Zao Sarukura (Kaminoyama City, Yamagata)

Zao Sarukura
(山形県 上山市)
Planned season: Friday 21st December 2018 until Sunday 17th March 2019
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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.

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 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
1st - - 1st - 80cm 1st - 120cm 1st - 85cm
2nd - - 2nd - 80cm 2nd - 120cm 2nd - 85cm
3rd - - 3rd - 80cm 3rd - 120cm 3rd - 85cm
4th - - 4th - 80cm 4th - 100cm 4th - 85cm
5th - - 5th - 80cm 5th - 100cm 5th - 80cm
6th - - 6th - 90cm 6th - 100cm 6th - 80cm
7th - - 7th - 90cm 7th - 100cm 7th - 80cm
8th - - 8th - 90cm 8th - 100cm 8th - 80cm
9th - - 9th - 100cm 9th - 110cm 9th - 80cm
10th - - 10th - 100cm 10th - 110cm 10th - 70cm
11th - - 11th - 100cm 11th - 110cm 11th - 65cm
12th - - 12th - 100cm 12th - 110cm 12th - 65cm
13th - - 13th - 100cm 13th - 110cm 13th - 65cm
14th - - 14th - 100cm 14th - 110cm 14th - 70cm
15th - 30cm 15th - 100cm 15th - 110cm 15th - 80cm
16th - 30cm 16th - 100cm 16th - 110cm 16th - 80cm
17th - 30cm 17th - 100cm 17th - 110cm 17th - 80cm
18th - - 18th - 100cm 18th - 110cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 110cm 19th - 110cm 19th - -
20th - 40cm 20th - 110cm 20th - 100cm 20th - -
21st - 40cm 21st - 110cm 21st - 100cm 21st - -
22nd - 40cm 22nd - 110cm 22nd - 100cm 22nd - -
23rd - 30cm 23rd - 110cm 23rd - 100cm 23rd - -
24th - 30cm 24th - 120cm 24th - 90cm 24th - -
25th - 30cm 25th - 120cm 25th - 90cm 25th - -
26th - 30cm 26th - 120cm 26th - 90cm 26th - -
27th - 30cm 27th - 120cm 27th - 90cm 27th - -
28th - 60cm 28th - 120cm 28th - 90cm 28th - -
29th - 70cm 29th - 120cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 80cm 30th - 120cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 80cm 31st - 120cm 31st 31st - -

Zao Sarukura Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Zao Sarukura. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Ski equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children - but 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
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'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.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on certain days (usually Sundays). Sometimes it is only at night for private reservation (it costs 108,000 yen).

Depending on snow conditions, the resort may open before 21st December as a 'pre-open' event.

Zao Sarukura Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Junior High School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day (until 5pm) 3,780 yen 2,370 yen 2,700 yen
2 Day 6,480 yen 4,320 yen
Morning (open-12pm) 2,160 yen 1,620 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 2,700 yen 1,940 yen
1 Lift Coupon 320 yen 210 yen
12 Lift Coupons 2,700 yen 1,940 yen
Weekdays (2pm-5pm) 1,080 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 2,700 yen 2,160 yen
Season Ticket 54,000 yen 32,400 yen
Lift Ticket Information A '10 day' season ticket (10 one day tickets) costs 25,000 yen (adult) and 18,000 yen (child).

A weekday ticket valid from 2pm until 5pm is 1,000 yen.

Getting to Zao Sarukura

By public transport
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
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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A free shuttle bus operates from Kaminoyama Onsen Station and takes about 20 minutes to get to Zao Sarukura.
By 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
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 hill 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

There are two free car parks for a total of 350 vehicles at the base of Zao Sarukura.

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