If you want your Kyoto trip to include more than seeing famous spots, how about trying a hike? There are several hiking courses in Kyoto, and most of them are relatively easy. Today, I’d like to introduce one of them, which is easily accessible and can be combined with sightseeing, since this mountain is very close to Ginkakuji Temple and Philosopher’s Path. It’s Daimonji Mountain.
Daimonji, officially named Nyoigatake, is located behind Ginkakuji Temple. It’s 465 meters high, so it takes less than an hour to reach to the top of the mountain. This mountain is famous for being one of the five spots which have bonfires on August 16th. For more information about this event, please check “Kyoto’s Summer Tradition – Okuribi Bonfire“.
To get to the starting point, you need to find Ginkakuji Temple first. You can walk from Demachi Yanagi station (Keihan), but it might take more than 20 minutes. The bus (or a taxi) might be easier because the bus stop (Ginkakuji michi) is much closer to Ginkakuji Temple. The starting point is right behind the temple.
Here are pictures that I took while hiking.
There are no shops or vending machines on the top of the mountain, so be sure to buy water before you start climbing. And please avoid hiking when it rains.
Here’s the picture I took at the top of the mountain.
If you still have plenty of energy left after hiking, maybe you can walk down Philosopher’s Path to some great sightseeing spots such as Nanzenji Temple. Philosopher’s Path follows a stream which runs along the mountains on the west side.