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Zao Onsen Ski Resort

Trail Map Zao Onsen
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The Ski Resort

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

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. 

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Interesting facts

  • 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 61 " at summit elevation and 30 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 83 " at summit elevation and 51 " at the base.

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Zao Snowboarding and Snow Monsters, Japan

Activities

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. 

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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. 

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last update on Jan 23, 2023
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Zao Onsen Ski Resort
700-1 Doai, Zao Onsen
Yamagata City, 990-2301
Phone023-694-9617

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Mountain Stats

Elevation2559 ft - 5449 ft
SeasonDecember - May
Opening DayDec 9, 2022
Closing DayMay 7, 2023
Capacity 44100 Persons/Hr.
Hours8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Lifts

42
38
2
2
Total 42

Skiable Terrain

31.1 miles
Easy
Moderate
Advanced
Ungroomed
Overall Slope Length 31.1 miles

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Rates

JPY6,300
1 day adult JPY6,300
1 day youth JPY5,500
1 day child JPY3,200
All rates & fees