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"Icefall" Frozen Waterfall Snow Trekking in Yamagata

Enter a world covered in ice, just like in the movies! Guide included and equipment rental available, so even snowy mountain trekking beginners can easily participate!

Operation Period

Early January to End of the March

Time Required

About 5 hours

Number of Participants



9,000 JPY– (tax included)

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This is a snow trekking adventure with the goal of visiting a frozen waterfall called Hyobaku in the Yamagata Zao area. Every winter, the entire gigantic waterfall freezes, creating an icefall approximately 30 meters high and several dozen meters wide. The power cannot be conveyed in photos.

This area, which has long attracted ice climbing enthusiasts, is known as the Ice Garden, and is an icy world straight out of a movie. Step into the world of ice at Senninzawa Ice Garden in search of unknown, spectacular views.

・Providing hot water: The guide will provide hot water during lunch time, so there is no need to bring a mountain climbing burner.
・Portable toilet: We will bring a tent-type portable toilet, so women do not have to worry about using the toilet.
・Photo gift: During the tour, the guide will take photos and send you the data for free on the day of the tour.

We head mainly downhill from the lift end of Zao Riza World Ski Resort, aiming for the icefall. The end of the second lift is a frost-covered area with a series of large ice monsters. You can also enjoy viewing Ice Monsters (frost-covered trees) here.

From the end of the lift, put on your crampons and trek for about an hour to Senninzawa Ice Garden.
Rental snowshoes are the latest gear that has just been introduced, so they are easy to wear and walk in.

When you arrive, have lunch while looking at the icefall. The guide will provide you with hot water, so please bring a warm lunch such as cup noodles. In addition, a tent-type portable toilet can be set up during lunch, so you can use the restroom. You can stay hydrated without worrying about going to the toilet.

After enjoying the mysterious world of ice, climb back up the steep slope and change into snowshoes. Walk on the fluffy fresh snow, slide on your butt, and enjoy walking down the mountain to the ski resort without using the lift on the way back.

Those who have never experienced mountain climbing in the snow can participate, but they must have the physical strength to carry a 10 kg backpack and walk for more than 4 hours on their own feet. There are some steep descents and climbs.

If the route to the icefall is not safe to walk due to field conditions, we may change to walking around the area using snowshoes.

All year round, outdoor guides immersed in Yamagata's nature are eagerly waiting to welcome you. Come visit Yamagata and experience the beauty of our surroundings!

Experience Program Name"Icefall" Frozen Waterfall Snow Trekking in Yamagata
Activity LocationZao Liza World gathering
Time RequiredAbout 5 hours
Operation PeriodEarly January to End of the March
Start Time9:00 AM
Minimum number of participants1people
Maximum number of participants10people
Reservation Deadline1 days before by 18:00
Important notes regarding participation--- Things you definitely need to prepare ---
・Cold-weather clothing (cold-proof/waterproof tops and bottoms such as ski wear. Please bring warm enough clothing in case of weather below -10 degrees Celsius)
・Climbing shoes (high cut, cold and waterproof. You can also participate in winter boots or snow boots, but you will need to wear thick socks or two layers of socks to prevent your feet from moving too much inside the shoes.)
knit cap (covers the ears)
・Gloves (warm ones, such as ones for skiing. *Cotton gloves and woolen gloves are not good because they get wet and allow wind to pass through.)
・Rucksack (20 liters or more; light crampons and helmet will be stored in the backpack during the tour)
・Lunch (bread and cup noodles, etc. Hot water will be provided.)
・Drinks (water bottles filled with warm drink. Plastic bottles may freeze)
・Snowshoes, poles, light crampons, helmet (rental available)
--The following are things that are good to have--
・Gator spats (things that are attached to the ankles to prevent snow from getting into the shoes)
・Down jacket or fleece (for use during breaks)
・Thin gloves or work gloves (for use when eating)
・Heat pad
Adult (10 years and older)9,000 JPY (Tax included)
Rental of essential gear (snowshoes, poles, light crampons, helmet)3,000 JPY (Tax included)
What is included in the price・Guide fee
・Insurance fee
・lift fee
What is not included in the price・Rental of essential gear: 3,000 yen (snowshoes, poles, light crampons, helmet)
・Parking fee (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays only. Free on weekdays)
Method of PaymentAdvance payment by credit card.
About cancellations and changesIn case of cancellation or change, please contact us as soon as possible.
Cancellation PolicyIn the event of cancellation for your convenience, the following cancellation fees will apply.
Up to 8 days before: Free of charge
Cancellation 4 to 2 days prior: 550 yen
Cancellation the day before: 2,200 yen
Same-day cancellation: Full amount
Cancellation without notice: full amount
Special GiftThe guide will take photos during the tour and send the files later by email as a special memory.
Meeting SpotZao Liza World gathering
Zao Liza World inside restaurant building
Meeting TimeStart meeting time 9:00AM (Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time.)
AccessFrom Sendai: 1 hour and 50 minutes by car to Yamagata City, then 45 minutes by car.
From Sendai: 1 hour and 50 minutes by train to Kaminoyama Onsen Station, then 30 minutes by car.
Barrier-free AccessNo
About Guides and ToursOur staff, including a former Japanese representative of ski orienteering competitions in snowy mountain fields, a WMA outdoor disaster first aid license holder, and a former Tokyo Fire Department paramedic, are all capable of providing activity services with safety in mind for our clients.
In addition, we strive to improve our services on a daily basis through regular skill improvement technique training sessions among our staff.
About multi-lingual supportJapanese/English
Company / OrganizationYAMAGATA EXPERIENCE/Iide canoe club