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<Open in Winter>
Snow sake Yamagata

Enjoy sake and seasonal flavor of Yamagata - winter version

<Open in Winter> Snow sake Yamagata

Snow monster welcomes you in Zao, Yamagata. Zao is one of the rare places where you can meet snow monsters. Quality of snow is Yamagata is amazing indeed. Niseko is awesone, but Zao cannot be beaten. Please book in a group of 2 people or more (1-person booking cannot be accepted unfortunately due to the logistics issue) and contact us at least two weeks in advance.

  • Go deep in sake - sake glass making at pottery, sake testing sessions with kurabito / former kurabito (sake brewer), sake dinner, and more! Throughout the weekend, more than five different sake brands are waiting for you

  • Visit sake brewery usually not open to public

  • Stay at ryokan and try two very different onsen in Zao and in Kurosawa

  • Feel local - guided by Yamagatan

  • Easy trip with all-inclusive concept


Greetings in Yamagata on Sunday afternoon, spending two nights and leaving there on Tuesday afternoon. This course is almost-all-inclusive - local transportation, ryokans, lunches, dinner, tasting, etc. you do not need to pay extra (excluding lift tickets - approx. USD 45 per day - and rental ski/snowboard and gear).

Example ​Schedule


Welcome to Yamagata – “another Japan over the mountain”!

  • Arriving and meeting us at Tendo Station at 1:00 pm

  • Visit Dewazakura Sake Brewery <With guided tasting session>

  • Prestigious onsen ryokan at Tendo Onsen (Yunoka Matsunoyu or equivalent)

  • Sake paring dinner <Special sake set available only for our guests>



  • Snow day! If you are a skier or a snowboarder, you can enjoy the full day in Mt. Zao. If you are not, you can still enjoy the snow using the ropeways.

  • Sake pairing dinner <Prepared just for our guests>

  • Check-in at a hotel located at city centre (or equivalent)



  • Michelin-listed Hirashimizu Sake Experience

  > Sake glass making

  > Sake tasting session guided by former brewer <Prepared just for our guests>

  • Farewell local sake lunch

  • Saying goodbye and leaving Yamagata Station at 2:00 pm




Please ask via contact form

  • Standard: Itinerary set-up

  • Special: Guided by our professional

  • Premium: Guided by Yuki Ojima, the CEO of Story of Sake

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