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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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Zao Onsen

To enjoy snow there is hardly any place like Zao Onsen. It is well connected, peaceful, locals know each other, always willing to help tourists.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Hyderabad, India
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

To enjoy snow there is hardly any place like Zao Onsen. It is well connected, peaceful, locals know each other, always willing to help tourists.

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Davao City, Philippines
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

About 4 hours by bus from tokyo. Liked the place very much. Not so crowded. They a monster truck that brings you up the mountain to see the ice monsters. Actually trees covered with snow. Lots of slopes available for ski. Tram going up. A view deck on top. Think it was like -20c or more up there. My phone... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Some very good runs here and plenty of lifts. The runs do not have have grading signs on them so it can be a bit difficult to determine where to go. Overall we found our way around easily.

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Tokyo, Japan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I'll start with the good things about Zao Onsen as a ski resort; it's big, has impressive vertical, it's not crowded, has decent variety in terms of slopes, is well maintained, has many wonderful onsens and finally; the Snow Monsters ! The latter in itself worth the trip ... truly impressive surroundings to go skiing in ... making a visit... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

While most people go Niseko (where I also went when living in Japan 10 years ago), it's so much easier and much more affordable to go to Zao. If you live in Asia, but even further away. I live in HK now and when we have holidays, unfortunately, most of China does as well. Which means, crowds of people going... More 

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Sydney
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
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183 helpful votes 183 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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213 helpful votes 213 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

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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