Enjoy both skiing and trekking at Mount Zao

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With its frost-covered trees, Mt. Zao is one of the most famous skiing and snowboarding spots in Japan.

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However, the beautiful nature of Mt. Zao is also popular for trekking.
Let us show some reasons why.

The Mountain Range

Mount Zao is actually a mountain range located between Yamagata and Miyagi prefectures. Mount Kumanodake is the highest with its altitude of 1,841 meters.

The Okama Crater Lake
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Due to its varying water colors, the Okama Crater Lake is also called Goshiki-numa, which means five-color marsh. Around the lake blooms an alpine flower called dicentra peregrinas, which makes a wonderful color contrast with the lake. This is one of the most popular photo spots among trekkers.


Kogenbodaira is a plateau area that offers fantastic natural sceneries in all four seasons. Among others, visitors can enjoy alpine plants, red leaves in fall, and ice covered trees in winter.

The Zao Hot Spring

After trekking, you can relax by soaking in the Zao hot spring at the foot of the mountain! This is the best way to finish a visit to Mount Zao.

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