Nozawa Onsen Accommodation, Nagano, The Alps Japan

Updated November 10, 2014:  Nestled in the Japan Alps is a magical place steeped in culture and with some terrific skiing and boarding. Nagano was home to the Winter Olympics in 1998.

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Nozawa Holidays - Ski Japan

Nozawa Holidays – Ski Japan

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Nozawa Onsen is a very traditional town with beautiful hot springs, friendly locals, and awesome snow. Our Lodge gives you amazing value and we have a range of accommodation to suit any budget.

  • The Lodge is only 100m to the slopes and short stroll to town
  • Relaxed and comfortable atmosphere
  • In the centre of Japan’s main Island Honshu easy access from anywhere
  • You can fly direct to Tokyo or Nagoya and there is a shuttle bus direct to the Lodge
  • English and Japanese Speaking Staff to help with all your needs
  • Unique and beautiful place with breathtaking nature and culture
  • Nozawa Village is also famous for its hot springs, there are many nearby
  • Lots of terrain, with Gondolas, high speed quads, and long runs – very few lift lines
  • And of course, there’s plenty to do in Nozawa Onsen
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“Thanks Mark – we were first invited to Nozawa years ago and have been enjoyed the skiing, the village and your hospitality ever since.  Thanks for helping us enjoy it so much,” Lyndell, Paper Divas

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Nozawa Onsen received a terrific write up in an Australian travel newspaper section.

Top 5 Reasons To Ski In Japan

Check out this great article from the Sydney Morning Herald on the Top Five Reasons to Ski In Japan.

We proudly own and operate 4 fantastic accommodation properties in Nozawa Onsen!

Over the next few weeks we’ll be updating so if you’re looking to ski Japan then you won’t find a better deal!

Better than expected

by Mark on March 4, 2015

Still pockets of powder on offer yesterday.

Still pockets of powder on offer yesterday.

Base up top: 420 cm    Temp Top; -1 Degrees

Base at bottom; 240 cm

New Snow since close: 5 cm

Weather; Cloud


The rain that was forecast for last night has seemed to of missed us here in Nozawa Onsen and instead we have received the lightest dusting of snow in the village and 5cm up top. Good news, the skiing and boarding today will be better than expected. Looks like today the freezing level will gradually decline, currently sitting at 1200 meters, to around 200 meters. During this time isolated light snow showers are also a possibility, enhancing conditions.

Yesterday was also a nice day to be up on the hill. With colder than predicted temperatures the snow remained in good shape on certain aspects for most of the day. Snowfalls from the previous day had buried the persistent icy base layer deeper in the snowpack with a tradeoff for more dangerous avalanche conditions. On piste held firm but not icy snow with good speed.

According to the forecast we should have some light snow showers from top to bottom tomorrow, probably around 10cm in total. Following this a number of clear days are expected. Friday will be cold, clear with light winds and Saturday will be warmer spring type conditions, clear with light winds. Some clouds may then move over the region for Sunday. Next week is looking good for a more extended period of snowy weather.


Increasing cloud today

by Mark on March 3, 2015

Chance encounter

Chance encounter

Base up top: 430 cm    Temp Top; -5 Degrees

Base at bottom; 240 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Clear


Its a fine morning in Nozawa Onsen with clear skies, cool temperatures and a light breeze. No fresh snow to report overnight however plenty of stashes are left over from the dump we had yesterday. The snow quality should remain good all day with light dry and powdery in the morning, becoming slushier during the day as temperatures warm.

Yesterday we saw some excellent quality snow fall on a variable frozen base layer so cautious skier was required in all areas to prevent coming unstuck. Nevertheless there were a few nice turns in tree areas such as Yamabiko and mid-station. The upper pistes retained a good speed all day but lower areas became sticky during the afternoon.

The next few days is looking good for some cold temperatures and fresh snow. After the warm spike today we should see the freezing level descend to 300 meters or so and remain that way in combination with isolated light snowfalls until the weekend.


by Mark on March 2, 2015


Base up top: 430 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 240 cm

New Snow since close: 15 cm

Weather; Light snow

An unusually widespread blackout affecting the entire Nagano prefecture has temporarily disrupted operations this morning however as of 930am electricity has been restored along with normal lift operations. This is good as it will be a great day up on the mountain with 15cm of fresh powder recorded on the upper elevations since last lifts yesterday. Temperatures are cold and we are currently experiencing occasional patches of blue sky that will likely increase later in the day.

Yesterday was better than expected. The forecast rain held off until about 3pm at the lower elevations and the snow was soft but not too slow. The park and pipe were great early and the groomed runs remained in good condition all day long.

Looking at the forecast temperatures should increase in combination with a mostly clear day tomorrow with the possibility for overnight rain. A cold front is the due late Wednesday and snow looks likely for Thursday into Friday. Friday looks to be the pick of the day this week.


The first day of spring

by Mark on March 1, 2015

Base up top: 420 cm    Temp Top; -3 Degrees

Base at bottom; 250 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast


Its the first day of spring and the atmosphere is showing some signs of spring riding on the slopes of Nozawa Onsen today. With the freezing level sitting at around 1000 meters the temperatures are warmer today and the typical spring snow will be prevalent across the resort; expect firm and fast conditions softening by the afternoon. Shaded gullies will hold the best snow along with on piste areas. The park and pipe will also be particularly good, worth a look.

It was great to get some fresh powder once again yesterday. With cold temperatures and blue sky making a break mid morning it was a great day to be up on the hill. Powder stashes were prevalent at Yamabiko in the morning however the weekend crowds meant you had to look further afield later in the day.

Looks like we have a fairly good week ahead of us. Snow to low elevations is predicted tonight, probably around 20cm or so, and this will continue into Monday afternoon. A warmer day with the possibility for sun on Tuesday and then a cool second half of the week with persistent light snow showers is forecast.


Winter Returns

by Mark on February 28, 2015

Nagano landscape.

Nagano landscape.

Base up top: 430 cm    Temp Top; -9 Degrees

Base at bottom; 235 cm

New Snow since close: 20 cm

Weather; Overcast


Excellent winter weather has returned overnight to Nozawa Onsen. Since last lifts yesterday we have had 20cm of fresh powder recorded and very cold temperatures, dramatically improving conditions from the last week or so. Best to hit the slopes as early as possible today to avoid the 9am weekend gondola line and make the most of the fresh snow. All areas will be good including the groomed pistes and marked tree areas.

Yesterday saw light snow fall for most of the day however a frozen base made conditions very challenging. Dust of crust was the words of the day with on piste areas offering the best skiing. Today should offer a marked improvement from yesterday.

Throughout today we expect snowfalls to become isolated with a possibility for some sunshine later in the day. Tomorrow night we expect further moderate snowfalls as another cold front passes over the region. Light snow showers are then forecast to continue above 600m for the first half of next week. Overall this week looks like a much better line up than the week past.