Zao Echo Line: A scenic road in Tohoku where you can enjoy the colors of the four seasons│Miyagi/Yamagata Japan

Zao Echo Line is a mountain road that connects Miyagi Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture, and was opened in 1963.
It is a beautiful spot worth visiting in all seasons, and we will introduce you to its charms in detail.


Overview and features of Zao Echoline

Zao Echo Line is a mountain road that connects Miyagi Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture.

This road is especially attractive from late April to mid-May, when it can be covered with impressive snow walls.

In the summer, fresh greenery spreads along the road and the air is fresh. You can enjoy the beauty and coolness of nature that spreads out on the side of the road.

In autumn, the leaves are at their peak, and the trees along the road turn red and yellow, creating a beautiful scenery. The autumn leaves spots differ depending on the location, and the appeal is that you can enjoy them for a long period of time.

Okama Observation Deck

From the Zao Echo Line, you can go to Okama Observatory by passing through the Zao High Line.
From this observation deck, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Okama.

Zao High Line
 Motorcycle (over 125cc): 390 yen Car: 550 yen

Winter road closures and snow walls

The Zao Echo Line is closed during the winter. Traffic is restricted from early November to late April every year.

Before the road opens in April, snow removal work will be carried out to create a wall of snow. This wall of snow can be seen from late April to mid-May, giving you the feeling of driving through a snowy corridor.

The snow corridor is nothing short of spectacular, and the magnificent scenery will be a memory that will last a lifetime.

Basic information about “Zao Echo Line”

InfoZao echo line
Zao Town, Katta District, Miyagi Prefecture, Shichikashuku Town, Kaminoyama City, Yamagata Prefecture
  (Zao Town Agriculture, Forestry and Tourism Division)

  (Zao Town Tourist Information Center)
RemarksWinter traffic is closed from early November to late April.

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