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Introducing ZAO Onsen Ski Resort

This video, titled "ZAO Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort" introduces the slopes of ZAO Onsen Ski Resort in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture. It was released by the "Yamagata City Tourism Association."

As an individual snow resort, it is the largest ski resort in Japan, with many people visiting from inside and outside of Japan to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.
Feel refreshed by gliding through the magnificent nature of the Zao Mountain Range.
If you want to experience an unforgettable skiing trip, ZAO Onsen Ski Resort in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, is what you're looking for.

How to Enjoy ZAO Onsen Ski Resort

Image of Zao Ski Resort
Photo:ZAO Onsen Ski Resort

ZAO Onsen ski resort is located in Yamagata city, Yamagata prefecture (Tohoku district).
The video around shows one of their slopes called “Uenodai slope” at around 1:52.
There's also “Nakamori slope” (video 3:28), and “Yokokura slope”(video 6:11) that you can access via the “Zao Sky cable” or “Zao central ropeway” which is introduced in the video around 2:20.
The “Yokokura Wall” (video 6:42) is known for its steep incline of 38° and is popular among experienced skiers and snowboarders.

ZAO Onsen Ski Resort also has the Zao Jumping Platform in Yamagata City, a jumping stadium authorized by the FIS (International Ski Federation).
Zao Jizoson (蔵王地蔵尊), Zao Gongen (蔵王大権現), and Zao Daikokuten (蔵王大黒天), known as the three great gods of Zao, are enshrined in the mountains of Zao, which was once a sacred place for mountain worship and are a must-see.
The video introduces them around 9:07.

Stay at ZAO Onsen Ski Resort in Yamagata City, a Popular Tourist Destination Year Round!

The Onsen at Zao Onsen Ski Resort was discovered and developed by Kibino Tagayu 1900 years ago and is an acidic sulphur spring.
It's also called a beauty spring because it revitalizes blood vessels and cultivates beautiful skin.

In the hot springs town (温泉街), there are large public baths, day spas, and footbaths that can be used casually.
You can also book a room at popular inns and hotels such as Takamiya or Omiya Ryokan, and enjoy the famous hot springs.
Information on Zao Onsen is shown in the video from 9:35.
Don’t miss out on the gourmet foods, such as Yamagata's famous rice flowers and konjac when you visit Zao.

Summary of ZAO Onsen Ski Resort in Yamagata Prefecture

Image of Zao Onsen ski resort and ice on trees
Photo:Zao Onsen ski resort and ice on trees

As you can see in the video, ZAO Onsen Ski Resort, one of the largest snow resorts in Tohoku, is attractive because of its powdery snow and spectacular views of ice fields.
People enjoy taking in the beautiful scenery while skiing on the powdery snow.
ZAO Onsen Ski Resort is also open at night and the ski resort is lit up so you can stay overnight and enjoy an entire day skiing!

We also recommend visiting ZAO Onsen Ski Resort using a bus tour plan.
There are websites and live cameras that allow you to check the weather, snow coverage, prices for a lift ticket and rental gear before you visit as well.

【Official Website】ZAO Onsen Ski Resort

【Tripadvisor】ZAO Onsen Ski Resort

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Last Updated : Jan. 4, 2023
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
Interested in Japanese culture and traditions! I'll be introducing lovely scenery to you!
Enjoy Winter Sports at ZAO Onsen Ski Resort, the Largest Ski Resort in Japan! After Skiing, Relax and Heal Your Exhausted Body With Hot Springs and Delicious Local Food in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture!
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