Yoshidaya Ryokan

Zao Onsen, Yamagata

Yoshidaya Ryokan is a very traditional Japanese Ryokan located within easy access to the main street.

Everything you would need during your stay are within walking distance, such as chairlifts, a bus
terminal, a convenience store, restaurants, Izakaya (Japanese style bar) and Sushi bar.

There are friendly English speaking staff to help you.

The Onsen is available 24 hours and the staff at Yoshidaya Ryokan will welcome you with warm
hospitality to make you feel like home.

  • Wifi
  • English speaking staff
  • lounge
  • drying room
  • laundry
  • mountain shuttle bus
  • restaurant
  • communal bathroom
  • Onsen
  • tour bookings
  • ski / snowboard lessons
  • discounted lift passes
  • check in 15:00 / check out 10:00

Tatami Room accommodating up to 3 guests

Futon beds for up to 3 guests, television, telephone, toilet (optional), mountain view & a shared
bathroom, breakfast included.


Rates from 5,900 yen per person per night twin or triple share.

DatesRates - singleRates - double/twinRates - triple
1st December - 21st December7,150 yen6,010 yen5,900 yen
22nd December - 29th December7,510 yen6,360 yen6,250 yen     
30th December - 3rd JanuaryN/A14,950 yen14,750 yen
4th January - 9th March7,510 yen6,360 yen6,250 yen
10th March - 31st March7,150 yen6,010 yen5,900 yen


Extra charges & discounts 
Dinner2,300 yen
Saturdays & holiday surcharge3,680 yen ~ up to 5,460 yen
Room with toiletextra 1,200 yen pp/pn weekdays, 2,400 yen pp/pn weekends
Onsen tax150 yen per adult per day


  • closest gondola - 300 m
  • bus stop - Zao Onsen Bus Terminal - 250 m
  • train station - Yamagata - 20 km
  • restaurants & bars - 30 m
  • convenience store - 300 m
Early Jan 2016 

Our ryokan was excellent, the staff were very helpful. 

The onsen was great too, and the local town public onsen were worth visiting also. 

I would recommend Zao onsen to anyone who would like to experience a more traditional Japanese mountain experience and who like a more peaceful town than the busier places like Hakuba. I will go back in the future.

As always your service was great too.

All the best,
Andrew Maher




Mountain Statistics

Height 1661 m   % Snowboarders 40
Max snow last year 320 cm   % Skiers 60
No. of runs 26   % Beginner runs 40
No. of chairlifts 41   % Intermediate runs 40
Snow park yes   % Advanced runs 20
Childcare no      

Resorts close by  
Closest train station Yamagata - 40 minutes by bus
Closest bus staion Zao Onsen Bus Terminal - a 5 minute walk 
Closest town Zao Onsen
Closest major city Yamagata-city
Closest international airport Sendai Airport
Official resort web site http://www.zao-spa.or.jp/english/
Accommodation Zao Onsen Accommodation


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