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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.


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


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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