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Zao overview

Zao is known for its hot springs, historical sites, and museums. You'll enjoy winter fun such as skiing. Take in some of the area's local culture at Yajiro Kokeshi Village and Shiraishi Doll Warehouse. Head to Zao Dairy Farm and Sumikawa Snow Park to make some memories. Whatever you're into, Zao has something for you.

Where to stay in Zao

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, Zao can comfortably accommodate all visitors. There are 63 hotels in the Zao area, some with discounts of up to 15%.
  • • 2 2-star hotels with an average price of $13 per night
  • • 43 3-star hotels with an average price of $31 per night
  • • 14 4-star hotels with an average price of $33 per night
  • • 2 5-star hotels with an average price of $149 per night

Here are the top hotels based on 1973 user reviews of Zao hotels:
  • • CHIKUSENSO Mt.Zao Onsen Resort&Spa
  • • Miyagi Zao Royal Hotel
  • • Laforet ZAO Resort & Spa
  • • Sansatei

How to get to Zao

Fly in to Sendai (SDJ), 18.6 mi (30 km) from downtown Zao. Yamagata (GAJ) is the next closest major airport, 24.3 mi (39 km) away.

What to see around Zao

Fun outdoor activities are on hand along with these attractions:
  • • Sumikawa Snow Park
  • • Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park
  • • Zao Sanroku Ropeway
  • • Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort
  • • Zao Chuo Ropeway
A top draw is the area's museums, as well as places like:
  • • Yajiro Kokeshi Village
  • • Shiraishi Doll Warehouse
  • • Sendai Kaleidoscope Museum
  • • Sendai City Jomon Site Park
  • • Yamadera Goto Museum of Art
It's recognized for its hot springs, and top places for nature lovers include:
  • • Mt. Fubosan
  • • Mt. Goshikidake
  • • Okama Crater
  • • Lake Choro
  • • Lake Kamafusa Dam
Here are some favorite choices:
  • • Zao Dairy Farm
  • • Takimidai Lookout
  • • Shiroishi Castle
  • • Sumaru House
  • • Sportsland SUGO

When to visit Zao

Curious about when's the best time to visit? Here are the seasonal norms to help with your planning:

Seasonal temperature averages
  • • January-March: 53°F day, 26°F night
  • • April-June: 75°F day, 36°F night
  • • July-September: 83°F day, 56°F night
  • • October-December: 71°F day, 29°F night
Seasonal rainfall averages
  • • January-March: 6.3 inches
  • • April-June: 13.3 inches
  • • July-September: 19.6 inches
  • • October-December: 8.3 inches