長老湖 / Lake Choro
Scenic lake with rowboat rental
Photo by Xander McGrouther
In the southern Zao highlands, at the foot of Mount Fubo in Shichikashuku, lies the mesmerizing Lake Choro. Like the Yamabiko Bridge a short hike away, Lake Choro is also counted among the Thirty-six Scenic Views of Mount Zao. The spectacular reflection of forested Mount Fubo in the mirror-like waters of the lake makes this one of the best spots in the region to view the changing colors of the leaves in autumn. Tucked away in a lesser-visited part of Miyagi, visitors here can have the lake practically to themselves. Rent a rowboat and paddle out across the lake for gorgeous views from every angle.
March 17, 2020
Area Mt. Zao
Choro, Shichikashuku-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-0508
ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT
About 80 minutes by bus from Shiroishi Station (白石駅) or Shiroishi-Zao Station (白石蔵王駅), followed by a 15-minute walk. Board a Shichikashuku Shiroishi Line (七ヶ宿白石線) bus bound for Shichikashuku-machi Yakuba (七ヶ宿町役場), alight at the final stop. Transfer to a Shichikashuku Choro Line (七ヶ宿長老線) bus bound for Yokokawa・Choro (横川・長老), alight at Choro-ko Higashi (長老湖東). Bus timetables here (Shichikashuku Shiroishi Line) and here (Shichikashuku Choro Line).
Rowboats: ¥800 for 30 minutes
Lake: Always open
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