Gas emitting poisonous lakes, pits wriggling with vipers, sulphuric air and a landscape so barren it’s hard to believe it sustains any type of life, Mount Osore is a living mystery. Located in the center Aomori’s Shimokita Peninsula is an imaginary hell on earth.
The site sits on the axe-shaped peninsula that juts out of one of the northernmost spots on Honshu. This eerily magnetic landscape is also home to Bodai-ji Temple, founded in 862 AD by the monk Ennin, this pilgrimage site is where you’ll meet itako, blind female mediums known to summon the souls of the dead.
If you’re in Aomori with a little spare time up your sleeve, make the journey to Shimokita Peninsula to explore this mystical side of Japan.
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