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Frost Covered Trees of Zao, Yamagata

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Ride in a comfortable snowmobile on a ropeway, to see Frost Covered Trees of Zao above 1,400 m (4,593 ft). This rare landscape of frost-covered white fir trees forms a legion marching across snowy hills, often against the blazing sun. A truly remarkable spectacle, this layer of snowflake crystals will be a highlight of your winter visit. You can ski through them or rent snowshoes to get a close-up view. A cable car available from Zao Onsen will take you at the highest point of 1,661 m (5,449 ft). Be sure you bring your camera and very warm clothes. To visit Frost Covered Trees of Zao and other attractions in Yamagata, use our Yamagata trip itinerary maker.
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  • Climb from the parking lot of daikokuten. Pot looked very beautiful. There were many tourists. I went from the Kumano Mt. Asashi and I was back at the okama. I think this course is good for light trekking. Along the way there are rest, comfy and places to rest.
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  • I went to the end of April, snow is still the rented ski wear. But during the day it was lunchtime very good views.
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  • Earn this name, because it really look like monsters. But in fact are the pine trees that are covered with snow and freezing wind from Siberia that make up these "monsters". Very beautiful and interesting landscape. But go very well wrapped up and ready for skiing!
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Stay in the city center of Yamagata for the leading hotels serving the prefecture. Close to the main train station and all the restaurants, bars, and clubs of the city, the hotels rarely stray too far from this central area. You'll find both basic and luxury options, as well as some guesthouses on side streets. Many visitors opt to stay at one of the hot spring resorts in the surrounding areas, including Zao Onsen and Ginzan Onsen, where you'll find guesthouses with onsite traditional spas that use the water from the hot springs.
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