Reiki's birth place, Mt. Kurama
Mount Kurama is where Mikao Usui (a founder
of Reiki) received Reiki
It's one of the Kansai's most powerful energy spots.
The trip to Kurama and Kibune offers a few hours of serenity. It is
an easy to moderate hike. You will be surrounded by the amazing nature
and the energy during the walk. It's a perfect place for a retreat to
refresh your body and mind.
| General Information | Annual
Observances | Access | Histrical
Spots in Kurama | Photos |
★ Hatsutora Festival (初寅大祭)
(First day of the Tiger of the new year)
Since long ago, people have come on this day to pray for the realization of
their deepest wishes, prosperous business and happiness.
★ Setsubun Exorcism Ceremony (節分追儺式)
(February 3rd or 4th)
The exorcism ceremony has been performed in the inner palace since the Heian period.
Included are "Reed Arrows" are dispensed.
★ Hanakuyo (花供養)
(the middle of April, upon the blooming of the Uzu Cherry)
Offering of flowers to the deity in appreciation for the abundance of flora and fauna on kurama.
★ Wesak Festival (五月満月祭)
(evening during the full moon in May)
A mysterious festival with an international flavor celebrating the protector deity which is held on the evening of the full moon in May.
★ Takekiri Ceremony (竹伐り会式)
(June 20 at 2:00 pm)
One thousand years ago, a saint subdued a couple of serpents on this monuntain.
Acting out this legend, two groups of priests compete in cutting up large bamboo poles representing the serpents.
★ Nyoho Shakyoe (如法写経会)
(held for three days beginning August 1st)
A traditional observance held annually for over 800 years where the individual sits among the singing birds and cool breezes
while contemplating the origin of the true self.
★ Yoshitsune Festival (義経祭)
Festival commemorating Yoshitsune where young kendo students test their skills in dedicatory matches.
★ Great Autumn Festival (秋の酬徳会)
Festival commemorating the establishment of the Kurama Kokyo sect as an independent sect of Buddhism.
★ Fire Festival of Kurama (鞍馬の火祭)
This festival is held for Yuki Shrine.
（This information is from the brochure they provide at the entranc of
Mt. Kurama. ）
--- How to get to Mt. Kurama---
From Demachi-Yanagi station,
take Eizan line to Kurama station. It takes about 30 minutes to get
to Kurama station (14 stops) which is the last stop. You will enjoy
the green tunnel during the train ride.
If you are in Osaka, you
can take Keihan line Express from Yodoyabashi, Kitahama, Tenmabashi
or Kyobashi station to Demachiyanagi station. It's about 1 hour
From Kyoto station, take
Nara line to Tohukuji station (1 stop for 2 minutes), then transfer
to Keihan line to Demach-Yanagi station. Take Eizan line to Kurama from
You can also take Kyoto bus from Kyoto station to Demachi-Yanagi station.
(about 30 minutes, 13 stops)
To return from Kibune,
take Kyoto bus to Kibuneguchi station on Eizan line.