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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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  • I went to Osoresan as a day trip from Aomori - it involves 2 trains and one bus (50 minutes each). The first part of the train ride is on Aomori Railway. While it's a private rail company, the JR...  more »
  • My wife and I first visited Osorezan about 40 years ago. It was quite hard to find, with a small, half broken wooden sign pointing through a dirt road through the trees. It was completely deserted...  more »
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