TOP 10 Yamagata Hotels

1




4.7/5
Outstanding
7 Reviews
951-1 Zaoonsen, Yamagata, Japan
"The ryokan is close to both the Zao Bus station as well as the middle chairlift/ropeway, and is pretty much in the centre of the town area. They do provide transport to and from the bus station as well as the ski areas if you call them. On checking in, we were offered a local "tea", and as we were early, they kept our suitcases and subsequently took them to our room. The rooms were comfortable, with facilities attached. There is a private onsen, although that is on the dark side, whereas there are also three baths in the gender segregated onsens (one indoor, two outdoors). The onsen is highly acidic and sulphurish, so beware of tarnishing jewelry! I had no problems with the heat levels, although this is one of the hotter onsen (tip: the smaller outdoor onsen is the coolest, and it helps if you rinse with some of the water before getting in). The meals were excellent, with good variety each day, serving the local specialties."
"We spent Christmas at this lovely hotel, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening entertainment and refreshments in the lobby with other guests. We took the half board option and were so delighted with the variety and high quality of generous servings we experienced. We selected the futon beds, perhaps next time we would opt for Western beds, but our room was spacious and well supplied. The on-site onsen were fabulous. We never had a problem accessing the private onsen. The opportunity to be dropped off by the hotel driver was so appreciated when we were lugging ski gear. Highly recommended for a relaxing vacation with beautiful mountain views. "
"Hotel is centrally located and easily accesible from the bus station and Zao Ropeway cable car. We are greeted by clean japanese style room which is big enough to accommodate 3person. The Kaiseiki Dinner and breakfast served is good so far with great variety with different food during our 3 days 2 night stay. The Onsen is clean with indoor and outdoor bath. The indoor bath as family style private bath as well. The rooms are adequately heated for winter and you feel nice and war"
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2




4.4/5
Excellent
4 Reviews
Zao Onsen 54, Yamagata, Japan
"We stayed at the Takamiya ryokan Miyamaso in Zao during the last week of March when the ski season was winding down so it was uncrowded and quiet. The staff, including the manageress, were very helpful throughout our stay. At the time we stayed, a fluent English speaker on staff greatly eased communication for me as my Japanese ability is very weak. My wife had a ski accident which required various arrangements and the staff were very accommodating and helpful in this regard. The historic building is old but well-maintained and has a pleasant atmosphere, although the many stairs and winding hallways are not for individuals with mobility issues (this is noted on the facility website). The onsen met expectations; although they are not particularly large this was not issue for us as there were few guests at the time we stayed. Our “Japanese-Western room” was spacious and comfortable and had a great view. The included meals (breakfast and dinner) were of very high standard. We had asked ahead about providing vegetarian meals for myself, which they said they could do (uncommon in Japan). After a little miscommunication about the contents of the evening meal was cleared up, the preparation and presentation of the vegetarian meals was really excellent. The non-vegetarian meals were also wonderfully prepared and presented. The food was indeed a highlight of our stay."
"The service was very good. Although I knew beforehand that the hotel staff could call us to the Zao bus station to drive us to the hotel. The hotel staff picked me up with my name tag, Still moved. It also picked us up for free to other attractions in Zao. The hotel's catering service was great and the hot spring facilities were good. Although the hotel's equipment looks a bit old, it matches the theme of the snow scene and its own hot spring hotel, but it has a unique flavor. On the day I left, I missed some items in the room. I left Yamagata at that time, so I emailed the hotel, and the hotel quickly delivered my leftover items to my next hotel. thank you very much!"
"From Tokyo take the Yamagata Shinkansen to Yamagata. The bus stop is the exit. It takes about half an hour to get to Zao Onsen. After getting on the bus, call the hotel and the hotel will pick you up at the station. The front desk service is very good. There is a little brother who can speak a little Chinese. The dinner party dinner and breakfast are very rich. The hot spring sulfur smell is strong. The water is smooth but hot. The ski lifts and stations can be called at the front desk. The waiter who took us to the room told us that the hotel has been over 300 years old, but it was a bit tired to go up and down without an elevator."
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3




