Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival

Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival

2018 Feb 2 ~ 4 (Weekend) @ Yamagata

  • Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival 1
  • Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival 2
  • Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival 3

This Trip Features:

* Two days and two nights in the peak winter snow
* Snow Monster Festival and light up event
* Fireworks and night ski/snowboard show
* Big resort with a 10km long ski run!
* Ski-in ski-out hotel - 15sec to the lifts and festival!
* Excellent outdoor onsen short walk from hotel
* Group party/drinks on the Sat. night

Snow Monster festival at the massive Zao Onsen Ski Resort! The festival features the snow monster illuminations, a fireworks show, ice sculptures and more.

Zao Onsen is a huge ski resort featuring 4 gondolas, 41 lifts and a super long 10km course stretching from one side of the mountain to the other! There is a large variety of courses perfect for beginners, intermediates and experts. The location of the resort means that Zao receives massive snowfalls each year. The consitstently great pow and the sheer size and number of courses of the resort make it a must visit.

The snow monsters themselves are a stunning natural spectacle and its an amazing feeling skiing/boarding through their towering icy glare. This is one of our most popular trips of the season and always books out well in advance so get in quick if youre keen to join.

Photos from previous Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival trips (click to enlarge):


2018 Feb 2 (Friday)

19:00 Meet in Shinjuku. All aboard the TSC Bus! Watch movies, chat with old and new friends, and get excited! Stop to stretch and grab dinner along the way. 1:00am approx. Arrive in Zao Onsen and check into the Hotel. Have a late night onsen and/or sleep.

2018 Feb 3 (Saturday)

7:30 ~ 8:00 Breakfast in the hotel restaurant 8:00 ~ 17:00 Head out onto the slopes! Get out there early and Ski / Snowboard all day - bring your camera and get some snow monster photos! 17:00 ~ 18:00 Soak in the hotel or nearby onsens. Relax with a cold drink 18:00 ~ 19:00 Dinner in the hotel restaurant. 19:00 ~ late Snow Monster Festival! Head out to the Snow Monster Night light-up (optional). Check out the ski/snowboard jump show and fireworks. Group party afterwards.

2018 Feb 4 (Sunday)

7:30 Breakfast in the hotel restaurant 8:30 ~ 14:00 Check out.Skiing / Snowboarding at Zao Onsen followed by a soak in the onsen 14:30 ~ 21:00 approx. Board the bus for the trip back to Tokyo. Arrive back in Shinjuku with some great photos and memories - Remember to swap contact details with the people you met!!


Round trip private bus from Tokyo to Zao Onsen, Yamagata Two nights accommodation: ski-in ski-out hotel, 15 seconds from lifts and festival Breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday Mornings Dinner on Saturday night One lift pass for Saturday for use at all areas of Zao Onsen. Free beginner ski or snowboard lessons on Saturday morning with qualified English speaking ski instructors Travel and ski insurance for the whole weekend Town and Ski Resort course guide maps Chance to hang out with a fun group of snow loving folks!
Total Cost : 32000 yen


Rental Skis, Poles, Boots Set (+2500yen per day)
Rental Snowboard, Bindings, Boots Set (+2500yen per day)
Rental Snow Jacket and Pants Set (+2500yen per day)
Rental Snow Goggles (+500yen per day)
Rental Snow Gloves (+500yen per day)


Free snowboard and/or ski lessons (9:30am Saturday) Extra Lift Pass for Sunday +4500yen (adv. price - normally 4800yen) Intermediate ski or snowboard lessons (from 3000yen - payable directly to the instructor on the day. Lessons scheduled during the bus trip)
Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival 4