Mountain scape of the Nozawa Onsen resort


With over 70 years of history as one of Japan’s largest riding areas, offering more than 50 kilometres of ski and snowboarding trails, it’s no wonder that the Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort is one of the most well-known Ski Resorts in Japan.  Thus, combining the finest of Japanese hospitality, with a great selection of trails, offering an unforgettable ski and snowboard experience regardless of your skill level.

With breath-taking panoramic views of its National Parks and Japanese Alps, which can be seen from anywhere up the mountain, skiing at the Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort is sure to leave you in awe.

As well as incredible skiing and snowboarding, the Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort is located at the base of the most stunningly beautiful Japanese village, built from many years of tradition. Here you’ll be quickly immersed in Japan’s truly unique history, culture, and spirit.  Furthermore, the town of Nozawa Onsen is most famous for its hot springs (Onsen’s), and with more than 30 springs located within the resort itself, it is easy to see why Nozawa Onsen has become Japan’s’ go to place’ for everything snow related

Shona Headshot

Nozawa Onsen is like nowhere I have ever been before.  Enthralled by its historic village, Nozawa is like stepping back in time by 100 years, offering visitors a cultural experience that you will find nowhere else. 

Soak around town in the many foot baths, and spend days on end sampling this areas bountiful and pristine snow fall.  I walked away from Nozawa Onsen with a new love in my life, Japan.  This is a must do add on to your EPIC Mainland Japan Ski Holiday! – Shona AMPED

10 Top Reasons to Ski Nozawa Onsen

  • Nozawa receives one of the highest snowfalls in Japan
  • Stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan (lodge)
  • Ski Japans largest Ski Resorts
  • Gain a cultural experience off snow with many traditional Japanese cultural festivals year round.
  • Natural hot springs contrast cold and hot
  • With activities, and parks galore, the excellent Japanese hospitality will ensure that children and youth don’t want to leave at the end of the day
  • Enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine through the many authentic restaurants around town
  • 2km fully geared snow park with a whopping 80m pipe
  • 36 trails leave skiers and boarders spoilt for choice
  • Test yourself and take on the challenge wall!!! A daring 39 degree slope

Nozawa Onsen Facts & Stats

  • Skiable Terrain: 50 km of slopes
  • Longest Run: 10 km (From Mt. Kenashi Summit via Yamabiko Slope – Uenotaira Slope – Paradise Slope – Forest Course)
  • Total Trails: 36 trails
  • Trail Difficulty: 40% Beginner, 30% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
  • Total Lifts: 24 (2 Gondolas, 5 Quads, 4 Triples and 13 Doubles)
  • Vertical Drop: 1,085m
  • Lift Served Vertical Drop: 1,085m
  • Base Elevation: 565m
  • Lift Served Elevation: 1,650m
  • Lift Capacity: 41,510 passengers per hour
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 12 metres
  • Ski Season: Late November to Early May

Getting to Nozawa Onsen

Ex New Zealand

  • Daily direct flights with Air NZ from Auckland through to Tokyo
  • Daily flights from Auckland via Sydney to Tokyo with Qantas
  • Daily flights with Japan Airlines from Auckland to Tokyo, via Sydney
  • Scheduled weekly flights with China Eastern from Auckland to Tokyo, via Taipei
  • Scheduled weekly flights with Korean Airways from Auckland to Tokyo, via Seoul

Ex Australia

  • Scheduled weekly flights to Tokyo with Japan Airlines, via Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Daily scheduled domestic services from most major cities in Australia to Sydney available to connect with international flights to Japan
  • Scheduled weekly flights to Tokyo with Japan Airlines, via Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Daily scheduled domestic services from most major cities in Australia to Sydney available to connect with international flights to Japan
  • Daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane to Tokyo, via Seoul, on Korean Airlines
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Tokyo with China Eastern, via Taipei
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney to Tokyo with Thai Airways, via Bangkok
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Tokyo with Malaysian Airlines, via Kuala Lumpur
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, with Cathay Pacific to Tokyo, via Hong Kong



Nozawa Onsen City Center

Land transfers

  1. By train: From Narita Airport (the Tokyo international airport), catch the Narita Express (NEX) train to Tokyo Station (1 hour). There are frequent departures from the airport railway terminal.
  2. Upon arrival at Tokyo Station take the escalators up and follow the green signs for the Nagano Shinkansen Asama.
  3. Then bus to Nozawa Onsen from Nagano Shinkansen direct (1.20 hours)

Driving times to Nozawa Onsen from:

Tokyo- 4.5 to 5 hours | Narita Airport – 5-6 hours | Nagoya – 5 hours | Osaka or Kyoto – about 7 hours | Nagano 1 hour 10 minutes

Tours and Activities

  • Experience rich Japanese culture and history
  • See the world renown Onsens
  • Downhill skiing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Side and back-country skiing
  • Tube parks
  • Snowmobile adventures
  • Snowcat tours
  • Scenic mountain tours
  • Snowshoeing tours
  • Exploring the Shinto shrines
  • Japan Ski Museum
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Dosoujiin Fire Festival Jan 15th recommended

Nozawa Onsen Ski School and Daycare

Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort’s “Yumin” day care nursery and the free-of-charge “Kids Park” is available to visitors with small children to allow the parents to enjoy skiing without worrying about their little ones. Located just in front of the Hikage Trail Information centre, from the spa town, use the free “Yu-road” moving walkway.  This day care comes complete with meal options and a mascot to ensure children are kept entertained all day.

