Zao Onsen Ski Resort » Japan


Zao Onsen is located on the prefectural border of Yamagata and Miyagi in the Tohoku region. The village of Zao Onsen is one of the oldest and most respected resorts in Japan because of its history and traditional onsens.

Zao Onsen ski resort offers excellent quality snow, receiving an annual snowfall of 12 metres. Despite this impressive snow fall each season, Zao Onsen is most famous for its Snow Monsters (Juhyo). Zao's fir trees are covered up with ice and then snow, creating what looks like large monsters covered in snow - thus the name 'snow monsters'!

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Zao Onsen Village Facts


The highlight of this traditional resort town are its onsens. The hot spring water is the perfect way to end your day after after a big day on the mountain. The town has a few public baths as well as in the Ryokans (traditional Japanese Inns). Zao is a great option for those wanting an authentic Japanese ski experience. Without crowds, you can enjoy great skiing and the culture. This quiet town offers a great range of Japanese style accommodation to suit all budgets and excellent cuisine. English is not as commonly spoken.