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Zao Ropeway

Zao Onsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
+81 23-694-9518
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It’s fun in summer too!

We were at Zao Onsen for a business meeting in the summer, which, of course, is off-season for... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ms_Yokohama2014
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Yokohama, Japan
The Ropeway to See the Snow Monsters - Come Prepared for the Freezing Weather

Zao Onsen, a small village 45 minutes by bus from Yamagata station (JPY 1000/p, hourly) is known... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2017
GabyVM
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Zao Onsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were at Zao Onsen for a business meeting in the summer, which, of course, is off-season for skiing. It was rather cooler than Tokyo, which by itself was great. When we had some free time, we took the Zao Ropeway. The starting point was...More

1  Thank Ms_Yokohama2014
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Zao Onsen, a small village 45 minutes by bus from Yamagata station (JPY 1000/p, hourly) is known for its onsen (hot spring), ski and unique "snow monsters" or "juhyo" (snow-covered trees forming monstrous shapes best viewed in late Jan - Feb). To see the snow...More

1  Thank GabyVM
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Zao rope way is one of the 3 rope ways in Zao mountain where the trees become snow monsters during winters. Taxi cost from Yamagatta JR station to Zao rope way base (800 meter level) cost about JPY 6000 and a round trip ticket to...More

Thank Parpanatha Pala... M
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

I bought a return ticket 2500 yen. But I walk 3 hrs return on top of the hill. You could walk 5 km from the town up here or buy one way ticket to save your time and walk one way up or down. The...More

1  Thank Dara C
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

The Zao Ropeway is known for the "ice monsters". Because of the Siberian winds that blow over the mountain, the snow forms incredibly surreal shapes over the pine trees. Whether you're just interested in seeing the snow monsters or doing some skiing, this is the...More

1  Thank sradixtt
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Can get a nice panaramic view of Zao from above . There are two pitstops going each way and the waiting time isn't long either.

Thank christine v
Reviewed 28 April 2016

Zao mountain is famous for its "monsters", or snow covered trees. Because the wind is very strong there, trees have unusual shapes, and when covered with the snow they look like some fantastic creatures. It is a great view, both at night and day time,...More

1  Thank ichaos
Reviewed 9 March 2016

A group of us visited Mt Zao Ropeway. The view was spectacular and worth going all the way up to the top. Now that I have done that, I will never go again, definitely not in winter. Reason: The carriage was jam-packed with tourists and...More

1  Thank Nelumbo-Nucifera
Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

Wowwwww!!! ...Snow, Ice monster, wonderful land, Ski and happiness....this..Zao mountain.!! trip south Tohoku...I will comeback.

Thank Benjy-Banna
Reviewed 21 February 2016

We went to Rental Shiba, about 250m down the road (north) of Zao Ropeway and rented snowshoes for 2500yen (another 1000 yen if you need boots; poles were free). Then we paid for a one way ticket to the top of the mountain (two different...More

2  Thank sethsandy
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Lili S
16 March 2017|
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Response from Parpanatha Pala... M | Reviewed this property |
I think there will not much much snow left during May.
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Syafitri F
15 February 2017|
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Response from Parpanatha Pala... M | Reviewed this property |
It is possible to rent snow shoes with other accessories at Zao and need a guide to start with to know the limits in the ground.
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caspershan
18 January 2017|
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Response from Parpanatha Pala... M | Reviewed this property |
Please contact the Tourist Information office in the station and they have the time table for the bus. We took the taxi, which cost JPY 6000/= and can reach within 45 minutes. It is worth to go by taxi if you are a group of... More
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