Terminal 3 Narita Airport heading to Nozawa Onsen

Terminal 3 Narita Airport dont forget your running shoes!

Terminal 3 Narita Airport dont forget your running shoes!

The new Terminal 3 Low Cost Carrier terminal at Narita airport opened in April this year. Jetstar, Vanilla Air and a few other airlines use the terminal so many coming from Australia to ski this coming winter will probably get to check it out.
It was built at half the price of a normal terminal and given a bit of a running track theme in line with the 2020 Olympics being hosted in Tokyo.
I have been thru a few times and found it all worked pretty well. Only major downside is it is about 500m walk to Terminal 2 where the train leaves from and you need to go to take the Snow Shuttle up to Nozawa which you can book here http://www.nozawaholidays.com/shuttle-bus/
There is a free shuttle bus by the looks but figure by the time you wait and get on and off you will have walked there and it wont be so hot in the Winter months!
http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/access/shuttlebus/index.html
It also has a 24 Hour Food court…

Madarao Resort a great day trip from Nozawa Onsen

Views of Lake Nojiri from Tangaram Circus next to Madarao. Magic...

Views of Lake Nojiri from Tangaram Circus next to Madarao. Magic…

We have posted a few Summer activities going on in our neighbouring resort Madarao about time we put up a winter shot. Madarao is located just across the Chikuma river and you can see it from the upper slopes of Nozawa.

The resort was very popular with students mainly in the early 90s and used to be completely packed. Like many resorts in Japan it got quiet pretty quickly after the boom times. Aki san and the team over there have been working hard on putting it back on the map and it is becoming popular again. They have been concentrating on their powder game with 60% of courses ungroomed. There are some great tree runs and amazing views to be enjoyed.

It only has 440m vertical compared to 1085m at Nozawa Onsen so often people will only stay for a few days also not much of an après scene without the village atmosphere of Nozawa. So it makes for a great day trip from Nozawa Onsen and we have a bus running daily. Here is a link http://www.no-to-ma-bus.com/english.php

It takes a bit over an hour and only costs 800 yen return trip. Need to book a day in advance so either ask your lodge to book or go to the ticket counter in Nozawa.

Tangaram is the resort next door that interconnects with Madarao and if going well worth spending the extra yen to get a dual ticket as makes it easier to access some of the tree runs. This photo was taken from there and has amazing views of Lake Nojiri.

Family Fun Spring Skiing in Nozawa

Nozawa is a great place for kids of all ages to get their first taste of skiing or master the art...

Nozawa is a great place for kids of all ages to get their first taste of skiing or master the art…

With January getting difficult to find accommodation in Nozawa Onsen it is a good time to start looking at March and April for your ski fix in Japan

https://www.nozawaholidays.com/march-is-magic-in-nozawa-onsen/

Easter falling a bit earlier this year it is a great time for families to come up and enjoy some terrific spring conditions

  • Still lots of snow!
  • Warmer days for the kids
  • No lift lines
  • Easy to get into your favorite restaurants
  • Discounted Accommodation & Lift Passes
  • Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms
  • Travel to other parts of Japan in nice conditions

Here is an idea of a package for 2 Adults and 2 Children from March 15th until the end of the season on May 6th

Spring Japan Family Ski Holiday 

7 Nights Stay based on Japanese Style Tatami Room with Share Bathroom
Healthy Breakfast Included Daily
6 Days Lift Passes
Use of all the Village Hot springs
All from just 67,650 yen per person Adults (Approximately $AUD 795 at current rates) x 2

Children from just 32,825 Yen (Approximately $AUD 385 at current rates) x 2
Total = 200,950 Yen or Approximately $2360

Jetstar is also doing some great deals at the moment for March and April with flights around $700 return

http://www.jetstar.com/au/en/home

So please drop us an email to stay@nozawaholidays.com and start planning your Japan Ski adventure…

Spring is not all about the kids either in Nozawa. This shot taken March 22nd amazing dump and no one around!

Spring is not all about the kids either in Nozawa. This shot taken March 22nd amazing dump and no one around!

More Europeans are learning to love Nozawa

The Dutchies scored perfect conditions in Noawa for their stay. Last season most people did...

The Dutchies scored perfect conditions in Nozawa for their stay. Last season most people did…

We had a couple of Dutch girls come out of the Dutch mountains last season and sample the Vitamin P of Japan. They scored on the powder front in Nozawa and did not want to leave. Like many people that visit Nozawa they fall in love with the snow but more so fall in love with the Village, Food, Onsens and friendly locals. Here are a few photos of their stay, may help with your decision on whether to book for this coming season…

The Mushroom effect in Nozawa where the snow becomes bigger than the building...

