Okama Crater, Zao-machi

4.3
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.
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  • Okama is a big open basin, the crater of a dormant volcano. When you go, bring along a warm jacket, an umbrella, and a lot of patience. The lovely emerald green crater lake, and the astounding views.....  more »
  • We climbed Mt.ZAO from Yamagata side. Could reach the 9th station by a car and climbed up to the "Katta-dake" peak with less than 1 hour walk. Near the top of the mountain, there is a beautiful...  more »
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