Zao, Yamagata

A short trip around yamagata and snowboarding in Zao Onsen Ski Area
  •  We left Singapore on a 6.30am ANA flight, NEX to tokyo, boarded the Yamagata Skinkansen, arriving in Yamagata Station at 19:43. It was so wonderful that the…
    February 15-18 2017

    Yamagata

    We left Singapore on a 6.30am ANA flight, NEX to tokyo, boarded the Yamagata Skinkansen, arriving in Yamagata Station at 19:43. It was so wonderful that the…
  •  Day trip to 銀山温泉 Ginzan Onsen. The hometown of
    February 17 2017

    Ginzan Onsen

    Day trip to 銀山温泉 Ginzan Onsen. The hometown of "Oshin" and the house that inspired the anime "Sprited Away"
  •  Day trip to Yamadera,  1000 steps up to the mountain temple and we were blessed with a clear day for a fantastic view
    February 18 2017

    Yamadera

    Day trip to Yamadera, 1000 steps up to the mountain temple and we were blessed with a clear day for a fantastic view
  •  A great seafood centric  izakaya where 十四代 was still in stock. We had a ebi-age tossed with a chant, oysters steamed in sake and their popular grilled seafood…
    February 18 2017

    Izakaya 滨烧太郎 山形

    A great seafood centric izakaya where 十四代 was still in stock. We had a ebi-age tossed with a chant, oysters steamed in sake and their popular grilled seafood…
  •  A cool spinning sake dispenser @ Beni no Kura (紅の蔵) in yamagata. Relatively some store which sell all the local snacks and produced
    February 18 2017

    Spin the Sake

    A cool spinning sake dispenser @ Beni no Kura (紅の蔵) in yamagata. Relatively some store which sell all the local snacks and produced
  •  Exploring the various slopes of Zao Onsen Ski Area. We had a bright sunny day 1 with amazing views, a semi-wet day 2 with snow blizzares (-20C with super strong…
    February 19-22 2017

    Zao Snowboarding

    Exploring the various slopes of Zao Onsen Ski Area. We had a bright sunny day 1 with amazing views, a semi-wet day 2 with snow blizzares (-20C with super strong…
  • February 21 2017

    Sangoro

    Forest Inn Sangoro (三五郎) was one of our fav spots for lunch. The A-frame stuctures just looks so inviting in the snow. Cosy fireplaces, good food and sake…
  • February 19-22 2017

    Dinner @ Le Vert Zao Hotel

    We loved Le Vert Zao hotel for their Japanese homey feel and great staff. Dinner was not inclued in our booking, but we ended up having 3 out of 4 dinners here.…
  • February 20 2017

    Sushi Kiraku

    Free hotel transfer to an outdoor onsen about 5 mins walk from Le Vert. Great feeling in the open-air pool with heavy snowing. Wished the water was hotter. …
  • February 22-23 2017

    Japan in Crutches

    Day 4 on the slopes did not last too long. On the 3rd warm-up run, my board tips on something and had a fall which fractured my left foot and ankle. The…
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