Make your way to Zao Onsen in Yamagata Prefecture, where you will enjoy complimentary pickup at the Zao Onsen Bus Terminal. Climb into a comfortable vehicle for the transfer to the Zao Astrea Resort, where you will spend the next three nights exploring.
Enjoy ski or snowboard from long downhill courses extending for 6 miles (10km) at their longest, to the "Wall of Yokokura," with its maximum incline of 38 degrees. Beginners and experts alike can find a slope to suit them.
After a challenging day of skiing or snowboarding, relax in the natural onsen (hot spring) with panoramic views. Get a chance to see the juhyo, or snow monsters, referring to the massive, snow-covered trees that are abundant in the mountains here. Experience omotenashi, a Japanese word meaning hospitality, from the resort staff and delicious breakfast and dinner using fresh local ingredients.