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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  • Elevation 2000 m peaks is to the Summit can be reached by car. Crater Lake is very beautiful and about a 10 minute walk is the arrival. And go to the golden road goes through wall of snow. Gets very busy on weekends, so can't afford is to go watch.
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  • ZAO caldera lake. Worth going all the way access is difficult and. Become can wander around that. Unfortunately, recently took that admission regulations
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  • ZAO trail running and I saw when you took part in the meeting said. Fine mist when I arrived at the shrine on the day of the fog and couldn't see anything views only, out the overview. Beautiful emerald green.
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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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