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Nozawa Onsen

Nestled in an idyllic landscape, surrounded by imposing mountain ranges lies the classic resort of Nozawa Onsen.

With skiing first being introduced in 1912, history has shaped the present in this timeless mountain village.

Well known as one of Japan’s premier classic resort destinations, this impressive area has cultivated its warm après-ski charm throughout its long history of winter sports. Even though Nozawa offers some of the best skiing in Japan and a host of other alpine adventures, this often takes a back seat to the magical feeling of the village when it is blanketed in the copious amounts of snow it receives every winter. The fairy tale-like enchantment of this winter wonderland has long captivated the Japanese as they relax in the abundant natural hot springs that are seemingly around every turn.

Nozawa offers travelers and alpine winter sports enthusiasts fantastic skiing & boarding opportunities. This combined with warm traditional experiences staying at authentic Japanese ryokan inns and wandering through red, lantern lit cobble stone roads and walkways is the perfect way to spend a winter vacation. Stroll the streets and feel the romantic charm, which exudes from the lodges and shops. Pamper yourself in any of the 30 hot springs or rummage through one enticing rustic little shop to the next. Nozawa is all this and more. Why not step off the beaten path and immerse yourself in this picturesque and truly Japanese ski resort!

Nozawa Onsen is the classic Japanese ski village with historic traditional inns and lodges lying at the foot of a pristine mountain resort. This is a special resort, as along with great skiing, with everything from gentle beginner slopes, to steep and deep, pristine powder runs; Nozawa has retained much of its history and traditional Japanese heritage. With a vertical of 3550 ft, this resort ranks among Japan’s best. Catch either one of the scenic gondolas and its just minutes to the top of the mountain and over 30 miles of trails; the choices are endless. Families and beginners are well looked after with wide-open, gentle slopes throughout the resort. Just like St. Anton its sister resort in Austria, Nozawa also has its own unique mountain culture where tradition and history play a big part in your vacation. Nozawa stages countless cultural and sporting events with the high point being the extraordinary Dosojin Fire Festival, held on January the 15th each year.

Nozawa is a special place. Great skiing, history, charm, tradition, and hospitality are all blended together in one wonderful location.

Key Facts:

Ski area: Nozawa Onsen

Resort Height: 1850 ft

Skiing Elevation: 1850 – 5400 ft

Pistes: 30 miles

Beginner: 40%

Intermediate: 30%

Advanced: 30%

Getting There:

Tokyo (Narita Airport)

4 hours 30 minutes (train/bus)

  • Nozawa Grand View
  • Gondola
  • Nozawa Night Shot
  • Fire Festival
  • Kawaichiya lounge
  • Nozawa Onsen Hotel bath 2
  • Nozawa Onsen Kitchen
  • Nozawa Powder Daytime All Mountain
  • Nozawa Village Dusk
  • Shimataya Ryokan
  • Skier3
  • Tatami Rm Dinner