Before leaving Sendai, we visited Mt.Zao to see the Okama Crater.
As you know, Mt.Zao is one of the most prominent mountains in the Tohoku Region, sitting on the border between Yamagata and Miyagi Prefecture. The active volcano is famous for a beautiful crater with lake, known as Okama. It looks like a traditional cooking pot. The crater cannot be approached but we can view it from a distance outside of winter.
A spectacular road, the Zao Echo Line, leads to close to one of Mt. Zao's secondary peaks, called Kattadake. From Kattadake, tourists can view the Okama Crater without much effort, and there is also a shrine, visitor center and restaurant.