in Kyoto city. 

 

Kurama Temple

It is located on top of the hill (mountain) you can choose to go up either by a cable car or on foot.   

Kurama mountain itself is believed to be sacred, and this is where Reiki, a world-famous energy healing style started.  The founder Mikao Usui received the basics while on his long term retreat here.

  

After passing the main gate, we will come across Yuki jinja Shrine with tall sacred old trees

One of the power spots is located in front of the main shrine building. 

 

Beauty and  the uniqueness of this temple is, its target of worship:

The holy trinity of Universal energy (=Sonten 尊天)

Light =Sun  

Love = Moon

Power = Earth

 

These three are represented by three Buddhist deities, but the idea and the basic cosmology is very Shinto-like.

 

 

At Kurama Temp, we can find some wisdom poetry made by the head priest, a lively eighty-year old woman.  You are lucky if you could meet her directly. 

She speaks and writes on the preciousness of nature in the surrounding nature. 

 

Everything had its place and purpose, and that

the cycle of life produced a sense of reverence.  

Like a net, all is inter-connected and teaches us respect for others

and the need for coexistence.  

 

 

From Kurama Temple, there is a path leads up to the top of the mountain and the Okunoin, deeper temple, where there are a number of subshrines and an area of knotted tree roots.  

 

We will also  pass where the historical warrior Yoshitsune was trained to be a powerful samurai leader by fighting with tengu, red long-nosed monsters, in his childhood.  Mysterious figure, tengu could have been warrior-monks.

 

 Hiking in this holy mountain feeling and seeing  the life-force energy is, I think  a precious experience.. 

 

Descending into the town of Kibune, by a river, we will comes across the long stone staircase lined with lanterns leading to Kifune Shrine.

The name of the town is"Kibune", the same kanji「貴船」, meaning "precious ship".  

 

 

Kifune Shrine 

 

Kifune shrine is one of the oldest and the most respected Shinto shrine related to water and rain. 

With more than 1600 years of history, it has a beautiful legend of how the site was found by a shamanic princess Tamayori hime on a boat. 

 

Dedicated to the rain-god Takaokami no mikoto, the shrine has close connections with all matters to do with water.  It was ranked among the top 16 imperial shrines in Heian period (794-) and envoys were sent here whenever there was a drought or flooding.    

It was the place where ema (votive wooden tablets on which one write wishes) originated.  The emperor used to offer to the shrine a white horse for fine weather and a black horse for rain.  However,  the practice transmuted over time into the offering of ema instead.

 

This shrine has a reputation for promoting ‘good relationships’ (enmusubi).  

 

 

* As we will be walking around the temples and shrines of destination, please join the tour with comfortable shoes and clothing.

 <Half Day Course>  5 hours    ¥10,000 / person ~     

<One Day Course > 8  hours    ¥19,000  (1-3persons)   

 

every + 1 person       half price more. 

 

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