4.3/5
Excellent
5 Reviews
Zao Onsen Sandogawa 1118-7, Yamagata, Japan
"This is a really nice hotel. It is just located across the road from a couple of ski lifts, so while not ski in/ski out, it takes just a 30 metre walk across the road from the front door before you can click your skis on. We had a western/Japanese combined room which was plenty big enough. Beds were comfortable and weren't too hard as is sometimes the case with Japanese beds. The bathrooms are the usual inserted TOTO brand moulded shower/basin set up, reasonable size but not too big. One good thing room had a separate Toilet. Room was very clean. Breakfast was buffet style and was fairly good, but for some reason, and this is often the case with Japanese breakfast buffets, the sausages and scrambled eggs are served warm or tepid. Not sure why. The staff were very nice and helpful with a couple of the front desk staff speaking okay English. There are lockers on the ground floor for skis and boards. There is a inside smoking area for the smokers. The on site onsen is not large but is nice. The hotel is on one end of the town which means a 800 metres -1km walk to the main street, but there are a few cafes/restaurants on the street that leads through town. WiFi is included and works ok. The hotel has a pool but it was empty, so I think that may be just a summer thing. Overall a good hotel."
"The hotel is just opposite the Zao cable car station. If you are towing luggage from Zao Bus Terminal, it will take about 15 minutes. We arrived earlier than check in time. But the front desk allowed us to go to the room. Thank you very much. When we left, the front desk took the initiative to use the bus to reach the bus terminal. The room is quite large, but the decoration is a bit old, but overall it is good. Our dinner was Japanese banquet and it was very rich. The taste is good, the breakfast is buffet style, the choice is not too much, and the taste is also good. The environment of the restaurant on the third floor is very good, you can watch the snow while eating. Overall is good"
"The hotel is very close to the cable car station, convenient skiing, good service, there is a shuttle station, the handsome guy who can speak Chinese in the restaurant on the second floor is very enthusiastic. His name is Shanmu. There is no outdoor hot spring in the hotel. I would also like to say that the waitress at the front desk drove me personally to the bus station to help me carry heavy luggage and thank you!"
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4




4.5/5
Excellent
14 Reviews
Zao Onsen 2, Yamagata, Japan
"The hotel is great, right next to the ski slopes. Contact the hotel in advance to the bus station. There will be a car to pick up the hotel. After two nights at the cable car station, the hotel will send cars to pick up and drop off. , Admiring the snowscape hot springs, it feels really great. Kaiseki cuisine in the evening is okay, but not so bright, but it wo n’t work. If you stay continuously, the nightly cuisine will be different. The Japanese service is genuine In place."
"The location of the hotel is unique to the ski resort, and the dinner party is well worth it. The service is very good, the waiter's English is very limited, and free to pick up and drop off guests at the Zao Onsen bus station, but call the appointment time before getting on the bus. The hotel is slightly cold, the hot spring is ok, and it is semi-open air."
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5




5/5
Perfect
3 Reviews
Zaoonsen1271-1, Yamagata, Japan
"A 5-minute walk from Zao Onsen Ski Resort, Iwashimizu Ryori no Yado Kinosato offers guests an indoor/outdoor hot spring and free Wi-Fi use throughout the property. Complimentary welcome drink and red bean soup are served upon arrival. Room features tatami (woven-straw) flooring, traditional futon bedding and an en suite bathroom. All rooms are furnished with a seating area, flat-screen TV and air conditioning/heating. At Kinosato Iwashimizu Ryori no Yado, guests can enjoy soaking in the public hot spring baths, get a soothing massage for a surcharge or simply relax with a cup of green tea in the tea room. Gift shops and ski storage rooms are also available on site. For dinner, a Japanese-style course meal featuring local vegetables and Zao beef is served. For breakfast a Japanese set meal is served. Both meals are served in the dining area. JR Yamagata Station is a 40-minute bus ride from the property. Guests can access the Zao Okama Lake within a 40-minute drive, or visit the Risshakuji Temple located within a 45-minute drive away."
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6




