Nyoirindo (如意輪堂) at the top of Mt. Kasatori along the Kami-Daigo trail. Built in the Momoyama period (1573-1603), it sits on a steep slope and is a good example of an architecture style called “Butai-zukuri” or “building structure like a stage” (Photo: Hugo Kempeneer)

Climbing Kami-Daigo in Kyoto

Along the trail are several World Heritage buildings!

Hugo Kempeneer   - 1 min read

Spring is here and summer is soon approaching and the hiking season has commenced. Climbing Kami-Daigo is very popular. It is located on top of Mt. Kasatori. There is a small fee of ¥300 and one will need to register at the entrance. There is a trail and path, sometimes quite steep, and there is a railing. Some of the trail is besides a small stream, so birds will be your companions. It took me about 2 hours to get to the top and about 1½ hours to get back to the starting point. I did take some time to take pictures and had a small obento lunchbox at the top. Happy hiking!

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Hugo Kempeneer @hugo.kempeneer

I was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and enjoyed my teenage years during the peak of the "Flower Power Hippie" generation. I hitchhiked through Europe, living on a beach south of Agadir, Morocco for some time to learn English. Aside from Japan, I have lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Kore...