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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

Zaonsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
+81 23-694-9328
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Nice resort! Skiing + onsen is a surprisingly good combo!

Got here the week just before Christmas - which turned out to be pretty good. Snow had set in and... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
So much Snow - Exciting weather conditions - I love ZAO ONSEN

Zap Onsen Ski resort, Yamagata prefecture, Japan. January Master ski time? Apparently. The... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
Sydney, Australia
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Zaonsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
+81 23-694-9328
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Got here the week just before Christmas - which turned out to be pretty good. Snow had set in and there still was off-season prices of things. All from day-ski-pass to hotels. Not so crowded. Town and skiing is nice. Onsen and skiing is a...More

3  Thank Upplandsleden
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Zap Onsen Ski resort, Yamagata prefecture, Japan. January Master ski time? Apparently. The Japanese have been coming here for an eternity, yet for the western ski fans this is a magical Japanese style winter wonderland of gobsmacking proportions. You can count on the Japanese to...More

3  Thank Opportunistic0000
Reviewed 21 March 2017

From Yamagata station bought round trip ticket package at Y4,000 including bus and ropeway and get the informative map and booklet. The locket is in front on the left side from queue bus to Zao Onsen. May drop luggage at the left side of the...More

3  Thank Lina R
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Zao Onsen is a great resort that offers something for everyone. Beware is you are a snowboard as there is a lot of traversing between lifts which could be a bit of pain. Skiing or boarding between the snow monsters is something you should at...More

1  Thank MudgeeJo
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This is a gorgeous mountain with a wide variety of trails for all ski and snowboard levels. Most of the courses are long!! Beautiful view from mountain. You can see the snow monsters at Paradise course. Lifts move very slowly and safe for beginners. The...More

1  Thank clan m
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Zao ski area is famous with its size, number of courses, course distance, quality of snow and its beautiful and amazing Snow Monsters, and Onsen hot springs in hotels/ryokan/inns around the district, which is a must to relieve muscle pain after skiing. I've been there...More

2  Thank 548freddyy
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Zao Onsen Ski Resort Snow Monster Visit Access: We drove to the resort from Utsunomiya (3 hours) and had no problems parking at the base of Mount Zao. We traveled to the top of the mountain using the recommended Zao Ropeway. The route to the...More

2  Thank Itzsteve
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Zao ski resort is amazing. The run variety is vast, lift passes are reasonable priced, staff are ever so friendly and the snow is incredible. The snow monsters truly are a masterpiece of nature. This resort suits all skill levels for skiing and boarding, and...More

2  Thank Bec A
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

A nice and interesting village and ski resort. We come across several travellers who were on their 2-3 stays at Zao. And now I know why, and probably will go again. Not too fair from Tokyo, clear and manageable transport arrangement, money for value accomodation...More

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed this skii resort. They have a lot of lifters and different trails the view is amazing and we bought the 4 hour ticket for 4500 yen and all day is like 5000 yen I really have a nice and fun time with...More

Thank Gaby M
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27 June 2017|
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Response from MudgeeJo | Reviewed this property |
Hi there Yamagata is the closest city to Zao Onsen ski resort. You get the bullet train to Yamagata from Tokyo station. It is located on the Tohoku line but if you look up hyperdia on google you will be able to find times... More
7 March 2017|
Response from Itzsteve | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, but we did not ski or snowboard on our visit.