It is close to Kurama Temple, which is known as one of the largest power spots in Kyoto, and Kibune Shrine, and the Kibune/Kurama area is crowded with many tourists especially on weekends. However, as it climbs and descends mountains, it requires a lot of effort even though it is sightseeing. How about taking a day trip to Kurama Onsen to heal the tired and sweaty body of a mountain climber?
Kurama Onsen | A popular day trip hot spring in the Kifune/Kurama area with good access from Kyoto and Osaka
From Kyoto city, take the Eizan Electric Railway from Demachiyanagi to the end point in about 30 minutes. A free shuttle bus runs from Kurama Station to Kurama Onsen at the same time as the train. However, since the old townscape as a post town is left around here, it is nice to take a leisurely stroll to the hot springs.
About 10 minutes from Niomon of Kurama Temple. The road is straight, so you won't get lost. About 10 minutes north, you will see a large hot spring sign on the right. There is a Kyoto bus stop right in front of you, so it's convenient to come by bus from Kyoto city at once.
The open-air bath alone is a waste... A day trip course is definitely recommended to fully enjoy Kurama Onsen
The facility that you can see through the parking lot after entering the site is a small two-story building than you expected. You can stay at Kurama Onsen, but it doesn't seem to have so many guests. If you wish to stay, it may be better to make an early reservation.
Well, first of all, pay the bathing fee at the counter on the left immediately after entering the building. Regarding the bathing fee, you can choose from an open-air bath course that only uses the open-air bath or a day-trip course where you can also use the large public bath in the hotel. If you are going for the first time, I recommend a one-day course. The reason for this will be explained in order from now on. First, we will introduce the charges...
Open-air bath course: 1,000 JPY for adults, 700 JPY for children
One-day course: 2,500 JPY for adults, 1600 JPY for children
Note: Children from 4 to 12 years
The bathing fee for the one-day course includes a rental fee for a set of yukata, bath towel, and face towel (towels can be rented/purchased at an additional fee for the outdoor bath course). So, even if you come empty-handed, you can slowly soak in the hot spring without any problems.
After all, it's good to have a hot spring where you can stop by whenever you want, even if you haven't prepared anything. For the purpose of taking a hot spring from the beginning, I can't personally think about sightseeing while carrying a bath towel all the time...
Minefuyu: An open-air bath where you can feel the changing seasons with the nature of Mt.
To get to the open-air bath "Minrokuyu" where you can take a bath while gazing at the nature of Mt. Kurama, once exit the building and climb the slope to the left of the parking lot.
The quality of Kurama Onsen is a simple hydrogen sulfide spring, which is said to be relatively common in Japan. Originally, hot water smells like sulfur, but the hot spring water of Kurama Onsen has been circulated and the sulfur odor has been removed. However, the enjoyment of enjoying nature in the warm water that has been adjusted for a long time is not lost at all.
On this day of Golden Week, the blue of the clear sky and the green of Mt. Kurama contrasted and it was very beautiful. In autumn, red leaves will be added to this, and you will be able to witness a more beautiful scenery...
For lunch, enjoy Kyoto's wild vegetables and local chicken at the restaurant on the first floor of the facility
If you enjoy the open-air bath and feel a little hungry, then why not have lunch at the restaurant inside the facility?
There are quite a variety of Japanese food menus that use Kurama's specialty Sansho (Japanese pepper) and wild vegetables and local chicken. The price is a bit high at 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 beer or local sake from Kyoto after taking a bath.
By the way, it seems that there is a more advantageous bathing plan that uses rice and hot springs that use these wild vegetables and local chicken as a set (profitable set 4,800 yen). Let's use the hot spring slowly from the morning to the evening and return! In that case, it may be just right.
After eating, take a nap in the rest room that opened the accommodation on the second floor.
When your stomach is full and you feel a little sleepy. I'd like to visit the hot spring again, but it's still a bit early... For that, the break room on the second floor of the facility is open.
When you step inside, you will find a Japanese-style room with only one TV and two massage chairs. I guess it will be used for banquet halls here at night.
Each of the customers who came earlier is resting in their own style. Throw your feet on tatami mats to watch professional baseball broadcasts, leave yourself in a massage chair to see the outside scenery, surf the web on your smartphone using free Wi-Fi...
You can lie down on the tatami mat as it is, but you can borrow a mattress, pillows, and towel blankets for one person so you can really nap. Use your break room to rest your body and mind until you're ready for the next bath...
The last hot spring goes to the large communal bath in the facility... sweat in the sauna and prepare for the return shuttle bus time.
Now, when your body and mind are ready, let's go to the large bath in the facility.
The large public bath, which is more spacious than the outdoor bath, has a sauna. Sweat slowly here and use the cold water bath that collects the mountain water to tighten your body. Wash your body according to the time of the shuttle bus on the way back, get to the last hot spring, prepare yourself and finish the day trip plan! Return the borrowed yukata and towels to the counter and drink coffee until the bus leaves...
A standard coffee with a sip of milk...
Enjoy your stay at Kurama Onsen until the last minute!
There is a free shuttle bus from the station, but it's not bad to walk while looking at the streets of Kurama... Kurama Onsen is a 12-minute walk from Kurama Station of the Eizan Electric Railway
Finally, the details of the facility.
Address:520 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Telephone number: 075-741-2131
Business hours: 10:30-20:20 final reception (19:20 final reception in winter)
Regular holidays: Open every day (Please inquire on October 10nd when Kurama Fire Festival is held)
Customers who came together on the return shuttle bus...
You can go on a day trip from Tokyo!
I was saying (true). You're a strong man~
When you return to the city from PS Onsen, you might want to have a drink at a shop like this ...