Coronavirus / Covid-19 Measures
- 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
The Ski Resort
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Take the Tokoku Expressway, then the Yamagata Expressway and then either the Nishi Zao Kogen line (which costs toll) or the R13.