Nozawa pulling on its White winter coat!

Yamabiko 16:11:14 First good snow

Boom and just like that Nozawa Onsen is under a Winter transformation.

Not a huge fall yesterday but enough to turn the whole top part of the mountain nice and white and for the groomers to get up and have a look.

Always a good sign! It was cold in town yesterday, we’re talking thermals, beanies and long onsen soaks cold!

Lovely day up top today and tempting to head up and try for the first turns of the season. Looks like a bit more expected tomorrow night too!

Not sure that this will be the one to kick of the ski season yet but it is definitely a nice step in the right direction. Hope everyone is getting excited and we look forward to welcoming you to Nozawa soon.

Can keep a close eye on developments right here and check out the web cams at http://www.nozawaholidays.com/snow-cams/

Say Goodbye to Autumn and bring on Winter in Nozawa

Autumn in Nozawa is one of my favourite times of the year. Amazing colours and weather

Autumn in Nozawa is one of my favourite times of the year. Amazing colours and weather

The Snow Forecast for Nozawa is looking promising!
A few decent little falls expected for the next week
Remember with this forecast you can usually double what we receive!
So looking good for Opening Saturday November 29th

We have already had a few dustings up top and temps are on the way down!
To celebrate we are still offering 15% off bookings up until December 20th
Lift Passes also discounted at just 3,400 Yen a day so just $35 a day!

Early Season Special
3 Nights Stay based on Twin Japanese Style Tatami Room
Healthy Breakfast Included Daily
2 Days Lift Passes
Use of all the Village Hot springs
All just 23,300 yen per person ( Approximately $AUD 245 at current rates)

Just go here to book and check out more great packages
http://www.nozawaholidays.com/package-deals/
You could be skiing in just over 2 weeks time!

 

Heading in the right Direction! December skiing in Nozawa on the cards

Heading in the right Direction! December skiing in Nozawa on the cards

Summer in Nozawa Onsen

Fields of Green. Nozawa in the warmer months is also very beautiful and lots to see and do

Fields of Green. Nozawa in the warmer months is also very beautiful and lots to see and do

The Green Season in Nozawa Onsen.

Summer in Nozawa is always an amazing feeling. Everything is so green and lush. It is such a contrast to the white of the Winter months. With rich volcanic soil and an abundance of water flowing from the natural springs everything grows like wild flowers. Hard to believe but for the local population Farming is probably as important a livelihood as tourism from the magnificent skiing! Many families in town are almost self sufficient growing rice, a wide variety of vegetables and even picking wild mountain vegetables too. For the outdoor adventurer there are lots of fun activities on the menu

  • Mountain Biking – the main Nagasaka Gondola is open from mid July to the end of August and there are some challenging off road tracks to fly down
  • Hiking – the mountains you ski on are also beautiful to explore. With waterfalls, scenic views, pretty flowers and even some wild life.
  • Rafting and Paddle boarding – the Chikuma river in the valley gets some amazing run off from the snow melt and can get a serious flow in places. Lots of magnificent lakes nearby too for a paddle or a fish!
  • Sports like Tennis, Soccer, Golf and even Skate boarding. Nozawa has courts and fields and parks to enjoy them all
  • Onsen – then at the end of the day nothing better to rest the weary muscles than a long soak in one of the many peaceful Onsens in the Village most of which are free to use!

Our houses and Lodges are open for most of the Green season from May until November and we do some great deals at almost Half Price of the ski season. So grab some friends or just some quiet time and consider a trip up to the Nozawa and some fresh mountain air.

Greeting from Nozawa in Summer. Kyoko san looking for a waterfall for a summer dip

Greeting from Nozawa in Summer. Kyoko san looking for a waterfall for a summer dip

Thanks everyone for another great season in Nozawa

Sunset on the Glide

The sun setting on another memorable season in Nozawa Onsen. Thanks to everyone for making it such a special place

And so the Sun sets on another terrific ski season in Nozawa Onsen. As one of my neighbours said to me in the Onsen one night “The snow fell very skillfully”!

We did not have so many of those monster 100cm overnight dumps this season but instead a constant stream of 30cm type falls, “ The Magic Foot”. Making for excellent conditions and more bluebird starts than I can remember for a while!

I had so many people this season say to me “ That was the best days skiing of my life!” Some very seasoned campaigners too, so always great to hear. Our photos throughout the season here would confirm I think you would agree.

A big Thank you to Shaun for all his amazing images that graced the reports, a true natural behind the lens. Also want to take this opportunity to thank all the awesome Nozawa Holidays Staff this season. A great mix of nationalities, ages and snow equipment! Think they had a lot of fun and know they made all our guests holidays enjoyable and memorable.

Thanks and otsukaresama to all the restaurant, shop and bar staff in the village too for as always, providing amazing service and food to all the guests and putting up with some very average Japanese skills!

Our biggest thanks goes to all of you the guests that visited Nozawa Onsen this season. It was a pleasure having you in our small town and we really hope you enjoyed your stay and we will see you back again soon.

A special thanks to all of the repeat guests too. Some of them have been up to stay with us for as much as 9 times now and many multiple times and they just keep coming back! We genuinely appreciate the business and even more so the great friendship.

Of course Nozawa is still a great place to visit during the “Green Season” with hiking, mountain biking, onsens and great food. Farming is in full swing so plenty of fresh produce. Our lodges and houses are open so if keen to see Nozawa in a different light please drop us an email.

Otherwise we look forward to welcoming you back next winter. Busy times are filling fast as always so we look forward to hearing from you.

Until then stay safe and arigatou gozaimashita from everyone in Nozawa.

