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Nozawa Onsen, located in Northern Nagano, is one of Japan’s classic ski resorts. Not only is it famous for skiing, but within Japan it is well known for having some of the highest snowfalls around.

Nozawa ranks amongst one of the best ski resorts in Japan with an excellent course layout and great selection of runs offering great skiing and snowboarding experiences for beginners right through to the most advanced, with 2 gondolas, 21 chair lifts and 50 kilometers of courses to ski.

The village has a great sense of tradition and feeling of Japanese spirit with beautiful old streets and a bustling village full of history, culture and festivals. The village is also famous for its plethora of public hot springs & foot baths, with more than 30 springs located throughout the resort, making for a thoroughly relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

The Nozawa hot springs were first discovered in the 8th century and since that time they have flowed continuously, providing customers with a warm feelings of health and vitality.

Skiing was first introduced to the area in the early part of the 19th century and has since established itself as a world-renowned, all-season resort location.

On January 15th of every year one of the most famous fire festivals in Japan is held in Nozawa Onsen : The Dosojin Fire Festival. It is truly an awesome once-in-a-life time experience. The festival is held every year to 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 offers just this. Enjoy big mountain resort-style skiing and the wonderful charms and vibrant character of an authentic Japanese ski village, located right at the base of the resort. This combined with the wonderful hospitality of the local villagers makes for a great ambience and a refreshingly new & exciting ski holiday.


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Discover Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa retains a timeless Japanese charm with decorative shops and ryokan inns lining its narrow streets. Hot spring water was discovered here 1,300 years ago and gushes through the town from over thirty sources.
Thirteen soto-yu public baths can be freely enjoyed by all.
After a day on its slopes, soothe your body in the waters and soak up the atmosphere of this traditional onsen town


One of Japan's largest fire festivals, this spectacular event is held every year on January 15. After night falls, 42 year old locals chant and sing atop a wooden shrine guarded by 25 year olds below. A ferocious battle then ensues as wave upon wave of villagers attack with burning torches.

Don't miss this must-see event!


Ski & Snowboard Rental Shop

Resthouse St.Anton

Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort. Hikage Slope


Ski Rental Service Shirakaba

Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort. Hikage Slope (under Mos Burger)


Ski & Snowboard School

Nozawa Onsen Ski School

Phone:0269-85-2623 Fax:0269-85-3616