Yamagata Prefecture is surrounded by mountains and other natural attractions. This is the main reason why it has become an ideal place to enjoy skiing and snowboarding during winter time. The slopes that are covered with fine powder snow make the best courses for beginners, intermediate, and expert skiers.

The prefecture is also famous for their hot springs, which is an ideal place to warm yourself up during this time of year. With such a great combination of fun and comfort, it is only natural to take your family and enjoy some quality time playing in a winter land of snow and ice.

Check out these 10 ski resorts in Yamagata for winter fun!

1. Zao Onsen Ski Resort

Zao Onsen Ski Resort is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yamagata not only during spring and summer but also in winter time. The mountains that surround the ski resort turns into the ideal skiing courses when it is covered by white powder snow. They are also well-known for the “Zao Snow Monsters” that appear during winter. Well these so-called monsters are actually trees covered in snow and ice. When night arrives, these snow monsters are surrounded with light illuminations that create a surreal yet creepy backdrop that is unique in Zao Onsen Ski Resort.

Address: Doai-708-1 Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Website: http://www.zao-ski.or.jp (Japanese Only)

2. Kurobushi Kogen Snow Park Jangle Jungle

Kurobushi Kogen Snow Park Jangle Jungle or just “Jungle” for short is a 60-minute car drive from Sendai Miyagi bypass. It is a great place to enjoy skiing and snowboarding for beginners, intermediate and advanced leveled skiers. If you are a beginner and want to learn about how to ski, then you can apply for their lessons. You can learn with your friends, or you can have a private tutor that will teach you the basics on how to conquer the beginner course in less than a day.

Address: Mizunashiyama-3170-164 Kannonji, Higashine, Yamagata
Website: https://jxj.co.jp/english/

3. Tengendai Kogen

Tengendai Kogen is located on the South-West of Yamagata Prefecture. It is very close to the Shirabu Onsen Village where you can mix and mingle to learn more about the Japanese culture. You can even stay in the village during your trip and just head to the ski resort to ski and snowboard. Even though there are only a handful of courses available, they will still offer a bit of a challenge for beginners, intermediate and advanced leveled skiers.

Address: 992-1461 Tengendai, Shirabuonsen, Yonezawa-shi, Yamagata-ken
Website: https://snow.gurunavi.com/guide/htm/r0211ens.htm

4. Yamagata Akakura Onsen Ski Area

Yamagata Akakura Onsen Ski Area is conveniently located near the village of Akakura Onsen. This village has a few restaurants and other interesting shops where you can buy souvenirs during your stay. They also have inns, which is great for people who are planning to stay for a while. The courses are perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers, and they will find the place to their liking.

Address: 3480-1 Tomizawa, Mogami-Cho, Mogami District, Yamagata
Website: https://www.facebook.com/akakuraski/

5. Matsuyama Ski Resort

The Matsuyama Ski Resort is another great resort for those who love to ski. The fine powder snow that covers the courses are of high quality, especially during peak season which is ideal for skiing and snowboarding. The views of the Shonai Plain and the Sea of Japan is another thing worth seeing during your stay.

Address: Ohira-1 Tsuchibuchi Sakata, Yamagata
Website: http://matuyama-net.com/ski/ (Japanese Only)

6. Haguroyama Ski Resort

Haguroyama Ski Resort does a great job in maintaining their ski courses during the peak season in winter. The beginners can have their fun in the beginner courses, while the lifts carry the intermediate and expert skiers to the more challenging ones. The facilities of the resort are also great, and you will enjoy your time skiing here.

Address: 8 Haguroyama, Haguromachi Touge, Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata-ken
Website: https://www.qkamura.or.jp/haguro/ski/ (Japanese Only)

7. Kuriko International Ski Resort

Kuriko International Ski Resort is a popular ski resort in Yamagata. Their ski courses have their own unique traits that can be challenging no matter how proficient you are into skiing. Make your way to the courses and enjoy them to your heart’s content. The restaurants in the ski resort have curry, soba, fried chicken, ramen and other delicious dishes that will warm you up.

Address: 529-24 Itaya, Yonezawa, Yamagata
Website: http://www.kurikokokusai.jp (Japanese Only)

8. Yudonosan Ski Area

The Yudonosan Ski Area has four courses ranging from beginner to the expert level courses. This is one of Shonai’s most preferred skiing locations due to its landscape that is well suited for skiing and snowboarding. They also have an indoor children’s room where the kids can play just in case the weather turns bad.

Address: 104-5 Rokujuriyama, Tamugimata, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture
Website: http://yudonosan.com (Japanese Only)

9. Asahi Snow Park

Asahi Snow Park is a fun place to enjoy skiing during winter in Yamagata. They have 5 courses where you can test your skills and check whether you have improved or not. They have cottages available for rent for groups who are planning to stay for a day or two in the resort. Ski, snowboards and other items that you’ll need to enjoy your day is also available for rent on the resort.

Address: 745-1 Shirakura, Asahi, Nishimurayama, Yamagata
Website: http://www.shizenkan.jp/winter/ (Japanese Only)

10. Tendo Kogen Ski Resort

Tendo Kogen Ski Resort is a family-friendly resort that is quite popular in Yamagata. The courses here are best suited for beginner and intermediate skiers. You can watch your kids have fun in the snow and teach them a thing or two about skiing. Fun activities like the snow roller, tube slider, and banana boat are well suited for some family fun.

Address: 1321 Tamugino, Tendo-shi, Yamagata-ken
Website: http://tendokogen.or.jp/winter/ (Japanese Only)


Data is as of December 2019
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