Kurama-dera, the esoteric temple nestled in Kyoto's mountains
As the years went by, the temple evolved into what we now know, accumulating legends, wildfires, new Buddhist schools, and it now worships three deities who are considered to be a holy trinity: Bishamonten, the truth, Kannon, mercy and Gohomaoson, an esoteric deity whom is only enshrined here and who symbolizes power. This trinity would be the representation of the energy that exists behind all that lives.
The access to the temple, quite high in the mountain, is a pleasant hike from Kurama Station, only 30 minutes by train from Kyoto city. The ride being outdoors, you can contemplate the city turning into nature by the train's windows. At the exit, a big head of Tengu, legendary creatures who live in the mountains, will welcome you with its long pointed nose.
If you feel like it, the Kurama Onsen (Hot Spring) is located just a 10-minute walk from Kurama Station and offers the opportunity to bathe in the open air with a magnificent mountain view.
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