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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Address: Zaonsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 23-694-9328

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Here for hiking not skiing

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2016
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank mayhemsci
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4 of 5 stars 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 

1 Thank friendlytravels6
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Finch23
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Henry HN L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Flapydog
Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Vetiverlaven
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5 of 5 stars 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!

1 Thank HannahEkvoll
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

We are lucky enough to view both the snow monster during the day & night, I personally enjoy both the day & night, as it is a total different feeling. In the night, coloured spot lights were used, creating a colorful snow monster, but not able to view the vast area due to the fog and the night, creating a... More 

1 Thank stevensE9971QS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

Simply took the cable car to the peak and a sea of hoar frost appeared. If the weather is nice, with blue sky, the scene is really impressive. But this time blue sky wasn't there. Reserved a traditional Japanese Onsen Ryokan and enjoyed a good night there.

2 Thank Edward W
Ipoh, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

50days a year for snow moster and night visited (light up), there are 2 course of ropeway and snow truck where truck need to call for reservation. Event from 1700-2100, be prepare for strong snow wind. I passed my day time with onsen pass (3 entry to joint corporate) to 3 open air onsen, must try this, perfect. Skiing or... More 

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