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Shaped like an axe pointing west, the peninsula has a thin "axe handle" connecting the mountainous "axe blade" to mainland. The coasts maintain a thin scattering of population but the interior is as remote a region as you can find in Japan. The largest population center is the drab town of Mutsu.
 Get in
No matter how you look at it, Shimokita is a long way from anywhere.
 By air
 By ferry
Higashi-Nihon Ferry  offers service from Hakodate on Hokkaido to Oma at the northwestern tip of the peninsula. There are between two and four services per day, depending on the season. Drivers and bikers are encouraged to make reservations in advance, especially in high season.
 By train
The JR Ominato Line from Noheji (on the Tohoku main line) travels up the axe handle to Mutsu. Direct Shimokita rapid service trains are available from Aomori and Hachinohe (the latter being the northern terminus of the Tohoku Shinkansen line from Tokyo). The private Shimokita Kotsu Railway stopped running in 2001.
 By bus
 Get around
Most tourists in the area either bring or rent cars. Getting around without your own set of wheels is not easy, especially off-season.
Intermittent buses do connect the main towns. If you travel by bus, be sure to pick up an Aomori Card (available to passport-showing foreigners only) in either Aomori or Mutsu's tourist office for 50% discounts on travel.
The other (often faster) option is hitchhiking. Be prepared for long waits, though, as many roads on the peninsula are very lightly trafficked, even in high season.
On the west side of the peninsula, ferries run between Wakinosawa, Sai and several points in between.
Shimokitans have their own dialect of Japanese, known as Shimokita-ben (下北弁), which keeps linguists and other visitors scratching their heads at times. Some typical Shimokitan words and phrases include:
Standard Japanese is, however, widely spoken.
 See & Do
 Eat & Drink
The local speciality is squid, particular squid ink ramen noodles.
Mutsu's tourism office is very helpful to the few foreigners who make it to this neck of the woods, although English ability and material is limited.