Nozawa Onsen (Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano)

Nozawa Onsen
野沢温泉 (長野県 野沢温泉村)
Planned season: Saturday 26th November 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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Nozawa Onsen is the name of a small village located to the north east of Nagano city in the north east region of Nagano Prefecture, close to the border with Niigata Prefecture. It is also of course the name of the popular ski and snowboard resort located close by village - the base lifts, gondolas and courses are within walking distance. Many people refer to it as just 'Nozawa'.

Nozawa Onsen is one of the most famous ski and snowboard resorts in Japan. It first opened in 1923 with the first ski lift opening in 1950. The two gondolas were installed in 1979 (Hikage) and 1990 (Nagasaka). Much of the history of Nozawa and indeed skiing in Japan can be seen at the Japan Ski Museum that can be found by the Isemiya course, not far from the Hikage Gondola. Nozawa Onsen is famous for onsen hot springs throughout the year as well as large amounts of quality snowfall during the winter months. While in recent years Nozawa Onsen has become increasingly popular with visitors from overseas, the village still retains a traditional and quaint Japanese feel. In January every year the Dosojin Matsuri (Fire Festival) is one highlight of the season. The village was host to the biathlon events during the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

The Mountain

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Nozawa Onsen Course Map

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 140cm 100cm 1st 320cm 155cm 1st 355cm 215cm
2nd - - 2nd 130cm 90cm 2nd 340cm 155cm 2nd 350cm 210cm
3rd - 0cm 3rd 130cm 90cm 3rd 340cm 160cm 3rd 370cm 190cm
4th - - 4th 135cm 80cm 4th 330cm 165cm 4th 370cm 190cm
5th - - 5th 140cm 80cm 5th 330cm 165cm 5th 360cm 180cm
6th - - 6th 155cm 80cm 6th 320cm 165cm 6th 355cm 170cm
7th - - 7th 150cm 80cm 7th 350cm 165cm 7th 365cm 140cm
8th - - 8th 145cm 100cm 8th 370cm 160cm 8th 385cm 140cm
9th - - 9th 145cm 110cm 9th 365cm 150cm 9th 375cm 140cm
10th - - 10th 160cm 105cm 10th 370cm 190cm 10th 380cm 140cm
11th - - 11th 180cm 100cm 11th 375cm 210cm 11th 390cm 135cm
12th - - 12th 180cm 105cm 12th 390cm 200cm 12th 390cm 130cm
13th - - 13th 205cm 100cm 13th 410cm 170cm 13th 385cm 140cm
14th - - 14th 235cm 100cm 14th 395cm 130cm 14th 365cm 140cm
15th 115cm - 15th 215cm 100cm 15th 390cm 120cm 15th 365cm 155cm
16th 110cm 10cm 16th 230cm 100cm 16th 385cm 150cm 16th 395cm 155cm
17th 120cm 0cm 17th 340cm 105cm 17th 365cm 150cm 17th 395cm 150cm
18th 120cm 25cm 18th 330cm 100cm 18th 350cm 175cm 18th 395cm 145cm
19th 110cm 40cm 19th 315cm 100cm 19th 370cm 160cm 19th 385cm 130cm
20th 105cm 45cm 20th 300cm 100cm 20th 360cm 155cm 20th 385cm 120cm
21st 100cm 40cm 21st 310cm 135cm 21st 385cm 145cm 21st 385cm 130cm
22nd 95cm 45cm 22nd 300cm 140cm 22nd 380cm 140cm 22nd 400cm 130cm
23rd 65cm 50cm 23rd 320cm 140cm 23rd 370cm 140cm 23rd 405cm 130cm
24th 95cm 40cm 24th 350cm 130cm 24th 365cm 150cm 24th 410cm 135cm
25th 95cm 30cm 25th 350cm 140cm 25th 365cm 160cm 25th 430cm 175cm
26th 95cm 40cm 26th 360cm 150cm 26th 360cm 160cm 26th 410cm 180cm
27th 75cm 50cm 27th 320cm 145cm 27th 360cm 160cm 27th 415cm 170cm
28th 105cm 70cm 28th 310cm 140cm 28th 360cm 150cm 28th 435cm 160cm
29th 115cm 100cm 29th 300cm 140cm 29th - 145cm 29th 430cm 145cm
30th 150cm 90cm 30th 290cm 155cm 30th 30th 410cm 140cm
31st 150cm 90cm 31st 320cm 150cm 31st 31st 400cm 135cm

Previous Statistics

Nozawa Onsen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons in English are available at Nozawa Onsen. For more information on lessons please check the Lessons in English page on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Kids Park' featuring a 'magic carpet', inflatables and other play items is located in the Hikage area of Nozawa Onsen. Entry is free.

