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.
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!