Hotokegaura is a unique 2km stretch of rock formations along the western coast of the Shimokita Peninsula. Although formed by the erosion of harsh winter storms and raging seas, the name “Hotokegaura” actually means “Buddha Inlet” and was given to reflect the peacefulness of the area during summer. Folklore states that Hotokegaura is the gateway between this world and the next where the spirits of the dead transit. The inlet is regarded as a worthy entrance to Buddha’s Paradise thanks to its clear emerald green water contrasting beautifully with the clusters of ivory-white rocks. Each rock is named after a Buddha.
Please note that visitors need to take a steep 20-minute path from the car park to Hotokegaura. A recommended alternative is to take a pleasure boat to Hotokegaura. Pleasure boat rides are available from April to October from Ushitaki, Saimura and Wakinosawa piers. Several routes to Hotokegaura are available including a 15-minute glass boat ride and a 90-minute guided tour.