Nozawa Onsen, located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, is a historical onsen town better known for its onsens with more than 13 public hot spring baths that can be used free of charge. Nozawa Onsen has real character and despite becoming a mecca for keen skiers and apres-skiers, it has retained its traditional Japanese charm.

4.5hrs from Narita Airport

1,650m above sea level

11m annual snow fall

18 lifts
1 Gondola

Terrain: ○ 40%,
□ 30%, ◇ 30%

Park & Pipe

Night Skiing

December – April

Top 4 reasons to choose Nozawa Onsen

  • Historical Onsen Resort
  • Charming traditional Japanese village
  • Variety of slopes and courses
  • Cultural experiences

Nozawa Onsen Accommodation

Nozawa offers mostly Hotels, Pensions and Japanese Ryokans. Most Nozawa accommodation is within close walking or shuttle bus distance to the lifts and other areas of the village and town.

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A cute Ryokan with traditional Japanese rooms warming Japanese Hospitality

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Ryokan Sakaya

Luxury Japanese Ryokan with nice onsen and Japanese cusine

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A traditional Japanese Hotel/Ryokan

Getting to Nozawa Onsen

The mountain offers great terrain for all standards, both on the wide runs or the magical tree runs. To enjoy longer runs, there are some over 3 km long. Beginners can also access the top of the mountain and enjoy the views of the surrounding ranges. The area of Uenotiara is a great place for learning with a gentle slope that runs for 2 km and a wonderful way to improve your skills with a gondola ride up and back to make access easy.

Lift Passes / Night Skiing

Nozawa Onsen lift pass provides access to all lifts, gondolas and ropeways in the Nozawa Onsen Resort. Night skiing available until 8.00pm (Dec-March).

Off-Piste Skiing

There is some limited in-bounds off-piste skiing in Nozawa Onsen to enjoy. The resort also leaves many of the advanced courses un-groomed providing plenty of powder and fun!

Snow Sports School

English speaking group and private lessons are available for beginners to intermediate/ progressing riders. Private lessons are recommended for advanced boarders/skiers.

Equipment Rental

There are several rental shops in Nozawa offering a good range of equipment for beginners and intermediate. For the more advanced riders it is suggested bringing your own equipment as the equipment is standard/ limited.

The Nozawa Village area can be split into five main areas; Central Village, West Village, South Village, Hikage Gondola Base and Nagasaka Gondola Base, all within a short walk or bus ride of each other and the ski lifts. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk from one side of the village to the other in Nozawa Onsen and most accommodations are located within walking distance to the lifts. There is also a free shuttle service to get you around.

Dining & Nightlife

The dining in Nozawa is a real highlight with an extensive choice and style of restaurants, bars and izakayas. In the village you can find local and international dishes for all cravings. For those who do want to get out for a few drinks on the town, Nozawa has you covered with some funky bars, fun Japanese izakayas, karaoke rooms and even some dancing!

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Nozawa Onsen Activities & Tours

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

A scenic guided tour through the nature trails of the region.



Visit natural hot springs to relax and soak away the aches and pains after a day on the slopes.

Snow Monkey Tours

Snow Monkey Tours

Visit the famous Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) and see the native Japanese monkeys soaking it up in the onsens.



Explore the mountains with a bit more power! Snow mobile tours available for all skill levels.

Historic Matsumoto Castle

Historic Matsumoto Castle

Visit one of Japan's oldest castles in nearby Nagano.



Explore the pristine landscape up close with a snowshoeing tour - great for photographers!

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