Chaque hiver, à Zaō Onsen, station de ski très prisée de la préfecture de Yamagata, se produit un phénomène très rare et pour le moins spectaculaire, que l'on appelle jūhyō en japonais: les « monstres de glace ».
A proximité du sommet du mont Zaō, soumis à des conditions météorologiques extrêmes, les sapins, couverts d'épaisses couches de neige, prennent l'apparence de gigantesques animaux, de monstres ou de statues de glace. Pas besoin de skier pour pouvoir les admirer, il vous suffit de prendre le téléphérique jusqu'au sommet et vous pourrez alors laisser libre cours à votre imagination!
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