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 ■For Walking on the Trail
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Kyoto Alpine League and the KYOTO TRAIL Association have published the following Trail Course Maps (official maps of the Kyoto Trail) and reference documents for walking on the trail safely. Your Trail Walking will become a fully enjoyable one if you have a total image of the trail before you start.
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 "From Kyoto Kitayama, Nature, Culture and Folks
  (Kyoto Kitayama Kara Shizen, Bunka, Hito)"
[written and edited by Kyoto Alpine League]
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kitayamakara ●"Complete guide for walking on the whole route of
  the Kyoto Trail"

 written by the KYOTO TRAIL Association in Kyoto Alpine League
 Information about the whole route of the Kyoto Trail is included (46 pages).
 Whole trail course is divided into 7 parts, and detailed information about cautions in
 walking on the trail paths, sightseeing spots, available toilet facilities, etc. in each
 part are provided.


 Contents:
 From Inari to Keage (Kyoto Trail 1)
 From Keage to Kitashirakawa (Kyoto Trail 2)
 From Kitashirakawa to Todera in Ohara (Kyoto Trail 3)
 From Ohara to Sanko-bashi (kyoto Trail 4)
 From Sanko-bashi to Kiyotaki (Kyoto Trail 5)
 From Kiyotaki to Arashiyama (Kyoto Trail 6)
 From Arashiyama to Koke-dera(Kyoto Trail 7)
 Information about the scenic and historical interest spots along the trail
 Information about the locations of available toilet facilities
 Guide map of the Kyoto Trail and Information on Transportation
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 A-5 size book of 192 pages with color and black and white photos
 1,800 yen without tax;Published in November 2008
 "From Kyoto Kitayama, Nature, Culture and Citizen (Kyoto Kitayama Kara)" is available
 for purchase at the book stores in Kyoto such as Avanti Book Center, Ogaki Shoten, Junkudo, and Book First.
 Back order is available, and on-line purchase from
Nakanishiya Shuppan is also available.
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 "The Kyoto Trail Official Guide Map" [published by the KYOTO TRAIL Association]
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higashi_mapspace ●Higashiyama Course
  (From Fushimi Inari Station to Hiei Station of Cable Car)
 500 yen
 Many popular sightseeing spots are located along this course, and you can enjoy
 Kyoto'sculture and nature. This course is recommended also for new beginners.

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kita1_mapspace ●Eastern Kitayama Course(From Hiei Station of Cable Car to Ninose) 500 yen
 After walking across great Mt. Hiei located in north east of Kyoto, you go to
 Shizuhara and Kurama through Ohara. You can enjoy beautiful sceneries
 in the mountain and rural areas along this course.

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kita2_mapspace ●Western Kitayama Course (From Ninose to Kiyotaki) 500 yen
 Around Takao and Kiyotaki areas, you can enjoy Kitayama cedar groves and colorful
 autumn leaves. Also, you can catch a glimpse of history and culture of the old
 capitalaround Himuro and Kyomi path areas.

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nishi_mapspace ●Nishiyama Course (From Kiyotaki to Koke-dera Temple) 300 yen
 After enjoying dynamic sights of mountain streams of Kiyotaki River and Hozu
 River, you will be led to Sagano and Arashiyama area where there are many
 sightseeingspots. You will have a day full of variety.

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keihoku_mapspace ●Keihoku Course (From Hosono to Kuroda) 500 yen
 In all seasons, this course offers you rich variety of sights such as Takimatano taki
 Falls, Jyoshokoji- Temple, One hundred-year-old Cherry tree, ruin of Shuzan Castle
 and Uogafuchi.
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 These official guide maps are available for purchase at the following shops.Go hiking with the maps!
 Kita Ward=Ogaki Shoten (Main Shop, VIVRE Shop, Bukkyo Univ. Shop)

 Kamigyo Ward=Plein Air

 Sakyo Ward=Kyoto City Tourist Association, Kyoto City Tourist Association Tourist Information Center,
        Kansai Map Center, Ogaki Shoten (Iwkura Shop)

 Nakagyo Ward=Kyoto City Hall Tourism Planning Section, Kandahar Kyoto Shop, Lodge Kyoto Shop, Bunshodo,
         Mont-bell Club Kyoto Shop, B.B.A., Junkudo Kyoto BAL Shop, c.coquet-communication service,
         Ogaki Shoten (Karasuma Sanjo Shop, Nijo Statin Shop, Shijo Shop)

 Shimogyo Ward=Kyoto City Tourist Information Center (Kyoto Station 2nd Floor),
          Seven-Eleven Hankyu Omiya Station South Shop, Seven-Eleven Gojo Senbon Shop,
          Junkudo Kyoto Shop, Paruna Shobo, Ogaki Shoten (Takashimaya Kyoto Shop,
          Yodobashi Kyoto, Shop), Kojitsu Sanso Yodobashi Shop

 Minami Ward=Ogaki Shoten (Ion Mall Kyoto Shop)

