Mt. Hakkoda

Don’t fret! Japan doesn’t have any abominable snowmen; just beautiful, amazing frost covered trees known colloquially as “snow monsters” scattered throughout the Tohoku region.

Aomari’s “Mt. Hakkoda” in Aomori-shi

A skiier’s paradise, Mt. Hakkoda in Aomori is a great getaway for those looking to experience some of the best slopes that Japan has. Riding down the hills with gorgeous snow monsters lining the way is something any winter sports enthusiast will surely treasure. Mt. Hakkoda is easily accessible by ropeway.

60-min ride from JR Aomori Station or JR Shin-Aomori Station Bus Stop to Hakkoda Ropeway Base Station

Yamagata’s “Zao” in Yamagata-Shi

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Zao in Yamagata Shi

The snow monsters in Zao, Yamagata feature beautiful illumination, amplifying their luminescence and splendor, shining silver during the day and full of other colors gleaming in the darkness at night. You can take the ropeway and the gondola to reach the top of the mountain from Zao Onsen.

45-min bus ride from JR Yamagata Station to Zao Onsen


Akita’s “Mt. Moriyoshi” in Kitaakita-shi

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Mt Moriyoshi in Kitaakita-shi

Just a quick walk from the top of the Ani gondola, Mt. Moriyoshi in Akita boasts a plethora of breathtaking Maries’ firs, glistening with frost as beautiful snow monsters. Come lose yourself in this amazing winter wonderland.

100-min ride from Kakunodate Station until Mt. Moriyoshi Ani Ski Resort

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