Okama, Zao

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Okama, a symbol of Mt. Zao in Miyagi prefecture, is a 325 meter wide and ca. 27 meter deep crater lake at 1674 meters. It was named after its shape that resembles a pot (kama). It is also called Goshiki-ko (five colors lake), because it changes color depending on sunlight, climate and season, or the viewing angle. It is said that the lake consists of onsen elements that have been accumulated through the past 26 volcanic eruptions. Around Okama, there are walkways installed, on which visitors can reach up to a small hill called "Uma no se"(horse's back). The sight of Okama seen from here fascinates tourists.

Address
Within national park, Zao, Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi-ken
Contact No.
+81-224-34-2725
Access
From JR Shiroishi-Zao Station, take Miyako-Bus towards Zao-Karita Sancho for 1 hr 40 min, get off at the last stop followed by a 3 min walk to Okama entrance. (Runs only during Sat, Sun, and holidays from May to October)
Opening Hours / Holidays
8:00-17:00
*Closed for winter during early Nov- late Apr
Time Required
90 minutes
Admission fee
Free

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

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The Emerald Green Surface has a Mythical Shimmer!

The Okama lake surface is known to change into different colors. The most standard is emerald green. You will no doubt be mesmerized by the contrast between the rough crater walls and the jewelry-like water surface. Depending on the weather, it may also change into a deep sky blue.

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Views from Okama

Mt. Zao's Okama lake surface has a beautiful emerald green color. It shows different views according to season and time of the day. As it is at a high altitude where snow melts rather slowly, from spring through early summer, one can occasionally see the rare view of the harmony between the white of the remaining snow and the emerald green lake surface. Please enjoy the scenic beauty of Okama at dawn, with autumn leaves or covered in snow.

Dawn

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Autumn leaves

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Snow covered landscape

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Remaining snow and Okama

Combine your Trip to Okama with Zao Onsen Dai-Rotenburo

After you have recharged your power from the great sights of nature, take rest from exploring at Zao Onsen Dai-Rotenburo", a popular day, open-air bath. The bath surrounded by trees and rivers is very liberating. Experience double the amount of nature in your trip to Okama.

Okama, Zao

Okama, a symbol of Mt. Zao in Miyagi prefecture, is a 325 meter wide and ca. 27 meter deep crater lake at 1674 meters. It was named after its shape that resembles a pot (kama). It is also called Goshiki-ko (five colors lake), because it changes color depending on sunlight, climate and season, or the viewing angle. It is said that the lake consists of onsen elements that have been accumulated through the past 26 volcanic eruptions. Around Okama, there are walkways installed, on which visitors can reach up to a small hill called "Uma no se"(horse's back). The sight of Okama seen from here fascinates tourists.

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Source:pixta

The Emerald Green Surface has a Mythical Shimmer!

The Okama lake surface is known to change into different colors. The most standard is emerald green. You will no doubt be mesmerized by the contrast between the rough crater walls and the jewelry-like water surface. Depending on the weather, it may also change into a deep sky blue.

Source:pixta

Views from Okama

Mt. Zao's Okama lake surface has a beautiful emerald green color. It shows different views according to season and time of the day. As it is at a high altitude where snow melts rather slowly, from spring through early summer, one can occasionally see the rare view of the harmony between the white of the remaining snow and the emerald green lake surface. Please enjoy the scenic beauty of Okama at dawn, with autumn leaves or covered in snow.

Dawn

Source:pixta

Autumn leaves

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Snow covered landscape

Source:pixta

Remaining snow and Okama

Combine your Trip to Okama with Zao Onsen Dai-Rotenburo

After you have recharged your power from the great sights of nature, take rest from exploring at Zao Onsen Dai-Rotenburo", a popular day, open-air bath. The bath surrounded by trees and rivers is very liberating. Experience double the amount of nature in your trip to Okama.

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