 Ukyo Ward=Kyoto City Utano Youth Hostel, Seven-Eleven Uzumasa Daieidori Shop,
        Ogaki Shoten (Kyoto Family Shop, Ion Mall Kyoto Hana Shop), Cap Shoten Saiin Shop,
        Momijiya, Takao Kanko Hotel, Kinsuitei, Kinsuitei Branch Shop, Yamamoto Shokudo,
        Suzuriishitei, Aoki Car Park, Ichimonjiya, Chiraku, Nakaya,
        Kyoto City Saga-Toriimoto Machinami Hozon-kan, Woody Keihoku, Pension Atagomichi,
        Kyoto Seminar House, Orai Kurodaya

 Nishikyo Ward=Book Pal Bunen(Gojo Shop, Katsuraminami Shop)

 Fushimi Ward=Nishimuratei, Hushimi Shobou, Ogaki Shoten Daigo Shop, Fushimi Shop)

 Uji City=Ogaki Shoten Rokujizo Shop

 Kameoka City=Ogaki Shoten Kameoka Shop

 Muko City=Ogaki Shoten Namuko Shop

 Osaka City=Buyodo Osaka Shop

 Hirakata City=Kojitsu Sanso VIE-ORNER Hirakata Shop

 Takatsuki City=Kojitsu Sanso Takatsuki Shop, Ogaki Shoten Takatsuki Shop

 Otsu City=Kojitsu Sanso Foreo Otsu Satoyama Shop, Ogaki Shoten Foreo Otsu Satoyama Shop

 Tokyo=Kyotokan (JR Tokyo Station Yaesu Chuo Exit), Buyodo Tokyo Shop
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 Trail Boards on the Trail
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spaceOn the Trail, there are sign boards with numbers and arrow signs to give you correct direction. Numbers on the boards are corresponding to the numbers on the official guide maps. Checking the sign boards on the trail is very helpful for finding next destination. Also at the complicated terrains there are subsidiary sign boards with main number and branch number such as 1-1 and 1-2.



 ←Trail Board (Trail Board Number 1 of Higashiyama Course) (upper)
  Trail Board and Information Board (lower)
 
 Notes for Walking on the Trail
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In some places, the trail paths run through private properties, grounds of temples and shrines, residential areas, etc. Please understand that walking on the Trail is not possible without cooperation of the local people. Never do problematic act in agricultural and forestry area such as breaking off branches and ruining farm crops. Do not disturb religious training and ritual around temples and shrines. Also do not annoy local residents.

 ●Do not litter cigarette butts and do not make fire in the mountains to avoid forest fires.
  There are no facilities necessary for fire extinguishing activities in the mountains. Forest fires will not
  only cause harm with damage of burning of trees and shrubs but also cause an unexpected big disaster.

 ●Do not talk loudly near residential area.
  Local residents near the trail may feel uncomfortable with loud voice; therefore, please walk through local
   residential areas with a soft voice.

 ●Bring all your garbage back home to keep the Trail clean.
  There are no garbage boxes along the Trail. Bring back your all garbage such as empty cans and empty lunch
   boxes.

 ●Do not pollute rivers.
  Some local residents near the Trail use river water for drinking and daily life.
 ●Do not damage mountain's good.
  Do not take any wild vegetables and wild flowers.
  Do not put tapes and strings on trees because it may restrain the growth of trees.

 ●Do not enter the "no-go areas".
  Do not stray from the Trail course because there are some very dangerous
  places outside the Trail. Even on the trail there are some dangerous places.
  Please walk through dangerous places with particular attention. Also do not enter private properties and
  temples without permission as it may cause trouble.

 ●Do not get into the Trail paths by motorcycles and bicycles.
  Please enjoy the Trail on foot and do not ruin the trail paths.
 ●Go to the toilet before you start the walking.
  Please refrain from using bathroom of local residence near the Trail.
  Please use public toilets which are on a "List of available toilet facilities near the Trail".

 ●Consider in advance what to do in case of sudden change of weather,
  fatigue and unexpected accident.
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 Access Information
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 Kyoto City Transportation Bureau
 Keihan Electric Railway Co.,Ltd.
 Hankyu Railway
 Eizan Electric Railway Co.,Ltd.
 Keifuku Electric Railroad Co.,Ltd. (Randen, Eizan Cable Car)
 Keifuku Cable Line (Eizan Cable Car)
 West Japan Railway Company
 Kintetsu Corporation
 West JR Bus Company
 Keihoku Furusato Bus
 Keihan Bus Co., Ltd.
 Kyoto Bus Co., Ltd.
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  For information about the bus lines running in the city center of Kyoto,
  review the internet sites of each Bus company.
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 The Kyoto Trail
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In 1989, Kyoto City developed "Plan of Healthy Kyoto City" in order to promote Kyoto citizens' health.

The project of the Kyoto Trail was set up in order for Kyoto citizens to be healthier and to have more opportunities to experience beautiful natural landscape and historic heritages and cultural assets located at the foot of mountains that encircle Kyoto Basin.

