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
Asia Product Manager
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
Asia Product Manager


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.


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.


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11/04/2019 Jackie Day

Fourth season that we have been to Nozawa Onsen. We love the place! A traditional Japanese town with lots of charm and friendly locals. Close to the slopes. Unfortunately there were no dumps while we were there so no fresh pow this year, but still good boarding and skiing. The Yu road moving walkway takes you from town up to the slopes quickly and easily. The slopes are well-groomed and were not crowded while we were there (even at the weekend). There is an English ski school and their staff are friendly and helpful. I had a level 3 ski lesson which was great. The Japanese locals are so friendly and helpful. I have no desire to return to the slopes in Europe!

07/03/2019 Richard Shaw

Resort has amazing potential for off piste, but you might need to duck a rope :-) Great pistes & the resort is great for all levels, lots of really nice places to eat out in the evenings & if you want a day off from skiing the snow monkeys are worth a visit. You have to try the apple steamed buns after skiing in the St Anton cafe.

19/02/2019 Chris Pyne

Never skiied in Japan so no reference point. Unlike anywhere in europe. Haphazard development very japanese. Good variety of places to eat (should have followed your recommendations to a greater degree).

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