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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Zaonsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Anyway it is super big area. Super long course!There are famous sniw monster(heaviky frozen trees)on the top if mountain. they are beautiful. you have to take long rope way twice. Then finally yiu can see.

2  Thank 21is
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Very nice resort with great snow. Views are stunning in particular at the top with the snow monsters. Good for short stay or ski beginners. Slopes are (too) short and easy. Lots of flat areas where you need to push on the skis or walk...More

4  Thank bendavien1511
Reviewed 1 March 2018

We took the earliest bullet train on the Yamagata Shinkansen at around 6:00 from Tokyo and reached Yamagata at around 9:00. Then we transferred to Zao Onsen by bus (approximately 40 minutes, ¥1000/one way) and finally arrived just before 10:00. I suggest that skiers go...More

1  Thank JiveSun
Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Obviously better than anywhere I’ve been in Europe (resorts in Andorra, Austria and Italy so far) but also deep and powdery enough to put Hakuba to shame! There are plenty of easy and intermediate runs but experts may have to go off-piste for their thrills...More

4  Thank TheOExpress
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Had a great time riding here - the scenery is spectacular. We scored a heap of fresh snow and had an excellent time on piste and in the trees. Only complaint is the flats - no fun for a snowboarder. Had to unstrap & walk...More

1  Thank Snowbetty77
Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

This resort is actually three interlinked resorts using one ticket. There is something for everyone here with the snow being awesome whilst we were there. The only downside and it is significant is the large flat area in the middle of the two largest areas....More

1  Thank Ken B
Reviewed 20 January 2018

OK: Sure, we had fine weather and blue skies for 5 days in a row after a huge dump just before we arrived. Yes it snowed overnight on our second last day. Sure the sulphur river smells a little but the onsens are soooo good....More

1  Thank Riccardo49
Reviewed 19 January 2018

I write this regarding the main biggest Zao ski office called "Jupeer", the upperleftmost when referred from Zao ski resort map (because there were some others ski/cable lift and station/office/resorts there.) It was the nearest ski office station from Zao bus terminal (that you can...More

1  Thank SarahAHA121
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Zao Onsen is well worth a ski/ snowboard trip. The advantages include the usual Japanese light powder and consistently deep snow everywhere. The village is traditional. The onsens are renowned for being possibly the best in Japan and the sulphur steam rises up all around...More

3  Thank Travel_addict13_10
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

I bought a return bus ticket with the cable car ride to see the Snow Monsters at Yamagata station. I saved about ¥500 Yen buying this ticket. This is a great place to enjoy skiing and viewing the snow Monsters at the same time. I...More

2  Thank Shantylee827
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17 May 2018|
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Response from bendavien1511 | Reviewed this property |
With kids, all level ski and while looking for attractions around, I would recommend Nozawa Onsen (Nagano prefecture). Splendid village with lots of restaurants and Onsen (by definition!). From Tokyo, you can use very... More
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20 April 2018|
Response from bendavien1511 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Mary, sorry for my late reply. Probably too late. If you go in May, snow season is over. You won't see the Monsters. Temperatures are now around 15C there. Best season for ski there is February.
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