Nozawa Onsen

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Nozawa Onsen
Location
Resort Altitude
Winter Season late November -early May
Terrain Overall:
Beginner: 40%
Intermediate: 30%
Advanced: 30%
Lift System 25lifts (2 gondolas)
Highest Lift 1650m
Lowest Lift 565m
Vertical 1085m
Longest Run 10km
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Facilities
Nearest Town
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $4600
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $2100


Overview 

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Location

Nozawa Onsen is located in Northern Nagano, just over an hour by car from Nagano City. The nearest train station is Togari Nozawa Onsen Station on the JR Iiyama Line. You must catch a bus or taxi from the station to Nozawa Onsen.

Pros

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is a large resort, well serviced by two gondolas and over a dozen chairlifts. The ski resort is said to be the biggest single ski resort in Japan (there are many connected resorts such as Shiga Kogen and Niseko which are larger). The village at the base of the resort is a hot spring town with 13 free hot public hot springs which are maintained by groups of volunteers. The village is more compact than your average ski town and there are lots of restaurants and bars. Thanks to the compact nature of the village you can walk everywhere.

Cons

The top of the resort is rather flat and the bottom of the resort (which has all the good steep runs) is at quite a low altitude.

Contacts

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Planning

Getting There

Chuo Taxi Shuttle service Direct Shuttle service from Narita or Chubu (Nagoya) Airports. This service needs to be booked in advance and costs ¥12000/person. Hyperdia To get to Nozawa by train take a bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano and then transfer to a bus or local train to Togari Nozawa Onsen. The bus departs from outside the east exit of Nagano Station. driving with directions on http://www.nozawaski.com/e/access.html

Accommodation

General Listings
On Mountain
In Village

Lift Tickets

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Ski School

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Equipment Hire

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Resort Facilities

Getting Around

shuttle bus that loops around resort

Parking

There are major carparks available. However if staying at a hotel check in advance if they have onsite parking available. There may be a charge in some cases.

Activities

Throughout the village there are about thirty different type of hot springs and fourteen public hot spring baths. Whilst these baths are usually free of charge, there is a box outside each one for visitors to provide a donation for upkeep

Dining

http://www.lodgenagano.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Restaurant-Guide-Final.pdf

1) Banri - Korean BBQ - about 1000 - 1500 yen a head. Simple but tasty. Smallish servings of some things we ordered, but everything hit the spot. The guy that runs it would have to be late 50's, if you look out the back you can see his parents, who would easily be in their 70's, cooking.

2) Wakagiri - Japanese - sushi, ramen, pork cutlet etc. 800- 1500 yen a head. Good value, good sized servings.

3) Daimon - hand made Soba noodles. Very simple, clean flavours. You need to book here because it's popular, but also tiny. 800 -1000 yen a head.

4) Oyaki buns outside Haus St Anton - at 170 yen each, you need to try all of them. About 8 different types. Spicy ones are great, as are the Apple & Cinnamon.

5) Kihachikan - you need to book & choose your menu the day before. All hotpot, Shabu Shabu type options. Between 1000 - 3000 yen a head, which is expensive, but the food is sensational & super fresh. One of the best meals we had in Noz. We had the Pork Shabu Shabu, at 2000 yen a head. Lovely couple that runs it. Take your Japanese phrase book.

6) Tamon - very expensive by Noz standards, but the food here is off the hook. Probably one of the best meals we had in Japan, over a month. We had the cheapest option, which was a 4500 yen per head set meal, which was 7 courses. Fusion, very high end food. Absolutely incredible food, included lots of locally sourced game meats ( duck, wild boar), innovative & beautiful looking. If you want a romantic night out, this could be your meal. Need to book at least a day before - the set menu changes all the time depending on what local ingredients are available. Because you've pre reserved & ordered, meals flow out one after the other with no delay, seamless service. Not the most interesting looking place I've eaten though, a little sterile looking for how incredible the food is.

7) Pasta Di Pasta - it was O.K. Pizzas, even by Japanese standards, are a little weird.

8) Mutsumi Jouer - best noodles/soup I had in Nozawa, by a long way. Lots of soups loaded with veges. No Aussies, everyone here is Japanese. Fantastic lunch time option if you are happy to eat at the bottom of the hill for lunch - maybe 50m from the bottom of the Nagasaka Gondy. 600 - 1000 yen.

Check out locations, reviews and other places to eat at the Nozawa Onsen Google Map

Bars & Entertainment

Foot Bar, Heaven (western style) 'Snot Bar', Stay Bar, Himatsuri (Izakaya)

Shopping

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Children

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Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

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Groomed Runs

Skyline

Off Piste

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Out of Bounds

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Cross Country

cross country courses including former 1998 Nagano Olympic courses

Parks & Pipes

terrain park with rails, jumps and 80m half pipe

Bumps

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Powder Zones

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Sheltered Runs

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Snowplay

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Other

Weather

Check out the Nozawa Onsen Snow Report for daily updates during the season

Geography

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History

Nozawa Onsen is said to date back to 8th century but has been renowned for its onsen hot springs since the Edo period. Legend is that the first hot spring in Nozawa Onsen was discovered by a bear and it was later shown to a hunter by an injured bear. See Nozawa Onsen Hot Springs Guide - Japan-Onsen

Resources

Maps