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“Very friendly & helpful owners, great Japanese-style atmosphere”
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Yoshidaya
Ranked #15 of 82 Hotels / Ryokan in Yamagata
Belgique
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62 reviews
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“Very friendly & helpful owners, great Japanese-style atmosphere”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Loved the rooms, with tatamis and futon beds. Yukatas are provided, as well as slippers. Coffee/tea-making facilities in the rooms, as well as a fridge.
There is an on-site private onsen, separate for men and women. The water is quite hot but you get used to it and it is very relaxing.
The lady who owns the place is extremely friendly and helpful. She drove us to the ropeway and to the Dairotemburo for free. Also recommended places to have dinner.
Zao Onsen is definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Japan !

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2012

If you are going skiing in Zao Onsen Yoshidaya offers an excellent place to stay. The Japanese rooms are basic but clean, the building is old and a bit of a rabbit-warren, but this is more than made up by the friendly welcome from both English speaking and Japanese speaking personnel.
As soon as I arrived I was given an overview of the area, the three local onsens are all within three minutes walk of the ryokan. The very old one is very very hot but worth the visit. The other two are similar but quite new.
There is an onsen at the ryokan and it is very refreshing after a day on the slopes, and a god drying room. They also offer a hearty western or Japanese breakfast.
It is a brisk walk up a hill to the gondola - so this ryokan is perfectly located. A stroll around the town in the early evening is a must - it is really lovely, has a Family Mart for some snacks and lots of small restaurants and shops.
Skiing in Zao Onsen is wonderful, not particularly difficult but a great range of slopes and on a perfect blue sky day, the snow monsters are a sight to see.
Highly recommended as a very pleasant stay on the weekend away.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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MELBOURNE
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119 reviews
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

well positioned traditional ryokan style accommodation. Short walk to ski lifts and restaurants. Chigusa-san, the host, could not do enough for us and was also very helpful in sending our skis to the next destination by takkubin. Nice HOT onsen to soak in after a days skiing. Good drying room. I will definately go back next season.

  • Stayed February 2012
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

We really enjoyed our stay in Zao Onsen and at Yoshidaya. The room was comfortable and had everything we needed. The owner speaks excellent English and was very helpful. There is an onsen on the premises, although I found the water too hot and couldn't bear to get into the pool. The outdoor public onsen at the top of the village is wonderful. Would certainly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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105 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2011

Recently stayed here for one night with my wife and dog. Old building, but comfortable rooms and excellent bath. I think Zao Onsen is my favorite in Japan. Anyway, the owners are super friendly and speak English, highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Yoshidaya
Address: 13 Zao-onsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
Location: Japan > Tohoku > Yamagata Prefecture > Yamagata > Zao Onsen
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #15 of 82 Hotels / Ryokan in Yamagata
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Yoshidaya 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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