We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. If you continue to browse, you accept the use of cookies on our site. See our cookies policy for more information.
Depending on the state of novel coronavirus infections, there may be cases where respective local authorities request that people refrain from travelling between regions, or tourism facilities may temporarily close or change their operating hours.

For the latest information, please see the website, etc., of each local authority/facility.

Zao Okama crater lake

Zao Okama crater lake_1
Zao Okama crater lake_2
Zao Okama crater lake_3
Zao Okama crater lake_4
Zao Okama crater lake_1 Zao Okama crater lake_2 Zao Okama crater lake_3 Zao Okama crater lake_4


The Okama is a crater lake with a circumference of 1,000m and a depth of 27m. It is also known as “Goshikinuma” (lake of five colors) for the changes in the colors of the water surface from the intensity of light. Okama is a popular sightseeing spot that is representative of Zao. Visitors can enjoy the sight of alpine plants in summer, and views of red autumn foliage from September to November. When the roads are opened around the end of April, the snow forms walls above 10m high close to the sides of the road leading to the mountain top.

View scenic routes that include this spot


More Information about Zao Okama crater lake

Street address

Kuraishidake Kokuyuchinai, Togatta Onsen, Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi



  • [From Yamagata Station]
    Take the train to JR Kaminoya-Onsen Station and take a free shuttle bus for 60 min.
    Get off at the katta parking area and take the Zao-Katta ski lift for approx. 8 min to the top.
    Then a 6 min. walk.


  • [From Sendai Station]
    Take the train to JR Shiroishi-Zao Station and take a bus for approx. 1 hour and 35 to 40 minutes to "Zao-Katta Sancho" (2 buses a day).
    Then a 5-min. walk.
    ※From late Apr. to early Nov., the bus only runs on weekends and holidays

Opening Hours

From sunrise to sunset


Early Nov. to late Apr.



Best season

May, Jun., Jul., Aug., Sep., Oct.


Since the area is closed for the winter from early Nov. to late Apr., the crater can't be seen.

Spots around

Share this page


Recommended scenic routes

Other attractive routes

Traveler reviews


Back to Top