Zao Sarukura (Kaminoyama City, Yamagata)

Zao Sarukura
ZAO猿倉
(山形県 上山市)
Planned season: Friday 25th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021
Special 'pre-open' planned for 19th-20th December 2020
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Zao Sarukura is a skiers-only ski hill, located to the south-east of Yamagata city in the south-eastern region Yamagata Prefecture. It is part of Kaminoyama city. The ski hill is less than 10km to the south of the larger and more famous Zao Onsen and just by the Echo Line road. Zao Liza World is also close by, to the east a little further along Echo Line. Zao Sarukura first opened in 1977.

One additional artificial snow making machine is being installed for the 2020-2021 season.

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

885m
180m
705m
37"
6
700m
2
20%
50%
30%
Skiers
100%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
0%
0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Zao Sarukura is a skiing-only resort (snowboarding is not allowed)

Zao Sarukura Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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19/20
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20/21
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20/21
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19/20
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1st - - 1st 75cm 20cm 1st 130cm 40cm 1st 100cm 65cm
2nd - - 2nd 80cm 20cm 2nd 110cm 45cm 2nd 90cm 65cm
3rd - - 3rd 80cm 20cm 3rd 110cm 45cm 3rd 90cm 65cm
4th - - 4th 90cm 25cm 4th 120cm 50cm 4th 80cm 65cm
5th - - 5th 90cm 25cm 5th 120cm 50cm 5th 80cm 65cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 25cm 6th 120cm 70cm 6th 70cm 70cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 25cm 7th 120cm 70cm 7th 70cm 70cm
8th - - 8th 110cm 25cm 8th 120cm 70cm 8th 70cm 60cm
9th - - 9th 110cm 20cm 9th 120cm 70cm 9th 70cm -
10th - - 10th 110cm 25cm 10th 120cm 70cm 10th 60cm -
11th - - 11th 110cm 25cm 11th 120cm 80cm 11th 60cm -
12th - - 12th 110cm 25cm 12th 120cm 80cm 12th 50cm -
13th - - 13th 110cm 25cm 13th 120cm 80cm 13th 50cm -
14th - - 14th 110cm 25cm 14th 120cm 70cm 14th 50cm -
15th - - 15th 110cm 25cm 15th 110cm 65cm 15th - -
16th - - 16th 110cm 25cm 16th 100cm 60cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th 100cm 25cm 17th 100cm 50cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th 100cm 30cm 18th 110cm 50cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th 130cm 30cm 19th 110cm 70cm 19th - -
20th - 0cm 20th 120cm 35cm 20th 110cm 70cm 20th - -
21st - 5cm 21st 120cm 50cm 21st 110cm 70cm 21st - -
22nd 70cm 0cm 22nd 120cm 50cm 22nd 100cm 70cm 22nd - -
23rd 70cm - 23rd 110cm 50cm 23rd 100cm 70cm 23rd - -
24th 70cm - 24th 110cm 45cm 24th 100cm 80cm 24th - -
25th 70cm 10cm 25th 110cm 45cm 25th 100cm 70cm 25th - -
26th 70cm 10cm 26th 110cm 50cm 26th 100cm 70cm 26th - -
27th 70cm 0cm 27th 100cm 50cm 27th 100cm 70cm 27th - -
28th 60cm 15cm 28th 90cm 50cm 28th 100cm 70cm 28th - -
29th 60cm 20cm 29th 100cm 50cm 29th - 70cm 29th - -
30th 60cm 20cm 30th 120cm 40cm 30th 30th - -
31st 75cm 20cm 31st 130cm 40cm 31st 31st - -

Zao Sarukura Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Zao Sarukura. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Ski equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no specific facilities for children but the resort plays on the 'skiers-only' aspect to appeal to young families. Look out for some human-sized skiing 'monkeys' from time to time!


 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Zao Sarukura Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Zao Sarukura is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm during the daytime.

Night skiing is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on certain days. Sometimes it is only open at night for private reservation (which costs 110,000 yen).

Depending on snow conditions, the ski area plans to open on 19th and 20th December 2020 as a special 'pre-open' event.

Zao Sarukura Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Junior High School age & under
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day (until 5pm) 3,800 yen 2,500 yen 2,800 yen
2 Day 7,000 yen 4,500 yen
Morning (open-12pm) 2,500 yen 1,800 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,000 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 350 yen 250 yen
12 Lift Coupons 3,000 yen 2,000 yen
Weekdays (2pm-5pm) 1,200 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 3,000 yen 2,500 yen
Season 10 Days 30,000 yen 20,000 yen
Season Ticket (individual) 33,000 yen 22,000 yen 27,000 yen
Season Ticket (anyone) 55,000 yen 33,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

1 day family pack tickets are available:

2 adults + 2 children = 11,600 yen
2 adults + 1 child = 10,000 yen
1 adult + 2 children = 9,000 yen

Getting to Zao Sarukura

By public transport
Train
Train
19.5km from Kaminoyama Onsen Station on the Yamagata Shinkansen line
12.1km from Kaminoyama Onsen Station on the Ou Honsen Line
19.5km from Yamagata Station on the Ou Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
Zao Sarukura is just over 12km from Kaminoyama Onsen Station on the Ou Honsen line and Yamagata Shinkansen line.

>> More information on the Yamagata Shinkansen train line
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More information on the Ou Honsen train line
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus operates from Kaminoyama Onsen Station and takes about 20 minutes to get to Zao Sarukura.
By Car
Car
11.9km from the Yamagata Kaminoyama IC on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway
20.9km from the Yamagata Zao IC on the Yamagata Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 13 (8.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 12
Direction
Direction
Zao Sarukura is about 12km from the Yamagata Kaminoyama IC exit of the Tohoku Chuo Expressway.

People travelling by car from the Sendai or Tokyo regions will usually arrive via the Tohoku Expressway and then onto the Yamagata Expressway, coming off at the Yamagata Zao IC which is about 21km from the resort.

To get to Zao Sarukura from the main Route 13, use Prefecture Road 12 (also known as Echo Lone).

The ski area is just under 10km from Route 13 and located just by the side of the Echo Line road.

Close by the Prefecture Road 53 (Zao Line) connects Zao Sarukura with Zao Onsen.

>> More information on Yamagata Expressway

About 20 minutes from Kaminoyama city.
Parking
Parking
There are two free car parks for a total of 350 vehicles at the base of Zao Sarukura.

More Information

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Address
Address
Zao 2843-1
Kaminoyama-shi
Yamagata-ken
999-3113
Telephone
Telephone
023-679-2211
2020-2021 UPDATES
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