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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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Surreal tree ice monsters (Juhyo in japanese)

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 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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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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Hyderabad, India
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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