Right at the heart of the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori prefecture, Mount Osore is a sacred pilgrimage destination and Buddhist temple, opened up by the great Buddhist monk, Jikaku Daishi Ennin some 1200 years ago. Within this area, Lake Usori sits in the center with the eight peaks of Mount Kamahuse, Mount Otsukushi, Mount Kozukushi, Mount Kitaguni, Mount Byobu, Mount Tsurugi, Mount Jizou and Mount Keito situated around it, like petals of a full-blooming lotus flower.
Since ancient times, people believed that those who passed away would journey to the mountain, with the rocky lake surfaces and white sandy beaches said to denote hell and heaven respectively.
Many Buddhists from all over Japan have long pilgrimaged to Mount Osore, especially in July and October, when the Mount Osore Grand Festival and Autumn pilgrimage attract throngs to the temple grounds, to mourn and remember their lost loved ones. Though a sacred location and beautiful in its own right, Mount Osore also boasts a rich history and religious significance to Buddhists nationwide.
Admission: Adult 500 yen, Elementary and junior high school students 200 yen Groups (over 20 persons) 400 yen per person.
Address: 3-2, Usoriyama, Tanabe, Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture
Airport: Aomori Airport
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., May 1 to October 31
* There may be a change to the opening hours starting from 2021.
* Opening hours differ during the Mount Osore Grand Festival and Autumn Pilgrimage.
November to April
The pilgrimage will not be held this year.
Mount Osore Temple Office 0175-22-3825(Main)
A 60-minute train ride from Nobechi Station to Shimokita Station on the JR Ominato Line, then a 45-minute bus ride (Shimokita Kotsu) or a 25-minute taxi ride to Mount Osore from Shimokita Station.
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