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This area is also called the 'Gates of Hell' and the moment you get out of your car the sulfurious... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018
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Serene and haunting

It's not hard to understand why Osorezan is seen as a representation of heaven and hell. The smell... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

This area is also called the 'Gates of Hell' and the moment you get out of your car the sulfurious smells will tell you why. The Buddhist temple here is 'specialized' to cater to the souls of dead children (both born and unborn) and to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

It's not hard to understand why Osorezan is seen as a representation of heaven and hell. The smell of sulfur permeates the air and bubbling springs are all around, but the greenery around the beautiful lake provide a stark contrast. Definitely worth the visit to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2017

I've visited a lot of Buddhist temples in my life, including all of the major ones in Honshu, and the holiest Buddhist sites in the world in other countries. And I can safely say that this site is easily one of the ones to have...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed October 24, 2017

# this review is for travelers by Japanese local. It is bleak and savage place but at the same time,even beautiful and holy place.You can feel with all your body. A holy mountain that worships "death". You will be overwhelmed by that atmosphere.The pinwheels that...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

Founded by a Buddhist monk more than 1,000 years ago, Osorezan is a fully functioning Buddhist monastery, and one of the three sacred places in Japan. The other two are Mt Koya (Koyasan) and Mt Hiei (Hieizan). We stayed overnight at Osorezan in a beautiful...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank joebbb
Reviewed May 7, 2017

there's no where like it! it is one of Japan's three most sacred places but this is nothing like the other 2. this region is remote compared to the other 2 which are on the tokaido shinkansen. this is off the path of the tohoku...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed November 3, 2016

Make no mistake, this is at least 150 minutes' drive from Aomori city (small road with lots of traffic and low speed limits); for all the fact that it is a caldera, the ascent of the mountain is not bad and the roads are not...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed May 21, 2016

We visited Osorezan (Mount Osore). It was discovered 1000 years ago by a Buddhist priest. Bodaiji Temple is on this site. This is a volcanic area and there is a strong smell of sulfur. There is an admission fee of 500 yen per person. There...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank SueinSalem
Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

口コミを見ると開山期の5/1-10/31でも訪問できるようでしたが、せっかくなので正当な開山開始日5/1に訪問。日本の聖地に相応しく、厳かな雰囲気がある場所で、硫黄の臭い漂う中45分かけて散策しました。本当は敷地内にある4種類の温泉に浸かって雰囲気を楽しむ宿坊泊が良いのでしょうが初訪問では寺のエリアだけ訪問。震災慰霊塔で鐘をつき祈る人々が多く、昨今の日本の自然災害の犠牲者を悼む多くの人の心を感じました。 Official open season is between May 1st till end of October, but it seems that we can visit off season. Osore Zan is one of three holly grounds in Japan, Kohya San, Hiei Zan and Osore Zan. With salfurous odor, I walked inside of...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

We visited this place during golden week, We started from Yokohama to Mustu by own car, ( just want to enjoy drive & see last point of Honshu island) I was not aware of this temple until hotel staff told me, It's worth visit to...More

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January 12, 2019|
Response from DS23091 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend three hours. One hour will certainly not be enough to fully explore the area. Three hours will give you probably a bit more time than you need but better than hurrying through and missing out!
March 13, 2018|
Response from Kros600 |
I've found the answer - go to and translate the temple website, then click on the link saying 'For detailed usage information from here' in the pink box at the bottom of the page.