Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort » Japan


Nozawa Onsen offers a perfect Japanese ski experience with its traditional charm and exceptional skiing. What was once a hot spring village, is now a thriving and well establish ski resort.

Located to the north of Nagano Prefecture, it is easily accessed from Tokyo and is becoming increasingly popular with travelers due to its 10+ metres of snow, varied terrain for beginners to advanced, family friendly facilities, its traditional village and the ease for English speaking guests.

Most well-known for its spectacular Fire Festival (Dosojin Matsuri), this exciting event is held each year in early January giving visitors and insight into Japanese history. Be sure to book accommodation early if you are planning to be there during this period.


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Nozawa Onsen Village Facts:


The charming village has a great mix of ancient and contemporary Japanese culture with cobblestone streets and traditional inns and shops. It is popular for its abundance of hot springs dating back to the 8th century that are scattered throughout the village.

A good range of accommodation is available to suit all budgets from traditional Ryokans, inns, humble hotels and self-contained options. Most rooms are Japanese style with tatami flooring, futons and shared bathroom facilities. Best of all, it is sans big chain hotels. The ski hill is accessible from most accommodation on foot, that said, as the village lies below the ski hill, at one point of the day you will have to walk up a hill.

By Japanese standards, the village offers a reasonable amount of nightlife with a few bars (nothing like Niseko or Hakuba) and a great range of restaurants and excellent Japanese cuisine.

The most popular après ski activity are the onsens so be prepared to get naked! Other activities include snowmobiling, snowshoeing plus a swimming pool with wave pool. Nozawa Onsen is close to Nagano and many other popular ski resorts making it a perfect day trip to other resorts.

The village offers a couple of convenience stores, plenty of souvenir shops and 2 international ATMs.