Hotokegaura

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Literally “the coast of the Buddha,” Hotokegaura is a place that features a group of oddly-shaped rocks similar in appearance to Buddhist figures.  It is located on the remote west coast of Shimokita Peninsula far away from major tourist destinations.

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The way that leads to Hotokegaura is wild and steep at times; though, it is free of obstacles as – a combination of gravel paths and boardwalks make for safe passage.

Location: Sai, Aomori

Access:

81 mins by car from Mutsu

44 mins by car fro Oma

45 mins by ferry from Wakinosawa (Wakinosawa is 105 mins by bus from Mutsu). The ferry is a good way to enjoy the view. You can take a two-hour tour around the area for 3,800 yen (1,900 yen for children ages 6 to12).  The ferry leaves Wakinosawa at 10:45  a.m. and 2:55 p.m.  and stops for 30 minutes in Hotokegaura, where you can get off and walk around. A one-way ferry from Wakinosawa to Hotokegaura costs 2,000 yen for adults (1,000 yen for children ages 6 to 12).

35 mins by ferry from Sai (Sai is 25 mins by bus from Oma). The ferry leaves about every 30 minutes but stops for the day around 3:00 p.m. from Sai to Hotokegaura and 3:30 p.m. from Hotokegaura to Sai.

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Posted: December 9, 2009

Author: Rieko

Category: Aomori, Destinations, Featured