Zao Area (Miyagi)蔵王エリア
This winter sports paradise is a real "winter wonderland," with clusters of spectacular ice-covered trees.
Zao, located on the Yamagata-Miyagi prefectural border, is a mountain park centered in the Zao Mountain Range. You can enjoy the beauty of nature there, when you visit locations such as the mysterious Okama crater lake, also known as Goshiki-numa (five-color marsh). It is known for its varying water colors which can change several times a day.
If you have fun with outdoor sports, enjoy camping and trekking among the verdant greens of spring or the scarlet leaves of autumn In winter, Zao turns into a hub for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Every people can see the trees which are covered with snow and ice because you take snowmobile and go near ones.
At foot of Zao, there are the factory which you can make cheese and butter there and the Zao Kitsune-mura, which is the only place of the world to play with fox.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 1h 50min to Shiroishi-Zao Station by JR Tohoku Shinkansen and 1h 30min to Zao by the bus for the top of Mt. Zao (The bus transports only during April to October)
From Osaka :
[Rail] 5h from Shin-Osaka via Tokyo (by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line) to Yamagata Station by JR Yamagata Shinkansen Line.