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

Get in touch if keen to get knee deep in powder or neck deep in a Hot Spring soon…

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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
  • Find out more about Nozawa Onsen
“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

lodge-nagano-streetPrintable Information Kit for Nozawa Onsen

The new printable PDF 9 page Nozawa Onsen Information Kit (including how to get to Nozawa Onsen).

Check our our NEW Restaurant & Bar Guide! (PDF)

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!

Life long Job in Nozawa Onsen

by Mark on June 24, 2015

Nashimoto san always on hand with a smile and a chat

Nashimoto san always on hand with a smile and a chat

We had a lot of great staff last season in Nozawa and would like to say a big thank you to all of them. Think we need to make a special mention of our rookie of the year Nashimoto san. He joined our team at the spritely age of 70 and was a real asset to the team. In a season full of huge snow dumps he could shovel snow better than guys well less than half his age!

We have been friends with Nashimoto san for 25 years now, when he was my old boss at the Nozawa Ski Patrol. He worked for the ski patrol for 38 years, a few of the later ones on a snowboard! He was asked to retire at the age of 65 from Patrol and then worked a further 5 years at the Resort Information Office. He was the voice you hear on the PA as you ski down Uenotaira.

At the age of 70 he had to retire from there and we were lucky enough to pick him up. After over 50 years of riding the resort he knows it better than most and we are proud to have him in the team at Nozawa Holidays. He knows how skis and boards work so you will often see him helping out at Nozawa Central Rentals or at Villa Nozawa, make sure you give him a big “Konnichiwa” and feel free to ask him about anything to do with Nozawa he may even let you in on a few secrets!

We are currently looking for more members to join our team for next season so if you think you have what it takes please send us an email with Resume, Photo and why you would like to work with us in Nozawa Onsen to team@nozawaholidays.com

Beautiful day for a shovel! Nashimoto san making light work of the powder. This was taken on 19th of December last year! What a start to the season

Beautiful day for a shovel! Nashimoto san making light work of the powder. This was taken on 19th of December last year! What a start to the season

Hikage Ski Centre Patrol Office in Nozawa Onsen circa 1992. The building and skis have changed a lot but Nashimoto san looks the same!

Hikage Ski Centre Patrol Office in Nozawa Onsen circa 1992. The building and skis have changed a lot but Nashimoto san looks the same!

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Laid back holiday Nozawa Style

Laid back holiday Nozawa Style

Anyone looking at coming up to Nozawa next season may be time to get your skates on or is that skis on!

January is already pretty heavily booked so if can, try and come up in February or March, avoid the crowds and score the powder!

Looks like Jetstar has some good deals on for that time out of Australia too around $750 Return. We are doing some sweet packages at that time too

Deep Nozawa Deal

7 Nights Stay based on Twin Share Japanese Style Tatami Room with Share Bathroom

Healthy Breakfast Included Daily

5 Days Lift Passes ( Non Consecutive)

Return Shuttle from Narita or Haneda Airport to Nozawa Onsen
Use of all the Village Hot springs

English speaking Guest relations available at any of our 3 local offices in Nozawa
All from just 87,500 yen per person (Approximately $AUD 960 at current rates)

Staying at one of these great Lodges, including Lodge Nagano, Schneider Hotel, Maruji Lodge and more. Check them out and BOOK here lots of great choices https://www.nozawaholidays.com/accommodation/

* Price may vary slightly depending on availability

So come on up and immerse yourself in the powder, culture and onsens of Nozawa.

Maruji Lodge beautiful traditional and spacious local run lodge in Nozawa Onsen

Maruji Lodge beautiful traditional and spacious local run lodge in Nozawa Onsen

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December 14th 2014 the snow just kept coming and we had to dig our way out of the lodge. Those are car on the right!

December 14th 2014 the snow just kept coming and we had to dig our way out of the lodge. Those are car on the right!

The Ski lifts at Nozawa Onsen Officially closed on May the 6th with the end of the Golden Week Holiday. They are still running but only to take up racers doing some spring training.

We had a 135cm base on the last day so still some fun spring skiing to be had if you strap on some skins and enjoy your back country touring.

Has been another amazing season in Nozawa with yet again a crazy amount of snow. Reaching a peak of 470cm Base up top around mid February.

We started with a bang in mid December when we got around 300cm of snow in just 4 days! It was ridiculous; I don’t ever remember that much snow so early and my 75-year-old neighbor agreed with me. We had more snow fall in December than January, which does not happen very often!

