Travel Information

Okama (御釜) is a crater lake located on the top of Mt. Zao. It is the main feature of Mt. Zao. It is also known as Five colors pond because the color of the lake changes by the weather and seasons. Mostly, the color of the lake is a beautiful green. It has very strong acid water lake in the world. Therefore, there is no living organism in this lake. You can walk around the east side of the lake to see from different angle. It is still active volcano, so its water sometimes boils by the ground heat.

Tourist Info.
There is parking, restroom and gift shop.
Parking near the lake is 520 yen per car.
You can’t go near the lake.
Road closed in winter.

1. at Shiraishi Zao station.
2. use local bus to Okama.
You can also come from Yamagata prefecture.

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Map around Okama

Detailed Travel Guide


Lake type: Crater.
Water: Strong acid (pH 3.5)
The depth: 27m.
The altitude: 1550m.
Size: 1.08km around.

It was created by the eruption in 1182. The latest eruption was in 1918. The outer mountain is called Umanose, literary means back of a horse. You can walk half-circle of the lake.