Zao Sarukura (Kaminoyama City, Yamagata)

Zao Sarukura
ZAO猿倉 (山形県 上山市)
Planned season: Thursday 22nd December 2016 until mid March 2017
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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 30cm 30cm 1st 130cm 130cm 1st 130cm 100cm
2nd - - 2nd 25cm 30cm 2nd 140cm 130cm 2nd 130cm 100cm
3rd - - 3rd 25cm 25cm 3rd 150cm 130cm 3rd 130cm 100cm
4th - - 4th 25cm 25cm 4th 150cm 130cm 4th 130cm 100cm
5th - - 5th 30cm 25cm 5th 140cm 130cm 5th 130cm 100cm
6th - - 6th 35cm 25cm 6th 130cm 130cm 6th 120cm 90cm
7th - - 7th 35cm 25cm 7th 130cm 130cm 7th 110cm 80cm
8th - - 8th 35cm 30cm 8th 140cm 130cm 8th 110cm 80cm
9th - - 9th 40cm 30cm 9th 140cm 130cm 9th 110cm 80cm
10th - - 10th 40cm 35cm 10th 140cm 130cm 10th 110cm 80cm
11th - - 11th 50cm 35cm 11th 140cm 130cm 11th 110cm 80cm
12th - - 12th 60cm 35cm 12th 150cm 130cm 12th 110cm 80cm
13th - - 13th 80cm 35cm 13th 150cm 130cm 13th 110cm 80cm
14th - - 14th 90cm 45cm 14th 150cm 100cm 14th 110cm 70cm
15th - - 15th 100cm 50cm 15th 150cm 90cm 15th 120cm 70cm
16th - - 16th 120cm 50cm 16th 150cm 90cm 16th 120cm 70cm
17th 40cm - 17th 120cm 50cm 17th 150cm 100cm 17th 120cm 70cm
18th 40cm - 18th 120cm 60cm 18th 140cm 100cm 18th 120cm 60cm
19th 40cm 10cm 19th 130cm 100cm 19th 140cm 100cm 19th 120cm 50cm
20th - 15cm 20th 130cm 105cm 20th 140cm 100cm 20th 120cm 50cm
21st - 15cm 21st 130cm 110cm 21st 140cm 90cm 21st - 50cm
22nd 20cm 10cm 22nd 130cm 110cm 22nd 140cm 90cm 22nd - -
23rd 10cm 10cm 23rd 130cm 110cm 23rd 140cm 90cm 23rd - -
24th 10cm 10cm 24th 140cm 110cm 24th 130cm 95cm 24th - -
25th 20cm 5cm 25th 150cm 120cm 25th 130cm 100cm 25th - -
26th 20cm 10cm 26th 150cm 120cm 26th 130cm 100cm 26th - -
27th 20cm 25cm 27th 150cm 120cm 27th 130cm 100cm 27th - -
28th 25cm 30cm 28th 150cm 120cm 28th 130cm 100cm 28th - -
29th 30cm 30cm 29th 150cm 120cm 29th - 100cm 29th - -
30th 30cm 30cm 30th 130cm 130cm 30th 30th - -
31st 30cm 30cm 31st 140cm 130cm 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 Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Zao Sarukura is open from 8:30am until 5pm during the daytime.

Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.

This ski hill plans to open on 17th and 18th December 2016 for 'pre-open' before opening officially for the season on 22nd December.

Zao Sarukura Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Junior High School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day (until 5pm) 3,500 yen 2,200 yen 2,500 yen
2 Day 6,000 yen 4,000 yen
Morning (open-12pm) 2,000 yen 1,500 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 2,500 yen 1,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen 200 yen
12 Lift Coupons 2,500 yen 1,800 yen
Weekdays (2pm-5pm) 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 50,000 yen 30,000 yen 25,000 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.

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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.

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

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At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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