Sanzu River

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A depiction of the Sanzu River in Tosa Mitsunobu's "Jūō-zu" (十王図). The good can cross the river by a bridge while the evil are cast into the dragon-infested rapids.

The Sanzu River (三途の川 Sanzu-no-kawa), or River of Three Crossings, is a Japanese Buddhist tradition and religious belief similar to the River Styx. It is believed that on the way to the afterlife, the dead must cross the river, which is why a Japanese funeral includes placing six coins in the deceased's casket.

The Sanzu River is popularly believed to be located in Mount Osore, a suitably desolate and remote region of northern Japan(Aomori Prefecture).

Real Sanzu River in Japan[edit]