The Mushroom effect in Nozawa where the snow becomes bigger than the building…

Working Life in Nozawa Onsen

Nashimoto san always on hand with a smile and a chat after over 40 years working in Nozawa Onsen

Nashimoto san always on hand with a smile and a chat after over 40 years working in Nozawa Onsen

We had a lot of great staff last season in Nozawa and would like to say a big thank you to all of them. Think we need to make a special mention of our rookie of the year Nashimoto san. He joined our team at the spritely age of 70 and was a real asset to the team. In a season full of huge snow dumps he could shovel snow better than guys well less than half his age!

We have been friends with Nashimoto san for 25 years now, when he was my old boss at the Nozawa Ski Patrol. He worked for the ski patrol for 38 years, a few of the later ones on a snowboard! He was asked to retire at the age of 65 from Patrol and then worked a further 5 years at the Resort Information Office. He was the voice you hear on the PA as you ski down Uenotaira.

At the age of 70 he had to retire from there and we were lucky enough to pick him up. After over 50 years of riding the resort he knows it better than most and we are proud to have him in the team at Nozawa Holidays. He knows how skis and boards work so you will often see him helping out at Nozawa Central Rentals or at Villa Nozawa, make sure you give him a big “Konnichiwa” and feel free to ask him about anything to do with Nozawa he may even let you in on a few secrets!

We are currently looking for more members to join our team for next season so if you think you have what it takes please send us an email with Resume, Photo and why you would like to work with us in Nozawa Onsen to team@nozawaholidays.com

Beautiful day for a shovel! Nashimoto san making light work of the powder. This was taken on 19th of December last year! What a start to the season

Beautiful day for a shovel! Nashimoto san making light work of the powder. This was taken on 19th of December last year! What a start to the season

Hikage Ski Centre Patrol Office in Nozawa Onsen circa 1992. The building and skis have changed a lot but Nashimoto san looks the same!

Hikage Ski Centre Patrol Office in Nozawa Onsen circa 1992. The building and skis have changed a lot but Nashimoto san looks the same!

Get your skis on – Great Nozawa Ski Packages for February and March

Great way to enjoy the Sunset - Nozawa Style

Great way to enjoy the Sunset – Nozawa Style

Anyone looking at coming up to Nozawa next season may be time to get your skates on or is that skis on!

January is already pretty heavily booked so if can, try and come up in February or March, avoid the crowds and score the powder!

Looks like Jetstar has some good deals on for that time out of Australia too around $750 Return. We are doing some sweet packages at that time too

Deep Nozawa Deal

7 Nights Stay based on Twin Share Japanese Style Tatami Room with Share Bathroom
Healthy Breakfast Included Daily
5 Days Lift Passes ( Non Consecutive)

Return Shuttle from Narita or Haneda Airport to Nozawa Onsen
Use of all the Village Hot springs

English speaking Guest relations available at any of our 3 local offices in Nozawa
All from just 87,500 yen per person (Approximately $AUD 960 at current rates)

Staying at one of these great Lodges, including Lodge Nagano, Schneider Hotel, Maruji Lodge and more. Check them out and BOOK here lots of great choices https://www.nozawaholidays.com/accommodation/

* Price may vary slightly depending on availability

So come on up and immerse yourself in the powder, culture and onsens of Nozawa.

Maruji Lodge beautiful traditional style accommodation with magic views from every room

Maruji Lodge beautiful traditional style accommodation with magic views from every room

Autumn Slow Magazine & Nozawa Onsen

It was a pleasure having Tim Baker a well known author of the Gold Coast visit us last season.

Check out his latest write up ‘Slow Snow’ in Autumn Slow Magazine about his holidaying experience in our traditional Japanese village.

Thanks Tim, we love this one!

Slow Snow Article Photo

 

Otsukaresamadeshita. Guess we better do a wrap up for the season that was in Nozawa.

This shot was taken in December 14th 2014. We had to dig our way out of the house! The bumps on the right are cars!

This shot was taken in December 14th 2014. We had to dig our way out of the house! The bumps on the right are cars!

The Ski lifts at Nozawa Onsen Officially closed on May the 6th with the end of the Golden Week Holiday. They are still running but only to take up racers doing some spring training.

We had a 135cm base on the last day so still some fun spring skiing to be had if you strap on some skins and enjoy your back country touring.

Has been another amazing season in Nozawa with yet again a crazy amount of snow. Reaching a peak of 470cm Base up top around mid February.

