Village Info in Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Getting Around
The town of Nozawa Onsen is quite compact, and you will be able to walk within the village with ease. Streets are very narrow, and it is difficult for cars to maneuver, so your most agile option for getting around is your own legs.
Nozawa Onsen ATMs, Bank & Cash
Japan is still very much a cash economy, so it is highly recommended to purchase Yen cash before you arrive in Japan or arrange it before you leave the airport you entered in to. The only places in Nozawa Onsen to withdraw cash are the Post Office or at Nozawa Tourist Info Office, both within walking distance of the Nozawa Onsen Central (Chuo) Terminal. The Nozawa Onsen Post Office has a full range of services and an international ATM which accepts most foreign credit cards, the ATM is operational 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at night. The ATM at Tourist Info Office is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and accepts most international cards with Plus or Cirrus on the bank of the card as well as Visa and MasterCard.
Nozawa Onsen Shopping
Nozawa Onsen is a quaint traditional village and offers a great range of idyllic Japanese souvenirs. Nozawa’s main exports are its fresh soba noodles, nozawana local cooked vegetables, and oyaki steam buns; look out for the iconic wooden steaming boxes, and grab a bun as you wander through the picturesque streets of the village.
There is not a great range of ski and snowboard gear on sale, so if you are looking to purchase your own, best do it in Tokyo before going to Nozawa Onsen. Purchasing is not necessary though - equipment rentals are well supplied in Nozawa Onsen.
The town of Nozawa Onsen has a number of convenience stores, and a few market type shops selling local veggie produce. For a full-sized supermarket, visit the one iiyama train station, either by local bus, or taxi.
Nozawa Onsen Onsen Guide
There’s a reason why Nozawa Onsen has “onsen” in its name – a wealth of piping hot mineral rich onsen water lies deep beneath the vicinity of the town. Nozawa Onsen has capitilised on this and built 13 public onsens around town, which are free to use for both residents and guests. A donation box is generally set up outside each hot spring, which helps the upkeep of the premises.
Most hotels will provide a yukata robe and towel, with these and your personal toiletries, you’re set to onsen-hop for the evening!