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How to get there

By train

Take the Yamagata Shinkansen from Tokyo Station and get off at Sakuranbo-Higashine Station; the journey takes around 3 hours. From the station, take the Gassan Liner, a shared taxi, directly to Gassan-Shizu Onsen. The ski area is an 18-minute bus ride away.

By plane

Take the Gassan Liner shared taxi from Yamagata Airport directly to Gassan-Shizu Onsen. From there, the ski area is an 18-minute bus ride away.

A training ground for seasoned skiers

Head up the slopes via the kilometer-long pair lift or the T-bar lift and look down upon the natural curves of the mountain. Unlike the groomed slopes of other ski resorts, the entire Gassan resort is a backcountry field. Advanced-level skiers are drawn to the snowy hills as they feature plenty of moguls. The terrain is a great training ground for those looking to hone their skills, so if you are in the area during the weekend, you will see quite a few lessons taking place.

Gassan’s winter powder power

Gassan is a mecca for backcountry skiing, and between January and March (before the ski area opens), you can join backcountry tours and snowcat tours. It’s a great place to experience some excellent powder snow. Carve tracks on the wide-open slopes and enjoy tree runs between groves of beech trees. Stay safe by joining a tour and being adequately prepared.

A sacred mountain since ancient times

Mt. Gassan, along with Mt. Haguro, and Mt. Yudono are known as the Three Mountains of Dewa. They have been the subject of sacred mountain worship since ancient times, and you’ll find a shrine on the summit of Mt. Gassan that memorializes this history. Mt. Gassan is a popular hiking spot in the summer, and you have the option of taking a lift to the top. Head to the summit (1,984m), and enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Sea of Japan and surrounding landscape. There are five lodgings located right by the ski area, and 10 more in the Gassan-Shizu Onsen area, a 15-minute drive away. The hot springs in Gassan-Shizu Onsen are high in sodium, and are known to quickly warm up the body and improve the appearance of your skin.

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