Zao Sarukura (Kaminoyama City, Yamagata)

Zao Sarukura
ZAO猿倉 (山形県 上山市)
Planned season: Friday 22nd December 2017 until mid March 2018
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Latest report posted at 7:45am on Saturday 17th February 2018
Official snow depth 160cm (0cm) [updated on 17th February 2018]

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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 90cm 30cm 1st 150cm 130cm 1st - 130cm
2nd - - 2nd 90cm 25cm 2nd 150cm 140cm 2nd - 130cm
3rd - - 3rd 100cm 25cm 3rd 150cm 150cm 3rd - 130cm
4th - - 4th 100cm 25cm 4th 150cm 150cm 4th - 130cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 30cm 5th 150cm 140cm 5th - 130cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 35cm 6th 150cm 130cm 6th - 120cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 35cm 7th 150cm 130cm 7th - 110cm
8th - - 8th 100cm 35cm 8th 150cm 140cm 8th - 110cm
9th - - 9th 90cm 40cm 9th 150cm 140cm 9th - 110cm
10th - - 10th 100cm 40cm 10th 150cm 140cm 10th - 110cm
11th - - 11th 110cm 50cm 11th 140cm 140cm 11th - 110cm
12th - - 12th 110cm 60cm 12th 160cm 150cm 12th - 110cm
13th - - 13th 110cm 80cm 13th 160cm 150cm 13th - 110cm
14th - - 14th 110cm 90cm 14th 160cm 150cm 14th - 110cm
15th - - 15th 110cm 100cm 15th 160cm 150cm 15th - 120cm
16th 30cm - 16th 110cm 120cm 16th 160cm 150cm 16th - 120cm
17th 30cm 40cm 17th 100cm 120cm 17th 160cm 150cm 17th - 120cm
18th 30cm 40cm 18th 100cm 120cm 18th - 140cm 18th - 120cm
19th 30cm 40cm 19th 100cm 130cm 19th - 140cm 19th - 120cm
20th 30cm - 20th 100cm 130cm 20th - 140cm 20th - 120cm
21st 30cm - 21st 100cm 130cm 21st - 140cm 21st - -
22nd 40cm 20cm 22nd 100cm 130cm 22nd - 140cm 22nd - -
23rd 40cm 10cm 23rd 110cm 130cm 23rd - 140cm 23rd - -
24th 40cm 10cm 24th 110cm 140cm 24th - 130cm 24th - -
25th 30cm 20cm 25th 120cm 150cm 25th - 130cm 25th - -
26th 30cm 20cm 26th 120cm 150cm 26th - 130cm 26th - -
27th 60cm 20cm 27th 130cm 150cm 27th - 130cm 27th - -
28th 80cm 25cm 28th 140cm 150cm 28th - 130cm 28th - -
29th 80cm 30cm 29th 140cm 150cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 90cm 30cm 30th 150cm 130cm 30th 30th - -
31st 90cm 30cm 31st 150cm 140cm 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 normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm during the daytime.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

Depending on snow conditions, may open on 16th and 17th December 2017 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
Season Ticket 54,000 yen 32,400 yen 27,000 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.

>> More information on the Yamagata Shinkansen train line
More information on the Ou Honsen train line
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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