Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Yamagata

4.4
#1 of 156 in Outdoors in Tohoku
At the higher altitudes of Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Siberian winds cake trees in ice and snow to create "snow monsters," a rare sight that gives the destination an otherworldly aspect. With a 305 hectare (754 acre) area predominantly made up of beginner and intermediate runs, the resort makes a good place for those newer to the sport to hone their skills in a dramatic and picturesque location. If you're looking to take lessons, be aware that English tutelage is only offered privately. After carving it up on the slopes, head to the resort's hot spring facilities to give your muscles a well-deserved soak. In winter, a trip to the top of the mountain reveals the striking image of the illuminated snow monsters. Before you head to Yamagata, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Yamagata trip planner , to make sure you see all that Yamagata has to offer, including Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort.
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  • It was close to Yamagata city and I wanted to take a bath in Zao Onsen. It was the middle of April, but there was still snow and some people enjoyed skiing. There are plenty of accommodations and hot springs. Next time, I want to come back to see skiing and ice.
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  • Outside of the ski season, the super slider (sled with brakes) was a great way for both adults and children to enjoy it. You can take advantage of the slopes and slide down from the top of the lift to the bottom of the slope with plenty of speed. Preschool children can ride sleds with adults. It is an activity that I want you to experience by all means.
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