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According to Japanese tradition, Mount Osore — literally "Dread Mountain" — is the gateway to Hell, where souls pause on their way to the underworld. A barren volcanic wasteland of howling winds and bubbling sulphur pits, the origin of the legend is easy to understand.
Mount Osore is not an actual mountain, but the area is surrounded by a number of picturesque peaks.
 When to go
The temple is only open to the public from May 1st to October 31st, before the harsh winter sets in. The whole area of interest is within the temple compound which closes early (probably at 7 PM) so make sure you arrive in time.
 Get in
Another alternative is to hitchhike to the temple from Mutsu; locals should be able to point out the access road, which is marked by signs in only a few scattered places. During vacation periods, traffic to the temple is fairly heavy and finding a ride is not too difficult.
 Get around
Your only option for getting around is on foot.
 Buy, Eat & Drink
There are a number of small restaurants and souvenir shops outside the temple.
 Stay safe
Due to intense volcanic activity sulphur dioxide and other gases are abundant, so the entire area smells like rotten eggs. Soil near some of the cauldrons may not be stable, and the liquids inside are literally boiling. Heed the warning signs, do not cross the ropes, and head out if you start to get a headache or feel sick.