Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival, Ski/Snowboarding and Fox Village Trip

2020 February 1-2 (Saturday-Sunday)

Zao Onsen, Yamagata

Come see 'The Snow Monsters' and 'The Darn Cute Foxes' on one of the best snow weekend trips of the season!

This Trip Features

  • Ski/snowboarding around and within the famous Snow Monsters of Zao Onsen
  • Amazing powder snow
  • [Snow Monsters Night Illumination[(
  • Fireworks display and ski/snowboarding exhibitions
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lesson
  • 7:15pm Friday (Jan 31) departure to make the most out of your weekend
  • Well located lodge (just for our group) only a couple of meters walk to the two main ropeways that will conveniently take you to the right side of the resort which is the best ski area at Zao Onsen
  • Nice indoor and outdoor onsens just a couple of meters walk from our lodge
  • Fun apres ski party at one of the local bars
  • 6 different types and over 100 super darn cute foxes to see and feed at the Zao Fox Village (Optional)

Zao Onsen is not only famous for its AMAZING POWDER SNOW, hot springs and absolutely beautiful mountain scenery but also for its 'Snow Monsters'. These monsters are a wonderful sight to be seen in person. As the winter season progresses, the trees start to accumulate snow until they are turned into the monsters. The Snow Monsters are at their peak size this time of the year. The best part is you can ski/snowboard around and within the monsters. Also at night, they are illuminated in colored lights and swathed in moonlight, that eerily brings them to life.

Don't miss out!

Trip Itinerary

Friday (Jan 31)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have a relaxing drink, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Zao Onsen around 1:15am
  • Check-in at the lodge

Saturday (Feb 1)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Visit the local onsen nearby
  • Relax at the hotel/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • See the Snow Monsters Night Illumination 'OR' the fireworks display and ski/snowboarding exhibition (7pm-9:30)
  • Fun apres-ski drinks at one of the local bars

Sunday (Feb 2)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-12:30pm)
  • Get on the bus at 1:15pm
  • Arrive at Fox Village around 2:45pm
  • See and feed cute foxes until 4pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:45pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Two (2) nights shared accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) tour guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax

Extras (Pay on the day)

  • Saturday lift pass (4,700yen) *5,000yen regular price
  • 1.5 day lift pass (8,600yen) *9,000yen regular price
  • Snow Monsters Night Illumination (2,500yen)
  • Miyagi Zao Fox Village Trip (1,500yen) *Includes bus transportation and park entry
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (2,500yen for 1 day | 4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (2,500yen for 1 day | 4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Ski jacket and pants set rental (2,500yen for 1 day | 4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Gloves rental (500yen for 1 day | 800yen for 2 days)
  • Goggles rental (500yen for 1 day | 800yen for 2 days)
  • Helmet rental (700yen for 1 day | 1,200yen for 2 days)
  • Ski/snowboard boots JPN28.5cm and above (1,500yen for 1 day | 3,000yen for 2 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (3,000yen/person for 2 nights)


  • Birthday on Jan 31-Feb 2 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,500yen) *Pay before 3pm on Jan 1
  • Group of 4-5 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 6 or more (2,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined more than 5 TG trips/Cannot combine with the group discount

Check Discount Policies

Price: 28,900Yen
Space left: 3 out of 73

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Ski/snowboarding off-piste is strictly prohibited.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Please bring enough cash on the trip. Credit cards are not widely accepted here in Japan. International (foreign) cash cards sometimes don't work on ATM's (if any) at the ski resort.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 persons per room.
  • Male/Female only rooms are available.
  • Group of friends can have their own room.
  • Private room for 2 persons available for an extra fee on a first-come/first-served basis (limited rooms).
  • The lodge is located near the two main ropeways to the best ski areas, and a couple of meters walk to the nice onsens.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • There will be a 1,500yen/day extra fee for ski/snowboard boots JPN size 28.5 and above.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Feb 1) from 9:30am until 12pm.
  • You don't need a lift pass to join our free ski/snowboarding lessons. However, if you're a fast learner and would want to ride the chairlifts, you can buy a "ride ticket" which costs around 300-350yen per ride. On average, beginners only take the chairlifts 4-5 times the entire weekend. Some beginners, not at all!
  • We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. However, we are unable to guarantee the hotel/lodge can cater for every meal.
  • Soap, shampoo and rinse are provided in the bath (ofuro).
  • Towels available for rent at the lodge for 200yen.
  • You can send your gear by delivery service (takkyubin) to the hotel. Address will be provided upon request.
  • You must check out of your room before 10am on Sunday (Feb 2), and put your belongings in the luggage room.
  • It takes about 1.5 hour by bus from Zao Onsen to Miyagi Zao Fox Village.
  • We will spend about an hour at the Fox Village taking pictures of and feeding the cute darn foxes.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Skis/poles/boots
  • Snowboard/boots
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves
  • Ski goggles
  • Winter/warm clothes
  • Beanie/hat
  • Winter gloves
  • Comfortable shoes/socks
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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