The Terrible Mountain
No trip to Aomori prefecture would complete without a visit Osore-zan, the terrible mountain. So called because of its dismal surroundings, this is truly a place that is an eerie spectacle. The mountain is a dormant volcano so the landscape is charred and dead. The foul smell of sulfur hangs in the air, adding to visual assault of the lifeless landscape. On top of that it’s a bit of a haul from Aomori city with almost no real public transportation to get there. If you are willing to brave all that you will find an interesting outing, with blind mediators who will converse with the dead, for a price, multi colored pool (ranging from blood red to yellow to green), bubbling and steaming ground and stacks of rocks made by the souls of dead children. Truly a unique experience.
In order to go on the mountain you have to pay 500 yen to enter Osorezan-Bodaiji (may to Oct 6am to 6pm) the shrine on Osore-zan.
Osore-zan’s summer festival is held on July 20-24.