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Takamiya Hotel Hammond, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Only a 5-minute walk from Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Hotel Hammond Takamiya offers public hot-spring baths. Guests can use free Wi-Fi in guest rooms and at the public areas.

The price, location ae affordable. Got additional discount for rental event the lift. Definitely stay again if come to Zao!!!
7.6
Scored 7.6
Good
Rated good
200 reviews
Price from$83.64per night
Takamiya Hotel Jurin, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Offering ski-to-door access right across from Uwanodai Ski Area, Hotel Jurin features a hot spring bath, free Wi-Fi at the lobby and a restaurant.

This was a very clean and comfortable hotel, right on the ski slopes. We sent our skiis to and from Narita airport via the affordable luggage delivery. Room was huge and clean, onsen was nice, staff was very helpful and friendly. Discount ski lift tickets are available at the front desk.
8.2
Scored 8.2
Very Good
Rated very good
93 reviews
Price from$245.34per night
ロッヂ スガノ, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Located in Zaō Onsen, a 5-minute walk from Zao Hotsprings Ski Resort, ロッヂ スガノ has accommodations with a shared lounge, free private parking, a restaurant and a bar.

Breakfast is ok. You can walk to the end of the road and reach the slopes
8.2
Scored 8.2
Very Good
Rated very good
19 reviews
Price from$72.01per night
Takamiya Hotel Rurikura Resort, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Takamiya Rurikura Resort features ski-to-door access from Yokukura ski slope, an outdoor hot spring bath and karaoke rooms.

rooms are nice and clean Coffee is good
7.6
Scored 7.6
Good
Rated good
111 reviews
Price from$196.27per night
Zao Onsen Omiya Ryokan, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Only a 5-minute walk from the Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Omiya Ryokan features Japanese-style rooms, hot spring baths and massage treatments.

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8.5
Scored 8.5
Very Good
Rated very good
265 reviews
Price from$145.80per night
Zao Shiki no Hotel, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Winter closure of the open-air baths "Shirakaba-no-yu" (Late December - 28 February) Due to the accumulation of snow, the open-air bath will be closed during the winter.

Clean room with beautiful green view from room. Close to 2 onsen.
8.8
Scored 8.8
Excellent
Rated excellent
253 reviews
Price from$208.19per night
Takamiya Ryokan Miyamaso, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Located within a 10-minute walking distance from the Zao Sky Cable aerial elevator, Miyamaso Takamiya features 9 natural hot spring baths for guests to enjoy.

I would absolutely recommend this property to anyone! It is a little out of the way (1 hr bus ride from Yamagata station) but it’s well worth it. Two separate baths with two separate origin waters and a private bath you can book by the hour, and an outdoor bathtub in your room was really cool. It includes a very traditional dinner and breakfast using local specialties. Local sake selection for dinner/room service was also excellent. The staff was so polite and nice - they even carried our luggage to our room and picked us up at the bus station! Room was nice and big with seasonal nature sounds.
9.0
Scored 9.0
Wonderful
Rated wonderful
155 reviews
Price from$280.39per night
Le Vert Zao, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Just a 1-minute walk to Nakamori Ski Resort, Le Vert Zao offers both Japanese and Western-style rooms.Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas and free private parking is provided.

location is good, close to the chair lift and central cable.
7.9
Scored 7.9
Good
Rated good
85 reviews
Price from$184.80per night
Mogamitakayu Zenshichinoyu Ohira, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Located just an 8-minute walk from Zao-onsen Ski Resort, Mogamitakayu Zenshichinoyu Ohira features various natural hot spring baths and stunning seasonal views of surrounding Zao mountains.

very friendly staff. many of them can explain in simple english. Private onsen is very fantastic. great room for family. the hotel is a bit far from bus terminal but no problem because hotel provide free shuttle van from hotel to many ropeway and also shuttle van from Yamagata st. to hotel (round trip).
8.6
Scored 8.6
Excellent
Rated excellent
97 reviews
Price from$133.18per night
Pension Puutaro, hotel in Zaō Onsen

Only a 1-minute walk from the Zao Onsen Ski resort, Pension Puutaro offers Japanese-style rooms, a French course for dinner and free Wi-Fi.

