Nozawa Onsen is across the valley from Madarao
It is a lovely old onsen village with a ski resort above it. There are some excellent restaurants in town and a few gorgeous public onsens.
We love visiting Nozawa because we love eating a local delicacy Oyaki Ringo (apple dumplings).
The terrain in Nozawa is really good for skiers who mostly want to stay on piste. It has long wide open groomers making it a perfect resort to practice carve turns.