Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival

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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 consistently 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 you're keen to join.

The Plan

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.
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.
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
  • Trip leaders for the whole weekend
  • Chance to hang out with a fun group of snow loving folks!
  • 10% sales tax included in price


Helmet (+2000/day)
Ski Set (Skis, Poles, Boots) (+3000/day)
Ski Boots Only (+2500/day)
Skis & Poles Only (+2500/day)
Snow Gloves (+500/day)
Snow Goggles (+500/day)
Snowboard & Bindings Only (+2500/day)
Snowboard Set (Board, Boots, Bindings) (+3000/day)
Snowboard Boots Only (+2500/day)
Wear Set (Jacket & Pants) (+3000/day)
Snow Pants Only (+2500/day)
Snow Jacket Only (+2500/day)

Dates & Availability

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