|Okama, the crater lake on Mt. Zao|
|Taking the rope way up to the first station|
|Gondolas, the best way to go up the mountain|
|Yellow line is our ascent, the blue line is the descent|
|The super over grown trail... it was an adventure!|
We reached Okama after just under two hours. The view was incredible! The crater lake really does seem to change color, going from bright green in the sunlight to a deeper blue when the clouds pass by. We sat down on the crest and had a picnic with our conbini bento (lunch bought at a convenience store) and some British cheese one of my friends had brought home from the U.K.
|The shrine/temple on the crest.|
We just barely made the last rope way car and the last bus back to Yamagata Station, and then it was about an hour back to Sendai. I'd really recommend doing Zao by car rather than train and bus, if only because it would allow for a lot more time on the mountain. Still, it was a fun hike and the scenery was gorgeous.
You can see the rest of the photos here!