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Hotokegaura

Shimokita peninsula mapHotokegaura Hotokegaura is a part of west coast of Shimokita peninsula.
There are strange white rocks and cliffs along the coast for about 2 km. They have been formed by wild waves of the sea, strong wind and rain.

"Hotoke" means "Buddha".
The height of some rocks and cliffs are more than 100 meters, and they looks like statue of Buddha.
So each rock is given the name after Buddhism such as "the head of Nyorai", "Gohyaku-rakan", "Gokuraku beach".

These rocks are located along steep coast. Therefore a roadway is away from here.
There is an observatory at the side of the road about 1 km from Hotokegaura, then we can see the side view. And a path leads to the coast from there.

We can see the front view from the sea.
The pleasure boats leave from Sai port located 15 km north of Hotokegaura. It is a voyage for 1 hour and 30 minutes. It gets to the coast and visitors come ashore on the beach for 30 minutes.

How to get to here

By railroad and route bus

  1. By train of Aoi-mori railway, to Noheji station, from Aomori 37 to 43 minutes, and from Hachinohe about 35 to 45 minutes.
  2. Then by route bus from Noheji station to Mutsu-bus-terminal in Mutsu city, it takes anout 1 hour 30 minutes.
  3. Change to the other bus. To Sai, it takes about 2 hours.
  4. The pleasure boats starts from here. (Only from late April to late October).

By car

From Aomori to Hotokegaura observatory about 170 km, it takes about 4 hours.
From Hachinohe, about 180 km, it also takes about 4 hours.
To sai, you must drive more about 18 km from here.




Strange rocks on Hotokegaura
Cliffs of Hotokegaura
Hotokegaura from the observatory


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