Tohoku

Zao Onsen

Zao Onsen
The Essential
Located to the south of Yamagata prefecture, at the foot of Mount Zao (1,841m/6,040ft), this town is a renowned skiing and spa resort. Its immense skiing domain is a hit with skiers of all levels, who also come here to admire the "snow monsters" (huge trees smothered in snow and ice that form amazing shapes). The domain is also rich in hiking trails. A large number of hotels, ryokan (traditional inns) and public baths are open all year round.

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