The 'Yumin' day care service is available in the Hikage Information Centre building. The charges are 2,500 yen for a half day and 4,000 yen for a full day.

There is also a free 'Nasuki Room' rest room on the 2nd Floor of the Hikage Information Centre building. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Uenotaira Snow Park & Halfpipe' can be found on the Uenotaira area on the upper half of the mountain, and opens from late December until the end of the season. 

Nozawa Onsen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 8:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Nozawa Onsen is generally open from 8:30am until 5pm in the daytime.
Nighta operations are from 5pm until 8pm on Saturdays, New Year and a few other specific holidays in the season.

Nozawa Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Junior High School age & under
60 years & over
1 Day 4,800 yen 2,200 yen 3,700 yen
1.5 Days 7,800 yen 3,700 yen 5,400 yen
2 Days 9,000 yen 4,200 yen 7,000 yen
3 Days 13,000 yen 6,000 yen 10,000 yen
Morning (Open-1pm) 3,700 yen 1,600 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-day close) 3,700 yen 1,600 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 450 yen 250 yen
Nagasaka Gondola 1,700 yen 850 yen
Hikage Gondola 1,300 yen 650 yen
Nighta 1,600 yen 850 yen
Season Ticket (all) 63,000 yen 50,000 yen 57,000 yen
Season Ticket (from March) 32,000 yen 20,000 yen 26,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information A nighta ticket is required for nighta (not included in the normal day tickets), but nighta can be enjoyed using a Season Ticket.

The 1.5 Day ticket is valid for an afternoon and following day or a day and then the following morning.

Riding the Gondola back down is free.

Getting to Nozawa Onsen

By public transport
14.3km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
8km from Togari Nozawa Onsen Station on the Iiyama Line
47.2km from Tokamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The nearest train stations on the local Iiyama line are Kamisakai Station (4km) and Togari Nozawa Onsen Station (8km). Note that buses do not operate from these stations and so the only option from there is to take a taxi.

The large Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) line is about 14km from Nozawa Onsen.

>> More information on getting to Nozawa Onsen by public transport
The Nozawa Onsen Liner Bus operates from Iiyama Station to Nozawa Onsen and takes about 25 minutes.
By Car
20.1km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
38.8km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
55km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 117 (4.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 38
Nozawa Onsen is located a few kilometres off the main Route 117 road that connects Nagano city with Ojiya city in Niigata Prefecture. It is about 45km to the north east of central Nagano city and about 15km to the north east of central Iiyama city.

Most people will either approach Nozawa Onsen from the Toyota Iiyama IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway or the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC of the Kanetsu Expressway (in Niigata Prefecture).

Approaching Nozawa Onsen from Toyota Iiyama IC (Joshinetsu Expressway):

From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit, turn right onto Route 117 and go through the main shopping road area of Iiyama city following the signs to Nozawa Onsen. After 15km on this road turn right onto Prefecture Road 410, just before the Lawson convenience store. Continue on this road for about 1km until reaching the traffic lights. Turn left onto Prefecture Road 38 and continue on this road into Nozawa Onsen village.

Approaching Nozawa Onsen from Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC (Kanetsu Expressway):

From Tokyo, some people choose to use the Kanetsu Expressway to head north and continue under the Tanigawadake mountain range in Gunma Prefecture into Niigata Prefecture, exiting the Kanetsu Expressway at Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC.

After exiting the toll booth at Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC, turn right and continue for 1km until reaching Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 towards Yuzawa and after about 650m turn right onto Route 353. Continue on Route 353 for about 18km until reaching the Route 117 traffic light junction. Turn left onto Route 117 (Nozawa Onsen is on the main signpost). The turn off for Nozawa Onsen is about a further 31km. The village can be found nestled at the bottom of the mountain about 4 km off Route 117.

The journey from Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC to Nozawa Onsen is around 55km and in good conditions can be made in around one hour.

>> More information on getting to Nozawa Onsen by car
There are a number of car parks close to the base of Nozawa Onsen. The Number 1 parking area at Nagasaka holds about 500 vehicles - it is free on weekdays and 1000 yen on weekends and holidays. Number 2 parking at Karasawa holds about 200 vehicles - it is free for day trips. Number 3 parking holds 400 vehicles and is also free for day trips.

There are a few other parking areas that are not quite as close to the lifts.

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