Zao Frost Covered Tree Festival (Snow Monsters), Yamagata

Especially in Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort equipped with large and various courses even in Yamagata, “Zao Juhyo Matsuri” (Frost Covered Tree Festival) is performed every winter.
The beautiful frost-covered trees which nature made has a wonderful form just like long humps. February when it grows greatly becomes especially best time to see.
It is introduced as “Snow Monsters” in CNN of America, frost-covered trees of Zao is world-famous. Backed by this rare scene appearing only in winter, there are full of memorable events like a firework display, torch ski, etc.

The frost-covered trees, which fog and clouds freeze and clings to trees, is a true symbol of a severe winter.
The period of the whole “Zao Frost Covered Tree Festival” is from the end of December to the beginning of March.
Moreover, “Torch Ski” will be performed in February. This is the event which can see 1000 persons’ ski with a torch. The light of the torch reflects in snow, and it seems that light spreads and brings on a fantastic atmosphere.

From the beginning of February to the beginning of March, frost-covered trees is lit up at night, and also it will be directed fantastically.

The “Zao ropeway” in the Zao Onsen Ski Resort is sponsoring lighting. You can go to the field of frost-covered trees by the ropeway and can overlook them from the observation deck of mountaintop Station. In addition, from the car of the ropeway of the 18-passenger, you can appreciate 360-degree panoramic of frost-covered trees opening under eyes.

The beautiful fireworks of winter are launched by the skiing slope during the period. Gorgeous fireworks shine in a clear night sky and pure white snow. Why don’t you look at fireworks while enjoying night skiing and silver frost?


Name:Zao Frost Covered Tree Festival (Snow Monsters)
Address:Zaoonsen Yamagata, Yamagata 990-2301 Japan
Access:JR Yamagata-shinkansen Line “Yamagata-eki” station (40 minutes by bus)
Tel:(+81)23-647-2266 (Yamagata-shi Tourism Information Center)
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