Translated by MATCHA
Cool Down In Spiritual Places This Summer: Kurama And Kifune, Kyoto
If you are looking to beat the heat, and see a charming, nature-rich side of Kyoto, then visit Kurama Temple and Kifune Shrine, two interconnected spiritual places found on Mt. Kurama in Kyoto.
Written by Atsuko Yagura
A Place to Pray for Rain: Kifune Shrine
Kifune Shrine, where the gods of water are worshipped, is also home to the gods of marriage as well, and a famous spot for the summer Tanabata festival as well.
These paper streamers are part of the Tanabata festival; visitors to the shrine write a wish on the paper and then attach it to the bamboo stalk.
And here you can see a type of fortune telling: seemingly blank slips of paper are placed in the spring, and your fortune appears on them as if by magic.
With its peaceful atmosphere and plentiful natural sights, Kifune Shrine is a charming and healing place to visit on a hot summer's day.
If you are looking to beat the summer heat and feel the peace of a history-rich, spiritual place, then a visit to Kurama and Kifune is right up your alley.
Address: Kyoto, Sakyo, Kuramahoncho 1079
Nearest Station: Kurama Station, Eizan line
Access: 5 minute walk from Kurama Station
Price: 200 yen for adults, free for junior high age and under
Website: Kurama Temple (Japanese)
Address: Kyoto, Sakyo, Kifunecho, Kurama 180
Nearest Station: Kifuneguchi Station, Eizan line
Access: 30 minute walk from Kifuneguchi Station, 5 minute walk from Kifune bus stop (Kyoto city bus)
Website: Kifune Shrine (Japanese)