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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Address: Zaonsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
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Zao Onsen Ski Resort Snow Monster Visit Access: We drove to the resort from Utsunomiya (3 hours) and had no problems parking at the base of Mount Zao. We traveled to the top of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Zao ski area is famous with its size, number of courses, course distance, quality of snow and its beautiful and amazing Snow Monsters, and Onsen hot springs in hotels/ryokan/inns around the district, which is a must to relieve muscle pain after skiing. I've been there many times for these 3 decades and with these advantages, it did not hinder me... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Zao Onsen Ski Resort Snow Monster Visit Access: We drove to the resort from Utsunomiya (3 hours) and had no problems parking at the base of Mount Zao. We traveled to the top of the mountain using the recommended Zao Ropeway. The route to the summit consists of two segments on different ropeways. The first ropeway car was very crowded... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Zao ski resort is amazing. The run variety is vast, lift passes are reasonable priced, staff are ever so friendly and the snow is incredible. The snow monsters truly are a masterpiece of nature. This resort suits all skill levels for skiing and boarding, and they have English speaking teachers for those needing lessons.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice and interesting village and ski resort. We come across several travellers who were on their 2-3 stays at Zao. And now I know why, and probably will go again. Not too fair from Tokyo, clear and manageable transport arrangement, money for value accomodation and restaurants, easy navigation, though no off piste but still interesting slopes, area larger than... More 

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Thank Teresa C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this skii resort. They have a lot of lifters and different trails the view is amazing and we bought the 4 hour ticket for 4500 yen and all day is like 5000 yen I really have a nice and fun time with friends

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Zao as part of a powder tour then stayed on Solo for another two days. This resort offers a traditional Japanese experience with great snow onsens and food. The snow monsters are unique and definitely worth checking out, as are the local onsens. The terrain is huge and varied, with plenty of piste and safe tree options between... More 

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Chiba, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 January 2, 2017 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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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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