Yamagata - Zao Line(No reservation required)

Bus timetable

Bound for Zao Onsen

Bus stop name
No.1 bus stop
6:50 7:40 8:40 9:20 9:30 10:20 11:20 12:20 13:20 14:20 15:20 16:20 17:40 18:55
Zao Onsen 7:26 8:20 9:17 9:57 10:13 10:57 11:57 12:57 13:57 14:57 15:57 16:57 18:17 19:32
Okama Crater 11:09

Bound for Yamagata Station

Bus stop name
Okama Crater 13:00
Zao Onsen *7:00 7:50 8:40 9:40 10:20 11:20 12:20 13:20 14:00 14:20 15:20 16:20 17:20 18:40 19:50
7:45 8:35 9:25 10:25 11:05 12:05 13:05 14:05 14:41 15:05 16:05 17:05 18:05 19:25 20:27

*The buses depart from Zao Onsen at 7:00 are susupension of service on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and from December 29th to January 3rd.

Bus fares

Section One-way (adult) One-way(child)
Yamagata Station - Zao Onsen 1,200 yen 600 yen

※There is no round-trip discount.

No reservation required

Location of bus stops

Attention when boarding

Please be aware of the following when using Zao Onsen Line

Smoking is prohibited on all buses. Please refrain from smoking. Also, please refrain from drinking alcohol.

Please set your mobile phone to silent mode and refrain from talking on the phone.

Eating is prohibited.(Drinks except alcohol are possible.)

Please stand in line at the bus stop.

Before getting on the bus, please purchase tickets in advance at ticket windows.


How to Get to Ropeway Staitons

Step1 How to Ride a Bus

1.Before getting in line for the bus to Zao Onsen, purchase tickets at the Yamako Bus Yamagata Station Information Center. You can pay in cash or by cards.

Summer and Winter season tickets are sold as a set of the bus and ropeway.
Click here for details of Winter season ticket

2.Please line up in order at Yamagata station No.1 bus stop after buying tickets.
*Please line up 20 minutes before the departure time as it may be very crowded.

3.Put tickets into a fare box when you get off the bus. (Depending on the bus, tickets may be collected before boarding.)

Step2 The Way to Ropeway stations

Zao Onsen Bus Terminal