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Nozawa Onsen

Why Ski Nozawa Onsen?

  • Onsen hot spring resort - visitors go onsen-hopping in the evening
  • Traditional Japanese atmosphere and Japanese style accommodation
  • Unique local souvenirs/snacks such as dumplings, vegetables, and eggs cooked in onsen water
  • Two easily accessible base areas
  • Holds the spectacular annual fire festival on 15th January

About Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen is one of the classic ski resorts in Japan, which has expanded over a 70 year period into one of the largest ski areas in the country servicing more than 50 kilometers of trails. Nozawa ranks amongst one of the best ski resorts in Japan with an excellent course layout and great selection of runs offering great skiing and snowboarding experiences for beginners right through to the most advanced. From the top of Nozawa Onsen’s breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding national parks and the Japan Alps are to be had.
The village has a great sense of tradition and feeling of Japanese spirit with beautiful old streets and a bustling village full of history, culture and festivals. The village is also famous for its public hot-springs, with more than 30 springs located throughout the resort. On January 15th of every year, one of the most famous fire festivals in Japan is held in Nozawa Onsen which is truly an amazing spectacle.
Nozawa Onsen offers winter sports enthusiats fantastic skiing and boarding opportunities. This combined with the warm traditional expereicnes of staying in an authentic Japanese ryokan inn and onsen-hopping in the evenings is the perfect harmonie between winter ski holiday and cultural vacation.

Resort Stats

  • 40% Beginner Terrain
  • 30% Intermediate Terrain
  • 30% Advanced Terrain
  • 20 Number of Lifts
  • 297 hectares skiable acres
  • Top Elevation 1650m
  • Vertical Drop 1085m
  • Longest Run 10km
  • Nearest Airport & Distance Tokyo Haneda (HND) - 280km

Where is Nozawa Onsen?

Nozawa Onsen is located in the Nagano region of Japan. It can be reached by the bullet train from Tokyo to the nearby Iyama Station. From Iyama it is a short taxi ride to the Nozawa Onsen village.

The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival - 15 January

The Nozawa Fire Festival, also called the “Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Matsuri” is a powerful and energetic winter festival in Japan featuring the awesome combination of snow, sake and fire. Dating back to 1863, the Nozawa Fire Festival is one of Japan’s three most famous fire festivals. The festival is held annually to pray for health, good fortune and an abundant harvest in the coming year. The annual event on 15 January is extremely popular and accommodation books out up to 10 months in advance. If you want to visit Nozawa over the period of the festival, we recommend booking your ski holiday early!    

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hotel elizabeth
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Offering comfortable, simple accommodation to its guests, we hope to convince you to fall in love with the village, even if you originally came just for the amazing skiing on the mountain. The owner is a Japan-trained Taiwanese potter and you might catch a glimpse of her at her wheel during your stay.

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Kiriya Ryokan
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This traditional style hotel offers exceptional value for money. Situated in a fantastic east village location amidst all the shops, restaurants and moments from the slopes, the hotel has lovely knowledgeable service and good selection of rooms in Western-Japanese style or traditional Japanese. Amenities include natural spring onsens onsite, Japanese restaurant, beautiful Japanese garden, complimentary WiFi and parking.

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Lodge Matsuya
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Lodge Matsuya Located right amongst it in the hub of the Nozawa Village, offering modest levels of accommodation with excellent

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Ryokan Jon Nobi
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Jon Nobi in Nozawa Onsen offers customers all the creature comforts one would expect from a traditional style up-market Ryokan property.

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Kiriya Ryokan

Kiriya Ryokan 30/11/2024

per person$2135
  • 7 Nights in a Twin Share Japanese Room
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 5 Day Nozawa Onsen Lift Ticket
Nozawa Onsen Hotel

Nozawa Onsen Hotel 30/12/2024

per person$1595
  • 7 Nights in a Standard Twin Room
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 5 Day Nozawa Onsen Lift Ticket