NOZAWA

Season: late Nov to early May
Number of courses: 36
Number of lifts: 21
Longest course: 3.4 km

For those looking for a real life Japanese ski experience then Nozawa offers just that. Nozawa has been a hot spring mecca for over a thousand years and has been a skiing centre for around 200 years. It offers big mountain resort-style skiing, complimented by the wonderful charms and vibrant character of an authentic and traditional Japanese ski village, located right at the base of the resort. This combined with the wonderful hospitality of the local villagers makes for a great ambience and a refreshingly new & exciting ski holiday.After a day on the slopes, take a dip in one of the natural hot springs and soak up the traditional atmosphere.

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Accommodations

*All prices are based on twin share 7nights accommodation and 6 day lift pass otherwise stated.

Ryokan Sakaya
from $1,631 per person

Ryokan Sakaya is a traditional up market Japanese Ryokan. The Japanese-style rooms feature a private bathroom with a bathtub. Guests can relax in the sauna, go for a massage, or hot spring onsen. Dinner here is a unique experience.

Ryokan Jon Nobi
from $1,407 per person

Ryokan Jon Nobi is a newly refurbished Japanese Ryokan with modern western touches. Located in the centre of Nozawa Onsen Village. Complete with hot spring onsen, bar and restaurant.

St Anton Hotel
from $1,160 per person

This comfortable Austrian-themed hotel with its cosy rooms, homely atmosphere and friendly staff is centrally located within Nozawa Onsen Village.

Nozawa Grand Hotel

Just 20 minutes by car from JR Togari Nozawa-Onsen Train Station,. The Nozawa Grand Hotel has both Japanese and Western rooms. The hotel is only 200 meters from Shin-Yu Hot Spring and rooms have nature views, LCD TV, refrigerator and electric kettle. This hotel offer various size private Rotenburo open air hot spring bath rooms.

Nozawa Onsen Hotel

The Nozawa Onsen Hotel is a small hotel, essentially a traditional Ryokan, with its own onsen and with some rooms equipped with Western beds. Easy access to the Yu road (moving travelator) which takes you to the base of the Hikage slopes.

Tokiwaya Ryokan

Founded 370 years ago, Tokiwaya is a traditional ryokan featuring natural hot spring baths located in the middle of Nozawa Onsen area. It has 15 Japanese style rooms, all with ensuite, with LCD TV, refrigerator and air-conditioning. Washing machines and driers available free. Quiet library space, local beer bar.

Gasthof Schi-Heil

A family owned lodge with 7 large rooms all with ensuites & free wifi . Central location – within 5 minutes to all 13 public Onsen, restaurants and bars. A 7-8 easy walk to Yu-road travellator that takes you to the Hikage Gondola. Hotel operates Snow Monkey Tours and private transfers.

Access information

From Narita Airport

Passengers travelling from Narita Airport board the Narita Express to Tokyo Station. Travelling time approx. 1 hour.

From Tokyo

From 14 March 2015, the Nagano/Hokuriku Shinkansen will be extended from Nagano to Kanazawa and will newly stop at Iyama Station not far from Nozawa Onsen, improving the access situation.

Departing from Tokyo Station to Nagano passengers board the Nagano Bullet Train (Asama Shinkansen) frequent departures throughout the day. Travelling time approx. 90 minutes

From Nagano

By Train

Take the JR Iiyama Line from Nagano Station to Togari Nozawa Onsen Station takes approx. 65 minutes, operates hourly , and change to a bus bound for Nozawa Onsen (15 minutes, 300 yen one way, 8-9 round trips per day). Almost all buses connected to train arrival times.

Alternatively, you could get off the train at Iiyama Station (55 minutes, 580 yen one way, hourly departures) and catch a bus to Nozawa from there (40 minutes, 700 yen one way, 10-12 round trips per day), but note that the timing between trains and buses along this route is not always convenient.

By Bus

Nagaden operates direct buses six times a day between Nagano Station bus stop No.4 and the Nozawa Onsen Chuo Bus Terminal (75 minutes, 1500 yen one way).

By direct highway bus from Narita Airport

During winter, one round trip per day is operating between Narita Airport and Myoko Kogen. The one way trip takes about six hours.

*Above fees and schedules are subject to change.

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