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

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!

Rice harvest starts here in Nozawa Onsen!

by Mark on September 26, 2016

The rice harvest (Inakari) has just started here in Nozawa Onsen. Some of you may already know – rice farming here in the valley has a history that far outreaches the snow sports industry! In fact you could almost say it is the main way of life for most villagers here in town. Nagano and Niigata prefectures are said to produce the best quality rice – with all of that fresh water flowing down the mountain through our fields and the clean country air we have here – you can see why!

Traditionally, rice was planted and harvested by hand. It is then hung to dry and mature for a few weeks, before being removed from the grass and milled – turning it into the delicious white rice we still produce here in town.

Modern innovation has seen the rise of the combine harvester and planting techniques that no longer require this hands on approach. However some families here in town still do it the traditional way – it is said the taste and texture of the rice is more desirable having matured naturally outside. The verdict? You will have to come and try for yourself!

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Mum with Holly and Sam Skiing Japan

My Mum aged 76 still loves to ski. Enjoying a bluebird day in Nozawa with her grandkids.

Your Mum, your kid’s Mum and even your Mother in Law all deserve a holiday! Bet she would love Nozawa Onsen whether she skis or not. Hopefully like my dear Mum at 76 she is still very keen on sliding down the slopes and if she does you will be in her good books for ever if surprise her with a snow holiday to Nozawa this coming season.

Even if she does not ski or board Nozawa is one of the few resorts that offers so much more. Here are a few things that Mum can enjoy while you are out there in the elements;

  • Onsens there are 13 free ones in the Village and some great private ones too. Great way to relax as you discover the village.
  • Day spas and Massage treatments. Shiatsu, Reiki and many of the great massage styles were developed in Japan and there are some great options in Nozawa
  • Yoga is quickly getting popular in Nozawa and nothing better than an Onsen, a Yoga session then a hot drink while soaking in a foot onsen over looking the village
  • Exploring the shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars in Nozawa. We have almost 50 restaurants and bars in our little town of 4000 people now and with the quaint narrow snow covered streets it is lots of fun to set out and explore.
  • History Lesson, temples, shrines and museums Nozawa is known as the Kyoto of ski towns and has some beautiful shrines scattered throughout the village. Also two museums one for skiing and one on the village
  • Day Trips, from Nozawa it is easy to get to some other very interesting towns. Nagano City is only 40 minutes away now with the bullet train and is a fun city. Obuse has lots of Art Galleries and traditional restaurants and a Sake brewery well worth checking out. Don’t forget the famous snow monkeys!

Anyway that should keep most Mums and little ones that aren’t skiing busy for a week. But lets hope they are keen to hit the slopes together!

We are offering a Free Massage for any trips booked for Mothers over this coming weekend. Just mention you heard about it here. Will even do it for Mother in Laws!

My Mum Patsy still has the goods on the slopes in Nozawa. gets a Senior Discount too!

My Mum Patsy still has the goods on the slopes in Nozawa. gets a Senior Discount too!

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Hard to believe it is the last day of the season in Nozawa, there were some beauties

Hard to believe it is the last day of the season in Nozawa, there were some beauties

Always a shame to see the last chair taken off the cable at the end of the winter season but at the end of today that is exactly what will happen.

Firstly a big arigatou to all the lifties, resort, restaurant, lodge and rentals staff. Everyone that works hard to make Nozawa a great place to visit. Many will now start working on the fields with farming rice and other vegetables the other big industry in the village.

Mostly thank you to everyone that visited Nozawa Onsen this year and had a great time. It was a pleasure having you all to stay, we hope you enjoyed your snow holiday and hope to see you back again soon.

As most are now aware this was not our biggest season on the snow front. I have done about 20 season in Nozawa now and cannot remember never having to shovel snow off the roof but this season we were pretty much spared the dangerous job! My 80 year old neighbor can also not remember a winter so light on for snow. But she assures me that next year the snow will be back in force.

Pretty amazing considering last season we were named “ The Snowiest Resort on the Planet” a few times with a ridiculous amount of snow.

To give you an idea here are some basic stats

This season

Highest Base; 220cm

Total Snow Fall; 472cm

Last season

Highest Base; 470cm

Total Snow Fall; 1044cm

Last season was more of a standard season for Nozawa Onsen, this season some are blaming it on El Nino where temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are warmer than normal. We all just hope that it is a rare occurrence not an on going climate change. But guess it is up to all of us to do our bit to Cool the Globe and support the environment.

Anyway bottom line is even our worst season in Nozawa could be better than the best season in some parts of the world. We still had some 60cm plus dumps, awesome powder days and terrific on piste skiing most days. See some of the photos attached.

As my 80 year old neighbor agrees next season is sure to be another great one and we look forward to welcoming you up to Nozawa again. Special thanks to all of our repeat guests that come year after year it means a lot to us and we hope to see you back next season or the one after!

If you have not already booked now is a good time as things are filling already here is a link Book your next snow holiday here

We look forward to hearing from you. Until next season we will keep you up to date with what is going on in Nozawa on our Facebook page and blog so stay tuned and see you in just 7 months or most welcome in the Green Season. Stay safe arigatou gozaimashita

When you get off the gondola at the tiop of Yamabiko on a bluebird da you would be forgiven for thinking you are in heaven!

When you get off the gondola at the tiop of Yamabiko on a bluebird da you would be forgiven for thinking you are in heaven!

The Red White and Blue with views that go forever in Nozawa

The Red White and Blue with views that go forever in Nozawa

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Base at top: 75 cm

Temp at Top: -6 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira station: 25 cm

New snow since close: 10 cm

Weather: Bluebird

Fresh Lines being drwonb early this morning in Nozawa. Photo by Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

Fresh Lines being drawn early this morning in Nozawa. Photo by Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

Walking home from the Onsen last night and the heavens started to open with huge flakes lofting from the sky. It continued thru the night and this morning there is about 5cm of nice fresh snow on top of the cars in town. The kids are loving it this morning on their way to school.

Up top is looking the goods with 10cm of fresh snow collecting on the slopes. Still nice and cold and the skies have cleared to reveal a picture perfect day. Only the main Nagasaka Gondola and the two top Yamabiko chairs open but should provide enough terrain for the handful of skiers taking to the slopes today.

Yamabiko at the top of Nozawa Onsen looking the goods today. Awesome for mid April! Photo by Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

Yamabiko at the top of Nozawa Onsen looking the goods today. Awesome for mid April! Photo by Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

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All smiles and styles a big arigatou from the Lodge Nagano team to all

All smiles and styles a big arigatou from the Lodge Nagano team to all

Lodge Nagano has closed for this winter season in Nozawa.

Just wanted to say a big Thank you and Arigatou to all our great guests that stayed with us this season, special mention to all those repeat guests too that have been coming for up to 10 years now.

Was a pleasure having you all here and although it was not our usual deep season on the snow front most people still managed to have a ball.

Things are already starting to fill for next season so if you have not already then may be a good time to jump in and book. The snow will be back in just 8 months!

Here is a link https://www.nozawaholidays.com/properties/lodge-nagano/

A big otsukaresama and thank you to all our amazing staff too who worked hard to ensure everyone had a terrific holiday.

If you had a great stay then please feel free to give the Lodge and staff a review here

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1120620-d1140120-Reviews-Lodge_Nagano-Nozawaonsen_mura_Shimotakai_gun_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html

Any suggestion please drop us a mail to lodgenagano@gmx.net

We are planning a few new things again next season and Luke, Mariko and all the friendly staff will be back to catch up. Have a great summer or winter wherever you are. Arigatou gozaimashita

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