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A circular crater lake in the Zao mountain range is called ”Okama” due to its shape resembles a bowl. About 2,000 years ago, the water collected at the crater created by the eruption became a beautiful lake. Depending on the angle of the sunlight, the beautiful emerald green surface of the lake turns to many different colors within a day. Locals also call it ”the lake of five colors”. There are three convenient viewpoints around Okama. The first one is called "Okama Tenbodai" (Okama Observatory) - easy access, right in front of the parking lot. The second one is Mt. Katta and it's just 10 min. walk from Okama Observatory. The third one is a mountain trail called "Kuma no Se" (Horseback) or "Kuma no Dake" (Mt. Kumano). It is not an easy walk, so be sure to prepare your tracking shoes and climbing clothing.
Kuraishidake Kokuyuchi-nai, Ongatta Onsen, Zao-cho, Katta, Miyagi
Generally between early November till late April, Zao Echo Line/ High Line are closed for the winter season, so the site is not available for visit as a general rule.
May, Jun., Jul., Aug., Sep., Oct.
Due to its high altitude, it is cold in autumn. Be sure to stay warm!
From "Shiraishi Zao Station" of JR Tohoku Shinkansen, take Miyakoh Bus bound for Ongatta Onsen for 50 minutes, get off at the terminal stop, and take 50-minute taxi ride
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