During summer, you can enjoy 川床 (Kawayuka or Kawadoko) in Kyoto, riverside terrace cafes and restaurants along with Kamogawa River and Kifune River. If you prefer a much cooler place, Kifune is a better place to visit.

There is a hiking course between Kurama and Kifune with a solemn atmosphere. It took about one hour from Kyoto Station to Kurama Station by public train.

Ichihara Station to transfer

Ichihara Station to transfer

When you arrive at Kurama Station, you will see a huge Tengu, which is a long-nosed goblin. There is an old tale in which Tengu taught martial arts to Yoshitsune Minamoto, a hero of the Kamakura era.

Kurama Tengu

Kurama Tengu

Fortune Tengu

Fortune Tengu

Key holder

Key holder

It’s only a 2-minute cable car ride to go to Tahotou, but if you wish to enjoy hiking, let’s take the mountain path.

It gradually becomes steeper and takes one and a half hours to arrive at the Kifune area from Kurama. The Kurama and Kifune areas used to be Japanese mountain ascetics fields, so you can see quiet and steep mountain scenery.

Mountain path in Kurama

Mountain path in Kurama

Mountain path in Kurama

Mountain path in Kurama

Mountain path in Kurama

Mountain path in Kurama

I really liked the universal signs everywhere, which didn’t distract from the landscape.

Universal sign for toilet

Universal sign for toilet

Finally, arrived at Kifune Shrine.  

Kifune Shrine

Kifune Shrine

There is an Aioi-sugi, Twins Japanese Cedar.

Aioi-sugi, Twins Japanese Cedar

Aioi-sugi, Twins Japanese Cedar

Kifune River looked very cool and fresh. There are several Kawadoko restaurants ranging from reasonable to high-end. Hirofumi provides Nagashi Soumen, flowering Japanese noodle. The one bite noodle is flowering from bamboo tube. If you want to take photos, there is not enough time to eat noodles. You cannot do both at the same time, so I missed the one-bite noodle when I took photos.

Kifune River

Kifune River

 

Nagashi soumen, Flowering Japanese noodle

Nagashi soumen, Flowering Japanese noodle

Nagashi soumen, Flowering Japanese noodle

Nagashi soumen, Flowering Japanese noodle