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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. The property is located just a minute's walk from Shinzaemon No Yu, a hot spring bath complex. Free parking is available, and Zao Ropeway is just 1 minute on foot. From Puutaro Pension it’s a 3-minute walk to the Chuo Ropeway. The property is an 8-minute walk from Zao Bus Terminal, which connects to JR Yamagata Station in 45 minutes. Okama Lake can be visited a 40-minute drive away. Rooms have a tatami (woven-straw) floor, on which traditional futon bedding is spread to sleep in. Amenities include a TV, a fridge and air conditioning/heating. Yukata robes are provided, while toilets and bathrooms are shared. A Western breakfast is served at the dining room between 07:30 and 08:30. Dinner time is from 18:30, and from 19:30 at the latest.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

Pension Puutaro has been welcoming guests since 10 Oct 2013.

Property highlights

Situated in the best rated area in Zao Onsen, this property has an excellent location score of 9.5

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Room type
2 single beds
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Zao Onsen
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  • Stevie
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    This is a fairly simple guest house, but the host is absolutely wonderful. We could not have been looked after better, and this made it our favourite place to stay during a 2 week trip through Japan. We didn't dine there in the evening (we had...
  • Chienhui
    The place is just in front of the ropeway so it’s very convenient. The staff was very friendly and nice. The room is pretty big.
  • Karen
    The host Keiko-san made us all feel really welcomed. Dinner was very satisfying, particularly the butter - I will never forget the distinctive taste. It was so good that many of us wanted more bread to eat with that butter. Also dessert was...
  • Siu
    Hong KongHong Kong
    As well as having a separate entrance to the dry room, the location is very close to the ski slopes.
  • Bernard
    Clean and quiet room, slept extremely well and even came back for more rest in the room after walking around zao mountain.
  • Jessica
    Cosy little pension located right in front of the slopes and near the gondola which takes you to the top where the Zao monsters are. We paid for dinner for one of the nights and loved it. Breakfast was also a treat.
  • Tejas
    1. Very convenient Location for skiing spots and popular Onsens. 2. Just 10mins from Bus Terminal 3. Rooms are Cosy and heating arrangements during strong winter is good
  • Alisa
    Big and clean room for a good price, friendly receptionist, dryer room for equipment and cloth. It was a little bit cold in the room, but futon was very warm, so I had a good sleep! There is a rental near the hotel where you can get a...
  • Nancy
    Very friendly and helpful host, amazing location right near the ropeway and easy walking distance to other places in town. Highly recommended!
  • Al
    The staff was very helpful. She gave us advice and discount coupons for different places around Zao. The bedding was also nice and comfortable considering we reserved a Tatami room.

Property questions and answers
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  • hot spring in the hotel?

    館内のお風呂は、温泉ではありません。 徒歩2分から日帰り温泉施設がございます。
    Answered on 30 July 2023
  • May I ask if you've opened the booking for 2024 February? We stayed at your hotel in 2023 and would like to come back.

    ご質問ありがとうございます。昨年のご滞在に感謝します。只今 キャンセル不可のプランの売り出しが始まりました。ご検討くださいませ。ご予約お待ち申し上げますよう
    Answered on 30 July 2023
  • Type room Standard Twin room : Can we stay for 3 persons ?

    Answered on 30 July 2023
  • Hi, could we know that is there any facilities or service for our laundry in the hotel? Since we have multiple days trip and it should be an issue, thanks.

    ランドリーのサービスはありません。 2泊以上のお客様には 無料で洗濯機の貸し出しを行なっております。ただし お客様専用ではありません。
    Answered on 30 July 2023
  • Japanese-Style Room with Shared Bathroom - Non-Smoking 4 futon beds = 4 bed? Can one room fit 2 adults and 2 kids?

    布団4人分  ご利用可能です。  しかし 部屋は布団でいっぱいになります。
    Answered on 30 July 2023
  • If we make a booking with your hotel, is it possible to assist us in booking a transfer to Ginzan Onsen for day trip (e.g. from Oishida Station)? If s..

    Answered on 30 July 2023
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Property surroundings *

1 restaurant on site

  • レストラン #1

    No additional info available

Facilities of Pension Puutaro
Great facilities! Review score, 8.7

Most popular facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Towels
  • Slippers
  • Shared toilet
  • Hairdryer
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Ski-to-door access
  • Ski pass vendor
  • Ski storage
  • Horse riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruits
    Additional charge
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Luggage storage
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Soundproofing
  • Fan
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • Japanese

House rules

Pension Puutaro takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 15:00 to 21:00


Until 10:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 3 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

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Smoking is not allowed.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Please note that restaurants around the area are limited and may close early in the evening. Dining options may be difficult to find after 19:00.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please ensure that you are only booking this property following the local government guidelines of the destination, including but not limited to the purpose of travel, and maximum allowed group size.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property currently isn't accepting guests from certain countries, during dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

It is not possible to stay at this property for Coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine purposes.

Please inform Pension Puutaro in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Guests must check in by 19:30 to eat dinner at this property. Guests who check in after this time may not be served dinner, and no refund will be given.

License number: 2751, 指令山保第」2751号, 指令山保第2751号

FAQs about Pension Puutaro

  • The prices at Pension Puutaro may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Room options at Pension Puutaro include:

    • Twin
    • Family
    • Quadruple

  • Pension Puutaro offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Skiing
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Horse riding

  • Pension Puutaro has 1 restaurant:

    • レストラン #1

  • Check-in at Pension Puutaro is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • Guests staying at Pension Puutaro can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • American

  • Pension Puutaro is 400 yards from the centre of Zao Onsen. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.