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Takasagoya Ryokan - Yamagata - Building
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9.3 Excellent (202 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Takasagoya Ryokan in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 10-minute walk of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Zao Chuo Ropeway. Featured amenities include luggage storage, refrigerator in a common area, and a vending machine. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Very good location, opposite station. Very near supermarket and bus station. Mixed dorm room is spacious. There is curtain for each bed. Allow early check in.
Cons: The next room Japanese made quite of noise from 11 plus pm till 3 plus am. There should have curtain to provide privacy for front and back bed.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: This place really is special. Along with an authentic Ryokan experience and a really nice public bath, the staff are incredibly friendly and accommodating. When I said I wanted to go to the open air bath they offered to drive me there (it's not even far away). I also think it's good value considering the high quality you are getting. Definitely recommend.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Takasagoya Ryokan is a family run inn that is in a great location in Zao Onsen. They have a public bath in the inn, and are also almost right across the street from another one. If you stay be sure to have the owners fix you a dinner - ours was absolutely amazing! Breakfasts were great as well - and so much that we never needed lunch. Definitely plan to come back to ski!
Cons: Remember that the beds are futons, not western style. We are fine with them, but just a reminder.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The dished they provide are amazing! I love those tradition Japan cuisines. All the ingredient is local and so fresh.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The hosts were extremely friendly, which made our stay so much more enjoyable.
Cons: I wish there were non-smoking rooms. I have asthma so found it a little difficult to breathe at night while sleeping in the room. However, I knew ahead of time there were no non-smoking rooms.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: great location in zao very close to bus station and not too far from ski lifts very helpful and nice staff: changed our booking to reflect number of guests: unexpected and very kind! traditional place and very clean as are most accomodations in japan the house has its own little onsen (public bath/shower)
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Family-run Ryokan, where the hosts were so friendly, kind, and willing to help us with anything. For e.g. We were escorted to get our car in the rain. And since the Ryokan didn't have a lift, the host carried out luggage up to the 2nd floor for us. Dinner was had so many wonderful dishes, most of which are local specialties and ingredients that they pick up from the forests.
Cons: Rather old place. But still very functional.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The dinner was amazing! The owners were very hospitable and friendly. I love the town as well, very serene and nice to walk around even though I didn’t manage to get up to okama crater. I’ll definitely be back with a friend next time!
Cons: Nothing!
9.6 Excellent
Pros: I really like how the owners make you feel very welcome with big warm smiles. Excellent Dinner and Breakfast.
Guesthouse Mintaro Hut - Yamagata
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9.1 Excellent (298 reviews)
Overview Reviews
NEWLY OPEN. WE OFFER COMFORTS FOR VISITORS. PLEASE CHOOSE THE HOTEL FOR BUSINESS AND SIGHTSEEING.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: I was staying at Mintaro for only one night and regret that it was too short because it was maybe the best guest house experience that I have ever had!! The host is someone really welcoming and warming. He invited us to join the table with other guests to enjoy the Imoni, a local dish and we had delicious Sake. And don’t forget the special spicy sauce, omg it’s so tasty with the Onigiri made by the host for breakfast. He really made everyone feel at home!
Cons: The only inconvenience of Mintaro is that it’s not that close to the center and station. But it doesn’t change how I feel for this guesthouse!
9.6 Excellent
Pros: The amenities were very good. The room was clean and spacious. I liked the friendly host and his staff. I enjoyed the company of other guests and some friends who dropped in. Good people. Sometimes a business hotel is the right choice. Sometimes a minshuku or hostel is the right choice. The right choice for me in Yamagata was this wonderfully different guest house. If you like shared meals, conversation, listening to stories, a surprise burst of a capella singing, a taste of sake or perhaps even random events you may well enjoy a couple of nights here. I did. Honesty box for drinks and snacks. Donation tin for any shared meals you choose to join.
Cons: All good. Maybe walking down the stairs in the middle of the night to use the toilet at my age.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Great stay ! The dinner with the owner and staff person (+other guest) was a wonderful time ! We tried local sake and home made plum wine (plus delicious dishes) ! Food and drinks are avaimable for free or at very raisonnable prices. Very confortable and homely place ! Towels, earplugs, shampoo ... are available. Very good geographic position also : 10-15min away from the station by walking, and 1-2min away from the parc of the former Yamagata castle, which is a great area for picnic, chilling, reading, walking around ...
