Nozawa Onsen Accommodation, Nagano, The Alps Japan

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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

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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!

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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Base at top: 120 cm

Temp at Top: 7 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira station: 40 cm

New snow since close: 0 cm

Weather: Sunny with clouds forming.

Magic views to the West over Kaiya Nozawa to Myoko and Hiuchi Mountains

Magic views to the West over Kaiya Nozawa to Myoko and Hiuchi Mountains

Beautiful spring days in Nozawa. Temperatures were high yesterday and was nice and warm all around town with everyone lapping up the sunshine. The farmers are coming out of the woodwork and lots of locals starting work on their gardens and plots.

On the slopes it was great views across to the Japan sea with spring conditions under foot. Today is the last day of the official Winter Season for the resort with “Haru Yama” or Spring Mountain starting from tomorrow the 4th of April. That will mean all the bottom lifts and the Hikage Gondola will close for good. The Nagasaka Gondola, Yamabiko Lifts, Uenotaira and Paradise should remain open. So it will be a top of mountain game from here on in.

The bottom of the mountain has been on the way out for a while anyway and they are just holding on to the beginner trail to ride down today. Would say from tomorrow it will be a download on the Gondola.

Good news is that lift prices also drop from tomorrow to just 3700 Yen a day for adults and 1700 Yen for kids. Lots of the restaurants and cafes will close at the bottom from today too including the Mt Dock Gondola Café so drop in and get your last Coffee fix from the gang there. Buna and the Yamabiko restaurants will remain open so be sure to get up and enjoy the views!

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Base at top: 135 cm
Temp at Top: 5 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira station: 55 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Cloudy, skies clearing.
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We’ve been seeing a lot of sunshine lately in Nozawa. A number of people are heading up in t-shirts, sunnies, and a coating of sunscreen. Not a bad way to spend the day! The slopes are starting to get fairly slushy right up to the top though they’re still running fast, and the best part? There’s hardly anyone out at this time of the season. We nearly had Yamabiko all to ourselves.
 
Temperatures will reach 5°C up top today, it’s going to be a warm one again with clouds clearing later in the day. Winds will be very mild for the next seven days, hovering at around 10km/h for the most part. Temperatures will be fluctuating throughout the week though we won’t see the mercury dropping below zero anytime soon. We’ve got one last bluebird day tomorrow before some rain bearing clouds move in on Sunday with the chance of light snow up top as the freezing level drops lower down the mountain. Get up there and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

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