Climbing to the top of Mount Daimonji is a fairly non-strenuous walk which affords wonderful views of Kyoto city below and even Osaka in the distance on very clear days.
Mount Daimonji is one of the mountains in Kyoto lit up with fires during the annual Obon Festival in August when a huge fire in the shape of the kanji 大 (dai) is set alight.
The easiest way to reach the foot of the trail to Daimonji is to take the Raku 100 bus from Kyoto Station - the bus stop is to your right from the main exit of Kyoto Station. The service is crowded but most passengers alight at the popular Kiyomizudera Temple.
The last stop is Ginkakuji Temple, get off the bus and walk back towards the entrance to the temple and turn left. At the concrete torii gate at the end of the lane turn right and you will see the trail signposted. The path leads through pleasant woodland and flowing streams and a set of steep stairs will bring you to the summit.
Bring a picnic and enjoy the views. Temperatures are a few degrees cooler at the top of Daimonjiyama than down below.
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