Comfort Hotel Hachinohe
2-16 Tateda, Shiriuchi-machi
Phone: (81) 178 70 4811
Fax: (81) 178 70 4812
Mount Osore (Osorezan) which literally means Mount Fear is one of the three sacred mountains in Japan. Filled with local folklore, its eerie landscape adds to the mystic of this caldera volcano. It is known to be the gathering place of the spirits of the dead and is Hell's entrance. The sulphuric fumes fuels its underworld overtone. This site is a contrast to the nearby beautiful Lake Usori which the souls have to cross. Spiritual mediums called Itako gather here during the grand festivals in autumn and summer in a temple located on the mountain. Visitors can freely avail of the four hot springs in the vicinity. It is said that Jizo guards Mount Osore and is known as the guardian Bodhisattva of children. Jizo statues are a common sight throughout the region and mourners from all across the country come with presents in remembrance of their dead children.
The largest remaining natural Beech forest in East Asia, the Shirakami-sanchi is situated in the heart of the Shirakami mountain range. This wilderness area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993 and covers an are of 16,971 hectares (41936.254 Acres) The temperature and climate have created a unique bio-diverse region full of unique species of plant and animal life. The landscape is cut through by deep gorges and rushing rivers, lending it a dramatic beauty reflected in the many waterfalls and plush valleys. Summer is the best time to visit the region and plenty of activities like hiking, trekking and climbing are available to explore the natural wonders of the area. Mase Valley, Anmon Falls and Daira-kyo Gorge are some popular places to visit. Certain core areas require permission before they can be entered. Contact the tourism office at Aomori for details.