Zao Liza World (Kaminoyama City, Yamagata)

Zao Liza World
(山形県 上山市)
Planned season: Friday 13th December 2019 until Sunday 5th April 2020
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Zao Liza World resort is located in Kaminoyama city, to the south east of central Yamagata city and just to the south of the famous Zao Onsen resort and to the east of Zao Sarukura. There is a cross country course at Zao Liza World. During the winter months Echo Line to the east of Zao Liza World is blocked off but is a popular tourist round during the summer season, connecting Yamagata with Miyagi Prefecture.

Yamagata Prefecture is located in the south-west part of Tohoku with the west coast facing the Sea of Japan. The boundaries of Yamagata Prefecture are all mountainous with Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture to the south, Akita Prefecture to the north and Miyagi Prefecture to the east. The ski and snowboard ski hills in Yamagata range from very small one-lift local hills to the biggest individual ski resort in Japan (Zao Onsen) and are spread across the Prefecture.

The Mountain

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Zao Liza World Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 20cm 110cm 1st 75cm 140cm 1st 80cm 105cm
2nd - - 2nd 20cm 110cm 2nd 75cm 150cm 2nd 80cm 105cm
3rd - - 3rd 20cm 110cm 3rd 75cm 150cm 3rd 80cm 105cm
4th - - 4th 20cm 110cm 4th 80cm 150cm 4th 80cm 105cm
5th - - 5th 25cm 110cm 5th 80cm 130cm 5th 80cm 105cm
6th - - 6th 30cm 110cm 6th 100cm 120cm 6th 90cm 100cm
7th - - 7th 30cm 110cm 7th 100cm 120cm 7th 90cm 100cm
8th - - 8th 25cm 110cm 8th 95cm 120cm 8th 90cm 105cm
9th - - 9th 20cm 110cm 9th 100cm 120cm 9th 80cm 105cm
10th - - 10th 30cm 110cm 10th 100cm 120cm 10th 70cm 105cm
11th - - 11th 30cm 110cm 11th 105cm 120cm 11th 50cm 100cm
12th - - 12th 30cm 110cm 12th 105cm 120cm 12th 50cm 100cm
13th 20cm - 13th 30cm 110cm 13th 90cm 125cm 13th 50cm 100cm
14th 20cm - 14th 30cm 100cm 14th 90cm 125cm 14th 40cm 110cm
15th 25cm - 15th 30cm 100cm 15th 75cm 125cm 15th 40cm 110cm
16th 25cm 30cm 16th 40cm 110cm 16th 75cm 125cm 16th 40cm 110cm
17th 25cm - 17th 40cm 110cm 17th 60cm 125cm 17th 45cm 110cm
18th 10cm - 18th 40cm 115cm 18th 60cm 125cm 18th 60cm 110cm
19th 10cm - 19th 40cm 115cm 19th 75cm 125cm 19th 60cm 110cm
20th 10cm - 20th 60cm 115cm 20th 75cm 115cm 20th 40cm 100cm
21st 15cm 50cm 21st 65cm 115cm 21st 75cm 110cm 21st 40cm 100cm
22nd 10cm 50cm 22nd 75cm 115cm 22nd 70cm 110cm 22nd 35cm 95cm
23rd 10cm 50cm 23rd 75cm 115cm 23rd 75cm 110cm 23rd 35cm 95cm
24th 15cm 50cm 24th 70cm 125cm 24th 90cm 110cm 24th 35cm 95cm
25th 20cm 50cm 25th 70cm 135cm 25th 90cm 105cm 25th 35cm 95cm
26th 20cm 50cm 26th 70cm 135cm 26th 80cm 105cm 26th 40cm 90cm
27th 15cm 50cm 27th 70cm 135cm 27th 80cm 105cm 27th 40cm 90cm
28th 20cm 70cm 28th 70cm 135cm 28th 80cm 105cm 28th 30cm 100cm
29th 20cm 90cm 29th 70cm 140cm 29th 80cm - 29th 35cm 100cm
30th 20cm 110cm 30th 75cm 140cm 30th 30th - 95cm
31st 15cm 110cm 31st 75cm 140cm 31st 31st - 95cm

Previous Statistics

Zao Liza World Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Zao Liza World. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are a number of childrens activities available at Zao Liza World including sledging and special kids lessons.

There is a nursery facility called 'Kinderland Heidi'. Reservations are required and charges apply. 
Park Information
Park information

Zao Liza World Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Zao Liza World is normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm until 17th January 2020, after which it is open until 4:30pm.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Zao Liza World Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 3,700 yen 2,400 yen 3,200 yen
5 Hours 3,500 yen 2,300 yen
4 Hours 3,300 yen 2,100 yen
3 Hours 3,100 yen 1,900 yen
2 Days 6,400 yen 4,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 350 yen 200 yen
Multiple Coupons 3,700 yen 2,200 yen
Season Ticket 31,000 yen 11,000 yen 16,000 yen 26,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

The hourly tickets are valid from the time of purchase.

Tickets valid for 2 adults and 2 children are 12,300 yen.
Tickets valid for 2 adults and 1 child are 10,200 yen.
Tickets valid for 1 adult and 2 children are 9,200 yen.
Tickets valid for 1 adult and 1 child are 7,000 yen.

The above family tickets include food vouchers for 800 yen.

Children's Day is on the following dates when a child ticket is 1,100 yen and includes a soft drink

13th, 18th, 19th January 2020
1st, 2nd, 15th, 16th, 29th February 2020
1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th March 2020

Senior Day is most Mondays and Fridays when a one day ticket for seniors is 2,700 yen.

Getting to Zao Liza World

By public transport
25.9km from Yamagata Station on the Yamagata Shinkansen line
18.4km from Kaminoyama Onsen Station on the Ou Honsen Line
25.9km from Yamagata Station on the Ou Honsen Line
Transport Information
Zao Liza World is just over 18km from Kaminoyama Onsen Station on the Yamagata Shinkansen line.

>> More information on the Yamagata Shinkansen train line
>> More information on the Ou Honsen train line
The shuttle bus (or a taxi)takes about 30-40 minutes from Kaminoyama Onsen Station.
By Car
18.1km from the Yamagata Kaminoyama IC on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway
27.3km from the Yamagata Zao IC on the Yamagata Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 13 (15.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 12
Those travelling by car from the Sendai or Tokyo regions will likely arrive via the Tohoku Expressway and then onto the Yamagata Expressway, coming off at the Yamagata Zao IC which is about 27km from Zao Liza World. To get to Zao Liza World from the main Route 13, use Prefecture Road 12 (also known as Echo Lone). The resort is about 15km from Route 13.

>> More information on Yamagata Expressway
There is parking for 1300 vehicles close to the base of Zao Liza World. Parking is free every day of the season.

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(Updated 24th September)

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