8-day package from £ 1,080
Zao is also known as Zao Onsen because of its hot springs – there are three public bathhouses and open-air sulphurous hot springs in the village. The area has wonderful mountain scenery and is famous for the juhyo or “ice monsters”: pine trees clad in layers of ice make a forest of strange shapes. The JR Yamagata Shinkansen (Bullet train) takes around 2.5 hours from Tokyo to Yamagata, connecting with a 40-minute bus service to Zao Onsen.

Our suggested package is a combination of 5 nights in Zao and 2 nights in Tokyo.

Day 1 : Arrive Tokyo - Zao

Arrive Tokyo Haneda Airport, and take the train to Yamagata using the JR East Pass. Then take bus service to Zao Onsen. 5 nights accommodation at Takamiya Rurikura Resort or similar.

Day 2 : Zao Onsen

Winter sports in Zao Onsen. A 5-day lift pass is included.

Day 3 : Zao Onsen

Winter sports in Zao Onsen.

Day 4 : Zao Onsen

Winter sports in Zao Onsen.

Day 5 : Zao Onsen

Winter sports in Zao Onsen.

Day 6 : Zao - Tokyo

Time for skiing in the morning. Take the bus from Zao to Yamagata, and Bullet train to Tokyo. Stay 2 nights in Tokyo (Shinjuku Washington Hotel or similar).

Day 7 : Tokyo

Full day free in Tokyo.

Day 8 : Depart Tokyo

Take the “Airport Limousine” shuttle bus service to Haneda Airport (ticket provided), for departure flight.

from £ 1,080

per person sharing twin room.


  • 5 nights accommodation in Zao Onsen including breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation in Tokyo including breakfast
  • JR East Pass (5 days flexi)
  • ticket for "Airport Limousine" shuttle bus service Tokyo Haneda airport (return)
  • 5 day ski lift pass for Zao Onsen

Not included

  • flights
  • travel insurance
  • personal expenses