Zao, Japan Hotels & Ryokan

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Zao Hotels & Ryokan

Le Vert Zao
A quiet Japanese-style hotel which tailors its service to each individual customer. Guests can enjoy staying here all year round — skiing in winter, hiking amongst beautiful alpine plants in summer, or gazing at the changing colors in fall.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 minutes). About 7 minutes on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along National Route 13 for about 40 minutes (15 km), then the Nishi-Zao Kogen Line for about 20 minutes (10 km).
Hotel Lucent Takamiya
This hotel prides itself on its original cuisine which uses the season's wild vegetables. The large baths are named as Hinoki no Yu (a cypress wood bath ), Komorebi no Yu (bath of sunlight), Hagakure no Yu, and sauna. In all there are 4 types to enjoy.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen), East Exit: Take a Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 min). It is about 5 min on foot from there.
Mogami Takayu Zenshichi no Yu
Located on a hill surrounded by larch trees, this is a quiet Japanese-style resort hotel with a 600 tsubo (1,980 square meters) Japanese garden. The hotel offers splendid views. On site are two open-air hot spring baths using 100% natural spring water, a heated water bath, and a private open-air bath.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamagata Kotsu bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at the Zao Onsen Terminal (45 min). About 15 min on foot or 5 min by taxi from there.
Zao Hot Spring Gokan no Yu Tsuruya
Located in front of the bus terminal. Every room offers views of the Zao mountain range, as well as Mount Iide and Mount Asahi in the distance. Guests can soothe both body and spirit in the milky white onsen baths with water drawn directly from the hot spring source.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 minutes). Immediate access from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along Prefectural Route 53 (toll road, standard vehicles are charged 310 JPY) for about 25 minutes (21 km).
Sakaiya Morino-Hotel Wald Berg
Located on a cool plateau, this hotel serves homemade cuisine featuring seasonal ingredients. Guests can enjoy the outdoor bath in summer and the open-air bath in winter - the temperatures of the abundantly flowing hot springs are always perfect for each season.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen), East Exit: Take a Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 min). It is about 15 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along Prefectural Route Nishi-Zao Kogen Line for about 18 km (about 25 min).
Takamiya Hotel Rurikura Resort
This is a new type of resort hotel in Zao, fully equipped with tennis courts, hot springs, and a heated pool open during summer. Guests are sure to have a comfortable and relaxing stay.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen), East Exit: Take a Yamagata Kotsu Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at the Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 min). It is about 5 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along National Route 13 for about 30 km (about 30 min), then Prefectural Route 21 for about 10 km (about 15 min).
Zao Onsen Kinosato
A quiet Japanese-style hotel offering sweeping views of the Zao mountain range. Guests can enjoy special Yamagata seasonal ingredients in the hotel's own original Japanese kaiseki course cuisine.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamagata Kotsu Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 minutes). About 15 minutes on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along Route 13 for about 35 minutes (18 km).
Hotel Jurin
Hotel Jurin has a 360-degree view of Zao and offers 4 types of bath, including a jet bath, open-air bath and a natural hot spring. The hotel also boasts cuisine using the finest natural seasonal ingredients.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen), East Exit: Take a Yamagata Kotsu Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at the Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 min). It is about 15 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along Prefectural Route 53 Nishi-Zao Toll Road for about 17 km (about 30 min).
Matsukaneya Annex
Our high acidity hot spring baths, with 100% natural and never re-circulated water, offer a sweeping view and are very popular with guests. We have various types of baths including an alkali hot spring bath. We serve homemade local cuisine.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (approx. 40 min). About 15 min on foot from there.
Zao Waka no Yado Wakamatsuya
This hotel is located in the upland hot springs resort of Zao and offers you magnificent views of the surrounding area. If you bathe in their 100% natural hot springs, which the famous poet Mokichi Saito admired as a spiritual spring, you will surely be equally inspired.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen), East Exit: Take a Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (approx. 40 min). It is about 3 min on foot from there.
Zao Kokusai Hotel
Relax in "Hachiemon no Yu," built from all wood and with a dynamic high ceiling, including a large communal bath, open-air bath, footbath and reservable private baths. The baths use milky white hot water, constantly flowing directly from the hot spring source, and guests can enjoy to its fullest the great nature of Zao.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 minutes). About 10 minutes on foot, or 3 minutes by taxi from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along Route 13, then the Nishi-Zao Kogen Line for about 30 minutes (20 km). Head towards the Zao Ropeway.
Zao Shiki no Hotel
A fashionable hotel with sunbeams streaming through leaves, and an open-air bath newly opened in autumn, 2004. The walking course around the lake is popular too. In winter, only 3 minutes to the ski site.

