Nozawa Onsen Ski Holidays

Having spent a season here, I wouldn't hesitate to go back. Nozawa Onsen has some of the friendliest locals I've ever met, and I loved the ski area’s lovely long runs.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia
Having spent a season here, I wouldn't hesitate to go back. Nozawa Onsen has some of the friendliest locals I've ever met, and I loved the ski area’s lovely long runs.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia

Summary

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  • Nightlife
  • Quick Transfer Time

Japan’s oldest ski resort, Nozawa Onsen is as famous for its onsens as it is for its slopes - perfect for a ski trip with added culture.

Ninety minutes from Tokyo by bullet train, the recently extended line takes you within a 20-minute taxi ride of the resort. When you arrive, there’s no mistaking you’re in Japan - the thirteen public onsens (hot springs) are centuries old, and this natural hot spring water is used to de-ice the roads.

We love the variety here, from the 10km Skyline run and the tree skiing in Yamabiko, to being able to ski right back to the village and walk through the streets to your ryokan (hotel). The food is another forté, and there’s a huge choice of eateries both on and off the mountain - don’t miss the sukiyaki donburi at Buna restaurant.

For cultural adventures, Zenkoji Temple in Nagano and the nearby Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park are top of our list, while the annual Fire Festival (15th January) is famous throughout Japan. A city add on in Tokyo or Kyoto is easy to arrange, or you could combine your Nozawa Onsen ski holiday with time in Hakuba for a ski safari.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Resort Guide

Nozawa Onsen Resort Guide

Make the most of your Nozawa Onsen ski holiday with our insider tips.

Resort stats

Season
December to April
Nearest airport
Tokyo Narita / Haneda
Flight time
11 hours 30 minutes
Transfer time
4 hours
Transport
Train / transfer
Elevation
1,650 m
Vertical drop
1,085 m
Avg snowfall
420 acres
Ski area
43
Ski lifts
20
Grade
30% advanced
30% intermediate
40% beginner

Maps

Resort Map

Google piste view

Accommodation

A great place to experience a Japanese ryokan (guesthouse), Nozawa Onsen has a full range, from modern and luxurious to simple and authentic. Most are central with easy access to the lifts, and all promise excellent service as well as private onsens for easing your muscles at the end of each ski day.

We’ve stayed at or visited all of our Nozawa Onsen accommodation options, so call us for advice and we’ll recommend the best ones for you.

Featured accommodation

  • Close to Village
  • Laundry Facilities
The Sakaya is the premier ryokan in Nozawa Onsen and offers an authentic Japanese hotel experience.
  • Close to Village
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Hot Tub - Private
This stunning ryokan is one of the newest properties in Nozawa Onsen and is wonderfully modern and chic whilst still maintaining a traditional Japanese feel.

Offers

See our Nozawa Onsen offers for some excellent savings and superb package prices.

Giving you the best available prices, the offers below are based on our lowest cost departure dates. We can save you money on many other dates and properties but we can't show every single offer here - for more options, please call us on 01273 224067 or request a quotation.

Reviews

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06/04/2016 Jackie Day

Loved it there. Traditional town. Ryokan Jon Nobi was a lovely place to stay. Excellent location. People were friendly and helpful. Slopes were good and well-groomed. Had cause to use the nearby hospital in Iiyama. They couldn't have been more helpful, efficient and caring.

15/02/2016 Anne Woods

Great time at Nozawa Onsen. Ryokan was really good, quite far from the ski lifts, but we could leave all our ski gear at Salomon Rentals so not really an issue. Hotel was really good to experience local culture, breakfasts excellent, and the resort restaurants were all really good value, with no bad meals at all. would stay in the resort and hotel again

10/03/2015 Henry Quinn

Kiriya Ryokan, genuine Japanese experience, superb

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

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Go East, (not quite so) young man!

23rd December 2015 - Richard Rice

Having ‘gone west’ as a young man and skied all over Canada and the USA, I was keen to see what ‘the east’ had to offer a now slightly older young man and my family! In early 2015 I travelled with my wife and our two kids through China, South Korea and Japan, not just to ski, but to ski where we...

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15th May 2015 - Andrea Selig

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