Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa is a hot spring and ski resort village near Nagano, and the village is certainly the highlight of the area, offering a unique Japanese cultural experience. We recommend visiting the many onsens (in fact there are 13 free hotsprings, maintained by volunteers, many dating back to the 8th century.) With hotspring steam emerging from the cobblestoned village streets, it is certainly worth exploring all of the sights and sounds of Nozawa, and the entire town can be explored by foot. The ski resort itself is also well serviced, and often said to be the biggest single ski resort (excluding interconnected resorts such as Niseko) in Japan.


“Nozawa is a delightful 1000 year old village, complete with cobblestone alleyways and steaming onsens. Not only a great ski destination, this place is perfect for those wishing to experience authentic Japanese culture.”



Season: November – May

Altitude: 1650m

Terrain: Beginner 40% / Intermediate 30% / Advanced 30%

Lift system: 25 lifts including 2 gondolas

Vertical: 1085m

Longest run: 10km

Average Snowfall: 12m+

Terrain Parks: Pipe, jumps, rails, boxes