If you are afraid of Hitchcock's famous suspense/ horror The Birds, you may want to stay away from this next location. Or, if you are a big Hitchcock fan, this may just be the place for you!
Kabushima Shrine in Hachinohe is a Shinto shrine which also habitat for forty thousand Black-tailed Gulls or, “Umineko.” It is suggested to bring an umbrella if you go to the shrine to shield you from any gull “accidents". There are also umbrellas available at the bottom of the shrine if you forget. I brought my own and it didn’t get dirty. It is also said that you should walk around the shrine three times for good luck. We did! It was very loud but really interesting. I liked Kabushima Shrine!
Note: Dogs and cats are not allowed at Kabushima. Also, don’t be surprised if you see some injured (or dead) baby gulls. There is a pecking order and it is quite a crowded island. (We only saw one dead baby bird and a few with a bit of blood on their head).
I don’t have directions to Kabushima right now but I’m pretty sure there are directions available at Misawa Inn and Misawa ITT.