Updated: 30 January 2014
It’s amazing snow already here in Nozawa Onsen with the base at the top the exact same level as last year (and last year was a cracking season!) …visit the blog for more.
Nozawa Onsen Accommodation
Perfect for families and groups of friends, 100m to the slopes... [More]
Budget priced rooms & just 150m to the snow. Awesome location and... [More]
3 bedroom apartment, 8 single rooms, fantastic position and... [More]
Incredible location, fully self contained, close to the village & onsens... [More]
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Meet The Team
We have a great local and international crew here taking care of our guests who come to Japan.
Luke has been with us since the start and is a champion.
His parents run hotels and he has worked in the airlines, so has a long and successful history in hospitality.
He receives the most outstanding comments from our guests and his energy, enthusiasm and love of …more
Mariko works together with Luke to manage Lodge Nagano and recently they took their relationship to the next level tying the knot last year.
Mariko is a tireless worker and always genki.
She will help you with anything you need from the best places to eat to what time the train leaves to Okinawa …more
Kyoko san is a natural at taking care of people and will welcome you with true Japanese hospitality and a smile. One of the most adventurous girls we know she will tackle any challenge thrown at her.
She never stops working and together with Gab runs a great lodge at Villa Nozawa. Perfect English and German she is pretty smart and will sort anything you need …more
Gab originally from Switzerland but is a citizen of the world. Has ridden his bicycle half way around it.
He was a top level racer back home and has also placed highly in local Nozawa Onsen contests. Gab, together with Kyoko, do an amazing job of managing Villa Nozawa. He also heads our ski instructors and rental division so you know you are getting professional advice …more
Restaurant & Bar Reviews
Eating out is a joy in Nozawa Onsen, and with the many amazing restaurants being such great value (most around the 800-1000 yen mark – about $12 AUD) you can’t go wrong.
Some are on the map and a few we try and keep a bit secret just for our guests, so be sure to ask our staff for their suggestions – we’ll be delighted to share.
Get your free and detailed Nozawa Onsen Restaurant & Bar Guide here (PDF file).
“The restaurants are tiny, but the food is big! Very fresh food, really friendly service and a very enjoyable part of our stay – and the value was outstanding. I came to ski Japan, but found the food ran a very close second!”
Natalie L, Sydney
Way before Nozawa became famous for skiing it was a popular place with travelers from Tokyo as a Mountain Onsen Retreat.
There are 13 free onsens around town, and more private ones. They’re housed in beautiful traditional Japanese buildings, and are a great way to experience local culture. A nice hot soak in mineral water is also a great way to soothe away the aches and pains after a day on the mountain.
The local people pay to run and maintain the onsens, and it’s important that we follow local manners and customs when we indulge.
Please read our Onsen guide to ensure you get the most from this unique experience or watch this great video from Luke.
Nozawa Onsen has some amazing traditional architecture with Temples, Hot Spring Houses and traditional Inns.
Our properties are all well located very close to the snow for incredible skiing, please have a look at the below maps (click for the PDF file) to see the great positions of our properties, lots of great places to eat and local landmarks.
“Thanks again for the trip, we had an amazing time and had some awesome snow with great blue skies after snow. Also hats off to Luke, Kim and Kaito san, they were an amazing help and created a fun and relaxed atmosphere for the week.”
“Honestly best stay I have ever had. Mark is an incredible host and does way above he needs to. I am a mid 20′s snowboarder traveling with 5 similar people. Everything was spotless, treated like a 5 star building.”
Nozawa Onsen - Rich In Tradition
Nozawa Onsen is one of those truly special destinations to visit. With captivating tradition and culture surrounded by snow covered mountains and rich in hot springs it is easy to love but hard to leave. You’ll soon see why so many people come to ski Japan.
Nozawa Onsen is one of the top Japanese ski resorts with an amazing lift system, endless powder snow and small crowds, it is perfect for all levels of skiers and boarders.
Video Reviews from Happy Travellers
Great photo above by Bing Teo – Thanks Bing