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Nature Tour

Snow Monsters of Mt.Zao

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Experience the snow monsters in Tohoku


The Zao area in the Tohoku region is home to Japan's "snow monsters"—trees heaped with snow and encrusted with layers of ice rime, giving them a spooky appearance. The monsters can only form when climactic conditions are right and are a phenomenon rarely seen in other places. See the monsters while snowshoeing, riding the backcountry or on a nighttime illumination tour.

When to go: December through March


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Zao Snow Monsters (Yamagata) 

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