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Tour C – Touring the Northernmost Point of Honshu on the Shimokita Peninsula

This is a trip to take in the northernmost point of Honshu on the Shimokita Peninsula. The entire peninsula is a quasi-national park and includes Yokohama Township, which is famous for its fields of rapeseed flowers that become vast swaths of yellow when they are in bloom, and Mount Osore, the largest sacred ground in Japan. In addition, the tuna of Oma is famous throughout Japan, and it has a superb flavor! Take advantage of this opportunity to try it.

Trip Details

Day One

Tokyo Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

Shin-Aomori Station

Trunk Lines

Resort Asunaro, approximately 2 hours

The Newly Renovated Shin-Aomori Station

Shin-Aomori Station, which was just renovated in December 2010, is the Shinkansen gateway to Aomori City. As the final stop on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line, it is currently the northernmost Shinkansen station in Japan (as of April 2011).

Shin-Aomori Station
Shin-Aomori Station

Nature

A Yellow Carpet that Spreads Before You: The Rapeseed Blossoms of Yokohama

For a period of about a month beginning in early May, the hilly regions of Yokohama in Aomori Prefecture become awash in yellow as the rapeseed blooms. The total area is approximately 50 hectares, making it the largest rapeseed field in Japan. You can view this springtime spectacle from the train windows on the Ominato Line.

The rapeseed blossoms of Yokohama
The rapeseed blossoms of Yokohama

Shimokita Station

Bus

Local bus (Shimokita Transport, Mount Osore Line), approximately 45 minutes

Get off the bus

Mount Osore

Bus

Local bus (Shimokita Transport, Mount Osore Line), approximately 30 minutes

NatureHistory&Traditions

Mount Osore – Gaze on Both Heaven and Hell

Mount Osore is one of the Three Great Sacred Mountains of Japan (alongside Mount Koya and Mount Hiei), and is said to have been founded in the year 862 by the great priest Jikaku. The smell of sulfur that hangs in the air and the desolate landscapes truly create a strange place here, offering a glimpse of hell and heaven. In addition, within the grounds of Mount Osore, there are four medicinal hot springs, each with its own distinct healing effects, and pilgrims are free to enter the hot springs.

Note: The bus to Mount Osore runs only between May 1 and October 31.

Shimokita Transport, Mount Osore Line Timetable (in Japanese only)

Mount Osore
Mount Osore

Get off the bus

Mutsu Bus Terminal

Bus

Local bus (Shimokita Transport, Sai Line), approximately 40 minutes

Get off the bus

Ohata

Bus

Courtesy Bus (reservations required)

Accommodations:
Yagen Hot Springs

Hot springs

Enter Yagen Hot Springs while Looking Out Over the Ravine

It is said that the name Yagen Hot Springs comes from the fact that long ago the place where the hot springs bubbled forth resembled a tool that was used to crush herbal medicines, a mortar, which in Japanese is called a "yagen." When the leaves are turning colors in autumn, you can sit in the hot springs and enjoy a view of a vividly beautiful landscape.

Click here for the Hotel New Yagen's official website (in Japanese only)

Yagen Hot Springs
Yagen Hot Springs

Day Two

Yagen Hot Springs

Bus

Courtesy Bus (reservations required)

Get off the bus

Ohata

Bus

Roadway Bus (Shimokita Transport, Sai Line), approximately 1 hour

Nature

Even Among Tuna, the Oma Tuna are Giants

Among tuna varieties, Oma tuna are the largest type, and have been known to exceed 3 meters in length. The largest tuna ever caught in Oma weighed 440 kg, and it is the model for the monument to single rod tuna fishing in Omazaki. The flesh of that tuna is rich with a high-quality fat, making it melt in your mouth. There are restaurants serving maguro-don, Oma tuna over bowls of rice, and we recommend that you try this wonderful dish at least once.

Shimokita Transport, Sai Line (Shimokita Station departures) Timetable (in Japanese only)

Shimokita Transport, Sai Line (Shimokita Station arrivals) Timetable (in Japanese only)

Tuna from Oma
Tuna from Oma

Get off the bus

Omasaki

Bus

Local bus (Shimokita Transport, Sai Line), approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes

Get off the bus

Shimokita Station

Trunk Lines

Resort Asunaro, approximately 2 hours

Shin-Aomori Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

ShoppingDining

Aomori Shunmi-kan, Where You'll Find a Large Selection of the Special Products of Aomori Prefecture

Fresh agricultural products, represented by Aomori's apples, seasonal fruits and delicious Japanese sakes are all available here.

Getting there:
Within the Shin-Aomori Station building

Aomori Shunmi-kan
Aomori Shunmi-kan

Click here for more on Aomori tourism information

Aptinet, the Aomori tourism information website

Tokyo Station

As of May 2011

Key

Note:
All cars on the Resort Asunaro are reserved-seating cars, so travelers will need to make reservations in advance at the JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi) or Travel Service Center (View Plaza). For more information, contact the JR East Infoline.

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Timetables and seat reservations

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JR-EAST Train Reservation
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