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Okama Crater, Zao-machi

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#1 of 52 in Nature in Miyagi Prefecture
Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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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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  • 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 »
  • Absolutely gorgeous. The weather is very variable and changes quickly - the first day we went (parking at the main parking lot) had a sunny forecast but when we got there the entire mountain top was.....  more
    Absolutely gorgeous. The weather is very variable and changes quickly - the first day we went (parking at the main parking lot) had a sunny forecast but when we got there the entire mountain top was.....  more »
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  • 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.
  • One of my favourite places in Japan so far. There is a free shuttle bus from Kaminoyama tourist information centre. Take the left hand trail to avoid the crowds and make sure you bring waterproof footwear if there is still snow!

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