The biggest open-air onsen in Zao Onsen Town (Photo: Jerome Lee)

Walking around Zao Onsen Town

Enjoy onsen in one of the oldest hotsprings in Yamagata

Jerome Lee   - 1 min read

For visitors on a JR East Pass wanting to visit a great onsen town, look no further than Zao Onsen town in Yamagata Prefecture. A 2.5 hour ride on the Tsubasa shinkansen (bullet train) to JR Yamagata Station, one can purchase a bus ticket that takes visitors to the Onsen town in 40 minutes. The onsen town is popular during winter, as Mount Zao is right above it and attracts many skiers/snowboarders during then, and there is no better way to relax after a snowboarding session than to soak up at the onsen in the cold. The pictures here show the various onsens, lodging and views at this quiet little town.

Jerome Lee

Jerome Lee @jerome.lee

Singaporean who lived in Melbourne, Australia for 3 years, and undertook a journalism degree. A lover of soul, funk music (Motown especially), and many other forms of music. Love meeting new people, and creative things (art, fashion, photography, design, films...). Currently working at JapanTrave...