Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival

Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival

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 Snow Monster Festival - Japan

Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival


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.
01:00am approx.:
Arrive in Zao Onsen and check into the Hotel. Have a late night onsen and/or sleep.
07:30 ~ 08:00:
Breakfast in the hotel restaurant
08:00 ~ 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
08:30 ~ 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!!


Trip Reviews

Great trip!

Erika 1 - 2023-02-21

Excellent trip as per usual! The snow was great, I got to meet wonderful friends and we had lots of fun activities there.

Quang - 2023-02-10

Zao Onsen is amazing! The view is incredible, going all the way to the top I was speechless. And as always, TSC know how to have a fun night after a day hitting the slopes.

Roi - 2023-02-07

An amazing trip where I met tons of new people and learned to snowboard! Cannot wait for the next trip!

Vish - 2023-02-08

This is my first trip with tokyo snow club and I had a great experience. Something happened related room upon checked in but the TL keiji-san took care straight away. Beside that everything was well arranged. Can't wait for next trip

Andika - 2023-02-08

One of the best trips this season. Awsome snow condition and warm people. I made a bunch of new friends this trip! The guides did a very good job organizing a trip that makes everybody feel included.

Sushi - 2022-03-17

Best powder snow ever in two winter seasons! I have never seen this much fatty snow monsters. The view from the lift near the top was absolutely amazing. Leader has lots of information about the slopes and where to grab a delicious lunch and dinner. (Yum yum) Zao onsengai is an another world. I felt like I was in “Sen to Chihiro” movie. I’m already looking forward to coming back to Zao next year. Hopefully with fireworks. Thanks to all the friendly Tokyo Snow Club staff to make our trip so much fun!

Miki Lindell - 2022-02-17

It was a very nice trip, well organized, the accommodation was in a great location and everyone very friendly! Thank you :)

Francesca - 2022-02-15

The Zao onsen trip was a lot of fun. Very powdery weekend! The trip leader, Keiji was nice and informative as well on the pointers during the trip. However, it seems that the state of emergency was not taken into account into the plan and dinner in the bus going to the resort was not done properly. Also, no proper socials or get together in the group as well (cancelled due to coronavirus as well so totally understood)

Jao - 2022-02-08

This weekend was really good, full of nice people and well organized.

Christophe - 2022-02-10