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Okama Crater, Zao-machi

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View the unusual and strikingly hued natural formation of Okama Crater, a huge crater lake lying at an elevation of 1,758 m (5,768 ft). Follow a scenic mountain road to one of the nearest peaks--complete with parking lot, shrine, and restaurant--and undertake a short hike to the viewing platform from there. Those with a bit more energy to burn can trek on to the summit of one of the range's highest peaks, 45 minutes from the parking lot. Be sure to bring some sunscreen, sturdy boots, and plenty of water for the excursion. Use our Zao-machi vacation generator to arrange your visit to Okama Crater and other attractions in Zao-machi.
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  • 8/14/2016 early in the morning. Sunny weather. Collection King Bou hachimantai established camp site after their stay at Camping Touring after zaou ran up and headed for the shrine. Discover the sea of clouds in the middle of the road. Headed to the shrine in a hurry, arrived at 7:00 45 am. A solitary were waiting there.
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  • Miyagi zaō corner know went to collection King okama tours leaving from a snow park. Okama only when the weather is good see view was the best. Car guides who will guide you. And warm inside, to experience the coldest from okama prospects stand-by Katta shrine okumiya Guide (about 30 minutes) Let's will accompany. Looks wide pot should go, uphill, so goes to Katta shrine okumiya walks is 30 minutes, but slightly more okama Observatory also climbed. Katta shrine became Torii snow has buried shrine, we couldn't. Basic rime ice is melting at the okama Tour March seem invisible, but this year seemed evident. Juhyo snow-covered FIR all curled like Yamagata ZAO, instead becomes a thin rime. Frozen pot is a must. Equipment is important so is hidden to the Summit from the vicinity of okama are no wind tight and painful. In addition, anti-UV protection is required. Sunglasses, sunscreen, earmuff, gloves, etc.
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  • Gorgeous views, despite the fact that we did not go around on the trail (not prepared for clothing. Very cold heavy wind, so dress warmer us)) has a cosy café where clen, you can warm up. In the building before the observation deck a lot of stoves, heaters, very help defrost)
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  • I took the 930 bus from Yamagata station, yes it really did take 1h 3mins to get all the way to the top. This is the only bus that seems to go all the way up. The trip was well worth it, the view was stunning, even as the clouds rolled over the lake. In fact this made the whole experience more awesome as the lake slowly disappeared from view under a blanket of white.
  • The view from Mt Katta of the lake in the crater was amazing. Drive is a little long up the mountain but worth it. The whole family loved this one of a kind view.
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  • One of the most beautiful places I've ever been in Japan.
  • Stunning landscape, especially during the foliage in autumn