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Zao Ropeway

Zao Onsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
+81 23-694-9518
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Mountain hiking on ski slope at Zao Onsen

4 of us, ladies in our fifties, enjoyed our trip to Zao onsen greatly. The hotel we stayed in for 2... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
genemei3
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Singapore
get in to get the best view

zao ropeway is a must try when visit yamagata. i was there during winter. all the mountain covered... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ana_kecik
,
kuala lumpur
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Zao Onsen, Yamagata 990-2301, Yamagata Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

4 of us, ladies in our fifties, enjoyed our trip to Zao onsen greatly. The hotel we stayed in for 2 nights ( Zao Onsen Hotel Matukaneya Annex Hotel) served wonderful breakfast and 2 dinners, first night was Kaisen cuisine, and second night was Hotpot....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

zao ropeway is a must try when visit yamagata. i was there during winter. all the mountain covered with snow. it was amazing and superb. and on the top u can find the snow monster tree. there is 2 station and u need to pay...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

My plan was to trek to the peak and crater of Mount Zao from Jizosan ropeway Station. There weren’t a lot of people on this pleasant summer day and the ride was enjoyable. Met a group of elderly hikers and one of them gave me...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

We didn't go for the ski but rather for the views. Traveling to the top is an easy ride. Once at the top you have access to the roof of the station and it gives a 360 degrees view of the valley, which is absolutely...More

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

The ropeway is a vital part of ski runs at Zao. It is about 10 inutes walk from the local bus station. Easy to use, good views on the way and from the top lookout. Cafe at the summit.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

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

5  Thank Ms_Yokohama2014
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Reviewed 12 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
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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

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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
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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

2  Thank sradixtt
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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
14 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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