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Magical Winter Scenery in Yamagata: Zao Snow Monster Festival 2023

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"Zao Juhyo Festival 2023" will be held from December 24, 2022 to February 27, 2023. The venue, Zao Onsen Ski Resort, is a popular tourist spot where you can see giant frost-covered trees called “snow monsters” in winter. In this article, we will feature this event, which is full of projects that bot...

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1. 1000 People Torch Run & Winter HANABI

In the "1000 Torch Run", skiers ski down the slopes holding LED lights that look like torches. Fireworks are also launched at the same time, and the winter night sky is beautifully colored.

[Holding time and place]

2023.2/4 (Sat) (Uenodai Slope)

2. Large set of working cars in winter!

At the "Winter Working Vehicles Large Gathering!", we will exhibit working vehicles unique to ski resorts and winter. On the day of the event, a one-day lift ticket for elementary school students and younger will be 1,000 yen!

[Holding time and place]

2023.1/29 (Sun) (Uenodai Slope)

2023.2/23 (Thursday/holiday) (Omori Slope)

3. I'm coming to Zao!! ︎ photo tailing

The vast Zao Onsen ski resort is sure to be Instagrammable! There is also a prize given by lottery to those who take a picture in Zao Onsen and post it on SNS with #ZAO.

[Holding time]

2022.12/24 (Sat) ~ 2023.2/27 (Mon)

4.Winter Zao Lucky Excursion

This is a plan to go around the "Zao Three Great Gods" enshrined at the Zao Onsen Ski Resort. "Zao Sandaijin" refers to "Zao Jizoson", "Zao Daigongen", and "Zao Daikokuten". If you go around all the target locations and apply stamps, you will have a chance to win Yamagata souvenirs by lottery.

[Holding time]

2022.12/24 (Sat) ~ 2023.2/27 (Mon)

5. Zao Illumination

Illuminations and LED lights will be installed on the slopes and in the hot spring town!

[Holding time]

2022.12/24 (Sat) ~ 2023.2/27 (Mon)

6. Jukky Snow Park

A children's space produced by Zao Onsen's mascot "Juhyo no Jukki-kun" will be set up. There are three locations: Omori Slope, Nakamori Slope, and Uenodai Slope (Sunrise Slope), where children can enjoy playing in the snow.

Other frost-covered trees events

7. Rime light up

The frost-covered trees light up, which is registered as a night view heritage of Japan, will be held. The frost-covered trees are illuminated with colored lights, and you can experience a fantastic world. Enjoy a different view from the frost-covered trees seen in the daytime.

8. Rime Fantastic Corridor Tour by Night Cruiser

The “Hyporosium Fantasy Corridor Tour”, which is held on the same schedule as the rime light-up, is a tour where you can experience the nighttime rime light-up and hoarfrost up close on a new snow vehicle called the Night Cruiser.

9. Summary

There are lots of fun events in Zao. Please come to Zao this winter and have a fulfilling time.

For more information on the events introduced in this article, please visit the official website .

Images in this article provided by: Zao Onsen Tourism Association

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Yamagata City is the prefectural capital of Yamagata Prefecture. Surrounded by mountains, the city offers beautiful scenery throughout the four seasons. Famous sightseeing spots include "Zao", which is popular for its frost-covered trees and hot springs, and "Yamadera", a place related to Basho Matsuo. In terms of food culture, dishes that make use of Yamagata's abundant ingredients, such as ``Yamagata imoni'', ``cold ramen'', ``dashi'' and ``ball konjac'', have been passed down. Yamagata City has many images of such nature and history, but in fact, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants, and there are many places where you can relax. On this page, we will post recommended spots and articles to introduce the attractions of Yamagata City, such as popular spots, hidden attractions, and delicious restaurants, in more detail and in an easy-to-understand manner! (Images and videos on this page: Provided by Public Relations Division, General Affairs Department, Yamagata City)

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