Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort, a ski resort looking over frost-covered trees, enjoyable even for beginners.

April 08, 2021
Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort turns into Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort during the winter. This is the largest resort in Miyagi Prefecture providing different courses welcoming couples to families.

Many courses, different experiences

Piste with frost covered trees
We will walk you through the ratings of different ski courses at Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort.

10 courses for beginners to advanced skiers

There are 10 courses in this resort accommodating beginner to advanced skiers.
5 out of 10 courses are for beginners with slope gradient ranging from 13 to 23 degrees, all fairly gentle slopes.
There are 4 courses for intermediate level skiers with slope gradient ranging from 23 to 33 degrees and the total run distance of 240 to 800 meters depending on a slope.
And lastly, an advanced course with slope gradient of 35 degrees at the steepest point.

There are sledges and an inflatable bouncy slide in “Kids Park” area, so everyone can find something to have fun wit at Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort.

Have fun all day!

Skis line up
Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort has more to offer than just skiing. Here they are.

Special deals with lift ticket and gondola ticket

You can purchase a lift ticket every time you ride or in a booklet of 11 tickets. Gondola lift ticket can be purchased as one way or a round trip.

If you are riding multiple times, it is a better deal to buy “Gondola and Lift Pass” which comes in three types: 4 hours, 6 hours and 8 hours.

If you are going to this resort with your family, then “Family Ski Package” is recommendable. This package includes gondola & lift ticket (valid for 6 hours) and a 900 JPY meal coupon for 2 adults and 1 child at 11,400 JPY.

Fun and friendly ski lessons

There are different ski and snowboard lessons offered in this resort including fun ones for beginners. You can contact and find out details about lesson offered at following schools:
“Miyagi Zao Ski School”, “Miyagi Zao Pro Ski School“ and “JSBA Miyagi Zao Eboshi Snowboard School”
Lessons are available from children to adults including a private lessons. Choose one for yourself depending on your needs.

To make the most of your ski experience, ski gears play a big role (to feel good skiing!). At Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort, you can rent popular brand ski clothing and new models. You can rent by a an item or a full set. You can also switch between ski and snowboard if within the rent period, so you can try different styles.

Enjoy your break with a good meal

Big piste
Enjoy a meal at one of two restaurants in the resort:

Restaurant Eboshi

Their signature dish is a juicy hamburg steak. Curry and rice and pasta dishes are also on their menu.
This restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of Gondola House and is close to gondola boarding area.

Restaurant Kamoshika

Their popular menu is “All You Can Pile Up” which literally means you can eat as much food as you can fit on one plate including curry, toppings, salad and rice. This restaurant provides a view of the Pacific Ocean. On a sunny day, you can enjoy a meal with a view of magnificent natural landscape.

Hotels and access

Frost covered trees and ropeway
Hotel and the distance from the hotel to the ski resort are important factor of your ski trip. See below the accommodations that have great access to the ski resort.

Active Resorts Miyagi Zao, a luxurious stay

It is about 8 kilometers which is about 20 minutes drive from this hotel to the ski resort. The hotel has single rooms to bigger rooms for families each providing an environment to relax.

The hotel has a buffet and four restaurants including Iroriyaki restaurant serving hearth-grilled seasonal vegetables and an izakaya (Japanese style pub) serving Japanese cuisine and sake.

Great access to not only the ski resort but also tourist destinations in Zao. You can have fun in this area even if you don’t ski.

Hoshiakari no Yado Mahoroba, relax in a cozy ambience

This hotel is popular for Japanese style rooms with ambience of Japan’s old ancient capital, Kyoto. There are 19 rooms in total out of which 11 rooms come with private outdoor bath adding a very Japanese touch to your trip.
It is about 6 kilometers which is a 15 minutes drive to Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort. This hotel is especially recommended for those who want a unique stay besides the winter sports.

Togatta Onsen Tamaya Ryokan, try Japanese haute cuisine

This hotel serves the haute cuisine called kaiseki using lots of seasonal ingredients in a homelike environment. Hotel and lift ticket package is especially popular. “Ski/ Snowboard Package” which includes a single day lift pass is also popular. Guests of this hotel will get 30% off on a single day lift ticket purchase (lift ticket only valid at Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort).
It takes about 15 minutes by car to the ski resort.

How to reach Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort

A signage on top of a mountain
To get to Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort from Tokyo, you will take the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station. The bullet train ride is about a couple of hours. You will then get off the train at Shiraishizao Station. From there, it is about 40 minutes by car to the resort.
If you are coming from Sendai Station or Sendai Airport, it is about one hour by car to reach the resort.

Driving to Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort

If you are thinking about driving to the ski resort, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably the frozen or snow covered roads. The area has heating roads by circulating hot water below the pavement to melt snow on roads.
You still need snow chains or studded snow tires but driving is much easier especially for those who are not used to driving in snow.

The resort has a large parking space with capacity of 3,000 cars. Parking is free during the weekdays, but 600 JPY per day on Saturdays, Sundays, Japan’s national holidays and during the year end / new year season.

Shirokuma Bus, a direct access to the ski resort from Sendai

Shirokuma Bus logo
If you are coming from Sendai Station (JR line), then “Shirokuma Bus” is convenient. Shirokuma Bus & Gondola and Lift Pass (valid for 6 hours) is also available at reasonable prices. You will get a discount on ski or snowboard rental if you purchase Shirokuma Bus ticket.

(Note) Shirokuma Bus needs to be reserved at least 4 days before the date of use.

Free shuttle bus option (seasonal services)

There is also a shuttle bus running to Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort which runs from Zao-machi Furusato Cultural Center (known as Gozain Hall) to Togatta Onsen (the bus stop is in front of Zao-machi tourist information office).
This is a seasonal bus service available from the end of December to March (with no recess during the season). It is convenient if you found an accommodation located close to the bus transit point.

Summary

Piste covered with heavy snow
Miyagi Zao Eboshi Ski Resort is the largest in Miyagi Prefecture offering wide range of courses, discounted lift ticket packages, new rental ski clothes and equipment. There are many hotels and sightseeing spots available in the area to make your stay fun and enjoyable.

【Note】
Pricing information and schedule may not be up to date and are subject to change without notice. Please check before your trip.

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Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort Miyagi Prefecture

Dec. 1st to Mar. 31st
Courses9
Lifts7
Longest run distance4,300 m
Maximum gradient35 °
Courses9
Lifts7
Longest run4,300 m
Maximum35 °