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


Average: 4 (1 vote)
Average: 4 (1 vote)
  • 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

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


Resort Map

Google piste view


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.


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11/01/2018 Simon

The resort itself was great. The lifts are modern and efficient and the queues very short. I love the windscreens on the chairlifts, very cool. There is a good range of on-mountain restaurants. In 4 days we’d pretty much done the resort, but we enjoyed it a lot. We were lucky with the snow. It has snowed a couple of days before we arrived and rained on the day we were leaving, but we had pretty good snow and sunny days whilst we were there. The town itself is fun. It’s a cute little onsen / skiing town with lots of cheap little restaurants, shops, bars etc. We had fun exploring it and eating in different places each evening (but avoid the lamb BBQ restaurant).

08/05/2017 jackie day

We LOVE Nozawa Onsen. It's the second year we have been. Snow was great this year; lots of powder. There are plenty of English-speaking staff at the Ski School on hand to give friendly advice whenever you want it. It is a beautiful resort and the slopes are well-groomed and there are only minor queues for the gondola/lift at the weekend when a lot of people visit from Tokyo, making use of the Shinkansen. The village is traditional Japanese; small and unspoilt. Loads of places to eat; plenty of choice and prices. Easy to travel by bus to nearby Iiyama if you want more choices. Local people are so friendly and helpful. No problems; a totally stress-free and enjoyable holiday. The Tokiwaya Ryokan is located next to the public onsen. It is an easy 5-10 minute walk to the Yu Road moving walkway which takes you up to the slopes, ski school, equipment hire etc. The staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. Breakfasts were traditional Japanese fare, absolutely delicious and kept us going all morning. The apartment was very spacious and beautifully decorated. No beds, futons and bedding were laid out for us during the evening and cleared away again while we had breakfast. (They were kept in the cupboard so, if we really wanted something to lay on, we could get them out when we wanted). The ryokan has its own private onsen for guests. Hot water and heating is provided by the thermal springs so there can be sulphurous smells in the rooms and hotel. Lovely place to stay; would definitely stay there again.

06/03/2017 Demelza Miller

Excellent snow, amazing powder off piste snowboarding

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