They got us discounted rentals and lift pass.
8.7
Scored 8.7
Excellent
Rated excellent
176 reviews
Price from$108.33per night
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What Guests Said About Zaō Onsen:

  • 8.0
    Scored 8.0

    Zao onsen is a lovely getaway in the Japanese mountains.

    Zao onsen is a lovely getaway in the Japanese mountains. Mostly tailored to skiers and snowboarders though, with the many hills and ski facilities. But it's also a lovely place for a brief visit if you want some relaxation and onsens. We visited mainly for seeing the Zao Snow monsters and relaxing at a nice hotel. Unforuntately the Snow Monsters had already melted when we were there, and only one cablecar worked going up the mountain, so there was a huge line. The town is cozy with a few restaurant options. We did not ski and stayed for two nights which was just the right amount of time, as there's not that much to experience in the town, other than ski, visit onsen and take the cablecar (if it's working properly)
    Camilla
    Denmark
  • 10
    Scored 10

    It's good for a few days of hitting the slopes and had a...

    It's good for a few days of hitting the slopes and had a surprising number for eateries compared to some of the other onsen towns. The juhyo (snow monster) is an interesting sight (depending on the weather) especially since you will have to go right to the top of the mountain to see it. It has a night viewing session depending on the season for the juhyo also. And if you're driving, Yamagata town is just a short 30mins drive down the mountain and you'll have more eateries to choose from.
    Ed
    Malaysia
  • 10
    Scored 10

    I stayed in Zao Onsen in mid October and had a beautiful...

    I stayed in Zao Onsen in mid October and had a beautiful time absorbed in the energy of the mountains and blown away by the ‘koyo’ autumn leaves 🧡 In the off season, it proves a serene escape to soak in the onsens, and take in the clean air and stunning views on various hikes. I can only imagine how much fun it would be when covered in snow!
    Tamsyn
    Australia
  • 4.0
    Scored 4.0

    I booked for a group of 3 families.

    I booked for a group of 3 families. When I checked in they assumed that the Japanese family is the primary contact. The hotel front refused my ID and address and INSISTED that the Japanese family should be the primary contact and address. This is unacceptable considering that I am the one booking. It caused a lot of confusion and uncomfortable to my group. If you do not want foreigner to book the property then why bother listing it in the booking.com?
    Reza Surja
    Japan
  • 8.0
    Scored 8.0

    Interesting for its hot springs one can find almost...

    Interesting for its hot springs one can find almost everywhere and its location in a charming mountain are. The little town itself doesn't offer much and is rather boring. Few restaurants that close early at about 3 pm and hardly any shopping facilities. Fortunately, there is at least a small convenience store. The sulphurous smell of the hot springs can be noticed all around the area.
    Gerd
    Germany
  • 10
    Scored 10

    Staying at the Christmas Rose Hotel was perfect for hot...

    Staying at the Christmas Rose Hotel was perfect for hot springs ( onsen ) and also close to convenience store. The owners are very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Free rides to zao hp town and had coupons for the four main hot springs there. Tatami mat flooring and Japanese type hotel. Perfect for relaxing away from major city type hotels. Peaceful time memories. I have videos on youtube also about it. Highly recommended!! Zao Onsen is an amazing place.
    Rockitfish Ray
    United States of America

