Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Nozawa Onsen is located just one hour’s drive from Nagano City in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture – a charming hot spring village located at the foot of Kenashi-yama Mountain which is home to around 4,000 people. The village is said to date back to 8th century but has been renowned for it’s hot springs and traditional inns since the Edo period. More recently Nozawa has also gained popularity as a ski area that features a great variety of terrain and amazing snow that’s hard to match. Head to nozawa-onsen.com for all the information you need on Nozawa Onsen!
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crawford_thomas
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
Jan 2023
Nozawa Onsen has a traditional Japanese feel and great snow. Lot's of options for food, including street food, and the fire festival is a lot of fun.
Written 23 April 2023
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Written 14 August 2023
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Rick Nelson
19 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
I have only been twice during winter. As a skiing destination combined with a cultural experience it is hard to beat. Onsens, snow monkey tours, snow shoeing tours and of course very good skiing and snow boarding are all on offer. If you are from Australia it doesn't get much better. No time zone shock, reliable deep and good snow and a civilised country. Take out the air fare component and it us a no brainer when it comes to value for money. Food, ski hire and lift tickets are way cheaper. As a senior (over 60) I skied for $42 dollars a day. Dinner and drinks usually no more than $23. You do the math!
Written 4 March 2023
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Written 14 August 2023
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Eric Thomas
2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
Really wanted to see the Dosojin Fire Festival which had been promoted on every travel article for Nozawa. It was suggested to stay in neighboring towns and pay a visit for the festival. Was turned away at the entrance to the festival grounds, requiring a ticket that was supposedly only given to locals.

Spent untold thousands of dollars and hours to visit Japan and make it out to this mountain town just to be turned away. Great way to make people NOT want to come back and spend money here.
Written 15 January 2023
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We truly apologize for your inconvenience. Due to Covid the festival has been restricted for the last three year to village residents and guests staying within the village. It is not based on nationality. This policy has been freely available during this time to the public and travel industry. It is unfortunate that your agent did not inform you of this when booking. Please do talk to them about this oversight. We hope you can accept this humble apology and we hope to see you another time to celebrate with us. Please contact Nozawa Kanko (Nozawa Tourist Board) or a local hotel for all the latest updates. Thank you.
Written 14 August 2023
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Makoto N
2 contributions
Mar 2022
Went to Furusatono Yu, which is very nice one! as it is not as too hot as the local free public onsen although it costs around 5$
Written 29 March 2022
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Written 14 August 2023
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Daniel
Yokohama, Japan220 contributions
Feb 2022
Nozawa hosts 13 free, public onsens that are clean, safe and a godsend on a cold morning or night. Only visited two on this trip - including the above site - but briefly had bath to myself and that was splendid.
Written 15 February 2022
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Written 14 August 2023
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Lucille D
69 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We spent one week at Nozawa Onsen in January with our young children.

It was absolutely wonderful and not crowded with tourists, remaining true to traditional Japanese heritage.

The township is bigger than expected, the centre of town shops and restaurants are all located in walking distance. The streets look so quaint, especially at night with snow.

Everyone we encountered was very friendly, especially when we and the kids spoke the Japanese we learnt.

There are many many restaurants to choose from, we went to all Japanese and one Italian. All great.

The skiing was also perfect for families and the ski school area with fun activities was great.

Will definitely return again.
Written 3 March 2020
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Written 14 August 2023
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TR4prez
Greater London, UK321 contributions
Feb 2020
So glad we picked Nozawa for our first ski trip in Japan. It has character and great restaurants and public Onsen.
Written 25 February 2020
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Written 14 August 2023
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Travel_addict13_10
Australia652 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The village has expanded to cope with the tourist influx but has still retained its character and many delightful, tiny, family run restaurants with tasty traditional food. You can also find trendy bars and coffee shops. Some very good street food. The onsens are a draw card and we chose a hotel with its own onsens (Jon Nobi). Try the following restaurants: Tsukushimbo for Izakaya, Akebitei for Okonomiyaki, Sooya for hot pot or Wakagiri for variety. Our access to the ski fields from our hotel was a walk up a steep but short hill ( most people carried ski boots and used a locker at the top) and onto the Yu Road, covered moving walkway to the ski area. Access to the village is easy via train from Tokyo to Iiamya station, just past Nagano and then a 25 minute bus ride. On the way back, however, the queue for the bus must have started an hour before the departure time. We arrived half an hour prior and didn’t get on the first bus and just made the second. A third turned up. Be careful of transfer times and if that’s a problem, arrive very early at the bus station. Overall the village was delightful with lots of places to discover and we certainly didn’t discover everything in the week. The slopes are good but, with all ski resorts, dependent on weather and snow falls. Certainly we found it a great village for the week unlike some Japanese ski resorts that are just hotels. This was a village to start with and skiing is a long tradition here. Western tastes are being catered for but still very Japanese.
Written 23 February 2020
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Written 14 August 2023
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capykyu
Hong Kong, China339 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Nozawa Onsen may not be as famous as such places as Hakone or those in the amount Fuji neighbourhood, but it has a lot to offer to onsen lovers. You won’t find any modern fancy buildings or hotels there. In fact, it is one of those few places in Japan where you won’t even find one Lawson or Family Mart within walking distance. The overall experience is truly authentic. There are so many free-of-charge small wooden onsen huts in the area for visitors to enjoy. It is believed that most visitors would find the water way too hot though, and you are discouraged to add cold water to it. One-day-in-advance reservations are definitely recommended for the restaurants — most of them wouldn’t serve you even if there are empty tables if you don’t have one. Skiing in the morning, and relaxing in onsen in the afternoon is a fantastic way of enjoying this gem.
Written 1 February 2020
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Written 14 August 2023
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Rabbitgoeseast
Brighton, UK83 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Lovely town with all the amenities you need. Unlike some ski resorts you still feel like you are in Japan. The skiing has been lovely - enough runs to keep you interested for 4/5 days and really good for beginners.

The town has a good mix of traditional food and international cuisine. There are plenty of vegan/veggie options in town, but not really on the slopes. Japan is still a place that doesn’t really understand the veggie concept and uses small amounts of meat in most dishes. Still you can find options if you ask carefully.

Our hotel had an Onsen so we didn’t venture out, but the water is amazing hot and relaxing after a day on the slopes.

The locals that we met, as well as the international staff, were all very friendly. A really super place to enjoy a winter break. I can imagine it is also very beautiful for walking in the summer.
Written 1 February 2020
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Written 14 August 2023
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