Cons: Honestly ... nothing. I couldn't have asked for more or better.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Owner is very forthcoming and generous. He give high trust to tenant and that is a big plus. He leave to you entirely on how much you want to eat.
Cons: The bed is double single. I prefer queen size bed.
7.9 Good
Pros: The owner, Sato, is really helpful and has excellent English. It’s like some sort of social club with lots of chat over a drink and food which you can contribute to if so inclined. It’s certainly walkable from JR station,even with luggage and we walked out to ‘Pub street’ one night, although that did take a bit of finding.
Cons: There isn’t a quiet area that you can retreat to if needed. Noise does carry up to the bedroom. For me the bed was too hard but I’m a bit ancient .
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Super host. Amazing dining and hospitality. Very clean.
8.8 Excellent
Cons: Guests talking loudly in kitchen/common area until 02:30.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: the atmosphere is quite warm, host will cook dinner for guests (you can pay money in a small box), and it's really delicious. the equipment in guest house is also great, beer and drinks is only 100yen
Gokan No Yu Tsuruya - Yamagata - Building
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9.0 Excellent (144 reviews)
Overview
Located in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), Gokan no Yu Tsuruya is a 4-minute walk from Zao Chuo Ropeway and 8 minutes by foot from Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort. Featured amenities include an elevator, refrigerator in a common area, and a vending machine. Free self parking is available onsite.
Richmond Hotel Yamagata Ekimae - Yamagata - Building
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8.8 Excellent (2,296 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Richmond Hotel Yamagata Ekimae in Yamagata, you'll be minutes from Yamagata Museum of Science and Industry and Kajo Park. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, laundry facilities, and microwave in a common area. Limited parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Easy access train station just across the street. Room quite big compare to other hotel. Women amenities are great.
Cons: Nothing
9.0 Excellent
Pros: Hotel is located very near the Yamagata Station. Convenience store (7-11) and big supermarket (Aeon Max Value) are located nearby. Staffs are very friendly and helpful.
Cons: There is short of restaurant near the hotel. We need to walk to Yamagata Station for eating and there are plenty of restaurants in front of other side of the station.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: The hotel is very close to the station which is great if you have a lot of luggage. Rooms were comfortable and clean.
Cons: There isn’t all that much around the hotel itself although it’s not a long walk to restaurants and cafes.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Good location
Cons: Nil
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Very convenient check-in and check-out experience. Very close to the train station!
Cons: The room is a bit small.
Zao Shiki no Hotel - Yamagata - Building
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8.8 Excellent (969 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Zao Onsen Zao Shiki No Hotel in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Shiginoya Chinuma. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The room!!! It's newly renovated room. Modern yet with Japanese touch on it. Very impressive with my room. The onsen come second best. Nothing beat hot dip after tiring day. And the food is very delicious and large variety of spread. Definitely worth staying when you visit Zao Onsen
Cons: Nothing! If there is anything I didn't like would be i regretted booking this hotel for a night. Wish i could stayed longer
10.0 Excellent
Pros: It is a beautiful hotel that has amazing onsen! They have one in the hotel building and one out of building. My favorite was the outside one and went 5 times during my 2 nights stay. they offer complimentary shuttle service from/to Yamagata station which made my trip much easier. The meal was great too.
Cons: it is a bit out of town centre. and I loved the dinner on the first night but not the second night one.
6.3 Good
Pros: The onsen was excellent.
Cons: We were very disappointed to find that the (non-smoking) room smelled of smoke, and worst of all, one of our yukata jackets had a cigarette butt in the pocket. Disappointing. Also, please STOP playing the Ghibli CD on repeat. Was very annoying.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: 2 Outdoor onsens with nice lush greenery views. Dinner and bfast were yummy Service was excellent Room is very comfortable Free welcome drinks and snacks
8.3 Excellent
Pros: The hotel was perfectly located right by the ski lift and ropeway to the snowmonsters. It was a little further away from shops and the other restaurants. Food was excellent...probably too much food at dinner. Onsen was really nice. Great place, but it was expensive! I was surprised that children under 10 were charged the full amount for the meal even though they barely eat that much.
7.5 Good
Pros: Ryokan is located in a Very quite area with less crowd and traffic. That give a very good relaxation.
Cons: Onsen is not much privacy. Room has no aircon.
7.9 Good
Pros: Room is spacious. The room can accommodate up to 5 people but we were there with just 3 so the space is more than enough. The dinner is great. Staffs at the dining room were great. They are willing to help and with smiling on their face all the time even though they are very busy and tired from running around.