  • 3 free sledding/ tubing area for young kids, with bouncy castle and magic carpet
  • Private babysitting option
  • Kids park
  • Day care options
  • Ski and snowboard school with the ability to cater to many skill levels
  • Adult lessons
  • Children’s lessons
  • Private lessons
  • Private tour guides

Accommodation at Nozawa Onsen

Ryokan Sakaya- premium accommodation

Nozawa’s luxury Ryokan Sakaya hotel has been hosting guests to the highest standard of accommodation for over 17 generations.  This warm, luxurious hotel provides guests with the finest accommodation, comfortable styling, fluent English speaking staff, western and Japanese styled rooms, WiFi, as well as 3 traditional styled Onsens for guests to enjoy. Its convenient central Nozawa location means only a 190 metre walk to the nearest ski lifts. Guests will also enjoy Ryokan Sakaya’s restaurant and bar which is always great for some after hours fun.

Available Are:

  • Deluxe Rooms (2 person)
  • Standard rooms (2 person)
  • Compact en suites (2 persons)

Ryokan Sakaya indoors Onsen

Deluxe Room at the Ryokan Sakaya Hotel

Western Room at the Ryokan Sakaya Hotel

Ryokan Sakaya Outdoors Onsen

Lodge Matsuya- Budget Accommodation

The Matsuya Lodge is a short distance from shops, dining, and the central Nozawa Onsen area.  With western and Japanese style rooms, a dry room, a tune up room,  close proximity to restaurants, bars and shopping, this shared amenity hotel will allow you to make new friends and meet new people to join you up the mountain. With a relaxed, carefree style, a party/ function room, and a close proximity to the heart of Nozawa, the convenient Lodge Matsuya will bring you a purer holiday in the heart of Nozawa.

Available Are:

  • Japanese style rooms : 9 rooms ( full of 4 persons )
  • 1 room  ( full of 2 persons )
  • Western style rooms :    5 rooms ( with two beds and toilet )

Western Style Beds at the lodge Matsuya

The Lodge Matsuya

Lodge Matsuya’s western comfortsLodge Matsuya's Double beds bring excellent comfort

Nozawa Grand Hotel – Deluxe

The charming contemporary styled Nozawa Grand Hotel is centrally located, with a beautiful mountainside view of the Nozawa Onsen Snow resort. Complete with a natural outdoors Onsen, Japanese and Western styled rooms, breakfasts, dinners, complimentary WiFi, and only 300m to the nearest ski lifts, the Nozawa Grand hotel truly offers guests the chance to make their stay in Nozawa truly incredible

* Breakfast included

Available are:

  • Twin rooms
  • Triple rooms
  • Quad rooms
  • Five person rooms

Nozawa Grand luxury traditional room

Nozawa Grand Hotel

Nozawa Grand Onsen

Nozawa Grand traditional roomNozawa Grand bedroom

Tokiwaya Ryokan- Deluxe

Nozawa’s historic Tokiwaya Ryokan Hotel has been operating for almost 4 centuries, and with true Japanese styling and 4 Onsens, this hotel has truly maintained a personal yet elegant feel. On top of this the high quality of their natural Onsens means that Tokiwaya Ryokan is the only hotel in Nozawa which has a license allowing them to serve Onsen mineral water.

With a private restaurant serving complimentary breakfast, complimentary WiFi, as well as close proximity to Nozawa’s famous O-Yu Onsen, this traditional accommodation, complimented with its high hospitality standard and beautifully traditional Japanese styling will leave visitors in awe.

* Breakfast included

Available are:

  • Standard tatami room (1-4 guests)
  • Deluxe tatami room (1-4 guests)

Traditional Styled Rooms

Tokiwaya Grand Entry

2 traditional styled Onsens

Ryokan Jonnobi- Moderate

The relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the Ryokan Jonnobi has been carefully crafted through the intricate balance which the hotel has attained between eastern and western styles, this balance has led to the Ryokan Jonnobi to be warm and cosy, in its embrace of Japanese culture, and with a homely feeling to it, Nozawa’s Ryokan Jonnobi will truly keep guests feeling spoilt and refreshed after a day out on the snow. With free WiFi, meals included, a natural onsen, and a ski dry room, skiers and snowboarders will truly appreciate the attention to detail and the homely comforts at the Ryokan Jonnobi.

* Breakfast included

Available are:

  • Deluxe rooms -46㎡ – (Toilet + shower within the room)
  • Japanese/Western style room with low twin bed -30㎡ -(with compact bath+ toilet or with shower room and toilet)
  • Standard Japanese style room with futon -37㎡ – (with bath + toilet in the room)

The elegantly styled interior of the Ryokan Jonnobi

Combination styled rooms at the Ryokan Jonnobi

Jonnobi’s Studio apartments

Jonnobi’s Natural Onsen


IMPORTANT NOTE: the above images are to be used as guides for room types available. Due to room configurations and decors differing from condo to condo, not all rooms will look or appear the same.