No.1Mount Osore

Where the boundary between life and death blurs


Stunning scenery that some describe as Heaven and others as hell

Located at the northernmost point of Honshu, Mount Osore is Japan's most sacred place. The otherworldly scenery of bare rock faces, steam rising from sulfuric fumaroles, a clear, deep lake, and bubbling hot springs—despite technically being a temple—gives the strong impression that it is distinct from any other place in Japan. One must visit this place to experience the mysterious sensation and to understand the unique perception of life and death found in Tohoku.


  • Tokyo
  • JR Shinkansen Hayabusa
    3 hr 10 min
  • Shichinohe-Towada
  • Car
    1 hr 40 min
  • Mt. Osore