Ski Slope of Zao Onsen

Zao Onsen is one of the most famous ski resorts in Japan. Our aim is to ensure that you enjoy an amazing skiing or snow boarding experience.

Zao Onsen ski resort extends to 15 different slopes and 12 courses, not only experts but also beginners are pleased with the variety, You can ski from one side of the mountain to another on a 10km downhill course at  altitudes of 800m. Servicing these slopes and courses there are 4 gondolas and 35 lifts that can transport your to next destination.

At the top of the mountain, you can meet the famous ice monsters.


Ski School

If you are interested in improving your skiing and snowboarding technique, there are seven ski schools and one snowboard schools, which you can choose to suit your needs. Experienced instructors are available to coach you in various ways. English speaking instructors can be pre-booked for private lessons.

Your skills can improve just after a few lessons.


Price (approx.)
Private Lesson: Half Day from 12,000 yen, One Day from 20,000 yen


Restaurants and cafes
When you need a place to regenerate from the slopes, there are numerous varieties of restaurants and cafes which can cater for both traditional Japanese and western tastes.
For more details, please consult with the local staff.



Ice Monsters(Juhyo)
One of the natural wonders at Zao Onsen can be found at the top of the mountain during the coldest months, usually from December to February. Super cold snow, combined with seasonal winds, encapsulate the mountain's trees forming unique shapes locally known as "Juhyo" also known as "Ice Monsters". This spectacle can be also fully appreciated during the night illuminations at the top of the mountain during the high seasons.




Climate Condition for the Creation of the Juhyo
  1. Juhyo can be found on limited mountains in northeastern areas of Japan.
  2. The mountain must have evergreen conifers.
  3. The weather condition has to be fixed strong winds and super cool water droplets.
  4. The snow should be between two meters and three meters deep.
Super cool water gradually adheres to the trees and develops the Juhyo unique shapes. The locals call this shape "Shrimp Tails."


Growth Stages for Juhyo
  1. December - Early Stage – The trees begin to be coated by super cool water forming ice.
  2. January - Growth Stage - Shrimp tail shapes develop.
  3. February - Golden Stage – The ice monsters grow to large-scale statues.
  4. March - Declining Stage – The ice monsters begin to fade, waiting they return the following winter.

There is an air of fantasy about the night illuminated Juhyo that you will never forget!