Trip with a Rent a Car in Yamagata city: A hiking tour to see Zao's Okama

Outdoor Activities History
5,000 JPY ~ / person
About 6 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

Enjoy the flowers of the four seasons seen among the alpine in the ropeway. At The former lake surface in Zao Okama you can feel a mystical atmosphere in contrast to rough crater walls praised by the emerald green water. In the Yamagata Prefecture, enjoy healing the body in a spectacular open-air onsen full of rich overflowing efficacy. This tour is recommended for adults who are looking to enjoy nature and heal both physically and mentally.

Meeting Place

We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Yamagata Airport Shop.
FromYamagata Airport, 1-minute walk toward the counter of TOYOTA Rent a Car Yamagata Airport Shop.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture


Price per person
5,000 JPY ~ / person
Max participants
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.


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    Zao Ropeway

    The Zao Ropeway consists of two cable car lines that link the foot of Mount Zao (where the Yamagata city hot spring can be found) to the summit of Mount Zao. The Sanroku line connects the foot of the mountain to the rime-frosted Juhyo forest, and the Sancho line connects the forest to the summit. The Zao Ropeway sees all kinds of visitors, with winter attracting those who want to ski and view the rime-frosted trees, and summer bringing mountain-climbers and tourists.

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    Zao Okama Crater

    Located in Miyagi prefecture, Zao Okama Crater is aptly named for its appearance of a traditional cooking pot (okama). A volcanic crater lake, it is especially scenic for the "Goshikinuma" lake of five colors, where the intensity of light changes the surface color of the lake. Different seasons produce different hues and brightness of the light's level. It can be viewed from a safe distance from a network of scenic mountain roads for a small fee.

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    Shinzaemon no Yu

    Shinzaemon no Yu is a hot spring facility in the Zao Onsen area of Yamagata City. It is particularly popular for its large outdoor baths (rotenburo) with their milky blue water. These baths are said to feature one of the most acidic hot spring waters in Japan which is believed to bestow certain health benefits on anyone who baths in it, though people with sensitive skin should be careful. If your skin is sensitive, you can use other baths within the facility that mix the natural hot spring water with ordinary water to decrease the acidity. As with most onsen in Japan today, the baths for men and women are separated, but there is a restaurant and souvenir area that you can enjoy together if you are visiting with someone from the opposite sex.

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