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Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen combines an authentic Japanese atmosphere with a modern lift network. The village is steeped in traditional charm with local Izakaya lining the main street and natural hot spring onsen to enjoy after a day on the slopes. Fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture with a stay in a traditional luxury Ryokan for a unique ski holiday.

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Nozawa Onsen, Japan

Ryokan Sakaya

Nozawa Onsen, Japan

Address Nozawa

The destination

Nozawa Onsen is a sleepy hot spring town in northern Nagano Prefecture on Japan’s main island featuring charming, wood-panelled streets and buildings that have survived since the Edo period (1603-1868). There are 13 traditional hot spring baths (sotoyu) maintained by the local community that are freely open to the public as well as a range of both traditional and international restaurants and bars to enjoy.

nozawa onsen luxury ski holiday imgDuring the Winter, visitors can enjoy the 1,085 metres of vertical downhill skiing with two gondolas taking you straight to the top, accessing 36 runs, the longest of which is almost seven miles long. Whilst not as large as either Niseko or the Hakuba Valley, Nozawa Onsen's ski area is stunningly pretty, with expansive views and wooded runs. There is plenty of variety with steep, mogul runs and excellent off-piste between the trees, as well as gentle, cruisy blues — all of which benefit from Japan's legendary quality of snow.

Nozawa Onsen is truly the best place in Japan for combining a cultural experience with excellent skiing. A real highlight is a stay at a Ryokan (traditional Inn). Here, guests sleep on a futon laid out on tatami mats, bathe in communal hot spring baths and feast on delicate Kaiseki cuisine. There are also fantastic day trips within easy reach of the town including the famous bathing “snow monkeys” of Yudanaka and the beautiful castle town of Matsumoto.

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We Recommend

  • Our favourite run: Sky Line
  • Best off-piste: Yamabiko
  • Mountain lunch: Panorama House Buna
  • Après Ski: Any Izakaya in the village
  • Dinner: Soba-dokoro Daimon
  • Non-skiers: Visit the famous snow monkeys / one of the 13 public onsens (soto-yu) in the village

The Essentials

  • Ski Schools: Nozawa Onsen Ski School - English speaking private lessons available
  • Private Guides: Nozawa Onsen Ski School
  • Childcare: Yes
  • Massage: Yes
  • Transfers: Yes

Key facts

  • 21 lifts
  • 36 runs
  • Base elevation of 565 metres
  • Top elevation of 1,650 metres
  • Pistes: 36
  • Blue: 40%
  • Red: 30%
  • Black: 30%

Getting There

50 km (55 minutes) drive from Nagano Shinkansen station

Luxury Ski Hotels in Nozawa Onsen

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