Skiing & Snowboarding at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Nozawa is one of Japan’s best overall resorts – a fantastic combination of mixed terrain, great powder and a lively village. Its compact size and great variation of courses make is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Particularly well-suited to snowboarders given its compact nature, Nozawa retains a youthful and lively atmosphere both on the mountain and at night in the village, which is well-serviced by a range of restaurants, bars, and accommodation.
The resort has 36 courses serviced by 2 gondolas and 19 lifts, offering around 300 hectares of terrain. Courses breakdown as: beginner 40% / intermediate 30% / advanced 30%. Situated between 565 to 1650 metres, Nozawa offers an impressive 1085 of vertical. For full details of the resort including all the stats, highlights, accommodation, getting to and from and more, see our full ‘Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort’ page. Nozawa Onsen village offers a wide-range of accommodation options including large hotels, traditional ‘ryokan’ (guesthouses), private accommodation and budget/basic ski lodges. As one of Nagano’s most popular resorts, accommodation is likely to be fully-booked on weekends and holidays through winter so make sure to plan ahead or aim for weekdays, when the resort should be notably less crowded. For accommodation listings, see our ‘Nozawa Onsen ‘ hotel page.
08:30 - 16:30/17:00 / Night-skiing: every Saturday from 17:00 to 20:00
Dependent on snow conditions, areas of the resort typically open from late-November and remain in operation until early-May. The full resort should be open from the second half of December until the end of March or into April
Approximately 60-minutes drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park
From Nagano Station, take the Hokuriku Shininkansen to Iiyama Station - only 11 minutes - and once there, switch to the Nozawa Onsen Liner bus - 20 to 25-minutes. Buses depart from directly in front of the station with multiple services each day in winter