Zao in Yamagata
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 Tokyo Station to Yamagata Station by Shinkansen
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.
8-minute walk from Zao onsen bus terminal or 2 minutes by free shuttle bus.
10-minute walk from Zao onsen bus terminal or free shuttle service is also available.
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.)
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.
5 minute walk from Zao Onsen bus terminal
15-minute walk from Zao Onsen bus terminal