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Photo Trip to Mount Zaō 「蔵王山」

My friend and fellow blogger Lori and I spent three amazing days in Mount Zaõ, in Yamagata Prefecture, North of Japan. It was a trip dedicated to photography and we had a blast.

As much as I love Tokyo, it’s always a good idea to take a break and leave the city. Zaõ was the perfect destination.

We stayed at Itoya Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, run by Ito-san and his wife. Ito-san is a ski instructor and he was our guide during our snow shoe (“kanjiki”) trekking up and down Zaõ.  At the top of Mount Zaõ, we were greeted by the spectacular “Snow Monsters”.  The “Monsters” are trees that the thick layers of frost and wind sculpt into amazing shapes.  The mountains are full of these Monsters and walking among them was one of the best things I’ve experienced.

Going up was easy but snowshoeing our way down in powder snow and between the trees was tough and wonderful all at the same time.

Mount Zao

A photo taken from the Shinkansen (Bullet Train)… I never get tired of these landscapes


Mount Zao

Mount Zao

Mount Zao

A sea of clouds covering the mountains


Mount Zao

Mount Zao

Mount Zao


Mount Zao

Mount Zao

Amazing Snow Monsters!!

Mount Zao

Mount Zao

Ito-san and I taking photos up in the mountain. Photo by Lori Ono

Mount Zao

Quietness and serenity in beautiful Mount Zaõ



Thanks Lori for such a wonderful time and thanks Hitoshi for your valuable help organising our trip!

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!


  1. Girl Gone Expat says

    What amazing winter pictures! I envy you. Despite being february it is no snow and 10degC here on the prarie! I have a sevaral friends who have gone to Japan just to ski – I can see why from from you pictures! 🙂

  2. Lori Ono says

    You are most welcome! I had a great time, too. We should do this trip again next year, too.

    I love your photos! I think they turned out better than mine. I finally edited today on a computer. Very, very different from trying to edit on the iPad.

    • Thanks Lori! I think your photos look great too, specially the pinholes! We’d go together on another trip soon 🙂

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