Original Article from Japan National Tourism Organisation
After playing in the powder snow, enjoy walking and bathing in the historic hot spring village
Nozawa-onsen is a hot spring village located at the foot of Kenashi-
Its hot spring has a long history, and it is said it dates back to
Today, there are 13 public hot spring baths which are managed by a local organization. Many locals and tourists visit the public baths every day. While it is free of charge, there is a box outside each public bath for visitors to give a tip.
Among these 13 public baths, “Oyu,” located at the center of the village, is regarded as a symbol of Nozawa-onsen. Its beautiful bath house with the atmosphere of
Narrow, winding streets and slopes add an interesting flavor to the village.
Although prominent tourism development is not done in Nozawa-onsen, it is a highly popular hot spring resort. According to the popular hot spring resort ranking (2011) announced by Recruit CO., LTD., Nozawa-onsen won the 1st in the satisfaction level ranking