Number 1. The Mountains of course!
Japan is a world-famous, some say the best ski location in the world, because every year we receive abundant snowfall during winter. The magnificent ski area in Nozawa Onsen is one of the largest in Japan covering about 298 hectares with 50 runs suitable for all levels. Snowboarders and skiers need not worry that they will not find a suitable run. (About 40% of the slopes are suited for beginners)
Number 2. Enjoy the Onsens
Where else can you find onsens all over the village (even free ones) to have a nice soak and bath after a day of snowboarding and skiing? Nozawa Onsen features 13 free onsens all over the village and there are a few paid ones which are also very affordable to visit where you will have more facilities for use. Don’t forget to try cooking some onsen eggs.
Number 3. Meet the Snow Monkeys
Meet the cute and mischievous Nozawa snow monkeys that totally love the hot baths. Watch them play in and around the hot baths. The monkeys are friendly and curious and not camera shy at all. Don’t forget to say hello!
Number 4. To join in the Dosojin Fire Festival in Nozawa Onsen
The famous Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival is nationally designated as an important intangible folk cultural property. It originally began as an invocation for a good harvest, health and good fortune in the coming year, but has been expanded to include a good ski season as well. Taking place on January 15th every year, the festival is staged by men aged 42 and 25 (so-called “unlucky ages”) to celebrate the birth of a family’s first child, to dispel evil spirits and also to pray for happy marriage.
Number 5. For the food!
There are plenty of restaurants in Nozawa Onsen offering a variety of different cuisines. From authentic Japanese meals to Korean bbq to Western steak houses. There are also many bars where you can chill out after a day of skiing. You will definitely be able to find a place that suits your taste around Nozawa Onsen village. Click here for our top 10 recommendations!
AND NO Jetlag!
Jet lag is one of the most annoying things! For our Australia friends, this is perfect news for you! We are in the same time zone. So what are you waiting for? Start planning now. And book an accommodation today!