Osorezan Bodaiji Temple

Osorezan, which was founded in 862 by Jikaku Taishi, is one of Japan’s three largest reizan (sacred mountains) which also include Hiezan and Koya-san. It prospered as a place for the Tendai sect of Shugendo (a Japanese mountain asceticism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts). Sights to see include the arching bridge over what is supposed to represent the Sanzu no Kawa (which has to be crossed by all dead souls on their way to afterlife and is often compared to the River Styx of ancient Greek mythology), Jigokudani (Hell Valley), and the beautiful Sai no Kawara (Dry Bed of the River of Souls) that makes one think of the Sukhavati (Amitabha’s Pure Land).

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Aomori Pref. Mutsushi Tanabu Ugo Toshiyama 3-2 map map Map
open everyday (Nov.- Apr. is closed)
[climbing fee]Adults500yen, Junior high school students200yen
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English Menu
Available (Pamphlet)
Wheelchair accessible
Possible (Only front approach)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Awesome spiritual location that will not fail to impress you deeply
    5.0 Reviewed : 2017.09.22
    Having read a great deal about the history and cultural significance of this wonderful place I was determined to visit here. Hired a car from near our accommodation in Mutsu and very easy drive...
  • Breathtaking
    5.0 Reviewed : 2016.07.30
    This temple is well worth the journey for nature-lovers. The grounds offer spectacular views. Give yourself half a day to make the round trip with enough time to explore the area in peace. I would...
  • Beautiful and eerie
    4.0 Reviewed : 2016.03.14
    Learn the history of this Mountain before you visit. Lots of exploring and walking around to do. Many small natural geysers are spread around the area and it smells like sulfur

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