That pretty much set the tone for the season and we were working hard on the shovels and scraping for the powder planks most of the season. Had more Europeans stay with us this year and they also could not believe how much snow we get. At a few stages through out the season Nozawa was rated as one of the snowiest resorts on the planet!

March was a bit less snow than we normally get but we still ended the month with some great dumps and some very empty slopes.

All in all it was a busy season for overseas guests but everyone was pretty well behaved and enjoyed them selves and we hope it stays that way. Things are already starting to fill for the busy times so if you have not booked yet and are keen to come back suggest you get in quick.

A huge arigatou and thank you from everyone in Nozawa to all of you who visited us this season we really appreciate you coming and hope to see you back again for many years to come.

A big thank you to all the staff of the resort, restaurant’s and locals who worked very hard to make everyone’s stay a memorable one. A special thanks to our great team at Nozawa Holidays for a terrific season. Also to Shaun for once again some amazing photos on these daily reports. We hope you have all enjoyed them.

The Green season is taking a hold on Nozawa now and the farmers are busy planting all the crops. Nozawa is also an amazing village to explore in the warmer months so hope to see you up here. Especially with the new Bullet train now open to Nozawa you can be in the mountains in just over 2 hours from Tokyo!

Mountain Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Farming, lots of fresh produce and the amazing Onsens await.

We will keep you posted on what is going on in Nozawa on our Facebook page so stay tuned and the next ski season will be with us again before we know it.

Until then thanks again for joining us stay safe and “ Stay Classy” Arigatou gozaimashita

March 26th 2015 was one of the last major dumps of the season and the skiing was as good as peak season!

March 26th 2015 was one of the last major dumps of the season and the skiing was as good as peak season!

Kids in Nozawa need to bring their A game to the playground. Teh swings are under 3 meters of snow for a few months every year.

Kids in Nozawa need to bring their A game to the playground. Teh swings are under 3 meters of snow for a few months every year.

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Golden Week Special Deal in Nozawa Onsen

by Mark on April 29, 2015

Villa Nozawa lounge room a great place to hang out and have a chat at the end of the day

Villa Nozawa lounge room a great place to hang out and have a chat at the end of the day

The Golden Week set of holidays in Japan kicks off tomorrow 29th of April with Showa day the Celebration for the former Emperor.

It is a week long holiday for many and also the last week of the ski season in Nozawa Onsen

To celebrate we are running a great deal to stay and ski at Villa Nozawa.

Can check out some reviews here

http://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g1120620-d1151494-Reviews-Alpine_Villa_Nozawa-Nozawaonsen_mura_Shimotakai_gun_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html

Golden Week Spring Ski Special

3 Nights Stay

Healthy Breakfast Daily

2 Days Lift Pass

Use of all the Village Run Hotsprings

Just 22,500 Yen per person (Based on Twin Share)

Can do more or less days to so just drop us a mail here https://www.nozawaholidays.com/bookings/

Looks like some great weather ahead with lots of sunshine and some fun spring skiing.

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Nozawa-Onsen/6day/top

The cherry blossoms are out in town, the great restaurants and the Onsens await!

Look forward to enjoying the end of the season with you in Nozawa…

 

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Cruising thru the country side of Iiyama on the local train opens up lots of magic views of the Cherry Blossoms

Cruising thru the country side of Iiyama on the local train opens up lots of magic views of the Cherry Blossoms

Base up top: 220 cm

Temp Top; 6 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira : 125 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny skies

Another warm sunny start to the day here in Nozawa Onsen. Temps are really getting up there with all this sunshine so some great T Shirt spring skiing weather on offer.

Still very quiet on the slopes but with the Golden Week set of holidays kicking off tomorrow there should be quite a few people drifting into the village from tonight.

Amazingly the resort still has top to bottom skiing on offer on the beginner Forest trail but most of the lower courses are pretty sparse on cover now.

All this warm weather has brought on the Sakura or Cherry Blossoms and they are in full bloom now in and around Nozawa Onsen. Iiyama is a pretty cool place for some Hanami action and no better way to spend an afternoon that sitting under the Cherry blossom trees with a few friends and having a quiet drink. Special time of the year to be in the mountains so come on up and enjoy the skiing and the blossoms!

Web cam shot of Yamabiko this morning get the Tshirt on it is going to be a lovely spring day

Web cam shot of Yamabiko this morning get the Tshirt on it is going to be a lovely spring day

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