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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Zaonsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
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All reviews ski resort great snow snow monsters zao onsen lift passes cable car the bus nice long runs traditional japanese experience across the road black runs off piste beginners powder courses terrain tokyo
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice long runs, nothing too steep except for one or two sections which are clearly marked. Not as crowded as other resorts in Japan. The town is small, but very quaint. Can get windy near the peak. The three sections (one for each gondola) require...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Anyway it is super big area. Super long course!There are famous sniw monster(heaviky frozen trees)on the top if mountain. they are beautiful. you have to take long rope way twice. Then finally yiu can see.

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank 21is
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Very nice resort with great snow. Views are stunning in particular at the top with the snow monsters. Good for short stay or ski beginners. Slopes are (too) short and easy. Lots of flat areas where you need to push on the skis or walk...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank bendavien1511
Reviewed February 28, 2018

We took the earliest bullet train on the Yamagata Shinkansen at around 6:00 from Tokyo and reached Yamagata at around 9:00. Then we transferred to Zao Onsen by bus (approximately 40 minutes, ¥1000/one way) and finally arrived just before 10:00. I suggest that skiers go...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank JiveSun
Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

Obviously better than anywhere I’ve been in Europe (resorts in Andorra, Austria and Italy so far) but also deep and powdery enough to put Hakuba to shame! There are plenty of easy and intermediate runs but experts may have to go off-piste for their thrills...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank TheOExpress
Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

Had a great time riding here - the scenery is spectacular. We scored a heap of fresh snow and had an excellent time on piste and in the trees. Only complaint is the flats - no fun for a snowboarder. Had to unstrap & walk...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Snowbetty77
Reviewed February 1, 2018 via mobile

This resort is actually three interlinked resorts using one ticket. There is something for everyone here with the snow being awesome whilst we were there. The only downside and it is significant is the large flat area in the middle of the two largest areas....More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank kenb756
Reviewed January 19, 2018

OK: Sure, we had fine weather and blue skies for 5 days in a row after a huge dump just before we arrived. Yes it snowed overnight on our second last day. Sure the sulphur river smells a little but the onsens are soooo good....More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Riccardo49
Reviewed January 18, 2018

I write this regarding the main biggest Zao ski office called "Jupeer", the upperleftmost when referred from Zao ski resort map (because there were some others ski/cable lift and station/office/resorts there.) It was the nearest ski office station from Zao bus terminal (that you can...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank SarahAHA121
Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

Zao Onsen is well worth a ski/ snowboard trip. The advantages include the usual Japanese light powder and consistently deep snow everywhere. The village is traditional. The onsens are renowned for being possibly the best in Japan and the sulphur steam rises up all around...More

Date of experience: January 2018
4  Thank Travel_addict13_10
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May 16, 2018|
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Response from bendavien1511 | Reviewed this property |
With kids, all level ski and while looking for attractions around, I would recommend Nozawa Onsen (Nagano prefecture). Splendid village with lots of restaurants and Onsen (by definition!). From Tokyo, you can use very... More
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April 19, 2018|
Response from bendavien1511 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Mary, sorry for my late reply. Probably too late. If you go in May, snow season is over. You won't see the Monsters. Temperatures are now around 15C there. Best season for ski there is February.
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