Featured article: The hot spring that nourishes your skin at northernmost Honshu, “Mutsu”! Recommended routes vol. 2

Things to see and try: #A Viewing Tsugaru Channel from the sightseeing tower at the northernmost part of Honshu.Things to see and try: #B Enjoy Oma tuna that will melt in your mouth!Things to see and try: #C Experience Ikasama racingThings to see and try: #D Refresh yourself with the beautiful scenery of Yagen Keiryu.Things to see and try: #E You might encounter Kappa! “Kappa-no-yu” at Okuyagen Onsen.Things to see and try: #F Osorezan/ Mt. Osore, one of three famous graveyards in Japan.Things to see and try: #G Staying at the hotel in Mutsu city. Things to see and try: #A Viewing Tsugaru Channel from the sightseeing tower at the […]

2018-10-05   Visit: Charming Towns, Mutsu,


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Things to see and try: #A Viewing Tsugaru Channel from the sightseeing tower at the northernmost part of Honshu.

Oma city, located at the northernmost part of Honshu, is the city with the shortest distance from Hokkaido, at 17.5km. Around Mt. Nishi Futsuke, there is a sightseeing tower where you can view the entire, beautiful scenery of the peninsula. I would recommend visiting at night, because you can see Isari-bi and the beautiful night view of Hakodate.
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Things to see and try: #B Enjoy Oma tuna that will melt in your mouth!

Oma tuna is distributed throughout Japan and are raised in the Tsugaru Channel where the tide is heavy. The tuna meat is fatty (toro) and resembles expensive Japanese beef. The leaner (akami) part is also very tasty.
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Things to see and try: #C Experience Ikasama racing

It’s a race where squid compete in a 20 meter-long pool. You can join the game by becoming an owner of a squid, or by predicting the outcome of the race. You can also eat delicious sashimi here.
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Things to see and try: #D Refresh yourself with the beautiful scenery of Yagen Keiryu.

The community café, Yagen Onsen Café kadar was opened within the Yagen Onsen. It’s dishes use local foods, which are very popular. There’s also a footbath that uses hot water from the Yagen Onsen.
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Things to see and try: #E You might encounter Kappa! “Kappa-no-yu” at Okuyagen Onsen.

Jikaku-daishi (Ennin), the founder of Osorezan/ Mt. Osore, was rescued by Kappa, the mystical creature that this onsen was named after. It’s so popular, because it’s free!
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Things to see and try: #F Osorezan/ Mt. Osore, one of three famous graveyards in Japan.

This might remind you of the hell, but after passing through the rocky, sulfurous area, you will encounter the beautiful and heavenly scenery of Lake Usori.
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Things to see and try: #G Staying at the hotel in Mutsu city.

You can view all of the beautiful scenery of Mutsu from the Mutsu Grand Hotel. It’s specialty is the hot spring, “Tonami-onsen, Bijin-no-yu,” which literally means “Beauty’s onsen.” The quality of spring water will relax and heal your fatigue as well as moisturizing your skin.

【Detailed Information】
●Nishi-fukitsuke-yama Sightseeing tower
Address:Uchiyama-48 Ōma, Ōma-machi, Shimokita-gun, Aomori Prefecture
Access:30 mins walk from the Shimokita-kotsu bus stop, “Kita-doori Sogo-bunka center wing”

●Oma
Address:Oma, Shimokita District, Aomori Prefecture

●Ikasama racing at “Iki-ika Bichiku Centre”
Address:Shimofuro-127 Shimofuro, Kazamaura, Shimokita District, Aomori Prefecture

Race period
:Every Friday and Saturday between July 18th and October 31st.
Between 18th July and 17th August, the race is held everyday.
Opens at 16:30, and starts at 17:00
You can participate in the race if you book in advance.
Fee:600 yen for owning a squid. 100 yen for betting. (Ticket is split squid) contact: 0175-36-2112

●Yagen Onsen Café Kadar
Address:Asahinadake-1-21 Ōhatamachi Mutsu-shi, Aomori Prefecture

Operation hours:11:00 to 18:00(17:30 Last Order)
Contact:0175-31-0714

●Yagen Onsen “Kappa-no-yu”
Address:Akatakiyama-1-3 Ohatamachi Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture

Operation hours:7:00 to 17:00 (On Wednesday morning, it is closed for cleaning.)
Contact:0175-34-2111
Fee:Free

●Osorezan/Mt.Osore
Period:1st May to 31st October (Every year)
Operation time:6:00-18:00
Address:Usoriyama-3-2 Tanabu Mutsu-shi, Aomori Prefecture
Access:30 mins by car from JR Ominato station. 43 mins by a direct bus from Shimokita

●Mutsu Grand Hotel
Fee: 6,000yen~(Per person)
Address:Shimomichi-4 Tanabu Mutsu-shi, Aomori Prefecture

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