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3-Night Self-Guided Ski Package at Zao Astrea Resort Hotel in Yamagata

Start your relaxing ski vacation by traveling to Zao Onsen located in Yamagata Prefecture and getting picked up at Zao Bus Terminal/Zao Onsen Terminal heading to the Zao Astrea Resort. The popular Zao Astrea Resort offers easy access to the rope-way and direct access to the ski slopes. This resort also boasts natural onsen (hot spring) as well as spectacular view from the highest elevation of Zao. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view while soaking in the warm hot spring outdoors. In addition, you will experience the wonderful "omotenashi", a unique Japanese word meaning hospitality, from the resort staff and delicious breakfast and dinner using fresh local ingredients that are included in the package.Enjoy ski or snowboard from long downhill courses extending for 10km at their longest, to the "Wall of Yokokura," with its maximum incline of 38 degrees, the winter attractions of Zao are concentrated in these epic and diverse ski slopes. Everyone from beginners to experts can have their fill of winter sports. Have you seen the "Snow Monster (Juhyo in Japanese)" in Yamagata? The frost covered trees called "juhyo" are labeled as the "Snow Monsters". Zao is known throughout the world with large and beautiful juyho and the annual "Zao Juhyo Festival" is a must-see event.

$320.81 Luxury & Special Occasions

Overnight Stay at Takinoyu Ryokan in an Annex Special Room with Onsen and Meals

The ryokan's 89 rooms are divided into four buildings -- "Tokunohana (Splendor of Seasons)," "Shikitei (Four Seasons Pavilion)," "Bekkan (Annex) Guest Rooms," and "Honkan (Main) Guest Rooms" -- for a combined 16 different room layouts. The Tokunohana rooms are in Japanese-Western style. Almost all rooms in Tokunohana feature an open-air rotenburo onsen (outdoor hot springs) with a traditional Japanese tatami room and a Western-style bedroom. The "Beni no yu" (Red Bath) for ladies and the "Ran no yu" (Blue Bath) for men are large public bath areas for the relaxation of guests. The baths' spring water is of such high quality, it is known as "Bijin no yu (Beauty's Bath)" (hot spring water that makes the skin soft and smooth). Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer (or soft drink) after a soak in the hot spring.One reason for Takinoyu's popularity is the food it serves. Dinner consists of Yamagata's local dish (Imoni) and its all-you-can-eat supply of free organic vegetables grown right at the ryokan. The main dish for dinner is locally-raised Yonezawa beef, a popular breed of Japanese wagyu beef. At the "Kurazen" restaurant, guests can enjoy a relaxing meal with a significant other with views overlooking an exquisite traditional Japanese garden. Breakfast is served in buffet style.Another reason for Takinoyu's popularity is its variety of complimentary benefits. There is a space where guests can make "onsen tamago"(hot spring eggs), where eggs are slow-boiled by the hot spring water. This booking includes a one-night stay in Annex Special room with an open-air onsen with breakfast and dinner.

$267.35 Luxury & Special Occasions

Overnight Stay at Takinoyu Ryokan in an Annex Special Tatami Room with Onsen and Meals

The ryokan's 89 rooms are divided into four buildings -- "Tokinohana (Splendor of Seasons)," "Shikitei (Four Seasons Pavilion)," "Bekkan (Annex) Guest Rooms," and "Honkan (Main) Guest Rooms" -- for a combined 16 different room layouts. The Tokinohana rooms are in Japanese-Western style. The "Beni no yu" (Red Bath) for ladies and the "Ran no yu" (Blue Bath) for men are large public bath areas for the relaxation of guests. The baths' spring water is of such high quality, it is known as "Bijin no yu (Beauty's Bath)" (hot spring water that makes the skin soft and smooth). Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer (or soft drink) after a soak in the hot spring.One reason for Takinoyu's popularity is the food it serves. Dinner consists of Yamagata's local dish (Imoni) and its all-you-can-eat supply of free organic vegetables grown right at the ryokan. The main dish for dinner is locally-raised Yamagata beef, a popular breed of Japanese wagyu beef. At the "Kurazen" restaurant, guests can enjoy a relaxing meal with a significant other with views overlooking an exquisite traditional Japanese garden. Breakfast is served in buffet style.Another reason for Takinoyu's popularity is its variety of complimentary benefits. There is a space where guests can make "onsen tamago"(hot spring eggs), where eggs are slow-boiled by the hot spring water. This booking includes a one-night stay in Annex room with a tatami room and twin beds with breakfast and dinner.