Cons: The staffs at the reception should be replaced with a better attitude staffs. It was a little surprise that no one show up to help us with the door or luggage at all unlike all other ryokans or big hotel we visited through out Japan. When we approach the reception, all staffs were inside the room so have to ring a bell and once they came out, nothing have change her face was like “why are you here at this time?” No offer for free shuttle to Ropeway or even introducing the lounge for waiting until check-in time. At least she checked whether the room is ready for check-in or not. Another shot that I was very impressed was in the morning where I went to check out and asked for free shuttle back to Yamagata which the hotel has provided this free service. They told us that it is full and we need to reserve 3 days in advance which was not making any sense to me. But it was my fault as it was their rule so I let it go. Again, the staffs were not helpful and not even show the effort to help. The only thing they told was that there is a bus terminal but no one were saying about the anytime free shuttle back to the terminal like other normal ryokan. I strongly recommend management to replace majority of reception staffs or get them trained to make them feel proud of their work and know that they are representing the looks of their hotel. I am very confident that I will not revisit the hotel again from the above reason even though all others area are good.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Low season so I I was upgraded to their renovated Japanese style rooms, very spacious and comfortable. Property is very clean and the dinner was a amazing feast.
Cons: Although hotel was pretty empty I was still required to wait about an hour until official check-in time!
Pension Puutaro - Yamagata - Building
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8.9 Excellent (133 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Pension Putaro in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 15-minute walk of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Zao Sanroku Ropeway. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Servicability and location. Clean.
Cons: Breakfast was mainly Japanese-style. Toast emptied quickly.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Keiko was an amazing host who did everything she could to ensure that our family had a super pleasant stay. The room, while snug for four, was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The hotel overall is clean and comfortable, and the breakfast provided was comprehensive and delicious.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The owner's service
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Breakfast was delicious. Keiko-san was very hospitable and helpful. My husband and I knew very little Japanese but we managed to communicate with the staff. Keiko-san even helped us with sending our ski/snowboard bag back to the airport. Location was also good - about a 3-minute walk to the gondola.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Keiko is a wonderful host, and very helpful. My room was lovely and I slept extremely well.
Omiya Ryokan - Yamagata - Building
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8.8 Excellent (503 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Omiya Ryokan in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Zao Sky Cable. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The best ryokans experiences and great food, serviced mind and cleanliness.
Cons: None.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Everything pretty much! The onsen, the tatami, the food at the restaurant. Hint: do book the dinner included: very good value & there was nothing else in the village of Zao Onsen that was open (summer time)
Cons: Not per se something that bothered me, but there is no shower in the room, you have to use the onsen.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The onsen was quite and well maintained. The food went above and beyond expectations with friendly and helpful staff to guide you.
Cons: Can not think of anything bad with the place.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Exceptional experience and service but very limited understanding of English which makes communication a bit challenging. Good Onsen facilities, authentic, straight from the ground next door. My room was facing the back and had odour of sulphur at night.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Room is great for the size, facilities and cleanliness. Outdoor Onsen is very comfortable.
Akayu Onsen Gotenmori - Yamagata - Building
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8.8 Excellent (444 reviews)
Overview
With a stay at Akayu Onsen Gotenmori in Nanyo, you'll be in the suburbs, just a 1-minute walk from Akayu Onsen and 6 minutes by foot from Nanyo City Toyotaro Yuki Memorial Museum. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
Takamiya Ryokan Miyamaso - Yamagata - Building
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8.8 Excellent (304 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Takamiya Ryokan Miyamaso in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Zao Sky Cable. Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, luggage storage, and a water dispenser. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: A perfect place for the last two days of our very busy trip to Japan. This Ryokan is so beautiful inside, the location is quiet and scenic and the service and food are exceptional. We had a maisonette on two floors so there was plenty of space to relax and we also had our own hot spring bath, which we thoroughly enjoyed using. The western style beds were very comfy. The hotel staff were so polite and helpful with everything, nothing was too much trouble for them to make our stay as comfortable as possible.
Cons: The smell of the sulphur outside from the hot spring streams when walking around the village! Absolutely nothing with the Ryokan, it was perfect.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: A most memorable, authentic Japanese Royokan. Friendly staff, beautiful onsen
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Excellent service and meals!! Please do try the hot spring in the open air. Walking distance to the No. 4 lift and the hotel offers coupon to the rental store. Fantastic snow & hot spring experience. Highly recommended and will come back!