5/5
Perfect
5 Reviews
Zao Onsen 933, Yamagata, Japan
"Zao Kokusai ski in ski out resort /hotel ZAO ONSEN Second Stay at Zao Kokusai with a friend 6 nights + 2 days completely wiped out by severe snow storm w/ high winds which shut almost the entire Zao Onsen ski resort facilities & confined us inside – This hotel fulfils all conditions it was warm & tranquil inside whist roaring blizzard outside. A comprehensive suite of facilities & ski in ski out to the Gondola to Jizo Sancho station up to one of the most ski mountain views in Japan & the famous snow monsters. It was not dissimilar to my previous stay. An inclusive and exceptional Japanese style dinner which consistently delivered interesting & delicious sometimes unusual culinary experience. Exquisite Onsen facilities custom designed for relaxation and grooming - sublime and quiet with simple beautiful fittings. Its tranquillity plus…. There was a fare dose of adventure and challenge from getting outside in sub zero temperatures to use the very gorgeous outdoor Onsen. Time spent there in that incredible ambience reinvigorates & restores relaxes, truly amazing. Zao gets heaps of Snow its heavy and deep and requires a certain level of overall mental and physical fitness. A custom designed ski in ski out destination for all levels of skiers. Ski equipment rental on site is excellent. Would be great to have a western hotel consultant help with development of etiquette guide and translated menus. Mostly we got by I had been here in January 2017 with a friend. We often had no idea what the food composure was – though enjoyed mostly! Just disappointing that we could not know a lot of the amazing and perhaps traditional Japanese foods & delicacies. Great views from the restaurant too. It’s Blissful. I felt that the breakfast requires a refresh and perhaps some investment. Various foods were not kept sufficiently hot and fresh as you might expect. It was good not great! Restaurant staff were exceptional faultless patient and kind. Thank you this hotel may not be ideal for English only speaking “families” unless you are all adventurous foodies & experienced. The 6 night package for 2 was 3500.00AUD which is surprisingly good value when you consider all the inclusions. The only miniscule material complaint overall is the small green bath towel in rooms are insufficient! Otherwise it’s still a Great Ski hotel to call home for a week and access my favourite ski fields in Japan."
"After spent a night in a nearby resort at 300usd a night and found it was totally unpleasant. My friend and I discussed if we should move to Kokusai as it is really high pricing. However, we needed something certain for then so we chose Zao Kokusai and it worths paying for eventually. The hotel is big and new. The staff are nice and attentive. Even most of them could not speak fluent English, but they are always keen to help. They work so hard and long hours. We really appreciate their spirit and service mind. The public onsen room is big and cozy. There are a few private onsen to use. Foot onzen is designed on a corridor which provides nice view. Massage chairs and vending machines are available at the hotel. The foods are great both for breakfast and dinner. They serve Wagayama beef for dinner. They are super delicious. Hotel ski shop is okay. After rental, you can dress up in the dry room and walk about 200 meters to the slope at Zao ropeway (station #1) The hotel provides shuttle bus from/to Zao bus station. Also at night, the shuttle bus serve you to Zao rope way for ice monster illumination. If there is any doubtful, I put it for the baggage room and the wifi. The baggage room is the room that guests put their luggages before/after your check-in and check-out. The system is everyone put their luggages there, then use a net to cover them and that’s all. Thanks to Japanese honesty, we are comfortable to leave our luggages like that (of course, we take valuable stuff with us). Wifi speed is very slow that I prefer using my data roaming package. All in all, I am impressed with the hotel and their service. I will find a chance to go back. "
"Quite a nice hotel. Peaceful, right in the forest with the hot spring baths in the hotel. Surprisingly we were not received by anyone when arrived, nobody came out to help with the luggage and in the lobby we had to look for a receptionist:)) However, looks like they were changing shifts or everyone was busy because the next day we saw two guys outside the hotel ready to welcome their visitors. So we were just not lucky )))) They barely speak English but you can manage to ask all you need. It is a traditional Japanese hotel with the floor beds. The tea in the room is only green ( no black and no coffee) but there will be no green tea in the breakfast ( all other kinds of teas). The breakfast is purely traditional Japanese food. The staff is pleasant. We visited a private hot spring bath and it was nice but the smell was too strong and I felt light headed so we cancelled the second night Onsen bath. We had a good walk along the small town and one street had an Onsen running openly so you could touch the water. The smell was so strong in the street that I got light headed again so it assured me not to visit Onsen at night again. Although I felt the skin was a bit smoother after the bath we took the first night. It was quite relaxing as well. It’s worth trying and decide for yourself how you feel about it. I am not very strong and easy to get dizzy, my husband was perfectly fine. In the evening from 6-8 pm you can get a free beer or ice tea enjoying a self playing baby-grand piano in the lobby. Overall a nice quiet hotel."
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7




4.2/5
Very Good
11 Reviews
814, Zao-Onsen, Yamagata, Japan
"It is an old hotel, so you may not want to take a bath in your room, but their public bath is good. This place is on the hill which means you will not want to walk by your own in winter because of the slippery Mountain path. But in other hand it is really convenient because they provide shuttle bus to bus station or cable car station. And there is a ski place just in front of the hotel, you can borrow the equipments from hotel. "
"For the price we paid, we did not expect much. This hotel met our expectation. Meals were served in a large room with little decor. The rooms needed to be upgraded. The shop at the the lobby carried few interesting items and were dearer than elsewhere. The only we liked were the onsen. Even there, the facilities were quite basic. Those who want a touch of luxury should look elsewhere."
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8




