Shimokita Peninsula Day 1: Osorezan and Yagen Valley


Our first stop on Saturday was Osorezan — a beautiful if otherworldly site home to several surrounding mountains, white sand, a clear lake, sulfuric hot springs and vents, a temple, and statues.   In addition to being beautiful, Osorezan is also considered to be a very holy place to the people of Japan.  It’s a place where some believe they can adequately pay respect to their dead loved ones.  Most people we saw were clearly at Osorezan to be tourists and take pictures, but some people were clearly there to mourn.  You may also notice many piles of rocks in the pictures.  These are basically memorials representing children who passed too soon.  These piles were everywhere; a constant reminder of the impermanence of life.


All sorts of interesting colors bubbling around and flowing into the lake.

After Osorezan, we set up camp in the beautiful Yagen Valley.  To get there we had to drive through a serpentine country road up and down a mountain covered in trees.  Since it’s spring, our eyes were treated to stunning green deciduous foliage mixed with evergreens and bare branches from trees that are still without their leaves.  Every once in a while there would be a single plum or cherry tree in full blossom, its fuchsia or pink petals seemingly completely out of place in a sea of green and brown.

Julie enjoying an apple after setting up our new tent.

Here’s a video of a friend we met at the campground:

Shortly after taking this video we took a nap, went to an old school outdoor onsen, ate dinner, and went to bed early.  By then my cold and fever was at its worst.  After a mildly rough night we decided to check out all the things on our list anyway and just drive back to Noheji instead of camp in the evening.  It turned out to be a good decision.


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