Cons: The indoor hot spring is little bit too hot for me :)
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Helpful staffs, they are so nice and polite.
9.0 Excellent
Pros: English is okay for communicating. It is good for foreigner in Japen.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Everything! When we walked in the ryokan we did feel at ease and relax immediately after 10h flight, 2h30 train and 45min taxi! The decoration is at the same time very traditional & modern. We can notice that every object, plant, flowers, etc. have been thought and placed carefully! The hostess who welcomed us was super nice and polite (sorry we forgot your name) and put us at ease with hot tea and sweet in the main foyer where a fire was heating the huge room. The room is big and spotless clean, beds super comfortable, big bathroom with bathtub and Japanese bath. Breakfast and diner is AMAZING, quality, choice and presentation. The ryokan has 2 public onsen one for men and one for women and 2 private semi outdoor onsens that can be booked freely. Special thanks to Mr Tanaka for the service during breakfast and diner!
Cons: The location is secluded. We took the Shikansen from Tokyo to Shiroishizao then 45 min of taxi (7,000¥). There is a local business that can bring you to the nearest town of the ryokan from which the private car of the hotel can pick you up. However everything is in Japanese and we did not know when the bus would come.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: the breakfasts and dinners were stunning!
Cons: hard futon beds
9.6 Excellent
Pros: super friendly staff. language is not the barrier. they do all their best to fulfill all your requirement.
Cons: absolutely nothing.. everything is just perfect.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Absolutely amazing experience from start to finish. We arrived very early and the staff let us check in and we were able to access the wonderful Onsen baths. Our room was lovely and spacious and had a great place to sit in comfort and watch the snow come down on the mountains outside. The private dining experience for dinner and breakfast was also incredible and all of the staff were very attentive, friendly and helpful. Would recommend this place to anyone.
Cons: Nothing!
Wakamatsuya - Yamagata - Building
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8.8 Excellent (292 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Wakamatsuya in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 10-minute walk of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Zao Chuo Ropeway. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Guests may use a train station pick-up service for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
8.3 Excellent
Pros: It was a great Japanese experience. Lovely staff and great location
Cons: Beds a bit hard for this old fella
8.0 Excellent
Pros: Location was great, near to shops and ropeway. Room had great view and very comfortable. Onsen was great.
Cons: Food..... Dinner was well presented and staff was great, but wasn't up to expectations in terms of taste and ingredients used for the price paid. Beef served was too little for even a child, steam vegetables and rice outweighted the entire course. Breakfast was mainly cold vegetables and pickles, cold fish was served, with a bacon as thin as paper, smaller than a post-it note... To sum up, you can have much better food outside at half the price paid, not exaggerating...
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Our favorite hotel during our whole trip. The service was excellent. We felt really welcome and comfortable from the first second.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Loved the breakfast! Staff were incredibly helpful and kind.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Onsen and customer service
Cons: Nil
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Nice staff,can speak English well. Comfortable futon.
Cons: Breakfast is not very good.
Hotel Metropolitan Yamagata - Yamagata - Building
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8.7 Excellent (1,981 reviews)
Overview Reviews
A stay at Hotel Metropolitan Yamagata places you in the heart of Yamagata, within a 15-minute walk of Utakake Inari Shrine and Horetsu Shrine. Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Excellent customer service.
Cons: Nothing
7.5 Good
Pros: The location is great and the facility and rooms are quite clean.
Cons: The room was tiny and the description made it seem larger. A corner room is smaller than a twin room and that wasn't apparent by the photos. The bathroom was not what was expected either. The bathrooms at the Metropolitan Akita were much nicer and the rooms were more comfortable.
5.0 Okay
Cons: WiFi is terrible.
3.3 Mediocre
Pros: Just gross
Cons: The hotel room
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Great location,
8.3 Excellent
Pros: Very good location.
Cons: The room is quite old.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Fantastic location over the JR station - noise was well insulated. Great for easy access to Yamadera and Zao Okama. All very clean. I enjoyed the free "Handy" Android mobile phone that gave us free 4G on our trips while staying at Yamagata.
Cons: It's an aged hotel but well maintained
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The hotel is excellent, well located, the room was very big, clean and comfortable, the staff were very helpful. We have everything we need. Very recomended
Cons: I wish there were vegan options for breakfast.
