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Zao Onsen Ski Resort

Zao Onsen
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last update on Feb 3, 2021
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Mountain Stats

Elevation2559 ft - 5449 ft
Opening DayDec 18, 2020
Closing DayApr 1, 2021
Capacity 44100 Persons/Hr.

Lift Ticket Prices

1 day adult JPY5,000
1 day child JPY3,000
All rates & fees


Total 42
Hours8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Skiable Terrain

Overall Slope Length 31.1 miles


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Coronavirus / Covid-19 Measures

Current protective measures and security advice at Zao Onsen:
  • Masks mandatory in all lifts and ski buses
  • Visitor management in waiting areas (keep your distance)
  • Masks mandatory at restaurants, ski rental and shops
  • Daily disinfection measures
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The Ski Resort

Zao Onsen offers an area of 50 kilometers for skiing and snowboarding.
© Japan National Tourism Organization Zao Onsen offers an area of 50 kilometers for skiing and snowboarding.

Zao Onsen in the Yamagata prefecture is known for its excellent powder experience, a wide variety of ski runs and its "snow monsters". During the coldest months of the year (usually between the end of December and the beginning of March), guests can observe the so-called 'Juhyos'. Specific climatic conditions transform the evergreen conifers into white snow monsters. 

Besides its breathtaking scenery, a family terrain park and a snowboard park complete the amazing attractions Zao Onsen has to offer. 

Interesting facts

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  • Offering 31 miles of slopes and terrain, Zao Onsen is among the 5 largest Ski Resorts in Japan.
  • Zao Onsen is among the 10 best rated Ski Resorts in Japan.
  • The vertical drop from summit to base is 2890 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Japan is 2894 ft. The highest point of the track is 5449 ft above sea level.
  • Average snow depth during the season is 67 " at summit elevation and 39 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 71 " at summit elevation and 44 " at the base.


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A number of hot springs in the city invite guests to relax after a long day of skiing or snowboarding. The 'Onsens' can be found in public baths and as open air hot springs. After enjoying the springs you can get a glimpse of Zao's nightlife at a karaoke session. 

Getting here

By public transport
From Tokyo, take the Yamagata Shinkansen train to Yamagata. From here, a bus will take you to Zao in about 40 minutes. 

By car
Take the Tokoku Expressway, then the Yamagata Expressway and then either the Nishi Zao Kogen line (which costs toll) or the R13. 


Zao Onsen Ski Resort
700-1 Doai, Zao Onsen
Yamagata City, 990-2301
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