Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Zao Ski Resort in the early morning hours on a fine day
Zao Ski Resort in the early morning hours on a fine day (Photo: Alena Eckelmann)

Within the Mt. Zao scenic area is Zao Onsen (蔵王温泉), a popular hot spring and ski resort. Zao Onsen is especially popular during winter, where the famous "snow monsters" form on the wintery slopes of Mount Zao. Due to the Tohoku region's harsh winters and heavy snowfall, the trees atop Mt. Zao get covered with snow and resemble monstrous-looking frozen sculptures. Many make the trip to Zao Onsen especially to see the snow monsters, which is a unique event that only occurs during February when snowfall is abundant.



Zaoonsen, Yamagata, 990-2301 (Map) (Directions)

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