Zao Shiki no Hotel Perks!
1. Surrounded by rich nature, this hotel offers guests scenic views every season.
2. Experience bathing in the Hanareyu Hyakuhappo, a natural hot spring bath featuring 100% all-natural flowing hot spring waters.
3. Free access to hot springs in Zao Shiki no Hotel's 2 sister hotels!
4. Guests can soak in hot spring baths even before check-in and after check-out!
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen): 45 min by bus bound for Zao Onsen.
By car: About 20 km from Yamagata Expressway Yamagata-Zao IC.
Hotel Hammond Takamiya
Hotel amenities feature log style bathhouses in the well-known Zao natural hot springs area. You can make yourself comfortable in the well appointed guest rooms and refresh yourself in the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen): Take a bus bound for Zao Onsen to Zao-Onsen Bus Terminal (45 min), and it is 10 min on foot from there.

Shuttle Service Available
About a 5 min ride
**Prior shuttle reservation required.
*Please note that phones at the hotel may not be reachable.
For return shuttle service, please see the hotel front desk in advance.
Oomiya Ryokan
Established 1000 years ago, our Romanesque inn built with a traditional style of construction is on a hill in the hot spring town. Please enjoy fully the milky white hot spring water which comes through a stone wall. This inn features all-tatami mat flooring.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (approx. 40 min). About 4 minutes on foot from there. There is the pickup service from Zao Onsen Bus Terminal.
From Yamagata Airport: About 60 minutes by taxi (approx. JPY 12,800 as of March, 2015).
From the Zao Onsen bus stop (Yamagata Kotsu): About 4 minutes on foot.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at the Yamagatazao IC and continue on Route 13 in the direction of Zao Onsen Bus Terminal.
Meitoya So
Opened after renovations in December 2016. Soak in the large communal bath or open-air bath that flows 100% from the hotel's own source. All rooms non-smoking. Wireless LAN connection available in the entire hotel.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Airport: Take a bus to JR Yamagata Station (about 35 minutes). From JR Yamagata Station, take the bus bound for Zao Onsen (about 38 minutes). The hotel is about 10 minutes on foot or 5 minutes by taxi from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along Route 13 for about 30 minutes (18 km).
Zao Spa Hotel Kiraku
It's only a one minute walk from the hotel to the cable car lift, a convenient way to start your hike in the mountains. Our rustic and charming open-air baths will help your tired body relax.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (approx. 40 min). About 10 min on foot from there.
Ryokan Yoshidaya
Surrounded by the atmosphere of an old hot spring town, this ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) features hot springs straight from the source with three open-air baths within a 2-minute walking distance.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 minutes). About 5 minutes on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along the Nishi-Zao Kogen Line for about 30 minutes (18 km).
Hotel Largent Zao
The hotel features fine French cuisine. Enjoy your stay at this compact hotel with a touch of a Swiss mountain resort.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (approx. 40 min). About 10 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata Zao IC and continue along Route 13 for about 15 minutes (8 km), then Prefectural Route 21 for about 18 minutes (10 km) towards Zao Spa Big Open-air Bath "Dai-Roten-Buro".
Hotel Oakhill
Located on a hill in a natural beech forest, this Japanese-style resort hotel features open-air hot spring baths, crafted from cypress and stone, using hot spring water constantly flowing directly from the source. Guests love the great views from the hotel's guest rooms and promenade.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen) East Exit: Take the Yamako Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (about 40 minutes). About 10 minutes on foot, or 2 minutes by taxi from there.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagata-Zao IC and continue along Prefectural Route Nishi-Zao Kogen Line for about 15 minutes (15 km), then Prefectural Route 21 for about 3 minutes (3 km). Head towards Zao Gymnasium.
Kokuminshukusha Ryuzanso
While this is a modest hotel run by the local government, it serves satisfying hand prepared dishes. Enjoy the 100% natural hot spring baths poured directly from the source which are said to have a beautifying effect on the skin. Just 5 minutes on foot to the ski slopes.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Ou Main Line, Yamagata Shinkansen): About 40 min by taxi. Or take the Yamagata Kotsu Bus bound for Zao Onsen and get off at Zao Onsen Bus Terminal (approx. 45 min.). About 5 min on foot from there.
By Car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at the Yamagata-Zao IC and continue for about 30 minutes.
From Yamagata Airport: Take a bus to Yamagata Station and switch to another bus bound for Zao Onsen.
Zao Plaza Hotel
Standing on the hills of Zao, this lodging offers a view overlooking the Zao area. It's just 100 steps to Zao Onsen Ski Resort's Uwanodai Slopes and the Zao Sky Cable. Winter in Zao means snow monster trees! The lodging operates a shuttle to the Zao Ropeway that goes up to see them! The lodging's special hot spring features water flowing directly from the hot spring source and is available for bathing 24 hours a day! Zao Onsen is particularly effective for skin diseases, and is also loved for its skin beautifying effects. Taking a soak in the waters will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. There are also open-air baths where guests can enjoy the scenery of every passing season, such as the cherry blossoms in spring, the humming of the cicadas in summer, the colored leaves of autumn, and the falling snow in winter.
How to get there?
From Yamagata Station (JR Yamagata Shinkansen): About 30 min by car or 45 min by bus.
From Zao Onsen Bus Terminal: About 8 min on foot.
*A car pick-up service is available. After arriving at Zao Onsen bus terminal, please call the hotel.
By car: Exit the Yamagata Expressway at Yamagatazao IC.

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