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!

Winter Season Finished Nozawa Onsen

by Mark on May 8, 2017

Winter Season Finished Nozawa Onsen

Ogama Cooking Onsen in Nozawa Onsen is an atmospheric place at the best of times. Even more special under 30cm of fresh snow

Arigatou Gozaimashita for an amazing season in Nozawa Onsen

Yesterday afternoon the last lift of the 2017 Winter season in Nozawa turned thru its cogs and delivered its final happy skiers and boarders to the top for what has been a terrific season in Nozawa.

It all started on December 7th last year and finished May 7th this year for a full 5 months of snowy fun. It was often called “The season that kept on giving” with constant 30cm or “Magic Foot” top ups throughout the season. Pretty sure everyone left town with a smile on their face!

A few stats for you

– Peak Base reached at top; 435cm on March 28th

Note it is almost double last year where we only got to 220cm base. Good to see last season was only a blip and hopefully we are back to the snowy normal for Nozawa.

– Biggest Snowfall was January as usual but we had consistent falls right thru March and March was probably for me the best month of the season for overall conditions.

– We did get a total of more than 350cm fall over 7 Days the middle week of January, which was amazing and set us up for the season.

– Slider guest numbers – overall the resort was up from last year. A lot to do with Nozawa probably had an earlier and overall better season than many other parts of Japan this year. Overseas guests were most likely down a little but a wider mix and lots of different languages being heard in the lift lines.

Winter Season Finished in Nozawa Onsen

How much snow is too much? Nozawa Onsen often tests those boundaries!

We would just like to say a sumo size Thank You to everyone that came and stayed with us in Nozawa this past season. We had so many great guests this year and your smiles and stories of your days on the slopes and in the village were very rewarding. Special thanks to our repeat guests some that had come back after as long as 7 years away, many that have been coming for over 10 years now and some that come every year. We are so grateful to see you all year after year and it is like welcoming old friends every time.

Arigatou gozaimashita to all the hard working staff and locals in the village for welcoming people from all over the world to Nozawa again this season. To the legendary lifties, ski patrol and resort staff, thanks for sweeping the seats every time and keeping the slopes a safe and enjoyable place to slide. To the tireless lodge, restaurant and bar staff thanks for all the delicious meals and warm hospitality every time.

Winter Season finished Nozawa Onsen

The Postie in Nozawa Onsen delivers rain, hail and 50cm of fresh snow

Special thanks to all the dedicated team at Nozawa Holidays, lost count of all the great comments I received about the terrific work you guys did on and off the slopes ensuring the guests had an amazing experience and a memorable holiday. Well done to everyone and a big Otsukaresama deshita.

Thanks to you all the good folk that have followed our reports and updates throughout the season. The number of you has been gradually increasing every year and we really appreciate it. Hope you have enjoyed the slice of Nozawa on your screen every day and it has helped you to dream of your next snow holiday. Leaving you with a few of the most popular shots from the season.

Bookings for next season are coming in quickly with all the great snow we had this last season it is sure to be a busy one with some of the peak times filling fast so if have not already booked better get on to it. Just fill out a quote form here

Or drop us a mail to

One of the friendly staff will get back to you with details.

Winter Season finished Nozawa Onsen

Lots of snow and empty lifts await you in Nozawa Onsen. Better book now for next season

Please keep checking our blog and more so our Facebook over the Green season and consider Nozawa over the warmer months too. It is an exciting and relaxing destination all year round. Stay safe and arigatou from all in Nozawa.


More Sunshine today in Nozawa

by Mark on April 5, 2017

Spring Slide Nozawa

Magic Day up top yesterday with boot high powder and sun. More spring like today

More sunshine today in Nozawa
Base at top: 390 cm
Temp at Top: 9 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira station: 290 cm
New snow since close: 0cm
Weather: Clear skies and light winds
Waking up to another beautiful spring day here in Nozawa Onsen with blue skies, warm weather and no wind. Will be a fun spring day on the slopes ahead.
Yesterday morning was the goods with 10cm of fresh snow, some parts of Yamabiko had boot deep fresh powder between the trees. With the sunshine it made for a beautiful morning glide. It did warm up pretty quick though and it was all over by lunchtime. The snow was still good fun on piste up the very top but got a bit sluggish on the flatter runs. It improved as bit in the afternoon and was a fun run down at about 4pm.
As forecast looks like this southerly Okinawan change is going to grip us for the next few days and bring some rain across the resort. Temps should dip again on Monday and the long range is even showing some snow on the 12th of April. Once we hit April though the fresh snow days are few and far between. Still a huge base to eat thru though so once the rain clears will still be plenty of spring skiing to enjoy. A good vibe around the town as all the locals kick back a bit after the busy winter season.


April 4th Dump Nozawa by Seiji

Spring  snow for Nozawa Onsen!

Base at top: 400 cm
Temp at Top: -3 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira station: 305 cm
New snow since close: 10cm
Weather: Bluebird up top!

This is not an April Fools joke we have had 10cm of fresh snow up top on the mountain this morning! It stared to snow up top yesterday afternoon and continued thru the night. Too warm for snow in the village as to be expected at this time of the year but up top is looking like a beautiful Bluebird day.

The base had dropped down to 390cm but this has topped it back up to the 400cm mark.


Lifts in operation are;

Nagasaka Gondola 8;10 – 15;30

Yamabiko 4               8;30 – 15;20

Yamabiko 2 4            8;25 – 15;30

Uenotaira 4              8;30 – 15;30

Paradise 4                 8;30 – 15;40

Spring Snow for Nozawa Onsen

Map of Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and the Lifts and Runs open for 4th of April 2017

Still no problem to ski top to bottom though even with less lifts in operation.

As you can see from these photos today is going to be an awesome day so get up there and enjoy it as we have a warm Spring front on its way. Tomorrow will be nice and sunny too before a rain system hitting us on Thursday night. You can check out the scenery on the cams and if not in Nozawa now still enjoy the great day we are having here, will get up for some R & D and update you later…


Thanks for the photos Seiji san always first on the scene in Nozawa.


Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 31 March 2017

by Mark on March 31, 2017


Isaac enjoying one of the last big dumps for Spring

Isaac enjoying one of the last big dumps for Spring – Photo @LWTravel

Cloudy with a chance of snow

Base at top: 400 cm
Temp at Top: -5 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira station: 305 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Cloudy

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 31 March 2017

Weather has took a turn from the last few days with clouds covering most of the Nagano region. A slight chill up top of the mountain today with possibility of light snow in the late afternoon. 

Tomorrow’s temperature will rise again with the Sun making an appearance. 

Its looking like its going to be another Sunny spring weekend coming up and hopefully entering April with a 4 meter snow base up top…..


Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 30 March 2017

by Mark on March 30, 2017


Relaxing with a coffee at Mt.Dock Cafe

Relaxing with a coffee at Mt.Dock Cafe – Photo by @LWTravel

Another Sunny day!

Base at top: 410 cm
Temp at Top: -2 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira station: 315 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Sunny

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 30 March 2017

Another scorcher of a day today. Excellent Spring conditions this morning with temperatures on the rise throughout the day. 

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 30 March 2017

We are expecting some clouds to roll in later this afternoon with a slight chance of rain overnight.

Tomorrow Is looking like the temperature will drop and become more cloudy with rain/snow in the afternoon. Not to worry though as there will be plenty of sun in the forecast for the weekend..