Use the

Planning a Trip to Japan?

Share your travel photos with us by hashtagging your images with #visitjapanjp

My Favorites

Zao Snow Monsters (Yamagata) 蔵王の樹氷

Zao Snow Monsters Zao Snow Monsters
Zao Snow Monsters Zao Snow Monsters

Yamagata's most famous creatures

Striking “snow monster” figures known as juhyo reside on the summit of Mt. Zao , as a result of a combination of Siberian winds and heavy snowfall.

How to Get There

Take the JR Yamagata Shinkansen from Tokyo to Yamagata and transfer to a bus that will bring you to Zao Onsen . It is a three hour and 30 minute journey. From there, take a shuttle bus to Zao Onsen Ski Resort .

Bizarre creatures

Zao Onsen Ski Resort is one of the only places in the world where spooky snow monsters appear around mid-February. Alpine trees bombarded with heavy snowfall and winds grow into tall, monster-like figurines that will captivate and leave you in awe.

Once the sun sets, have a warm drink in one of the cafes and enjoy the snow monsters illuminated with colorful lights.

Zao Snow Monster Festival

On the first weekend of February, be sure to visit and enjoy the Snow Monster Festival, where snow monster mascots entertain visitors.

While riding on skis, the resort staff demonstrate their skills on the slopes, carrying torches as they slalom between the monsters. It's a memorable way to celebrate the birth of the snow monsters each year, which quickly disappear in a matter of weeks after the warm winds of spring arrive.

Near Zao Snow Monsters (Yamagata)

Zao Snow Monsters Attraction
Zao Snow Monsters (Yamagata) Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken
Zao Ski Resort Action & Adventure
Zao Onsen Ski Resort Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken
Zao-onsen Hot Spring Relaxation
Zao Onsen Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken
Okama Nature
Okama Crater Katta-gun, Miyagi-ken
Zao Ski Resort Nature
Zao (Yamagata) Kaminoyama-shi, Yamagata-ken
Zao Juhyo Snow Monsters-WIN Festivals & Events
Zao Snow Monsters (Miyagi) Katta-gun, Miyagi-ken
  • HOME
  • Zao Snow Monsters (Yamagata)

Please Choose Your Language

Browse the JNTO site in one of multiple languages