Okama Crater Lake (蔵王山、山形県)

by Daris Pro October. 20, 2016 2372 views

LOCATION: Mt. Zao, Zao, Katta District, Miyagi Prefecture

Zao Ecoline

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Ram Ya 4 years, 4 months ago

Great post and beautiful photos, Dario.
I plan to travel to Japan for two weeks starting Nov 5th. Tohoku name didn't come up when planning our trip but it seems like a worthy place to visit.

Thanks for sharing with us!

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Daris Pro Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 4 months ago

Is this your 1st time to visit Japan? which airport are u going to off?
Yes,Tohoku is a worthy place to visit specially if you love mountain and nature.
But,2weeks is to short and a lot of places to visit. what i highly recommend you is focus Kansai area (Osaka,Kyoto,and Nara) at least 1week then Gifu,Nagano for 3 days then head to Tokyo.

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Daris Pro 4 years, 4 months ago

Hi Dario,

Yes! This is my first-time visiting Japan. I am going to meet our member (yokai) from PhotoBlog in Tokyo, where are you located? I am coming to Narita Airport. Then this is my schedule. We will get a JR Pass to cover this.

5th (Saturday) - arrival morning / Shibuya Crossing / Mori Tower
6th (Sunday) - Mt' Fuji
7th (Monday) - Nikko
8th (Tuesday) - Shinjuku Gyoen / Ueno Park

9th (Wednesday) - Kyoto / Otagi Nenbutsuji temple / Fushimi Inari-taisha
10th (Thursday) - Kyoto Kiyomizudera, Ginkakuji, Yasaka Shrine, Heian Shrine
11th (Friday) - Kyoto Mount Koya
12th (Saturday) - Kyoto Himeji
13th (Sunday) - Kyoto one more day!

14th (Monday) - Kenrokuen in Kanazawa
15th (Tuesday) - Shirakawago - Is it hard to find accommodation in this village?
16th (Wednesday)- Shirakawago - Is it hard to find accommodation in this village?
17th (Thursday) - Takayama
18th (Friday) - Tokyo
19th (Saturday) - Tokyo
12th (Sunday) - Leave at 11:20AM to Sri Lanka (You are welcome to come here my mom will take care of you!)

I might stay few more days in Takayama because I like the rural areas and culture more than big city :)
I seriously wish if I had more than two weeks!

Please let me know if you have some advice for me :) If you are in any of these cities, let's have some food and drinks together!

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Daris Pro Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 4 months ago

Looks like you have almost covered all the points to visit.I am not sure yet if can catch up you guys.If i can have a free day on 6-7th,i will contact you. I am currently live here Sendai but, tokyo is not far away.Maybe we can catch up....hopefully.

If you love to meet fellows Photographers, here`s a group i joined 2 years ago in Kansai ( https://www.meetup.com/kansaiphotographers/ ). The Host and members are very friendly, might join your trip to.

Well finding accommodation in japan is a bit tricky and expensive,specially weekend.Instead of using Direct Hotel website try this site:

AIRBNB (https://www.airbnb.com)
COUCHSURFING ( https://www.couchsurfing.com )
or http://www.travbuddy.com

AIRBNB is a good one and very popular here in Japan. And don't worry bcoz japan is the safest country.

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 4 years, 4 months ago

It seems a "cool" place to visit.

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Daris Pro Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 4 months ago

Antonio,Yes it is! actually is one of my favorite route for cycling and hiking here in Tohoku,Japan. But, you have to consider the season before you going bcoz the eco line road is closed during winter season.

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