Every week I make it a point to go hiking here in Kyoto, well, because I can! The city is surrounded by mountains and one of them is fairly accessibly by bike.
Daimonjiyama is just a 20-minute bike ride from Kyoto station or you can take a bus that will take you to Ginkakuji temple. Once you get to the front of Ginkakuji, make a left and then turn right on the first street. Follow your way up a steep hill and make a right on the first road you see. This will lead you to the trail.
It will take you about 30 minutes to get to the top, depending on your conditioning. Better strap on some hiking boots and pack some water.
Getting to the top just gives you an awesome view of the entire city! It’s all free by the way!
I redid my video today! Hope this can guide you on how to get to the top!