Mt. Zao is a famous mountain that extends across Yamagata and Miyagi prefectures and is also listed as one of Japan’s Top 100 Mountains. The mountain can be enjoyed all year round-with its world-famous rime in winter, fields of flowers in the summer, and red and gold leaves in the fall. Visitors can also enjoy trekking, hiking and mountain climbing with the Mt. Zao Instructors’ Association. Nearby areas such as Zao Onsen hot spring and the Zao Kogen Bodaira plateau also offer opportunities to enjoy nature to the full.