There is snow as far as
the eyes can see.Introducing Zao

Mount Zao (蔵王山, Zaōsan) is a volcanic mountain range on the prefectural border between Yamagata and Miyagi Prefectures in the Tohoku Region. On the Yamagata side, the hot spring town of Zao Onsen offers some of the country's most acidic thermal waters.

While in winter, Zao Onsen turns into a leading ski resort and one of only few places in Japan to see "snow monsters" (frozen trees).



Where is it held?Venue Information

A Western-style resort hotel with an all-year-round view of nature.
Spin mechanics 6 will be held at convention room in this hotel.
  • address1118-7 Zao Onsen Sandogawa, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA 990-2301 JAPAN
  • phone+81-23-694-2520

Free shuttle bus to Zao from Yamagata station

We have free shuttle bus to Zao Onsen from Yamagata station. 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
Monday, 25th Feb

Map of Yamagata station

the Best Things to Do in Zao.Outdoor Activities

Snow Monster (Juhyo)
The Juhyo of Zao, which boast as one of the world's largest, are a mystic wonder of nature, with the Aomori white fir trees, a member of the conifer family growing in the subalpine zone, covered in blankets of snow and ice. As cloud droplets(supercooled water droplets) within snow clouds come into contact with branches and leaves, they freeze, forming shrimp tail-like shapes, and snow builds up in between the gaps, gradually hardening. As this phenomenon repeats itself, the creation of a masterpiece takes shape.
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Juhyo Light-up
A light up of the Snow Monsters, the "Juhyo". The sight of these Juhyo, lit up and glowing with rich color, quietly and in the black of night, contrasts with their brilliant white and silver glimmering during the day, creating an atmosphere lost in the magic of a fantastically beautiful world. Riding on the specialized new model snowmobile "Nightcruiser," equipped with heating, you can experience the night spectacle of the lighted Juhyo from close up.
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Zao Onsen

The hot spring town of Zao Onsen (蔵王温泉, Zaō Onsen) lies attractively at an altitude of 880 meters above sea level on the slopes of the volcanic Mount Zao. In winter, it also serves as one of Japan's leading ski resorts, enabling skiers to enjoy the Japanese way of relaxing in a hot spring bath after a day on the slopes.

Zao Onsen's sulfuric waters are among the most acidic in the entire country with a PH value of close to 1. They can be enjoyed at multiple public bath houses across the town, which range from small, old-fashioned community baths to a modern facility with various pools. The highlight is the Zao Dai-Rotemburo outdoor bath, which unfortunately is closed during the winter months.

Ski, Snowboard

From long downhill courses extending for 10km at their longest, to the "Wall of Yokokura," with its maximum incline of 38 degrees, the winter attractions of Zao are concentrated in these epic and diverse ski slopes. Everyone from beginners to experts can have their fill of winter sports.

At the ski center, we offer rentals for everything from skis and snowboards, to combination sets featuring snow gear and accessories. Rentals for half-days and discounts for consecutive days are available as well.

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You can get here in about 3 hours
from Tokyo.Directions

via Narita Airport

Via Narita Airport
From Tokyo Station to Zao
1. Narita AirportTokyo Station
by JR Narita Express
Direct / 60 minutes / around 3000 yen / 1-2 connections per hour
The most comfortable way of travel between Narita Airport and Tokyo Station is the JR Narita Express (NEX). The one way journey takes roughly one hour, costs around 3000 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Tokyo Wide Area Pass and some other JR passes. There are departures every 30 to 60 minutes. The NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket for 4000 yen provides foreign travelers with a discounted round trip from the airport into Tokyo and back within a 2-week period.
From Tokyo Station to Zao
2. Tokyo StationZao
by train and bus via Yamagata
  • train2.5 hours / around 11000 yen / one train per hour
  • bus40 minutes / 1000 yen / one bus per hour
Take the JR Yamagata Shinkansen from Tokyo to Yamagata (2.5 hours, around 11,000 yen, one train per hour) and transfer to a bus to Zao Onsen (40 minutes, 1000 yen, one bus per hour). The train ride is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass, but the bus ride is not.

via Haneda Airport

Via haneda Airport
From Tokyo Station to Zao
1. Haneda AirportYamagata Airport
by Japan Airlines(JAL)
60 minutes / around 11000 yen / 2 connections a day
Japan Airlines flies from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to Yamagata Airport (GAJ) twice daily.
From Tokyo Station to Zao
2. Yamagata AirportZao
by bus
60 minutes / around 3000 yen / all buses connect all arrival and departure flights.
The bus bound for Zao Onsen departs after 15min airplane arrives at the airport.