The 10 Best Things to Do in Mutsu, Japan

March 22, 2018 Emerita Lamoureux

Discover the best top things to do in Mutsu, Japan including Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple, Lake Usoriyama, Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara, Yagen River, Kamafuseyama Observatory, Sanzu River, Hokuyokan, Michi-no-Eki Lake Kawauchi, Taijima Island, Itako's Spirit Possession.
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1. Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple

3-2 Tanabe Usorisan, Mutsu 035-0021, Aomori Prefecture +81 175-22-3825
Excellent
56%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple

Reviewed By Andrew1234 - Aomori, Japan

Osorezan Bodaiji, i.e. Bodai Temple on Mt. Osore, was established over 1200 years ago by En'nin, a Japanese Buddhist priest. It honors the bodhisattva Jizo, whose virtue is linked to that of mother earth. Osorezan Bodaiji is a sacred place, and is said to be particularly precious for the grieving parents of deceased children.
The temple is located in an unpopulated sulphurous valley surrounded by eight wooded mountain peaks. It was a striking setting during our visit in the mid-summer, and must be downright spectacular at the height of the changing colors of mid-October.
The fields of decorated jizo statues located adjacent to the temple were beautiful. It was deeply poignant to view the offerings of food, stone piles, and children's pinwheels left by grieving visitors. The temple and its surrounding grounds imbued me with the sense of having visited a truly sacred space.

2. Lake Usoriyama

Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Lake Usoriyama

Reviewed By Sanjeev K - Kawasaki, Japan

There is nothing much about lake, it is situated just next to ancient Temple, but having a beautiful view, Yes there is a beautiful bridge But caution it have very high curve, my 3 year daughter just had narrow escape from fall

3. Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara

Tanabu Usorisan, Mutsu 035-0021, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara

Reviewed By お遍路さん京都市 - 京都市

原色の風車と高く積み上げられてた小石の山々・・・まさにここは霊場って雰囲気の場所ですね。菩提寺は綺麗だし、宿坊は俗化されつつあるし、宇曽利湖は澄み切っていて綺麗だし、お土産屋さんは近代的な建物だし・・・恐山の山頂とこの賽の河原だけが日本三大霊場の一つとして畏敬の念を抱かせる場所です。

4. Yagen River

Yagen, Ohatamachi, Mutsu 039-4401, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
35%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Yagen River

Reviewed By bakatori - Singapore

Yagen Valley is perhaps the most under-rated, low-profiled and beautiful place I have ever been to.
This place is visited by foreigners from Europe, America, Australia etc however no Asians. This was what the mistress of my accommodation told me.
Considering the isolated location of this place, it is not hard to figure why.
Multiple change of transport which includes trains, bus and car. Did that scare you off already? Let me continue.
From Tokyo, take the Shinkansen to Shin-Aomori. From Shin-Aomori, take the local train to Aomori. From Aomori, take the train on Aoimori Railway Line to JR Noheji and transfer to the Ominato Line to Shimokita. From Shimokita, take the Shimokita Kotsu bus to Ohata. There is currently no bus service to Yagen Valley. So you must either take a cab or rent a car. I do not know if there is car rental service in Ohata.
If you are staying over for the night, most of the accommodation here do offer free pick up service from Ohata.
It was early spring, the trees were just barely out of winter's sleep.
Freshly sprouted greens greeted spring. The valley has numerous rapids and Bridges to satisfy any photographers. I was advised by the lady to stay away from the opposite side of the river as trees do topple in early spring where the ground has yet to stablise.
There are 2 public rotemburo onsens at the end of the trail. Meoto kappa no yu and Kappa no Yu. Meoto kappa no onsen has an entrance fee, only 230¥.
You will not regret spending the 230¥.
You will be soothed with the view of smooth flowing river and rising Mountains.
The Kappa no yu is just a few ten metres away. This onsen is free. Previously it used to be a mixed rotemburo. However due to the bad conduct of certain bathers, now there is a designated time slot for man and woman.
Beautifully maintained and wonderful views.
Yagen Valley is one of those place I have wanted to visit but never had a chance.
Now that I am here, I wished I had come sooner.
Understand from the mistress the autumn foliage is fantastic.
You can bet on your last dollar I will be here again.

5. Kamafuseyama Observatory

44, Ominato, Ochikagawa, Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Kamafuseyama Observatory

Reviewed By xanctum - 栃木

下北半島と陸奥湾が一望できるすばらしい景観の展望台。
山道を車でかなり走る必要がありますが、天気がよければぜひ行ってみてください。
夜景もきれいです。むつ市の夜景はアゲハチョウの形をしていると有名なので、本当かどうか見てみてはどうでしょう。

6. Sanzu River

Tanabu Usorisan, Mutsu 035-0021, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
30%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
50%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Sanzu River

Reviewed By ndjordan1 - Melbourne, Australia

Bridge located right next to the entrance to Mt Osorezan temple and grounds. Unfortunately supporting timbers are very badly rotted and the bridge was closed off with rope barrier and warning signage. However, as the bridge the souls of the departed must cross and the wonderful guardian demon statues make this stop worthwhile. It is also the first location at Mt Osorezan where you get the full force of the sulphur smell in the air.

7. Hokuyokan

4-1 Ominatocho, Mutsu 035-0093, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
25%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Hokuyokan

Reviewed By xanctum - 栃木

海上自衛隊の基地の中にあり、旧海軍の時代に将校のサロンとして建てられた石造りの建物です。建物だけでも一軒の価値あり。
中は博物館になっていて、海軍と海上自衛隊の歴史を学べます。
担当の自衛官が案内してくれますので、いろいろ質問してみるとよいかも。
土日には護衛艦の見学もやっていますので、ホームページをチェックしてから出かけるべし。

8. Michi-no-Eki Lake Kawauchi

314 Kawauchimachi Fukuurayama, Mutsu 039-4701, Aomori Prefecture +81 175-38-5108
Excellent
0%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
42%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 14 reviews

Michi-no-Eki Lake Kawauchi

Reviewed By hosakin - 福岡

県道253号線ダム湖沿いの道の駅。冬期間は閉鎖されるようです。夏場も午後5時閉店と平野部の道の駅と比べて店仕舞いは早い方。BGMは某イケメンソングライター。山間に虚しく曲が響き渡っていました。

9. Taijima Island

Wakinosawa, Mutsu 035-0000, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
16%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Taijima Island

Reviewed By こばじょん - Shizuoka, Japan

脇野沢のシンボル、沖合いにある小さな島。坂上田村麻呂と地元の娘の悲恋伝説がのこる。海を見下ろす愛宕山公園からの眺望がいい。

10. Itako's Spirit Possession

Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture +81 4-7128-8584
Excellent
8%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 12 reviews

Itako's Spirit Possession

Reviewed By お遍路さん京都市 - 京都市

占いとかお告げとか予言なんてものには全く信憑性を感じない人生だったので、ここのイタコさんについてもこれだけ行列を作って長時間待って・・・そんな値打ちと価値を見出さなかったので横目で見ながら通過しました。少なくても、生きている間は死んだ故人とは会いたくないし、会話もしたくはない。どうせそのうち自分が死んだら故人と同じ世界に行けると信じているので、そこへ行ってから会えれば良いと考えているから。極楽・地獄とか因果応報とか魂の世界はこの歳なんでそれなりに信じてはいるが霊媒とかの種類は信じない。全員が信じなければいけないと云うものでもないでしょう?

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