Nozawa Onsen Ski Holidays


Japan’s oldest ski resort, Nozawa Onsen ski holidays are as famous for onsens as they are for skiing - perfect for a ski trip with added culture.
  • Culture
  • Family Friendly
  • Honeymoons
  • Learn to Ski
  • Luxury
  • Nightlife
  • Non-Ski Activities
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Powder
  • Village Charm

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.

"Nozawa Onsen is the most unique ski resort I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Walk through the old streets to the sound of constant running water, ski the 10 Kilometre skyline run and experience traditional Japanese accommodation"

Winter in Nozawa Onsen

Duration: 6:07


Our Prices

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Resort Guide

December to April
Nearest airport
Tokyo Narita / Haneda
Flight time
11 hours 30 minutes
Transfer time
2 hours
Train / transfer
1,650 m
Vertical drop
1,085 m
Avg snowfall
27.75 ft / 8.4 m
Ski area
Ski lifts
30% advanced 30% intermediate 40% beginner