For visitors on a JR East Pass wanting to visit a great onsen town, look no further than Zao Onsen town in Yamagata Prefecture. A 2.5 hour ride on the Tsubasa shinkansen (bullet train) to JR Yamagata Station, one can purchase a bus ticket that takes visitors to the Onsen town in 40 minutes. The onsen town is popular during winter, as Mount Zao is right above it and attracts many skiers/snowboarders during then, and there is no better way to relax after a snowboarding session than to soak up at the onsen in the cold. The pictures here show the various onsens, lodging and views at this quiet little town.
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Walking around Zao Onsen Town
Enjoy onsen in one of the oldest hotsprings in Yamagata