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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. Put Osorezan and other Mutsu attractions into our Mutsu travel itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • there's no where like it! it is one of Japan's three most sacred places but this is nothing like the other 2. this region is remote compared to the other 2 which are on the tokaido shinkansen. this is...  more »
  • Make no mistake, this is at least 150 minutes' drive from Aomori city (small road with lots of traffic and low speed limits); for all the fact that it is a caldera, the ascent of the mountain is not b...  more »
  • We visited Osorezan (Mount Osore). It was discovered 1000 years ago by a Buddhist priest. Bodaiji Temple is on this site. This is a volcanic area and there is a strong smell of sulfur. There is an adm...  more »