World-Class Skiing in an Authentic Japanese Village
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ranks amongst the best ski resorts in Japan with an excellent course layout and a plethora of runs, offering satisfying skiing and snowboarding experiences for beginners and experts alike with 2 gondolas, 21 chair lifts and 50 kilometers worth of runs.
The Village of Nozawa Onsen has a quintessential Japanese atmosphere and unique sense of tradition, featuring beautiful old streets filled with historical onsen ryokan, natural hot springs, and bustling shops. Since the introduction of skiing in the early 19th century, Nozawa quickly established itself as a world-renowned, all-season resort location.
Nozawa’s hot springs are one of its most popular attractions. There are more than 30 natural springs located throughout the resort which feed into hotels and public baths around the village. First discovered in the 8th century, Nozawa’s onsen have flowed continuously, providing locals and visitors with warmth, relaxation and relief during the cold winter months.
One of Japan’s Top Three Fire Festivals
On January 15th of every year, Nozawa Onsen holds one of the most famous fire festivals in Japan, the Dosojin Fire Festival. Forty-two and twenty-five year old men from the village put on a spectacular show as they fend off waves of torch-wielding attackers. Through the cleansing flames, villagers pray for a plentiful harvest, health and good fortune in the following year.
For those looking for a real life Japanese ski experience then Nozawa Onsen’s snow resort offers just this. Enjoy big-mountain skiing and snowboarding together with the charm and vibrant character of an authentic Japanese ski village. Add to that the wonderful hospitality of the local villagers and some of the best onsen in Japan, and you’ve got a refreshingly new & exciting ski destination.
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Hot spring water was discovered here 1,300 years ago and gushes through the town from over thirty sources. Nozawa’s thirteen soto-yu public baths can be freely enjoyed by all. After a day on the slopes, soothe your body in the waters and soak up the atmosphere of this traditional onsen town.
Hop between steamy onsen baths while wearing charming yukata robes, or soak in a foot bath while enjoying some oyaki or coffee. Enjoy the timeless atmosphere of Nozawa Onsen Village with decorative shops and ryokan inns flanking its narrow streets.
Celebrating a century since the opening of Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, the Nozawa Onsen Snow Sports School proudly continues to spread the joy of skiing and snowboarding to everyone.
For international guests, we have a team of professional international instructors from around the world.
No matter how young or old, new or experienced, we offer both group and private lessons for skiers and snowboarders. You can choose between half-day or full-day courses with lunch and minding included for kids.
・ Group lessons / Infants: 4-6yrs (ski only), children: 7-14yrs and adults: 15yrs+
・ Private lessons / Ski: 3yrs+, Snowboard: 6yrs+
In addition, we have back country tours with professional mountain guides. Let us guide you to Nozawa’s powder snow!
BC tours are the best way to learn about Nozawa and surrounding area stashes and our crew of highly experienced international guides will ensure you have an amazing day! Contact the Nozawa Onsen Ski School to see what we can offer you!
NOZAWA ONSEN SNOW RESORT IS THE BEST PLACE FOR YOUR KID’S SNOW DEBUT—SKIING IN A FUN, SAFE ENVIRONMENT!
We recommend the gentle, wide slopes of Uenotaira at the top of the Gondola and the Hikage slopes at mountain base for families. At Naski Park, kids can sled and play in the snow. A convenient lift carpet takes kids up a small hill where they can practice their skiing fundamentals.
A day nursery with fully-qualified nurses and an indoor kid’s play room are also available.
One of Japan’s largest fire festivals, this spectacular event is held every year on January 15. After night falls, forty-two year old locals chant and sing atop a wooden shrine guarded by twenty-five year olds below. A ferocious battle then ensues as wave upon wave of villagers attack with burning torches. Unmissable!