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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku - Yamagata
Zao 
# 79   of 175 destinations
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Mount Zao (R, Zaōsan) is a volcanic mountain range on the prefectural border between Yamagata and Miyagi Prefectures in the Tohoku Region. On the Yamagata side, the hot spring town of Zao Onsen offers some of the country's most acidic thermal waters. In summer, the mountain attracts nature lovers with its spectacular Okama Crater, while in winter, Zao Onsen turns into a leading ski resort and one of only few places in Japan to see "snow monsters" (frozen trees).

Attractions
 1  Zao Onsen
Hot spring resort with highly acidic water.
User rating: 88/100 (18 votes)
Visited by: 55 users
 2  Okama Crater
Crater with lake near the summit of Mount Zao.
User rating: 86/100 (10 votes)
Visited by: 30 users
 3  Zao Ski Resort
Leading ski resort featuring snow monsters.
User rating: 82/100 (74 votes)
Visited by: 200 users

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User Rating (by 42 users):
79/100
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81.  Lake Towada   276
82.  Niseko   274
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