Mt. Fear (“Osore-zan”)

 Along with Mt. Hiei and Mt. Koya, Mt. Fear is known for being one   of the Three Most Sacred Grounds in Japan.

 Plastic windmills spin in the wind while the smell of sulfur rising from between jagged rocks portrays Mt. Fear as hell or the holy land.

Worshippers visit Osorezan throughout the year as the last of the thirty-three sacred places on the pilgrimage to Tanabu.

Osorezan’s summer festival is a popular time to visit.

 

 

  Hours:
  • Open from 6am to 6pm (Closed from Novemeber to April)
  Festivals:
  • Taisai Festival:July 20th – 24th
  • Fall Festival: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the 3 day weekend ending in the Japanese holiday “Health and Sports Day” (2011 will be Oct. 8th-10th)
  Getting there:
  • 30min by car from JR Ominato station. 43min by direct bus from Shimokita Station.
  Inquiries
  • Osore-zan Tourist Office: 0175-22-3825、
  • Staying in the Temple: 0175-22-3826 (Japanese only)

 

Night Butterfly and Mt. Kamafuse (“Kamafuseyama”) Observatory

  The night view of Mutsu City’s lights from the Mt Kamafuse Observatory shows an elegant swallowtail butterfly.
 On Shimokita Peninsula a National Park on the northernmost point of the Honshu Island is a romantic spot to see the best night view in the Tohoko Region.
 During the day you can climb for an extra 10min or so to see the view from the top of the mountain at 879m.
 Mt. Kamafuse Observatory is open from May 1st (or later depending on the amount of snow) to November 3rd from 8:30am to 9:30pm.
 The path to the top of the mountain is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
 Please note that in the event of strong winds or other dangerous weather patterns the observatory may close.

  • Follow Route 4 towards Mt. Osore and turn off left onto the Kamafuse Panorama Road.
  • On the way to the Kamafuse Observatory you can also enjoy the views from the Mt. Osore Observatory, and the Mutsu Bay Observatory.
  • The Mutsu Bay Observatory is open 24hrs a day.

 

 

 

Kawauchi Promenade

  Near the middle of the 4.4km promenade is Otaki Waterfall. This area has been made into a small park. If you cross the river and walk downstream you will find a beautiful spot where bright green leaves or fall foliage is reflected in the river. There are also many small holes in the rocks along the river which are believed to have been created over 10,000 years ago. There are 3 different types of bridges across the river along the promenade.

 The Promenade starts next to the Seseragi-So Nursing Home just 6km from downtown Kawauchi, and ends at the Fureai Hot Spring.

Enjoy a walk through the greenery or fall foliage and finish up with a refreshing dip in the hot spring.

 

 

 

  For Inquires (in Japanese only)
  • Sightseeing Division: 0175-22-1111(ext: 2645 or 2647)
  • Kawauchi Branch Office: 0175-42-2111

 

Yagen Hot Spring and Promenade

  10km up the Ohata river from the Tsugaru Strait and within the Shimokita Peninsula National Park lays Yagen Hot Spring, and another 2km upriver is the Okuyagen Hot Spring. 

  Surrounded by a forest of beech and cedar trees the Yagen hot spring area is a great place to watch and enjoy the changing of the seasons. 

  The are hotels and traditional Japanese style inns at Yagen Hot Spring area, while Okuyagen has a gender separated outdoor hot spring called “Meoto-kappa-no-yu” (open from 8:30am to 6pm in the summer with shorter hours in the winter, and closed Tuesdays from January through March. It costs 200 yen per person.) and a restaurant. 

  There is a trail alongside the river from Yagen to Okuyagen. Sometimes you can see wild Japanese serow here. 

“Kokusetsu Yagen Yaeijo” Campground

 There is a 7.2hectare Camping Area at Yagen including restrooms with running water, cooking area, fire circle, and coin laundry services. 

 

  For Inquries:
  • Sightseeing Division: 0175-22-1111(ext: 2645 or 2647)
  • Ohata Branch Office:0175-34-2111