Mount Zao is a 1,841-meter-high volcano between Yamagata and Miyagi prefectures in the northern Tohoku region. It is one of Tohoku's most famous attractions, offering spectacular views and unique attractions for all seasons of the year.
The most famous sights of the mountain include the extraordinary blue colored Okama crater and the mystical "" snow monsters "" - trees that form in mid-winter. These are located around the top of the Zao ski area and are usually most spectacular around mid-February. The multiple layers of snow and ice give the trees a monstrous shape. Access is made possible by a cable car and a gondola for skiers and non-skiers. In the evening the snow monsters around the summit are illuminated.
The Okama is a crater lake that measures 1km in circumference with a 27m depth. It is known locally as 'Goshiki-numa' (five-colour lake) for its changing surface colours.
The natural phenomenon of 'juhyo' can be seen on the slopes of Mount Zao during the winter months.
Zao Shiko Hotel. onsen and ski slopes nearby. Excellent service by English-speaking staff
Zao Onsen town is located in Yamagata Prefecture, and JR East Pass holders are able to get there from Tokyo station via a 2.5 hour..
Mongolian BBQ a la Genghis Khan: expect to eat a lot of lamb
Unlike most of Japan, lamb is popular in this part of Yamagata, and it is almost always eaten barbeque style.
Zao Sumikawa is a popular snow park for snowboarders and tourists who want to see the famous Zao snow monsters.
Miyagi Zao Eboshi is one of four resorts on the East side of the Zao volcanoes in Miyagi. Eboshi boasts a 4,300 meter ski run ..