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Stay in a traditional japanese ryokan at Meitoya so in zao onsen 

Meitoya So Ski Packages

Meitoya So in Zao Onsen is the ideal place to relax and unwind in after a long day out on the slopes, it is the newest property and opened in December 2016. The traditional Japanese accommodation is within a 5 minute walk to the ski slopes and 10 minute walk from the Zao Chuo Ropeway.
from AUD $1234
from USD $883
from JPY ¥96288

Zao Onsen is a famous onsen resort on Mt Zao which is north of Tokyo on the Main island of Honshu. Zao Onsen origins date back as far as 110 AD, when a Samurai warrior bathed in the sulphur onsens to recover from an arrow wound and found the onsen helped his injury heal very quickly. At over 1900 years old Zao is one of the oldest established onsen villages in Japan.

Located close to Yamagata city, Zao is easily accessible via Shinkansen from Tokyo. The Zao Onsen village at the base of the ski area provides a unique cultural experience with a traditional shopping street that winds through the village past centuries old Ryokans, Souvenir shops, Izakayas and sake shops.

As well as being famous for its Onsen and traditional village, Zao is also famous for its Juhyo “Snow Monsters” that appear on the upper slopes of the resort every winter. The Juhyo are lit up at night during winter so an evening trip on the rope way to enjoy this spectacular sight is a must.

The resort is very large and perfect for families, beginners and intermediate skiers with long runs, the biggest is 9 km.

An onsen after a day of skiing or snowboarding is one of the great pleasures of skiing in Japan and some of our recommended accommodation partners have private onsens for couples or families which you can enjoy.

If you want a traditional onsen town experience then Zao is a highly recommend option for families and couples. 

Contact Japan Powder Ski Holidays today. Our Ski Holiday Specialists will help you organise your ski trip.

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