Japan is a country with many volcanoes, and some of them are really beautiful. For Today’s Japan Photo, we will be visiting Mount Zao 蔵王山, which is a volcano located on the border between Yamagata Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture in Japa
The special thing about Mount Zao is that it has a really beautiful crater lake that was formed after a volcanic eruption years ago. Here’s a little more information on this lovely tourist spot:
Mount Zaō (蔵王山 Zaō-san?) is a complex volcano on the border between Yamagata Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture in Japan. It consists of a cluster of stratovolcanoes and is the most active volcano in northern Honshū. The central volcano of the group includes several lava domes and a tuff cone, Goshiki-dake, which contains a crater lake named Okama. Also known as the ‘Five Color Pond’ (五色沼, goshiki numa) because it changes color depending on the weather, it lies in a crater formed by a volcanic eruption in the 1720s. The lake is 360 metres (1,200 ft) in diameter and 60 m (200 ft) deep, and is one of the main tourist attractions in the area.
One striking feature of Zaō’s famous ski resorts is the snow monsters (樹氷 Juhyō?) that appear in mid-winter. These are trees frozen by winds from Siberia and covered in snow, giving a ghostly impression. Zaō is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.