Okama Crater, Zao-machi

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#1 of 81 in Parks in Miyagi Prefecture
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. To visit Okama Crater on your holiday in Zao-machi, and find out what else Zao-machi has to offer, use our Zao-machi trip planner .
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  • October 3, 2017
    On and the light from the surrounding two-hour stay, was looked at from different angles. Slowly explore at your own pace.
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  • September 30, 2017
    Husband and I had a taxi driver take us up the winding mountain road to see this crater and two water falls. It was stunning. It's quite windy and chilly up top. Bring a coat! At the top is a restaura...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    Very nice views, hike definitely stood for it. It can be reached by cable car near the crater (still a bit, stomps up) or you can not use at all the cable car and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way up:)
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  • April 5, 2017
    The scenery at the top is absolutely worth it and if a must-see if you're in Yamagata. Visited in Mid-October 2016 and it was an absolute blast. The drive to the summit was bursting with color from the fall leaves and the traffic wasn't bad either. We took the gimmicky 'chairlift' which let us soak in the sights (valley below, mountains in the distance). At the top the scenery was amazing; huge caldera and otherworldly landscapes. Be careful of strong winds at the top - especially if you're wearing a hat.
  • April 9, 2017
    Good landscape but be carefull cos in winter they close the road. So you can't go there
  • July 31, 2016
    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.
  • May 30, 2016
    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.
  • April 28, 2016
    The telephone number shown is incorrect. If you search the location according to this number in GPS, you will bring you to the opposite direction.

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