Nozawa Onsen Japan

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Nozawa Onsen Village

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Nozawa Onsen is a charming village located in the north of Nagano Prefecture – just under a two hour ride from Tokyo on the shinkansen bullet train, then a local shuttle to Nozawa. Renowned for its traditional onsen hot springs, stunning ski slopes, famous fire festival and rich cultural heritage, Nozawa Onsen offers a unique experience for travelers.

Take a stroll through the streets of Nozawa Onsen and admire the traditional architecture, narrow alleys, and quaint shops. Stop by the local craft stores to find unique souvenirs and handmade goods.

Visitors can indulge in the local culinary delights of Nozawa Onsen such as the famous Oyaki buns. Try Nozawana, a pickled leafy green vegetable, or sample Shinshu Soba, Nagano’s famous buckwheat noodles. Don’t forget to warm up with a bowl of hot nabe (hot pot) during the winter months.

Nozawa Onsen is not just about skiing and hot springs. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage or traditional Japanese spa treatment at one of the wellness centres in the village.

In the summer months, Nozawa Onsen offers excellent hiking and cycling opportunities. Explore the scenic trails around the area, which lead to beautiful waterfalls, lush forests, and breathtaking mountain views.

Remember to check the local weather and plan your activities accordingly. Nozawa Onsen is a year-round destination with something to offer in every season. Enjoy your visit to this rustic Japanese village!

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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts, nestling on the slopes of Mount Kenashi above the village. The resort offers a variety of terrain suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Nozawa Onsen has a good mix of groomed runs, powder areas and challenging slopes, boasting about 50 kilometres (31 miles) of ski runs and 21 ski lifts to access different parts of the mountain.
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Nozawa Onsen Accommodation

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There is nothing like combining light Japanese powder snow with a rich cultural experience and a deep soaking onsen (hot spring). The Nozawa Onsen village caters to this perfectly with a wide range of accommodation in Nozawa Onsen including ryokan & traditional inns, budget accommodation options, minshuku, pension, ski lodges, hotels, inns or self-contained apartment lodgings.

See our great range of options here or check the location of just some of your Nozawa Onsen accommodation options on the map below.

Nozawa Onsen Accommodation Map

Getting to Nozawa Onsen

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Aside from public transport there are several private and group direct transfer options for Nozawa Onsen. There are also inter-resort transfer options available to Madarao, Myoko Kogen, Hakuba, Nagano and Shiga Kogen.

Nozawa Onsen Car Rental

Your nearest rental points are Nagano and Iiyama Station. Go here to check availability and prices online.

Bathing in Nozawa Onsen

Throughout the village there are about thirty different type of hot springs and fourteen public hot spring baths. Whilst these baths are usually free of charge, there is a box outside each one for visitors to provide a donation for upkeep. You will also need to take your own towel and soap. Take care as some of the waters can be VERY hot, so make sure to test before plunging in. The baths are open from 6am to 11pm every day. These are managed by the local Yunkama (hot spring association) which is a residents’ autonomous organisation dating from the Edo period.

Many hotels have their own in-house hotsprings. These are complimentary for guests, but some allow outside visitors for a set fee (ask at reception).

For more information on the hotsprings of Nozawa Onsen head to our comprehensive Nozawa Onsen bathing guide by clicking on the button below. If you don’t know the rules of visiting onsen in Japan then a guide to visiting onsen can be found on the same page.

History of Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen is a historic hot spring village with a rich history that dates back over a thousand years. The hot springs in the Nozawa Onsen area were discovered around the 8th century during the Nara Period (710-794). It is believed that the village was originally settled by the Emishi people, an indigenous group in northeastern Japan.

Nozawa Onsen began to develop as a hot spring resort during the Edo Period (1603-1868). The village attracted travelers who came to enjoy the healing properties of its hot springs. The local community established communal bathhouses known as “soto-yu” to accommodate the visitors.

In the late 19th century, with the introduction of modern transportation, Nozawa Onsen became more accessible to tourists. The village gradually modernised its facilities, including the construction of inns and hotels to accommodate the growing number of visitors.

Nozawa Onsen’s transformation into a popular ski resort began in the 1920s when skiing was introduced to the area. It gained further popularity after hosting the Alpine events of the 1998 Winter Olympics, which took place in other Nagano resorts.

Today, Nozawa Onsen is a popular destination for both domestic and international tourists. It is renowned for its traditional atmosphere, historic hot springs, and the unique cultural experience of the Dosojin Fire Festival. The village has successfully preserved its traditional charm while embracing modern amenities to cater to the needs of its visitors.

What our visitors say

What do people like about Nozawa Onsen?

"Another brilliant trip to Nozawa Onsen, my favourite refuge from Australian summer. Cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful resort."
Bill S
"Nozawa is a favorite place to visit to ski. The views as you go down the runs are breathtaking. The weather always puts on at least one amazing day whenever I visit."
Emily D
Osaka, Japan
"Great skiing with many slopes to offer. Surprisingly not crowded. Extremely convenient location and all lodging within walking distance of the slopes."
Will G
Doha, Qatar

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