4.2/5
Very Good
16 Reviews
1272, Zao-Onsen, Yamagata, Japan
"The Zao Four Seasons Hotel was originally booked, but was later informed that it was transferred to the same group of Zao International Hotel during the renovation period. Due to the late arrival time, no shuttle bus was reserved, and because the hotel is located on a 45-degree hillside, Coupled with luggage, the journey was very tired. But after a complete change, Zao International Hotel is really a great hotel! For the service part, after checking in, someone will explain the hotel facilities and lead the passengers into the room. Moreover, because the foreign tourists communicate in English throughout the room, after entering the room to explain the equipment in the room, they will politely use Japanese etiquette to pass the entrance The Japanese-style door to the bedroom is closed. The dinner part of the meal is a high-level dinner, and the ingredients are fresh and delicious. After returning to the room after dinner, not only have the beds been made, but there are also more welcome fruits, honeydew melon and water li in the refrigerator. The facilities and cleanliness are impeccable. The next morning's breakfast is a mid- to high-level buffet with a variety of options. When checking out, ask the service staff if there is a shuttle bus to Zao Onsen Station. The answer is yes. I thought I had to wait for someone to get together before I could leave. The overall evaluation is really great! If I have a chance to visit Zao Onsen in the future, I will definitely choose to stay at Zao International Hotel again."
"Convenient location, 5 minutes walk to the cable car station, to see the hoarfrost to ski is very convenient, although a little distance from the hot spring street and bus station, but the hotel restaurant is OK, the hotel also provides shuttle service to the bus station, pick up You can call the hotel by bus. I lived in a bungalow and a Japanese-style room. I feel that the bungalows are bigger and more convenient. The bathroom is also updated. Women’s bathrobes can be chosen by themselves."
"Stayed in the Japanese style tatami room. It's warm and cozy. Clean and well kept. The dinner was very delicious, especially the grilled beef, tender and juicy. Breakfast was buffet style, not too bad, plenty of food to choose from. Staff members were warm and friendly. We were picked up by hotel staff from bus station within 10 min after a call was made to them. The driver also sent us to our next hotel nearby. View from our hotel room was serene and pretty."
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9




3.9/5
10 Reviews
48, Zao-Onsen, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata, Japan
"This is our second year stay here. This is a very warm and hospitable hotel/spa. Onsen is in house and very pleasant. Rooms are clean and spacious. We get daily breakfast and dinner buffet which is nice. The onsen is conveniently located in the 1st floor and worth the daily visit to warm up the joints after a day of skiing! Go into the bath in your birthday suite!"
" Our stay at Meitoya So, was wonderful. The Onsen is in a beautiful setting and was open 24 hours. The staff made our stay even better. They were there for our every need, especially Robert, who constantly went out of his way to recommend great restaurants and outings. We'll be back."
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10




4.5/5
Excellent
8 Reviews
942 Zao onsen, Yamagata, Japan
"Location can’t be better than this, with the hotel right across the street from one of the main gondolas for the ski resort. The rooms are nice, with older style ryokans and modern rooms to choose from. Onsen is superb, with both outdoor and indoor tubs available. Good Japanese style breakfast buffet. You are required to buy at least one dinner with your stay, but given the lack of dining options in this small town after 6 PM, this isn’t too bad. Lawson convenience store is right next door. Onsite ski rentals at the hotel, half-off for guests but the quality of equipment varies. Overall, a great visit, and I would definitely stay here again. "
"The hotel is located directly opposite the Chuo ropeway station. But walking to the Zao Sanroku Ropeway on your right to see the Zao Monsters at the peak is only 5 minutes. Unodai ropeway is about 10 minutes to your left. If you're coming from Yamagata City, after alighting at the Zao bus Terminal, walk out the building and turn right, walk straight for about 8m minutes n you will see Chuo Ropeway station big signboard on your left. Lucent Takamiya is then on your right. Service at the hotel is tiptop. Foodwise, decent at best. Room size is huge with private toilet."
"Visited Zao Onsen with a group of 9 pax for our skiing trip. We book total of 4 rooms. Mix of twin and Japanese Western rooms. Check in is quick, staff is good in English. Room has good size and clean. Hotel is very close to one of the gondola which is great. Like this hotel location, room and its onsen but definitely will not book this hotel with dinner included again as the quality of the food at dinner for the whole three nights of our stay is terrible. Feel like it is a wipe off. Totally not worth the money that we paid. But surprisingly the buffet breakfast is very acceptable. If hotel can improve the quality of the food at dinner. This will be a great hotel as Its onsen is super. "
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