Frost Covered Trees of Zao, Yamagata

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Landmark · Tourist Spot
Ride in a comfortable snowmobile on a ropeway, to see Frost Covered Trees of Zao above 1,400 m (4,593 ft). This rare landscape of frost-covered white fir trees forms a legion marching across snowy hills, often against the blazing sun. A truly remarkable spectacle, this layer of snowflake crystals will be a highlight of your winter visit. You can ski through them or rent snowshoes to get a close-up view. A cable car available from Zao Onsen will take you at the highest point of 1,661 m (5,449 ft). Be sure you bring your camera and very warm clothes. Take a look at our Yamagata attractions planning tool to schedule your visit to Frost Covered Trees of Zao and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The Zao Ropeway at the base of the Zao Onsen Ski Resort takes you directly up to the snow covered winter trees. Dress warm, expect shocking cold winds and big line-ups and crowds. On weekends...  more »
  • These snow monsters are a wonder to see. We have skied in many places around the world but have never seen anything like these interesting “monsters” You can access them by the Zao Ropeway which is...  more »
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