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
  • 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

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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!

Could there be snow today?

by Mark on February 9, 2016

Base at top: 150 cm

Temp at Top: -9 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira: 120 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm       

Weather: cloudy skies with some blue patches, possible snow later

After a beautiful and mild bluebird day on the slopes yesterday, the skies are looking much cloudier today. The forecast is telling us that we may see between 25-30cm of snow today, though there are still some blue patches in the sky and no sign of snowflakes yet. Our fingers are crossed! Winds will be picking up fairly fast today to reach speeds of 55 km/h. We won’t feel it so much in the village, but up the top it’s going to be cold and windy today. The strong winds may continue into Wednesday as well, hopefully not blowing away any fresh snow that’s landed. Thursday is looking much like yesterday, blue skies all around. Who’s looking forward to another bluebird day?

Although it’s still four days away, The weekend isn’t looking too exciting, with temperatures rising above zero and some rain predicted to fall. Hopefully the snowpack will hold strong through the warmer temps as there is a nice lot of snow predicted to come after the weekend once the temperatures drop.


Bluebird morning in Nozawa

by Mark on February 8, 2016

Base at top: 160 cm

Temp at Top: -9 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira: 130 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm       

Weather: Blue skies for the moment, possible snow flurries


The sun is shining brightly over Nozawa this morning. After 15 odd centimetres of snow yesterday, the pistes should be groomed to perfection. We’re glad to have seen some snow falling yesterday to make up for what we didn’t get on Saturday. Looking at the webcams now, it looks like it’ll be a beautiful day up on the slopes; clear skies in every direction, though the forecast is predicting snow showers during the day… A nice dusting of snow could be heading our way.

Westerly to North-Westerly winds will be increasing overnight before reaching near gales on Tuesday afternoon through till Wednesday. There’s a decent lot of snow forecast to fall throughout that time so hopefully the wind doesn’t blow it off the mountain.

Looking further into the forecast, it’s looking like there’ll be a few warmer days over the weekend with some possible rain hitting us. We’re going to sit tight and hope that things change in our favour.

On a more positive note, challenge 39° has opened so that should be a bit of fun; the steepest run in Nozawa!




Snow is finally falling over Nozawa

by Mark on February 7, 2016

Base at top: 165 cm

Temp at Top: -8 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira: 130 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm       

Weather: moderate snow and moderate fog


The great piste conditions and the nice weather up on the hill made up for an unfortunate turn of events in the skies yesterday. Our predicted dump of 30cm never materialised and we were left with not a whole lot in the way of snow. As for now, well it’s been snowing moderately for a few hours and we’ve got a fresh coating of 10cm on the mountain. Snow is expected to fall through till the afternoon, though we can’t say that for certain as this storm seems to be a hard one to predict. We’re just going to enjoy what we can get. Temperatures today will be cold, at around -12 up the top, it would be wise to rug up.

With the freezing level down at 0m, we’re seeing snow blanket the whole mountain. This reading should stay below the village level for the next few days so our next lot of snowfalls will reach us down here as well. There’s another storm on its way that should be taking form on Tuesday morning with moderate snowfalls predicted. Winds will be getting stronger into the week so the windchill will be something to keep in mind when dressing yourself and your children for the slopes.


Here comes the snow

by Mark on February 6, 2016

Base at top: 165 cm
Temp at Top: -8 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira: 130 cm
New Snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Heavy snow and moderate fog

Snow clouds moving in




What we thought would be a snowy day yesterday, turned out to be a fairly mild day with some occasional cloud. With our base reading on the rise, things are only looking better for us with heavy snow forecast to fall throughout the day. The clouds have already laid down 5cm of fresh up the top and we’re just starting to see it accumulate down here in the village.

The skies are looking promising, with around 30cm still forecast to come down during the day. Visibility won’t be too great up on the mountain with fog clouds, though that must be the trade off for some good snow.

Tomorrow is looking good too, with snow showers forecast for some of the day. Hopefully this means that the sun might break through and give us, once again, some blue skies for an awesome powder day!

Night Skiing is on tonight until 8pm so keep your boots on for some more skiing




Base at top: 165 cm
Temp at Top; -7 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira 130 cm
New Snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Light snow and light winds all day


On piste conditions were fantastic yesterday. After a light covering of snow from Wednesday, the slopes were nothing but fast and smooth, and fairly empty too! The sun was out for the whole day, though temperatures were cold keeping the snowpack nice and fresh.

It’s currently snowing very lightly down in the village and we’re expecting a couple of centimetres up the top today. Enough to keep the underfoot conditions nice and to keep the trees looking pretty. Winds will be mild today and tomorrow, increasing on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

We’re excited to see that our forecast for the weekend has been upgraded, and hopefully it stays that way. At this stage, we’re looking at 30+ cm to fall on Saturday, becoming heaviest on Saturday night. Sunday should be an awesome powder day! Snow should continue to fall throughout the weekend before the system clears on Monday and brings us back the sun.

Most courses are planned to be open, the following are not currently open:

Challenge 39 °
Grand Prix
Kandahar East
Kandahar West