In 1991, evening paper of The Kyoto Shimbun widely reported that Kyoto City and Kyoto Alpine League started a study project for trail path on which Kyoto citizens in any generation could enjoy hiking with families, and the citizens raised their interest and expectation toward the trail.

In May 1993, the Trail was opened starting with Higashiyama Course. And now, not only Japanese but also people from abroad are visiting the Trail.

The Trail has been maintained by the KYOTO TRAIL Association structured by Kyoto City, Kyoto City Tourism Association, Keihan Electric Railway Co.,Ltd., Hankyu Railway, West JR Bus Company, Kyoto City Transportation Bureau, KINKI・CHUGOKU Regional Forest Office Kyoto Osaka Office, Keihoku Community Association and the Kyoto Alpine League.
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 List of available toilet facilities near the Trail
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Higashiyama CourseTrail Board Number 1 of Higashiyama Course
  (one hundred meter ahead of the Board No.1, in the park)
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (next to the main hall, several places in the shrine ground)
Trail Board Number 8 of Higashiyama Course
 (turn to the left at the branching point of the Board No. 8, resting place in Imakumano-.
 Kannon)
Trail Board Number 21 of Higashiyama Course (in the parking area of Shogun-zuka
  (public toilet))
Trail Board Number 33 of Higashiyama Course (inside the Himukai-daijingu Shrine ground)
Trail Board Number 51 of Higashiyama Course
 (one hundred meter ahead of the Board No. 51, next to the Ginkaku-ji Koban (public toilet))
Trail Board Number 53 of Higashiyama Course
  (ahead of the Board No. 53, guide person's Kitashirakawa Shibuse-cho station box of
 Kyoto City Bus. Ask a guide person before use)
Trail Board Number 74 of Higashiyama Course (Hiei Station of Cable Car)
Eastern Kitayama CourseTrail Board Number 1 of Eastern Kitayama Course (Hiei Station of Cable Car)
Trail Board Number 9 of Eastern Kitayama Course (Shaka-do (alongside of the course)
Trail Board Number 29 of Eastern Kitayama Course
 (go straight through the board to Ebumi Jinjya Shrine (public toilet)
Trail Board Number 35-2 of Eastern Kitayama Course
  (next to Shizuhara Jinjya Shrine (children's play ground)
Kurama Station of Eiden
Ninose Station of Eiden
Western Kitayama CourseNinose Station of Eiden
Trail Board Number 67-2 of Western Kitayama Course
  (Yamanoie Sugiyama. Aask a shopkeeper before use)
Trail Board Number 88 of Western Kitayama Course
  (ahead of the Board No.88, Sumie-kan Museum (only for visitors (free admission))
A head of Takao Kanko Hotel (public toilet, alongside of the course)
Trail Board Number 94 of Western Kitayama Course
 (ahead of Kinrei-kyo Bridge through the Board No. 94, left bank of the river, public
 toilet)
Nishiyama CourseBus Stop of Kiyotaki of Kyoto Bus
Torii-moto (ahead of the Board No. 8, Machinami-hozon-kan (Old Street Conservation Museum))
Trail Board Number 11 of Nishiyama Course
  (ahead of Nison-in Temple, public toilet, alongside of the course)
Trail Board Number 16 of Nishiyama Course (right to the Board No. 16, public toilet)
Many public toilets between Trail Board Number 16 and Trail Board Number 24
 (Arashiyama Station of Hankyu Line)
Bus Stop of Koke-dera Temple of Kyoto Bus
Convenience Stores between Koke-dera Temple and Kami Katsura Station of Hankyu Line
Keihoku CourseTrail Board Number 1 of Keihoku Course.
 (ahead of the Board No. 1, former Hosono Elementary School)
Trail Board Number 9 of Keihoku Course
 (south of the Board No. 9, in front of the Yono (余野) Public Hall)
Trail Board Number 13 of Keihoku Course (ahead of the Board No. 13, Omori Nishi-cho)
Trail Board Number 26 of Keihoku Course (Nakano-machi Kumano Jinjya Shrine)
Trail Board Number 35 of Keihoku Course
 (ahead of the Board No. 35, in the parking area of Jyoshokoji Temple)
Trail Board Number K-2 of Keihoku Course
 (ahead of the Board No. K-2, Sanryo-bashi Bridge, in the park of the left bank)
Trail Board Number K-19 of Keihoku Course (Orai Kurodaya Shop)
Trail Board Number K-19 of Keihoku Course (Miya, Police box next to the Kasuga jinjya Shrine)
Trail Board Number 42 of Keihoku Course (ahead of the Board No. 42, Keihoku Fuusato Kosha)
Trail Board Number 78 of Keihoku Course (ahead of the Board No. 78, Uogafuchi)
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 Links related to The Kyoto Trail (Japanese)
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Kyoto Alpine League
This is the official site of Kyoto Alpine League.Information about the training seminars for new beginners and information about the hiking days for personal members are provided.
Walking in the mountains around Mt. Hiei by TAKECHAN
Research reports about the mountain areas from Mt. Kujo to Ohara through Mt. Daimonji and Mt. Hiei located in the east side of Kyoto
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