Lonely Planet review
One of the few onsen within easy reach of Kyoto, Kurama Onsen is a great place to relax after a hike. The outdoor bath has fine views of Kurama-yama and costs ¥1100/700 per adult/child. For ¥2300/1600 you get to use the indoor bath, sauna and relaxation areas as well. For both baths, buy a ticket from the machine outside the door of the main building (instructions are in Japanese and English).
To get to Kurama Onsen, walk straight out of Kurama Station and continue up the main street, passing the entrance to Kurama-dera on your left. The onsen is about 10 minutes’ walk on the right. There’s also a free shuttle bus between the station and the onsen, which meets incoming trains.