Mogamitakayu Zenshichinoyu - Yamagata - Building
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8.3 Excellent (526 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Oohira Hotel in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 10-minute walk of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Zao Sky Cable. Free self parking is available onsite.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: I really like their private onsen. Big room and comfortable.
Cons: Don’t have a private bath room in my room.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: It wasn’t far to walk from the main village, obviously easier to go into town against coming back. There’s not a lot of English spoken but all staff are keen to help . There are 4 private rotemburo and 2 onsen which are all really good with a nice garden complete with ponds and lanterns. Lovelyfree milk for your coffee or cereals if you’ve brought them as we did. Staff will lend you a parka if you’re going to the Okama caldera as its bloody cold and windy up there. We dined in one night and it was ore than acceptable.
Cons: Nothing really
9.6 Excellent
Pros: - Fantastic view out my window onto the large Japanese garden. The sound of the frogs in the lake at night! - 4/5 private onsens all surrounded by nature. These were all fantastic and very enjoyable. - The public onsen was also lovely and it had a beautiful outdoor in addition to the outdoor one. Clean and good selection of toiletries. - It’s a 4 minute walk from Yamagata Zao’s ‘most beautiful outside onsen.’ Yay! It’s also not that far from the bus terminal (about 10 mins walk). In the winter I believe you’d be near a ski slope. - The view in general. You are up a hill (those with mobility issues may struggle) so you get a super view). - The hotel is starting to show its age a bit but you could say that this also give it its character I think.
Cons: - Dinner and Breakfast were unfortunately rather expensive I thought so I didn’t have these at the hotel.
7.9 Good
Pros: Private Onsen.
Cons: The garden was a bit wild but the colours were pretty. Without a car it is difficult to find
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Private onsen available for free for guests Nice room
Cons: Lack of mobile signal and jittery wifi hotspot
8.8 Excellent
Pros: Staff helpful,can talk in English.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The vobe
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The free private Onsen is great! It was open air and the view is amazing. In winter you'll be surrounded by the snow while staying warm inside sulfuric water.

Best rooms in Yamagata

Hotel Stayin Nanokamachi - Yamagata - Building
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7.9 Good (491 reviews)
Overview
With a stay at HOTEL STAYin NANOKAMACHI in Yamagata, you'll be within a 5-minute walk of Nanukamachi Palaca Weir and Bunshokan. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Zao Kokusai Hotel - Yamagata - Building
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8.7 Excellent (792 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Zao International Hotel in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Zao Sanroku Ropeway. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: very good onsen (hot springs) quality, very good public bath facility, good country meal, provide shuttle form train station to hotel, provide discount coupon for rope cars
8.3 Excellent
Pros: The Twin room we got was big and spacious with a small living area with massage chair and there are 2 toilets in the room. The food for dinner and breakfast is good. Some staff members are able to communicate in English.
Cons: All are good.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Excellent onsen, room good size, well equipped room, breakfast excellent
Cons: There is no a la carte menu in the restaurant
6.0 Good
Pros: The onsen was pretty good. It was clean. Staff were OK.
Cons: It is overpriced, the private onsen wasn't at all worth the money.
7.9 Good
Pros: Stunning ONSEN facilities.
Cons: Lack of Accessible western concierge/just adequate.
Zao Shiki no Hotel - Yamagata - Building
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8.8 Excellent (969 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Zao Onsen Zao Shiki No Hotel in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Shiginoya Chinuma. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: The room!!! It's newly renovated room. Modern yet with Japanese touch on it. Very impressive with my room. The onsen come second best. Nothing beat hot dip after tiring day. And the food is very delicious and large variety of spread. Definitely worth staying when you visit Zao Onsen
Cons: Nothing! If there is anything I didn't like would be i regretted booking this hotel for a night. Wish i could stayed longer
10.0 Excellent
Pros: It is a beautiful hotel that has amazing onsen! They have one in the hotel building and one out of building. My favorite was the outside one and went 5 times during my 2 nights stay. they offer complimentary shuttle service from/to Yamagata station which made my trip much easier. The meal was great too.
Cons: it is a bit out of town centre. and I loved the dinner on the first night but not the second night one.
6.3 Good
Pros: The onsen was excellent.
