Miyagi Zao Eboshi is located just to the north-east of the peaks of Ushiroeboshidake and Zeneboshidake in Zao town in the south-western region of Miyagi Prefecture. The Togatta Onsen hot spring area is nearby.
It seems like a local group of cute penguins from an aquarium in Sendai come for a bit of a walk around a few times in the season! The event is cunningly called 'Penguin Walk in EBOSHI'.
Miyagi Prefecture is in the Tohoku region on the north eastern region of the main island of Honshu with a long Pacific coast and bordered with Iwate to the north, Yamagata to the west and Fukushima to the south. The ski hills in Miyagi Prefecture can be found in the mountainous regions stretching from the north to south of the western region of the prefecture.
Miyagi Zao Eboshi Snow Depth Statistics
Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Miyagi Zao Eboshi.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Kids Park' is located by the base of the resort and costs 800 yen to enter (adults 300 yen). Apparently, it is going to be bigger than ever for the 2018-2019 season. Open from 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekends, holidays and over New Year. Sledge rental is available for 500 yen.
Some penguins from an aquarium in Sendai will visit the resort on Sunday 16th December (and sometime in February too). Not many ski-jo can boast that!
The 'Ishiko Park' is located by the Ishiko course and bottom of the Ishiko Number 2 lift.
Miyagi Zao Eboshi Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Late November until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 10:00pm
Normally open from 9:00am until 8:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Miyagi Zao Eboshi is normally open from 9:00am on weekdays and from 8:30am on weekends and holidays.
Nighta is officially from 4:00pm, mostly on Mondays, Wednesdays and weekends and holidays - and usually until 10:00pm (and until 8:00pm on Sundays). It's a bit complicated, so do check with official sources if you are planning on going for nighta!
Miyagi Zao Eboshi Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
High School age
60 years & over
1 Lift Coupon
6 Lift Coupons
11 Lift Coupons
Gondola (one way)
Nighta (from 4pm)
The 8 Hour ticket is valid for eight hours from the time of purchase. The 6 Hour ticket is valid for six hours from the time of purchase. The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from the time of purchase.
A number of Family tickets are available including a 6 hour ticket and 900 yen worth lunch voucher.
1 adult and 1 child - 7,400 yen 1 adult and 2 children - 9,600 yen 2 adults and 1 child - 11,700 yen 2 adults and 2 children - 13,900 yen
Children's Day is on the following dates when elementary and junior high school age children can buy a one-day lift ticket for 1,500 yen:
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 2018 Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2019 Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019 Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2019
Ladies Day is on the following dates when ladies can buy an 8 hour lift ticket for 3,500 yen:
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th December 2018 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th January 2019 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th February 2019 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March 2019
Getting to Miyagi Zao Eboshi
By public transport
25.5km from Shiroishi Zao Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
24.5km from Shiroishi Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Miyagi Zao Eboshi is about 25km from both the Shiroishi Station and Shiroishi Zao Station.
A free early morning shuttle bus is available from Gozain Hall in Zao Town (40 minutes) and Togatta Onsen (20 minutes) between Saturday 22nd December 2018 and Sunday 24th March 2019. A bus leaves Gozain Hall at 7:15am and 8:40am.
19.5km from the Miyagi Kawasaki IC on the Yamagata Expressway
21.5km from the Shiroishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
21.8km from the Murata IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 457 (5.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 12
Miyagi Zao Eboshi is accessible from exits on both the Tohoku Expressway and Yamagata Expressway.
It is less than 6km off Route 457 by the Togatta Onsen area.
The 2018-2019 winter season is approaching! Hurray!
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