Enjoy a traditional hot spring experience in one of Japan's long-established ski resorts
Nozawa Onsen is a historic hot spring area situated in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture and is one of Japan’s longest-established ski resorts.
The resort sits on the mountainside of Mt Kenashi (1,650m) and offers snow travelers 36 ski slopes and courses including a run 10-kilometers long. With high-quality powder snow covering the resort from the mountaintop to the base of the slopes, Nozawa Onsen is particularly good for long snow runs. The natural hot springs are thought to have been discovered around 1,300 years ago, and the center of the village, nestled at the foot of the mountain, still retains the charm and ambiance of an old-fashioned spa town. If you decide to visit the area, book a stay in a ryokan — a traditional Japanese inn — where you can experience an authentic Japanese getaway with hot springs and local Japanese cuisine. The old spa town center itself also has numerous eateries as well as bars catering to international travelers.