We started with a bang in mid December when we got around 300cm of snow in just 4 days! It was ridiculous; I don’t ever remember that much snow so early and my 75-year-old neighbor agreed with me. We had more snow fall in December than January, which does not happen very often!

That pretty much set the tone for the season and we were working hard on the shovels and scraping for the powder planks most of the season. Had more Europeans stay with us this year and they also could not believe how much snow we get. At a few stages through out the season Nozawa was rated as one of the snowiest resorts on the planet!

March was a bit less snow than we normally get but we still ended the month with some great dumps and some very empty slopes.

All in all it was a busy season for overseas guests but everyone was pretty well behaved and enjoyed them selves and we hope it stays that way. Things are already starting to fill for the busy times so if you have not booked yet and are keen to come back suggest you get in quick.

A huge arigatou and thank you from everyone in Nozawa to all of you who visited us this season we really appreciate you coming and hope to see you back again for many years to come.

A big thank you to all the staff of the resort, restaurant’s and locals who worked very hard to make everyone’s stay a memorable one. A special thanks to our great team at Nozawa Holidays for a terrific season. Also to Shaun for once again some amazing photos on these daily reports. We hope you have all enjoyed them.

The Green season is taking a hold on Nozawa now and the farmers are busy planting all the crops. Nozawa is also an amazing village to explore in the warmer months so hope to see you up here. Especially with the new Bullet train now open to Nozawa you can be in the mountains in just over 2 hours from Tokyo!

Mountain Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Farming, lots of fresh produce and the amazing Onsens await.

We will keep you posted on what is going on in Nozawa on our Facebook page so stay tuned and the next ski season will be with us again before we know it.

Until then thanks again for joining us stay safe and “ Stay Classy” Arigatou gozaimashita

 

March 26th 2015 was one of the last big dumps of the season and was as good as any day of the peak season

March 26th 2015 was one of the last big dumps of the season and was as good as any day of the peak season

Need to bring your A game to Kindy in Nozawa. The swings are under 3 meters of snow for a few months every year!

Need to bring your A game to Kindy in Nozawa. The swings are under 3 meters of snow for a few months every year!

Last day of April a beauty in Nozawa

Kai enjoys his last run down the Forest trail as it closes for the season

Kai enjoys his last run down the Forest trail as it closes for the season

Base up top: 175 cm

Temp Top; 10 Degrees get the T Shirt on!

Base at Uenotaira : 80 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny skies

End of another great month of Spring skiing in Nozawa. April is a great month in the mountains for me as the Village morphs back into a sleepy farming town, and we still have beautiful spring skiing on the slopes and surrounding mountains.

Very quiet in town and can get into all my favourite restaurants again! Another beautiful clear day here today and perfect to enjoy a beer out the front of Buna and take in the views.

The bottom slopes are starting to turn to green and the farmers are out in the sun getting ready to plant. The Forest trail is now officially closed for the season so skiing is reserved to the upper slopes but can ski all the way down to Paradise and that chair is running until the end.

My son for one will miss his long runs down the home trail this season taking in the vistas and quiet forest trail while trying to beat me to the bottom!

 

Golden Week Special Deal in Nozawa Onsen

 

Some sunny days ahead fro the Golden Week holiday in Nozawa Onsen

Some sunny days ahead fro the Golden Week holiday in Nozawa Onsen

The Golden Week set of holidays in Japan kicks off tomorrow 29th of April with Showa day the Celebration for the former Emperor.

It is a week long holiday for many and also the last week of the ski season in Nozawa Onsen

To celebrate we are running a great deal to stay and ski at Villa Nozawa.

Can check out some reviews here

http://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g1120620-d1151494-Reviews-Alpine_Villa_Nozawa-Nozawaonsen_mura_Shimotakai_gun_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html

Golden Week Spring Ski Special

3 Nights Stay

Healthy Breakfast Daily

2 Days Lift Pass

Use of all the Village Run Hotsprings

Just 22,500 Yen per person (Based on Twin Share)

Can do more or less days to so just drop us a mail here https://www.nozawaholidays.com/bookings/

Looks like some great weather ahead with lots of sunshine and some fun spring skiing.

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Nozawa-Onsen/6day/top

The cherry blossoms are out in town, the great restaurants and the Onsens await!

Look forward to enjoying the end of the season with you in Nozawa…

Villa Nozawa Lounge room a great place to gather at the end of the day for a beer and a chat

Villa Nozawa Lounge room a great place to gather at the end of the day for a beer and a chat