Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Yamagata

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#1 of 137 in Outdoors in Tohoku
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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. Our Yamagata itinerary builder makes visiting Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort and other Yamagata attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • May 31, 2017
    This enrolment trips, this we can say here is the main view point, but when days on the mountain, God but not 賞 Face, Wind, snow, ice-us port to the tree at all, really good but oh ... Fast image: could see clear to hope that the next time a full tree of ice!
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  • May 7, 2017
    Area accommodation is near hot springs, walk to the slopes. Because there is not a winter sports tour of rime ice along with hot springs, is recommended. Look for the staff is decent Soba shop only not so much down the mountain.
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  • April 29, 2017
    I take the ropeway. Despite the end of April, snow still was. Before when you go this time ride the aerial tramway, ski rental, it is recommended to go with the garment.
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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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