Mount Osore (恐山, Osore-zan) is the site of the Sōtō Zen Buddhist temple, Bodai-ji. It is located in the Shimokita Peninsula of Aomori Prefecture in the northern Tōhoku region of Japan.

Believed to have been established in 862 AD, the temple is a major pilgrimage site in Japan and is located in the caldera of an active volcano. The volcanic rock formations, serene nearby lake (lake Usori) and ash grey landscape give the place an ethereal quality. Indeed, in Japanese mythology, Mount Osore is believed to be one of the gates to the underworld.

The temple is also known for the presence of itoko, or people who claim to communicate between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Note that it is quite difficult to get to and requires some planning to find the correct bus service from Shimokita train station (about 40km away). Entry to the temple complex is ¥500 for adults and ¥200 for children.

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