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. 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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  • It would be good not only from the parking lot of Katta Mt. ZAO's most famous tourist destination in the time walking down the Ridge, seen from various places. Recommend climbing in Katta lift out there on the edge left to go there, see the move while walking near the togatta Mt. and nice change from feel.
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  • From earlier wanted to go to the shrine of ZAO, from more than six months ago near the foliage and fit on the weekend of 11 / decided to go was. Did you know that will be closed 11 / early winter. Planning go to 11/3 or four days on a sunny day, just before the weather forecast sunny 3 days. Was the information entered when feeling overwrought at sunset shrine in 11/2 winter closure. It was too bad. Now try again we will be. At that time, at the moment I.
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  • Visit were revenge for a couple of years ago! Bad weather, a lot of snow remain on the side of the road a few years ago was June's car rental with worry, afraid and I gave up. This is fine but it was cold! Screwed sleeve out of place. Thank you for the beautiful scenery! Cute cheer car come across!
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  • It's a great place to visit. Emerald lake in volcano crater looks so magic.Amazing view from top of mountain. But Weather may be really unpredictable.So be aware about it and ready for any case. There are many ways to reach the place:by car, by free shuttle, by rope way or hiking. Parking place usually gets full very quickly,it's better to come before 10am. Hiking courses to the Okama crater are very good for any age and conditions. Never have try so enjoyable course.
  • Beautiful place! The colors are vivid and hard to explain. Make the stop, the roads are super fun too. Be patient the clouds roll in quick!
  • Utterly surreal sight. The lift crew are exceptionally friendly and helpful. A great and underrate site-seeing spot! I recommend going from kaminoyama-onsen station. Search for the "Green Echo" free bus line that ruins twice a day in the summer free of charge.
  • 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.
  • Good landscape but be carefull cos in winter they close the road. So you can't go there

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