Zao in Yamagata

Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort is located in Yamagata prefecture, which is also popular for all year hot spring resort village. It is the most famous and largest ski resort and also known for excellent powder snow conditions and a various range of courses. The resort is very friendly for tourists and welcomes guests from overseas with signs in English, Korean, and Chinese.

You can see the world's famous "Ice Monsters" ("Juhyo" in Japanese) at the top of the mountain. The best time to see the Ice Monsters is in January and February. You can enjoy a spectacular view from the top of the Sancho station located at the summit and ski through the Ice Monsters.
As a night event, the Ice Monsters are lit every night during February and weekends in January and March.
From Yamagata Station to Zao onsen area by Express bus
[1,000yen / Approx. 37 minutes]

• From Tokyo Station to Yamagata Station by Shinkansen

Tokyo Station → (JR Yamgata Shinkansen "Tsubasa" : Approx. 2 hours 50 minutes / 11,000yen) → Yamagata Station
Tokyo Station → (JR Tohoku Shinkansen "Hayabusa" : Approx. 1 hours 32 minutes / (total fee) 11,860yen) → Sendai Station → (JR Senzan Line : Approx. 1 hours 13 minutes) → Yamagata Station

ZAO Hot Springs Ski Resort

A ski resort located in Zao onsen, which is known for ice monsters. The outstanding snow quality and powder snow allow you a great cruising.
The resort always provides stable snow conditions as well as good amount of snow, which promise visitors of all levels a safe and fun ski.
The onsen lasting for more than 1,000 years is also an attractive feature of this resort.

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Hotels list

Zao Plaza Hotel

8-minute walk from Zao onsen bus terminal or 2 minutes by free shuttle bus.

Hotel information
The hotel boasts a 100 % natural hot spring directly delivered from the source for 24 hours as well as a spectacular view from the open-air hot spring bath. You can enjoy the cool and nature of Zao in the summer and ski resort located just 100 steps away from the hotel in the winter. (Ski storage is available.)
Free WiFi is available in all rooms

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Takamiya Hotel Rurikura Resort

10-minute walk from Zao onsen bus terminal or free shuttle service is also available.

Hotel information
The hotel boasts its accessible location to Yokokura ski courses. The view from the upper floors is especially beautiful. Tennis court and heated swimming pool (summer time only) are available as well as relaxing hot springs.
Free WiFi is available in public areas

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Wakamatsuya

Take a bus bound for Zao Onsen from JR Yamagata station bus terminal. (Travel time: 45 minutes) It is just a 3-minute walk from Zao Onsen. (Shuttle bus service available.)

Hotel information
A hotel which boasts their hot springs, cuisines, and view from rooms. It is located right in the center of Zao Onsen and accessible to sightseeing spots as well as skiing resort. The public grand bath, open air bath, and private bath are all 100% natural hot springs delivered directly from source water.
Free WiFi is available in public areas

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Le Vert Zao

Take a bus bound for Zao Onsen from JR Yamagata station bus terminal. (Travel time: 45 minutes) It is just a 7-minute walk from Zao Onsen.

Hotel information
It is just a 1-minute walk from Nakamori Ski Resort, which allows you to enjoy skiing as if it is your private ski course. The famous Yamagata brand Japanese beef will be served as a part of your course meal as well as sukiyaki and Japanese dishes cooked with local ingredients. You can also enjoy 100 % natural hot spring bath for 24 hours.
Free WiFi is available in public areas

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Zao Center Plaza

5 minute walk from Zao Onsen bus terminal

Hotel information
ZAO Center Plaza is a complex house, including accommodation, restaurants, hot springs, shops, and bathing facilities without accommodations. The open-air bath and indoor public bath are both delivered from natural hot spring source. A convenient store and free Wi-Fi are available in the hotel.
Free WiFi is available in all rooms

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Kokyo

15-minute walk from Zao Onsen bus terminal

Hotel information
A nice hideaway located on the hill of Zao Onsen offers a spectacular view and boasts its milky colored bath delivered from 100% natural hot spring source. You can enjoy popular Mongolian mutton barbecue with Yamagata's brand rice.
Free WiFi is available in all rooms

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