Cons: We were very disappointed to find that the (non-smoking) room smelled of smoke, and worst of all, one of our yukata jackets had a cigarette butt in the pocket. Disappointing. Also, please STOP playing the Ghibli CD on repeat. Was very annoying.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: 2 Outdoor onsens with nice lush greenery views. Dinner and bfast were yummy Service was excellent Room is very comfortable Free welcome drinks and snacks
8.3 Excellent
Pros: The hotel was perfectly located right by the ski lift and ropeway to the snowmonsters. It was a little further away from shops and the other restaurants. Food was excellent...probably too much food at dinner. Onsen was really nice. Great place, but it was expensive! I was surprised that children under 10 were charged the full amount for the meal even though they barely eat that much.
7.5 Good
Pros: Ryokan is located in a Very quite area with less crowd and traffic. That give a very good relaxation.
Cons: Onsen is not much privacy. Room has no aircon.
7.9 Good
Pros: Room is spacious. The room can accommodate up to 5 people but we were there with just 3 so the space is more than enough. The dinner is great. Staffs at the dining room were great. They are willing to help and with smiling on their face all the time even though they are very busy and tired from running around.
Cons: The staffs at the reception should be replaced with a better attitude staffs. It was a little surprise that no one show up to help us with the door or luggage at all unlike all other ryokans or big hotel we visited through out Japan. When we approach the reception, all staffs were inside the room so have to ring a bell and once they came out, nothing have change her face was like “why are you here at this time?” No offer for free shuttle to Ropeway or even introducing the lounge for waiting until check-in time. At least she checked whether the room is ready for check-in or not. Another shot that I was very impressed was in the morning where I went to check out and asked for free shuttle back to Yamagata which the hotel has provided this free service. They told us that it is full and we need to reserve 3 days in advance which was not making any sense to me. But it was my fault as it was their rule so I let it go. Again, the staffs were not helpful and not even show the effort to help. The only thing they told was that there is a bus terminal but no one were saying about the anytime free shuttle back to the terminal like other normal ryokan. I strongly recommend management to replace majority of reception staffs or get them trained to make them feel proud of their work and know that they are representing the looks of their hotel. I am very confident that I will not revisit the hotel again from the above reason even though all others area are good.
9.2 Excellent
Pros: Low season so I I was upgraded to their renovated Japanese style rooms, very spacious and comfortable. Property is very clean and the dinner was a amazing feast.
Cons: Although hotel was pretty empty I was still required to wait about an hour until official check-in time!
Overview
With a stay at Hotel Route-Inn Yamagata Minami - Daigaku Byouin mae - in Yamagata, you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Utakake Inari Shrine. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. Free self parking is available onsite.

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Zao Kokusai Hotel - Yamagata - Building
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8.7 Excellent (792 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Zao International Hotel in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Zao Sanroku Ropeway. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: very good onsen (hot springs) quality, very good public bath facility, good country meal, provide shuttle form train station to hotel, provide discount coupon for rope cars
8.3 Excellent
Pros: The Twin room we got was big and spacious with a small living area with massage chair and there are 2 toilets in the room. The food for dinner and breakfast is good. Some staff members are able to communicate in English.
Cons: All are good.
9.6 Excellent
Pros: Excellent onsen, room good size, well equipped room, breakfast excellent
Cons: There is no a la carte menu in the restaurant
6.0 Good
Pros: The onsen was pretty good. It was clean. Staff were OK.
Cons: It is overpriced, the private onsen wasn't at all worth the money.
7.9 Good
Pros: Stunning ONSEN facilities.
Cons: Lack of Accessible western concierge/just adequate.
Hotel Lucent Takamiya - Yamagata - Building
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7.8 Good (534 reviews)
Overview Reviews
With a stay at Hotel Lucent Takamiya in Yamagata (Zaoonsen), you'll be within a 15-minute walk of Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort and Zao Chuo Ropeway. The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free self parking is available onsite.
7.9 Good
Cons: I would like some western options for breakfast
7.9 Good
Pros: Nice room and nice Rotenboro (outdoor onsen), breakfest was good, dinner was great!
Cons: Communication in English wasn't easy. We wanted massage service but we were told that it wasn't available for one night only guests, private onsen was a bit small.
7.5 Good
Pros: Great location for a ski holiday with the ropeway a short walk across the road. The public onsen is fabulous. For English speakers be warned that not a lot of English is spoken at the hotel however staff will go out of their way to try and assist.
Cons: Breakfast could have a bit more variety - especially when staying for longer periods of time. This hotel also caters to large tourist groups so be warned.
8.8 Excellent
Pros: The onsen was great and the food was very good.
Cons: The room smelled a little smoky.
10.0 Excellent
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff, meals served were great, overall we had wonderful time staying at Hotel Lucent!