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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Address: Zaonsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 23-694-9328
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50days a year for snow moster and night visited (light up), there are 2 course of ropeway and snow truck where truck need to call for reservation. Event from 1700-2100, be prepare... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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231 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

50days a year for snow moster and night visited (light up), there are 2 course of ropeway and snow truck where truck need to call for reservation. Event from 1700-2100, be prepare for strong snow wind. I passed my day time with onsen pass (3 entry to joint corporate) to 3 open air onsen, must try this, perfect. Skiing or... More 

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Japan
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I traveled to Yamagata for the Zao ski resort. We stayed at one of the onsen hotels and learned how to snowboard and ski. I prefer snowboarding, while the kids are into ski. we had a great time on all the slopes. and it happened to snow fall the first night, so the second day had fresh... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this place. Simple to get to from Tokyo via Shinkansen to Yamagata and then an easy 30 minutes bus ride. The resort is very "Japanese" with virtually no English spoken. But everyone managed to make themselves understood. The runs are gorgeous with many, many kms to ski and explore, countless lifts and good gondolas - and no crowds... More 

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Esperance, Australia
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for 6 days and didn't get to cover the whole ski area in that time. Easy to get to, caught the Tsubasa Shinkansen from Tokyo to Yamagata, the bus from terminal at the bottom of the train station to Zao (about 40 mins) bus terminal. Visitor centre desk is also located at the bus terminal, so they called... More 

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3 Thank em-a-lee1756
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to ski for all levels of experience. Easy to get around. No need for buses. Beginner slopes are excellent, a bit busy with ski school children everywhere.

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1 Thank Tracey A
Sydney, Australia
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146 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With more than 80 lifts and a huge skiable there is something for everyone at Zao. The base village in beautiful and reminds me a lot of Nozawa Onsen but without the hordes of Australian tourists in January. Yes Im one of them but I love to try and get to places in Japan where Im not going to run... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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124 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Snow Monsters are at the top of the mountain. Ideally you need to be an intermediate or strong beginner to see the monsters. Ski area is huge, so I could always find some area with fresh powder. I really enjoyed skiing here with the family. But very few truely double black diamonds. The steepest was the 38 degree and 30... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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119 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

went there for skiing in late Jan. Above 1400m, the mt was filled with gigantic tree ice monsters. So literally, you can ski along with hundreds and thousands of these extending into the horizon. it was such a surreal feeling as if you were in another world. if you don't ski, you can still take a ride on the cable... More 

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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Best Ski Resort to enjoy snow. This resort is also good for snow shoe hike. Famous for Snow Monsters. There is also a night safari. Really amazing place. View from the ski lifts are also amazing, There are hot baths near by.

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HK
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67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Town was dead but people were very friendly and the ski lifts were fun for a city kid who hasn't seen much snow.

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