Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen
4.5
Onsen Resorts • Ski & Snowboard Areas
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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
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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.
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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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Daniel
Yokohama, Japan215 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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Lucille D
65 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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TR4prez
Greater London, UK303 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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Travel_addict13_10
Australia633 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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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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Rabbitgoeseast
Singapore, Singapore80 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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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1,302 contributions
Jan 2020
This is one of the few places in Japan where the skiing has grown up around a village. Other places like Shiga Kogen are purpose built and have no authentic character. Nozawa’s onsens and charming streets complement the ski resort beautifully.
Written 20 January 2020
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Elisa A
Paris, France23 contributions
Dec 2019
The town is small and easily managed on foot, the skiing is excellent with good lifts and the numerous free public onsen in town are amazing. Lots of good local restaurants and a real good feel to the town.
Written 6 January 2020
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Anita S
Queensland, Australia185 contributions
Dec 2019
We, family of 4 (2 teen boys), really enjoyed our fortnight in Nozawa Onsen. The skiing was sensational - particularly after the fresh snow falls, the food was delicious - many little places to choose to eat, very easy to get around town without a car - all is in walking distance, wonderful steaming hot onsens - please observe the proper ettiquette!, plenty of english speaking staff throughout the village - gaijins will be able to manage just fine, plenty of bars and clubs - for those so inclined, and the fireworks at the Nagasaka Gondola station on New Years Eve were fabulous! - a really memorable new years eve!
Written 1 January 2020
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