Nestled in an idyllic landscape, surrounded by imposing mountain ranges, lies the classic resort of Nozawa Onsen. With skiing first being introduced in 1912, history has shaped the present in this timeless mountain village.
Well known as one of Japan’s premier classic resort destinations, this impressive area has cultivated its warm après-ski charm throughout its long history of winter sports. Even though Nozawa offers some of the best skiing in Japan and a host of other alpine adventures, this often takes a back seat to the magical feeling of the village when it is blanketed in the copious amounts of snow it receives every winter. The fairytale-like enchantment of this winter wonderland has long captivated the Japanese as they relax in the abundant natural hot springs that are seemingly around every turn.
Nozawa offers travellers and alpine winter sports enthusiasts fantastic skiing & boarding opportunities. This combined with warm traditional experiences staying at authentic Japanese ryokan inns and wandering through lantern lit cobble stone roads and walkways is the perfect way to spend a winter vacation. Stroll the streets and feel the romantic charm, which exudes from the lodges and shops. Pamper yourself in any of the 14 public hot springs or rummage through one enticing rustic little shop to the next. Nozawa is all this and more. Why not step off the beaten path and immerse yourself in this picturesque and truly Japanese ski resort!
Nozawa offers much more than rival resorts and gives one a feeling of truly being in Japan, whilst at the same time offering all the pleasures of what a ski resort is meant to be. Just like St. Anton its sister resort in Austria, Nozawa also has its own unique mountain culture where tradition and history play a big part in your holiday. Nozawa stages countless cultural and sporting events with the high point being the extraordinary Dosojin Fire Festival, held on January the 15th each year. Both St Anton & Nozawa share one distinctive quality; the incomparable majesty of the mountains and the beauty of the landscapes have been unifed with modern infrastructure to create an ideal location for activity based holidays. Great skiing, history, charm, tradition, and hospitality are all blended together in one wonderful location.