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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Address: Zaonsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
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YOU NEED TO VISIT TO EXPERIENCE AND ENJOY

What an awesome place to enjoy the real Snow. If you are keen Skiing or Snowboarding or Just a photographer (like me) you won't be disappointed with this place.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Chiba, Japan
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Chiba, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an awesome place to enjoy the real Snow. If you are keen Skiing or Snowboarding or Just a photographer (like me) you won't be disappointed with this place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed five totally different days of ski and snowboard. Slight snowfall to begin but blue skies and amazing views the second day. One day it rained, another there was fog and whiteout conditions. The last day we had 25 cms of snow..it had snowed 10 hours! Although only the top runs were open at first, on the last day... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Great snow, beautiful vistas, very quiet on the ski field. Ski/ski out. Heaps of lifts and different areas. Everyone very friendly and helpful. Had a wonderful time.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2016

I enjoyed the highlands hiking here. There's a good hiking map that you can get from the Information Counter in the bus terminal at Zao Onsen. I think it rests on Tuesdays. Took the Sancho ropeway to get right to the top and from there hiked to the Okama crater. At the end when you pass by a concrete building... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

My partner and I enjoyed 5 nights at Zao in February 2016. We stayed at a great lodge within a 10 minute walk of a gondola. This gondola didn't have much of a crowd in the mornings and we had only 1 day from memory that we had a short wait for our trip up the mountain. The mountain has... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

Overall, I thought Zao was an excellent ski resort. It has a good lift system (no button lifts at all, which i always try to avoid as a snowboarder), loads of great, wide, well-groomed pistes that kept us easily entertained for 5 days. It's snowboarder friendly on the whole (although you'll need to do a bit of scooting about at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016

Zao is my favourite place for winter holiday in Yamagata. I have been there for many times. The reason I go there often is that I actually will miss the people there. Although there are not many people I know except those in the hotel, there are still lots of nice people. Zao got a very famous open public onsen... More 

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Perth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

Yes it’s one of the best places we visited. Snow monsters in full size and beautiful powder snow. We stay at typical Japanese hotel accommodation with hot spring close by. The food at hotel excellent and changed daily thru our stay.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

it is warm winter in 2015~2016, however, we were managed to see the last bit of snow monster. some beginner slope are great and wide. you don't feel packed when skiing or taking lift.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

Even though the snow monsters weren't in full effect after some rain, the powder snow didnt take long to make them look a better and the slopes were full of japow and made for lots of fun for my partner and I. Definitely recommend for people wanting to improve their beginner/intermediate skills!

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