Do you know
what a snow monster is?

When you hear “snow monster,” what comes to your mind? An abominable snowman in the Himalayas? Or maybe a movie title? Actually, a snow monster refers to a juhyo ice-covered tree, a fantastic creature of nature. However these uniquely-shaped gigantic snow monsters are more than just ice-covered trees.
Juhyo are formed when water droplets in the air are blown by strong winds and freeze to the leaves and branches of evergreen pine trees, slowly morphing them into huge towering shapes. The formation of juhyo requires special weather conditions that are common in Japan, especially in the Tohoku region, but are not found in most snowy areas in other parts of the world.
Snow monsters are seen in high-altitude areas where popular ski resorts are located. It feels surreal to ski and snowboard in powder snow through looming snow monsters! Even if you are not keen on skiing or snowboarding, don’t worry. Just ride on a ropeway or snow car, and you will surely be overwhelmed by the stunning view of snow monsters unfolding before your eyes. The ropeway or snow car also ensures an easy return trip.

Tohoku Region

The Tohoku region in Japan consists of six prefectures on the east of Tokyo; Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima. This region boasts a rich natural environment and offers a variety of local specialties including rice, apples and other fruits, and marine products such as oysters and shark fins.
The Tohoku region is also famous for traditional summer festivals, among which Nebuta Festival and Kanto Festival are especially famous. Held in various parts of the region, these festivals captivate audiences with their unparalleled splendor. In winter, many skiers and snowboarders, both Japanese and foreign, visit ski resorts in the Tohoku region to enjoy the exhilarating powder snow.
Please come to the Tohoku region to experience the hospitality of local people and explore the local culture.

TOHOKU Regional Map

ACCESS

[ZAO]

Shinkansen【2h45min】
Tokyo Station → (Yamagata Shinkansen)→ Yamagata Station
DomesticFlight【1h05min】
Haneda Airport → Yamagata AP

[HAKKODA]

Shinkansen【3h】
Tokyo Station → (Tohoku Shinkansen)→ Shin-Aomori Station
DomesticFlight【1h15min】
Haneda Airport → Aomori AP

[MORIYOSHIZAN]

Shinkansen【3h】
Tokyo Station → (Tohoku Shinkansen)→ Shin-Aomori Station
DomesticFlight【1h15min】
Haneda Airport → Aomori AP
We welcome you to the Tohoku region,
a paradise of snow monsters!
You will be amazed at this wondrous world
that resembles nothing you have ever seen!
  • “Zao”. Yamagata-City
  • “Zao”. Yamagata-City
  • In "Zao," I light up the Snow monster "Juhyo". Flavor is at all different from it which shines to silver in the daytime, and the figure of "Juhyo" which is quiet and rises by the illumination that is full of colors in darkness of the jet black is the atmosphere that hesitates about the world fantastic at all, and was crowded.
  • “Hakkoda”. Aomori-City
  • “Hakkoda”. Aomori-City
  • Skiing to perform in very large nature for the cold winter period and the snowboard can sense Snow monster and high quality powder snow bodily. Winter Hakkoda can enjoy winter sports from December to May, and many skiers come.
  • “Moriyoshizan” . Kitaakita-City
  • “Moriyoshizan” . Kitaakita-City
  • A five-minute walk after an air gondola ride at Ani ski ground will lead you to unending plains of glistening silvery white Maries’ firs. Please be sure to experience this fantastic white world.