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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

Address: Zaonsen, Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture 990-2301, Japan
Phone Number: +81 23-694-9328
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Ranked #1 of 7 Activities in Yamagata
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Wellness & Spas
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Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Wellness & Spas

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Sydney
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This was the last of the Japanese ski resorts to visit on my list. Last but not least. I think it is my new favourite. I enjoyed the skiing more than I had in years. Why? Well, it's a pretty big resort with over 30 lifts, two ropeways and 2 gondolas. With some pretty harsh weather conditions (snow and wind)... More 

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The Netherlands
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140 reviews 140 reviews
14 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Zao Onsen ski resort has great powder snow. The snow quality is excellent and it is a real joy to ski here. The slopes are mainly green, blue and red. A few short black slopes are available, but the resort is best suited for beginners and intermediate skiers and boarders. You can ski from one side of the mountain to... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I have been to many resorts in Japan and this ranks in the top. The resort is quite small in comparison to places in Nagano or Hokkaido but with lots of runs to choose from the place is not busy. There are many slopes for beginners but if you would prefer a more challenging course i would recommend a different... More 

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Country Victoria, Australia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
48 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

As good as it gets ... The mostly Beginner and Intermediate Courses would probably not suit skiers looking for the black run adrenalin rush, which is probably why the skiers and boarders here just seemed to be enjoying the experience and the snow and not out to prove anything! There are a couple of short black runs which are easy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

The skiing here is perfect. There is not widespread English spoken here but with no Japanese we still got by easily for ski hire, ski lessons and ordering food. It would be helpful to have a fluent English speaker on the phone at tourist information for booking a hotel. Not all rooms have a private toilet and shower and many... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I you are looking for large snowy fields to go skiing/snowboaing on you can find few better places than Zao Ski resort. This area of yamagata bases much of their tourist income on the ski resorts, which means that they are varied and many in number. You will definitely find a slope that suits you. There are so many places... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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107 reviews 107 reviews
53 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

It doesn't compare to Whistler or Aspen in terms of mountain height and length of trails. But there's always lots of dry powder snow on those slopes and you can ski right next to those wonderful ice monsters. Don't miss the "Juhyo light up" if you happen to visit in February or on weekends in January. The colourful lights make... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

Went to Zao to ski with a friend for 4 nights and loved it! It was a truly unique experience. I certainly imagine it's not the most challenging mountain to ski (I assume there are better places to ski further North) but its fine for the intermediate level or advanced intermediate. We went to Zao for the snow monsters and... More 

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