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Zao Kokusai Hotel

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933 Zao Onsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
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Ranked #3 of 78 Hotels / Ryokan in Yamagata
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We took a trip on the Shinkansen to Yamagata and then up to Zao Onsen ski resort / hot spa town. When we travel in Japan there is always a temptation to play safe and stay in a western oriented hotel. Thankfully on this occasion we turned totally japanese. The room at the kokusai is a beautifully designed living space.... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I stayed here for a skiing vacation with a group of friends for 6 nights during the prime snow season. This hotel, and the town, is very much orientated toward the Japanese tourist. This can be great to immerse yourself in the culture, but does provide some small complications that can be easily navigated through. Getting to the hotel is... More 

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Stayed one night in April 2014 Like: - Great Onsen / Large, well organised, with outdoor Onsen - Next to ski lift. Can walk right out of hotel - Very good dinner - Lovely traditional Japanese style room - Walking distance to town's main centre, with more choices of foods and some groceries shopping Don't Like: - Unorganised pick up.... More 

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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you're vegetarian do not bother, or buy snacks before hand at yamagata station. They said they would try to accomodate me for the set dinner menu which comes with the room, and then I was faced with a plate of raw fish, next more raw fish and a dead prawn looking at me. I did say just extra rice... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A hot spring of Zao is the hot spring which is really good in Japan. The bath using the hot spring is kind to skin using woodenness. The splendor of this hotel is a feeling of cleanliness. I am going to use it once again for the winter skiing season.

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Macau, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

2 points attracted me to choose this hotel: 1) It provides private onsen for guests; 2) it is very near to the Zao ropeway for seeing the snow monsters. And after staying in this hotel for 1 night, I could say I had really made a good choice. Always being one of the 100 best onsen hotels in Japan, before... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I went to zao kokusai hotel for snowboarding for 4 nights from Feb. 2th to Feb 6th. We took the bus from Sendai airport to Zao Onsen directly which thanks to Yuka the reception that help me reserve direct bus on both ways. The reception spoke english quite ok and we are able to communicate and inform what we need.... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I highly recommend this hotel. It is located very close to the slopes. The onsen is really wonderful and very relaxing. The food is very high quality and delicious. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The rooms were comfortable, clean and warm. Please note there is no shuttle bus around this resort although it can easily be reached on... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

I stayed at Zao Kokusai for three nights from 11 to 13 Jan, 2012. Value for money: We booked a ski pass-inclusive package for 14,700 yen per person per night, dinner and buffet breakfast also inclusive. The one-day ski pass itself is worth 5,300 yen. The dinner was luxurious with wagyu beef shabu-shabu, sashimi, radish stew, over 10 different appetizers... More 

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Sydney Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2011

Zao Kokusai Hotel This is a quality hotel with all the amenities you could want. We stayed for 5 nights in Jan 2011 and had a really wonderful stay. The staff is friendly and try hard to make your stay a pleasant one. Our room was serviced daily and spotlessly cleaned. Snacks, tea and toiletries bags were refreshed daily and... More 

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