Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen's temple at the top of the village

Nozawa Onsen is a beautiful ski resorts with cobble stone streets, onsens and an English speaking ski school.

Nozawa has old world charm mixed with modern Japan. There are 5 public onsens for relaxing weary bones after a day of skiing the excellent snow.

Most of the accommodation is in the village of Nozawa Onsen so there is a bit of walking and a travelator to get up to the ski run.

The mountain has long cruisy runs characterized by wide open groomers. Nozawa Onsen suits beginners and intermediates really well. It is a busy ski resort that can get really busy especially on weekends where lift queues can be 20-30 minutes. If you can visit here during the week or out of school holiday times the crowds are smaller.

You can find some really nice areas of tree skiing but they do get tracked out pretty quickly. If you are into tree skiing and untracked runs head to Madarao as Nozawa does not condone tree skiing across most of the resort and they will confiscate passes if they catch you.

Resort Stats


Altitude Top: 1650m

Altitude Bottom: 565m

Vertical: 1085m

Terrain Split: Tree runs, groomers, big air and park

Annual Snowfall: 11m

English Speaking Ski School: Yes

Ski Lifts:

Gondola: 2

Quad: 5

Triple: 3

Twin: 10

Nozawa Onsen Trail Map

Nozawa onsen's trail map for skiing and snowboarding