Ski Japan - Nagano

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort Guide

Ski Japan - Nagano

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort Guide

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort Guide

The Crow, Nozawa Onsen photo

Nozawa Onsen

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Mr Party Hardcore, Nozawa Onsen photo

Nozawa Onsen

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Simple stunning, Nozawa Onsen photo

Nozawa Onsen

Photo credit: Belinda Walters

Slope Stats

  • 1650m

  • 1085m

  • 565m

  • Acres of ski:734
  • Pistes:20
  • Snowmaking:-
  • Halfpipes:1
  • Terrain Parks:1
  • X-Country:-
  • beginner40%
  • intermediate30%
  • advanced30%

Nozawa Onsen, in Japan (located in the Nagano prefecture), is a large resort with 25 lifts (23 chair lifts) that offers skiers an incredible 1085 metres (3559 feet) of vertical descent. Nozawa Onsen has 734 acres of terrain over 20 pistes. Nozawa Onsen is evenly suited for both advanced and intermediate skiers and snowboarders but with some terrain for beginners. There are a couple of locations dedicated to cross-country skiing and for snowboarders, there is a terrain park and a half-pipe. The nearest airport is at Tokyo and the nearest train station to Nozawa Onsen is at Togari Nozawa Onsen. There is accommodation located close to the pistes but we would welcome additional information about any hotels or chalets in Nozawa Onsen.


  • Nearest Airport:Tokyo
  • Nearest Train Station:Iiyama
  • Tourist Office Phone:0269-85-3166
  • Tourist Office
  • Slopeside accommodation:yes
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  • Season opens:10 Dec 2018
  • Season closes:6 May 2019
  • Lifts:25 (23 chair lifts)
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Announcements & News from the Nozawa Onsen ski resort manager

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With just one month to go until the resort is set to open here in Nozawa Onsen on December 3rd, there is a cool feeling of excitement in the air.

The autumn leaves or Kouyo are in full blaze, and there are some beautiful colors sprawled out across the slopes

The staff as usual are out in the fields preparing the runs, cutting grass and trees to make way for mountains of snow which are hopefully just around the corner.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has put out their forecast and it is looking pretty promising with average temperature and precipitation in December and below average temps in January.

At the moment it is still fairly warm in town but temps are set to drop next week and get down to -5 degrees up top of Mt Kenashi. Anyway still early days.

Information supplied 14 Nov 2016

Latest Snow Reportview full snow report

  • Issued:10 Dec
  • Last Snowfall:10 December 2018
  • Snow Depth (upper):
  • Snow Depth (lower):
  • Piste:Fresh
  • Off-piste:Fresh

Today’s Weather (1108 m)view full snow forecast

snow showers
15 NW15
-3 °CF-Level
snow showers
15 NNW15
-3 °CF-Level
snow showers
10 NW10
-3 °CF-Level

Nozawa Onsen Location Maps

Nozawa Onsen Location Map

Visitor Reviews of Nozawa Onsen

Max Kelly from Japan writes:

Visited Nozawa last season and it must have been a record season for snow fall. Stayed at Villa Nozawa and they had to dig a trench thru the car park just to get out the front door. There was a 4 meter base up top and it just kept falling.
Loved the traditional feel of the lodge and the whole village. Really what a ski holiday in Japan should feel like. With quaint bath houses and restaurants and beautiful shrines scattered around the village.

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