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Located high on a thickly wooded mountain, Kurama-dera is one of the few temples in modern Japan that still manages to retain an air of real spirituality. This is a magical place that gains a lot of its power from its brilliant natural setting. The entrance to the temple is just up the hill from Kurama Station. A tram runs back and forth to the top for ¥100 each way, or you can hike up in about 30 minutes (follow the path past the tram station).