Go to Zao to view the splendid frost-covered trees

created by miracles of mother nature

Frost-covered trees formed by the mysteries and miracles of nature.They beautiful frost-covered trees which make us feel like wondering into a fantastic world grow into large shapes in around February every year.A number of fans visit Zao to have a look at them.You shouldn’t miss not only in sunlight when they glow in silver, but also when they are lit up in the dark.Activities that you can feel nature with,a store of traditional handicrafts, a hotel adjacent to ski slopes, and more which are must visit spots to enjoy Zao are featured in this brochure.

Natural works of art born in the special environment.

Ice and snow brought by seasonal winds from Siberia cover coniferous trees, maries firs. The natural works of art formed in special weather conditions in winter are called “snow monsters”. You’ll catch your breath when you get off at Jizo Sancho Station of Zao Ropeway.

JUHYO (frost-covered trees)
229-3, Zao Onsen, Yamagata(Zao Ropeway

TEL: 023-694-9518

The mysterious juhyo lit up in dark at night are also must-see.

The frost-covered trees which emerge in dark by colorful lights are also a sight to see. Along with the silent atmosphere, they produce an extraordinary time. You can view them closely by riding a new snowmobile Night cruiser, as well as from Jizo Sancho Station as in the daytime.

229-3, Zao Onsen, Yamagata(Zao Ropeway

TEL: 023-694-9518

A trekking tour to know the attraction of nature.

A master of play in mountains, who knows Zao like the back of his hand tell us real pleasure of seasonal mountains in this trekking tour. When juhyo grow in January to March, we slowly walk through mountain paths of about 4 km appreciating juhyo in a tour named “snow trekking”. You can walk wearing traditional snowshoes.

Zao Mountains Instructors Association
708-1, Zao Onsen, Yamagata (Information Center of Zao Onsen Tourism Association)
TEL: 023-694-9328
Open throughout the year (Reservation is required at least 2 days in advance. The minimum number of participants is 2 people)
4,000yen(Participants are responsible for transportation fees and trekking pole rental fees.)

Simple kokeshi dolls finished by the master’s hand are gathered.

A store of Ikuo Okazaki, a master of making kokeshi dolls who has received the Prime Minister’s Prize as many as 3 times. The wooden dolls on which patterns of simplified cherry blossoms called “sakurakuzushi” are painted give rustic and charming impression. You can watch the master painting them and talk to him while choosing a souvenir.

Atelier Notoya Kokeshi Eijiro
36, Zao Onsen, Yamagata
TEL: 023-694-9205
Open: 9:00 - 18:00 (changed according to season)
Closed: No scheduled holidays

A hotel in the ski area where finest foods and drinks are served.

A hotel with an eye-catching triangle roof at the central ski slope of the ski area. A woodstove which warms your cold body is placed in a spacious lobby. A cafe restaurant which serves finest lunch and dinner using meat and fish is within the premise. It also has a wine cellar. You can relax drinking glasses of wine with your company at night.

Frorest Inn. SANGORO
Central Gelande, Zao Onsen Ski Area, Yamagata
TEL: 023-694-9330
12 rooms, 13,000 yen~/room, 2 people/ room