Anyone can enjoy mountain integrated resort
Zao Onsen is a tourist mountain resort village that can be enjoyed all year round, with trekking, climbing and strolling among beautifully colored leaves from spring to autumn, and skiing, snowboarding and trekking in winter. There are also numerous charming and enjoyable events and activities. All these features help define Zao Onsen as a tourist mountain resort village.
Traditional onsen town stroll.
The Zao Hot Springs, there are emotional a spa town. Wrapped in aroma and steam of the hot springs, let's explore the spa town.
Souvenir shop and, cafe with a nice atmosphere. Contact is a recommendation of the spa town stroll for those who want to enjoy leisurely Zao Hot Springs.
ZAO Center Plaza
903-2 Zao Onsen Kawamae, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Yoneya flagship store
14 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Yoneya department store
973-2 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
LAWSON convenience store
904 Zao Onsen , Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
25 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
905 Zao Onsen kawamae, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Confectionery store Minoriya
904-12 Zao Onsen kawamae, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Zao butcher Hori-chikusan
953-2 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Tanaka Kokeshi shop
875-12 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
710 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
42 Zao Onsen kawamae, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
36 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Souvenir shop Marushichi
955-9 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Zao Service station
705-3 Zao Onsen sekigami, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Souvenir shop Notoya
36 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Liquor shop Ito yosaburo shoten
32 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
904-3 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
899 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
“Walk in the sky” with cable cars
There are three different cable cars in Zao Onsen offering the opportunity to “walk in the sky” while enjoying a great view from above of Mt. Zao in any season.
The Zao Ropeway is registered as one of Japan’s romantic Satellites of Lover’s Sanctuary.
229-3 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Zao central ropeway
940-1 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Zao sky cable
794 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Bathe and listen to the murmur of a stream while enjoying the seasons on the mountain in the Big Open-Air Bath
The Zao Onsen Big Open-Air Bath is a must in Zao Onsen. It offers a great outdoor bath experience surrounded by wilderness.
For more information, please visit the official website
Trek among the great nature and seasonal changes
There are numerous trekking courses along the mountains near Zao Onsen. With an elevation of almost 1000 meters, there are various courses suitable for anyone from beginners to advanced-level trekkers, along with walking courses in the woods, but also in wetlands, bleak landscapes and volcanic regions. Another characteristic of Zao Onsen is to be surrounded by an abundance of vegetation, and an especially large variety of alpine plants.
Zao is fantastically beautiful during the winter, but that beauty is not limited to the months when the mountain is covered in snow. Some of the ropeways run year-round, and the mountains become especially beautiful for hiking during the summer and fall. Some noteworthy attractions include Okama Volcanic Lake, Fudodaki Falls, and Zao Quasi-National Park.
Please note the following safety information for visitors to the park outside of the ski season:
When visiting Zao during the warmer seasons, bring plenty of water (1.5–2.0 liters per person), dress appropriately for the weather (rain gear, even if rain isn’t in the forecast), and inform someone, such as the hotel staff, of your route and destination as well as your intended return time. When hiking, you must stay on the trail—do not attempt to make your own route up the mountain—and respect the wildlife. Hunting, fishing, and collection of specimens are not allowed. Likewise, leave no trace of your presence on the mountain. Please keep in mind that camping is allowed only in designated areas.
While hiking, it is important to make noise to alert the local wildlife to your presence, as startled animals are more likely to pose a threat. A bear bell, which can be strapped to your pack and will make noise as you walk, makes a good souvenir. If you do encounter a bear, make sure you know how to keep yourself safe: if you are in a group, make as much noise as you can; if alone, do not run. Instead, back away slowly. Bear attacks are rare, but if attacked by a black bear, fight back using anything you may have and with everything you’ve got. If possible, aim for the eyes and nose.
Activities for kids
The Zao Onsen Super Slider offers a long slide down the mountainside while feeling the breeze of the highlands. Note that the slide is available to not only kids but also adults.
Inquiry / TEL 023-694-9417
Winter activities for kids
Snow Park has play safely children.The children rejoice playground equipment offers a lot.
Sunpal snow park
Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, YAMAGATA JAPAN
Night snow monster tour
Take the new snow vehicle, you can experience up close the night of snow monster light up and hoarfrost.
Inquiry / 023-694-9518
Snow shoe trekking
Walk in the snow wearing a snowshoe.You might meet a mysterious scenery of Zao do not know.
Enjoy Nature, Culture and History in Zao Onsen
The nature-rich Zao Onsen offers different experiences with the change of seasons, with ice monsters in winter, cherry blossoms and ice walls in spring, a cool retreat and gardening events in summer, and color-changing leaves and a sea of clouds in autumn. Enjoying such changing scenery all year long is another charm of Zao Onsen.
Open Garden in the Zao Pension Village
Fresh greenery of the highlands
Memorial to the achievements of Toni Sailer
The world-famous Austrian skier who brought the spotlight on Zao around the globe.
Ruins of Jiro Shirasu’s villa, a famous Japanese businessman.
God against misfortune built in 1775.
God for success in business.
God for inviting peace and offering protection against all kind of evil.
It changes color many times a day.
Dokko numa pond
Mysterious pond located 1400 meters above sea level in the woods of the highlands.
Shigi no yachi numa pond
Pond within the Zao Onsen resort village. Discover the various seasonal flowers of Zao Onsen by hiking the 1.2 km loop course around it.
Sukawa onsen shinto shrine
Historical shrine watching over Zao Onsen.
Mogami Yoshiaki Chikara ishi
Large stone that weighs about 190 kg. Legend says that a feudal lord who ruled over Yamagata about 400 years ago lifted it.
Yakushi shinto shrine
Temple built to attract visitors and help the development of Zao Onsen.