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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.
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I walked down the muddy, rocky hill to get near the crater and that sucked, but I gotta admit the view was good. (We used the stairs to go back up!)
I walked down the muddy, rocky hill to get near the crater and that sucked, but I gotta admit the view was good. (We used the stairs to go back up!) more »
A "single chairlift" hauled me up the slope at a leisurely pace. 750 yen (return) was a lot cheaper than most lifts around the world. The dragonflies hitched lifts and kept me company. The crater was.... more
A "single chairlift" hauled me up the slope at a leisurely pace. 750 yen (return) was a lot cheaper than most lifts around the world. The dragonflies hitched lifts and kept me company. The crater was.... more »
It's not often you can get views like these, especially of two prefectures at once. It takes a while to get up here, but I think it's worth the effort. The crater itself is so cool; we saw it still half frozen over during Golden Week. You can walk up pretty close to it, but if you come when there's still snow make sure you're dressed for it. The shrine at the top is neat as well, and the gift shop has lots of cute stuff. Unfortunately, we didn't notice the shop closed around 3:45pm and missed our chance to go back in to grab souvenirs. If you come later in the day, make sure to stop in first, as the crater isn't going anywhere. If you come by car, be careful to leave before the gate closes, I believe at 5pm.
I’ve skied at Zao several times, but this was my first summer visit. I have always wanted to hike and see Okama, and I would recommend this spot if you can. We drove up in a personal vehicle, but there are hiking trails and a chair lift a bit below the uppermost parking lot if you’re not driving. We also saw some cyclists biking up! There are many great hikes around, and of course, you can see the famous snow monsters without their snow!
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