$160.41 Luxury & Special Occasions

Overnight Stay at Takinoyu Ryokan in a Main Standard Tatami room with Onsen and Meals

The ryokan's 89 rooms are divided into four buildings -- "Tokinohana (Splendor of Seasons)," "Shikitei (Four Seasons Pavilion)," "Bekkan (Annex) Guest Rooms," and "Honkan (Main) Guest Rooms" -- for a combined 16 different room layouts. The Tokinohana rooms are in Japanese-Western style. The "Beni no yu" (Red Bath) for ladies and the "Ran no yu" (Blue Bath) for men are large public bath areas for the relaxation of guests. The baths' spring water is of such high quality, it is known as "Bijin no yu (Beauty's Bath)" (hot spring water that makes the skin soft and smooth). Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer (or soft drink) after a soak in the hot spring.One reason for Takinoyu's popularity is the food it serves. Dinner consists of Yamagata's local dish (Imoni) and its all-you-can-eat supply of free organic vegetables grown right at the ryokan. The main dish for dinner is locally-raised Yamagata beef, a popular breed of Japanese wagyu beef. At the "Kurazen" restaurant, guests can enjoy a relaxing meal with a significant other with views overlooking an exquisite traditional Japanese garden. Breakfast is served in buffet style.Another reason for Takinoyu's popularity is its variety of complimentary benefits. There is a space where guests can make "onsen tamago"(hot spring eggs), where eggs are slow-boiled by the hot spring water. This booking includes a one-night stay in the main tower with a tatami anteroom with breakfast and dinner included.

$99.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Autumn Leaves in Yamanashi: Higashizawa Ohashi Bridge & Yatsugatake Kogen Train

The tour sets off from Tokyo at 8:20 heading to Yamanashi Prefecture for a day of admiring autumn leaves and lots of eating!The bus will drop you off at Kiyosato Station, the highest station in Yamanashi and entrance to the popular highland area. Board the Koumi Line (also known as the Yatsugatake Kogen line) and enjoy the scenery during the 5.9km journey to Nobeyama Station, 1,345m above sea level crossing into Nagano Prefecture. Pop back on the bus again at Nobeyama with the tour moving onto Higashizawa Ohashi Bridge, a vermillion bridge not too dissimilar in color to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, that spans a gorge with wonderful views of the Yamagata mountains and forests bursting in reds, golds and yellows. Spend 20 minutes getting some great social media worthy photos to make your friends and family envious!After a morning of autumn leaves sightseeing, it's time to return to Kiyosato by bus for lunch at Sun Meadows. Enjoy a buffet featuring around 40 different dishes using only the freshest of ingredients which prides itself on the local vegetables. You have 50 minutes for lunch and to enjoy the fresh highland air.Make sure to keep some room in your stomachs as the afternoon activities continue on the theme of food! First up is a visit to the Yatsugatake Cheese Cake Factory for a spot of shopping for half an hour. The shop uses local dairy products for their specialized cheesecakes so make sure you buy some as a souvenir and to try immediately!The tour then heads to Katsunuma (part of Koshu), the final stop on the tour, for grape picking. Katsunuma, and the Koshu area more generally, is known as Japan's wine country and the center for the study of grape cultivation, so there is no place better to pick the fruit! You have half an hour to pick and eat as much grapes as you can and the farm's homemade raisin bread is also included.Board the bus for the final time returning to Tokyo around 18:25.