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  • 8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 83 reviews
    I really like the staff; they are nice and easy to talk with even though my Japanese is poor. The location of the hotel is very close to one of the lifts, but you have to ask the staff to send you to the nearest ticket center first. Yes, you can ask the staff to drive you to nearby locations you like, such as Onsen Street, the ticket center, and the bus terminal. Although it was simply because the icy slope to the hotel makes it impossible to access on foot. There was nothing much to talk about; it was average.
    Yu
    Japan
  • From $140.19 per night
    8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 560 reviews
    This ryokan is absolutely lovely. The rooms are very spacious and clean. In addition to the usual amenities for an overnight stay the room included a tea pot and plenty of tea for our stay. The view from room was excellent. The staff were incredibly accommodating and offers shuttle service to/from the Zao Onsen bus terminal. The baths were lovely and there is a private one you can reserve with the staff at the front desk.
    Matthew
    Japan
  • From $336.47 per night
    9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 155 reviews
    A respectble ryokan that once even entertained the imperial family. If you want to know what traditional Japanese hospitality means, you must certainly go there. The whole place is infused with small of highly acidic mineral water where you are expected to bathe. Be careful - the onsen bath feels pretty hot but you are sure to survive and even enjoy it!
    Maderna
    United Kingdom
  • From $95.59 per night
    8.5
    Scored 8.5
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 116 reviews
    A very Japanese culture, ski in and ski out lift close by, we had a view of the lift and skiers and night skiing a beautiful experience to see. Many restaurants great food and found down the road,the little dragon cafe made the best coffee.also a mention for the united cafe was the best food experience worth the walk.
    Ivan
    Australia
  • 8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 38 reviews
    A nice ryokan with a nice onsen. Very hospitable staff. The free milk/coffee/pudding service at the lounge is a nice touch, especially the fresh milk is very creamy and delicious. They served the famous Zao beef for dinner which was delicious. The room is huge and comfortable with all the amenities
    Isaac
    Australia
  • From $154.91 per night
    8.8
    Scored 8.8
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 253 reviews
    All staff members were friendly and tried to make my stay comfortable. Hotel is located 5 minutes walk to the ropeway station. The onsens were clean and comfortable. I really liked the outdoor onsen located outside of main hotel facility across the parking area.
    HYUNTAE
    Japan
  • From $176.64 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 303 reviews
    This is the second time staying in this resort hotel, totally enjoyed the stay! the ski center is just next to hotel. The hotel has a lovely outdoor onsen and the restaurant serves good dinner and breakfast! Lovely hotel. strongly recommended.
    SS
    Malaysia
  • From $72.01 per night
    8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 19 reviews
    The staff was welcoming and always willing to help despite they do not speak English, it seems to be more oriented to Japanese tourists but as a foreign, everithing went smoothly. I had 1 dinner in the restaurant and it was really tasty
    Alvarez Vieyra
    Mexico
  • From $112.16 per night
    9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 252 reviews
    The Ryokan is run by a wonderful family who are extremely accomodating and kind. If you are looking for an authentic Japanese experience then I highly recomend you stay here if visiting Zao to go on the ski hill.
    Joseph
    Japan
  • From $176.64 per night
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 303 reviews
    I liked how there was a big onsen at the hotel. The property was really close to ski slope and the lifts. The staff was really thoughtful and helpful.
    Asuka Zeynep
    United States of America
  • From $101.96 per night
    9.1
    Scored 9.1
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 82 reviews
    Getting to know the owner and chatting with him..well sort of. Broken English.. Broken japanese... very nice man... Good to ride with him..
    Andrew
    Australia
  • From $114.70 per night
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 176 reviews
    the location to the Ski and Sky lift was amazing, the Japanese style futon room was comfortable, warm, was quiet and had a great view.
    McCabe
    Japan
  • From $196.27 per night
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 111 reviews
    It was a few min walk from the ski resort and only a 10 min walk from the village. The suite was very comfortable.
    Vasileios
    Greece
  • 7.9
    Scored 7.9
    Good
    Rated good
     · 220 reviews
    Gracious hospitality, free tickets to onsen and rides to and from rentals and main lodge at zao onsen ski resort.
    Landry
    United States of America
  • From $82.33 per night
    8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 210 reviews
    Ryokan Style, Complete facility, Good Location, Nice & Hospitality, Nice view from my room
    Jesdaa
    Thailand
  • From $154.91 per night
    8.8
    Scored 8.8
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 253 reviews
    The hotel location is quiet yet convenient. The facilities and onsens are exceptional 👌
    Robin
    Singapore
  • From $145.80 per night
    8.5
    Scored 8.5
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 265 reviews
    Very good dinner, nice location and very convenient free shuttle from Yamagata station
    Samuele
    Italy
  • From $112.16 per night
    9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 252 reviews
    Nice traditional japanese style room, enjoyed the kotatsu in particular
    Abbas
    Canada
  • From $83.64 per night
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 200 reviews
    totally fine, for a Ski Resort Ryokan but supposed by the price.
    Nathalie
    Japan
  • From $145.80 per night
    8.5
    Scored 8.5
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 265 reviews
    The location is close to the ski resort
    Elaine
    China