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 Zao Onsen is located at the foot of the Zao Mountains in an explosion crater called Takayu, which is one of three hot springs named Takayu in the Ou district. According to legend, Zao Onsen was discovered by Kibi-no-Takayu in 110 A.D. when he was sent by Prince Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto to subjugate the eastern enemy. Its peculiar location of lush natural beauty and manifold hot springs has enchantment not found in any other resort. Its sparkling silver-frosted trees in winter are especially famous as a distinctive characteristic of the area. It is said that skiers discovered the silver-frosted trees when they climbed the Zao Mountains in 1914. In 1936, the Zao Mountains were unveiled to the outside world when a German film crew shot them for a documentary movie about mountains. Zao Onsen was selected for first place in the mountain category of "Japan's Top Hundred Sightseeing Spots," giving rise to countless sightseers thronging the area. With ever-progressing development in its ski area, Zao Onsen also flourishes as a skiing Mecca in winter. Ropeways have been put into operation, adding convenience to skiing at Mt. Jizo's grandiose snowfield with silver-frosted trees. Everyone is spellbound by such dynamic natural artworks popularly known as "ice-monsters."

 All of Mt. Jizo is linked together with a remarkable conveyor system based on three ropeways and cables. Not only is there a silver-frosted tree field course, skiers delight in a diverse variation of courses such as FIS-certified Hahnenkamm A and B courses, a 38-degree bumpily sloped Yokokura course (a Zao special feature), and more.

 Promotion of Austrian skiing began early at Zao Onsen, where understanding of skiing is deep. After inviting ski instructors such as professor Franz Derbl, professor kruckenhauser, professor hoppichler and Toni Sailer from Austria, Zao Onsen gradually deepened its character as an international ski area. For Interski 1979, Zao Onsen was the first site in the Orient to be selected to hold an Interski conference.

 On one hand, Zao Onsen bounds with an international air. But on the other hand, it maintains traditional Japanese heritage brimming with local character as a famous hot spring area since times past. There are simple local specialty foods such tamakonnyaku, which are small balls made of devil's tongue starch, and igamochi, which are small caked rice balls with bean jam filling. The roads brim with a buoyant hot springs atmosphere. And human contact is amicable. Any such element pleasantly satisfies nostalgic feelings for traditional Japan in the hearts of the visitors.

Sister city: Kitzbühel
 Kitzbühel, which is an Austrian city at the foot of the Alps in Tyrol, is an ideal place for sightseeing and athletic activities throughout the four seasons. Its ski environment especially resembles that of Zao Onsen's. In 1963, the city of Yamagata and Kitzbühel entered a sister-city affiliation. Both cities had already been interacting since early times. For example, Dr. Von Lorenz directed modern medical technology in Yamagata in the early part of the Meiji Era, which began in 1868, and Toni Sailer sojourned in Yamagata to coach skiing.

ZAO ONSEN
Zao Onsen Sightseeing Association
708-1 Zao Onsen, Yamagata, Yamagata 990-2301
Tel: (+81) 23-694-9328 (Domestic: 023-694-9328)
Fax: (+81) 23-694-9327 (Domestic: 023-694-9327)

URL http://www.zao-spa.or.jp/
データ
Ski area opening
Population
Hotels, ryokan inns
Minshuku inns, pensions
Hotels, pensions
Total lodging capacity
1925
900
60
56
33
11,000 people
 
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