For updates in the off season or anytime be sure to follow us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nozawaonsenjapan

 

Happy Golden Week. The last weekend of the season in Nozawa

Still looking pretty nice for May. Crowds are not bad in Nozawa either!

Still looking pretty nice for May. Crowds are not bad in Nozawa either!

 

Base up top; 185cm
Weather; Sunshine

Lots of people flowing into town for Golden Week festivities and last turns for a while. The Cherry Blossoms are out in force in the valley but still some fun spring skiing up top with a 185cm base remaining. Not a bad number to finish on!
Nozawa Central Lodge and Nozawa House are still open so come and see Luke, Gab, Kyoko and the gang for a coffee or a comfy bed and enjoy the end of what has been a terrific season.

This weekend is also the last for Buna, will miss the Nan Curry.
The hard working Ueno Family took their first day off during the season in 27 years this year to celebrate the birth of thier Grandkids at the Fire Festival. A big otsukaresama and already looking forward to December when the ski season kicks off again in Nozawa.

Hope to see you all there!

Everybody loves Buna! Look forard to seeing you back up in Nozawa in December when the season starts again...

Everybody loves Buna! Look forard to seeing you back up in Nozawa in December when the season starts again…

Look all around nothing but Blue Skies

Great time of year to expolre surrounding peaks from Nozawa. The snow is fun and the views spectacular..

Great time of year to explore surrounding peaks from Nozawa. The snow is fun and the views spectacular..

Base up top: 280 cm

Temp Top; 3 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 190 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny

More glorious sunshine on the menu again today in Nozawa. Has been some beautiful days and fun spring conditions.

Still 280cm base and top to bottom skiing along the home trail so can still enjoy a 10km run home!

Perfect for the families here enjoying the warmer days and fun conditions. The park rats also have been enjoying the park to themselves.

If you are feeling adventurous then there are some amazing hikes around Nozawa and neighbouring mountains to be explored.

More sunny days and light winds ahead so slap on the sunscreen and get out there…

 

 

Great time of year for a Ski Tour near Nozawa Onsen

The hike up on our Ski Tour to Mt Hiuchi. The views and a warm hut the rewards

The hike up on our Ski Tour to Mt Hiuchi. The views and a warm hut the rewards

Base up top: 300 cm

Temp Top; 3 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 210cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny

Have had a couple of nice days in Nozawa with plenty of sunshine and fun conditions. As we do most years we went for a ski tour for a few days. This time to Mt Hiuchi just behind Mt Myoko. We look at this mountain range most days from Nozawa but now after climbing it we will look at it in a different way.

Was an amazing tour and will post a few shots. The weather was perfect, still lots of snow and the scenery second to none. Check out our photo and video galleries.

In  Nozawa temps are set to drop a but today and we may see some light snow fall up high. Then lots more glorious sunshine for the rest of the week. Have to love spring…

Ski Tour at Peak

All down hill from here. Just opposite Mt Myoko looking across to Hakuba Valley. Spectacular!

All the gang at the Hut enjoying the scenery before heading off for the day

All the gang at the Hut enjoying the scenery before heading off for the day

No April Fools in Nozawa with 30cm overnight

Blessed with more than we expected this morning. Travel plans on hold in Nozawa and the planks are strapped on again..

Blessed with more than we expected this morning. Travel plans on hold in Nozawa and the planks are strapped on again..

Base up top: 310 cm

Temp Top; -8 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 210cm

Base at bottom; 110 cm

New Snow since close: 30 cm

Weather; Snowing!

Just like that and boom we have a “ Magic Foot “ on April the 5th! The official figures have not dropped as yet but with about 20cm in town I figure there should be a bit more up top.

One of the guests asked me last night if their kids were going to see snow fall in the Village before they leave today. Sure enough it started lightly just before we went to bed last night and then this morning we have a solid blanket covering the whole town.

Being the weekend there should be a few more lifts open too and not much motion around town so don’t think there will be a lot of competition for tracks.

It should snow a bit over the weekend with low temps then back to sunshine on Monday.

Anyway get out of bed and get up there and enjoy.

 

Has been a while since we saw snow on the sign. Welcome back to Nozawa Onsen

Has been a while since we saw snow on the sign. Welcome back to Nozawa Onsen

 

March wrap up in Nozawa Onsen

People often ask me how are the snow conditions in Nozawa Onsen in March.

This little clip put together by Andy and Tim who stayed with us in March will give you an idea!

March was better than February this year for over all powder days. The peak base for the season was also reached in March.

It is funny as many people switch of in March thinking there is not much snow so the slopes are also pretty empty.

For me after 22 seasons in Nozawa it is my favourite month of the season

Hope to see you here in March next year…

 

Ski School Nozawa Onsen

Spring is a great time for the kids to learn the life long art of skiing! Kai and friends laying down some turns

Spring is a great time for the kids to learn the life long art of skiing! Kai and friends laying down some turns

Base up top: 290 cm

Temp Top; 2 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 210cm

Base at bottom; 110 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

Bit of a bleak morning in Nozawa with light rain falling in the Village. The forecast is promising snow for the top but the cameras are not showing any yet. Temps are set to drop rapidly this afternoon so hopefully some snow for the upper slopes.

Yesterday was a warm spring day probably not the best for the powder hounds but for the kids the sunshine and slower snow was perfect for learning and turning! Here is a link to lessons in Nozawa  http://www.nozawaholidays.com/lesson-registration/

Lots of photos of Cherry blossoms filtering thru from Tokyo and Osaka and “Hanami” is in full swing in the lower lying towns now. Another reason to visit Japan at this time of year.