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Osorezan, Mutsu

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Take a bath in hot springs at Osorezan, one of the three greatest holy grounds in Japan. Believed to be "gates of Hell" by some, this magic misty temple complex has a strong smell of sulfur due to past volcanic activity. Set in the midst of an extraterrestrial landscape, the area has been officially a place of reverence since 862 CE as a temple complex that's centered around Bodaiji Temple on the site. This popular 817 m high (2,884 ft) "Mount Fear" features hot springs, shrines, blasted rocks and bubbling pits, and memorial effigies of children. Ring a bell in memory of earthquake victims. For Osorezan and beyond, use our Mutsu online journey planner to get the most from your Mutsu vacation.
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  • Lakes and wilderness climbs mountain, about 30 minutes by car from mutsu city and wafted the smell of sulfur will appear. Feeling bad weather, fewer crowds, it wandered into the world of the afterlife. Turn small wind turbines throughout, it was indescribably strange feeling. I think is not, at least come in a playful mood.
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  • Mt. osore is what a visit once, and thought. Places to visit in the tourist feel of course is not. The braced. Along the way, on fear mountain water to cleanse you from left. If it comes to longevity and immortality are known. You know the smell of sulphur is getting stronger and is close to the mountain. You'll see going into space is before entering the temple to pay 500 yen admission fee to enter is different from the entrance. In a tightening feeling. The octagonal Yen Dang district to visit the temple opposite to the inner shrine and offer prayers. I didn't know it then but not too much in the Octagon is better. It is usually different world and went to the hot springs from around the scene. This really is a different world. Then went to the hot springs. You cannot use hot temperature is very high, and reduce the temperature in the water. Also a strong sulfur odor and sometimes leave water on the body can't several times. Do not take a bath can't wash your body with SOAP and hot water clean the body body. So back home with the smell of sulfur in well washed the body. First experience getting a good experience for me. Where you go sightseeing at the end was not. Went to 7/2015.
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  • I've visited a lot of Buddhist temples in my life, including all of the major ones in Honshu, and the holiest Buddhist sites in the world in other countries. And I can safely say that this site is eas...  more »

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