Nozawa Onsen (Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano)

Nozawa Onsen
野沢温泉 (長野県 野沢温泉村)
Planned season: Saturday 25th November 2017 until Sunday 6th May 2018
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Latest report posted at 8:18am on Monday 19th February 2018
Official snow depth 365cm (45cm) [updated on 18th February 2018]

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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.

For the 2017-2018 season, a new course is opening at the top of Skyline which means you can ski or board down without needing to take the connecting lift. More on that later...

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 35cm - 1st 230cm 140cm 1st 320cm 320cm 1st - 355cm
2nd 40cm - 2nd 245cm 130cm 2nd 320cm 340cm 2nd - 350cm
3rd 40cm - 3rd 280cm 130cm 3rd 305cm 340cm 3rd - 370cm
4th 40cm - 4th 310cm 135cm 4th 300cm 330cm 4th - 370cm
5th 45cm - 5th 320cm 140cm 5th 335cm 330cm 5th - 360cm
6th 65cm - 6th 305cm 155cm 6th 340cm 320cm 6th - 355cm
7th 65cm - 7th 305cm 150cm 7th 320cm 350cm 7th - 365cm
8th 50cm - 8th 290cm 145cm 8th 335cm 370cm 8th - 385cm
9th 75cm - 9th 250cm 145cm 9th 325cm 365cm 9th - 375cm
10th 70cm - 10th 245cm 160cm 10th 315cm 370cm 10th - 380cm
11th 70cm - 11th 245cm 180cm 11th 315cm 375cm 11th - 390cm
12th 70cm - 12th 245cm 180cm 12th 315cm 390cm 12th - 390cm
13th 75cm - 13th 255cm 205cm 13th 325cm 410cm 13th - 385cm
14th 140cm - 14th 290cm 235cm 14th 320cm 395cm 14th - 365cm
15th 145cm 115cm 15th 275cm 215cm 15th 315cm 390cm 15th - 365cm
16th 125cm 110cm 16th 265cm 230cm 16th 325cm 385cm 16th - 395cm
17th 160cm 120cm 17th 200cm 340cm 17th 320cm 365cm 17th - 395cm
18th 195cm 120cm 18th 240cm 330cm 18th 365cm 350cm 18th - 395cm
19th 175cm 110cm 19th 240cm 315cm 19th - 370cm 19th - 385cm
20th 175cm 105cm 20th 240cm 300cm 20th - 360cm 20th - 385cm
21st 165cm 100cm 21st 240cm 310cm 21st - 385cm 21st - 385cm
22nd 155cm 95cm 22nd 245cm 300cm 22nd - 380cm 22nd - 400cm
23rd 150cm 65cm 23rd 250cm 320cm 23rd - 370cm 23rd - 405cm
24th 145cm 95cm 24th 270cm 350cm 24th - 365cm 24th - 410cm
25th 130cm 95cm 25th 290cm 350cm 25th - 365cm 25th - 430cm
26th 160cm 95cm 26th 325cm 360cm 26th - 360cm 26th - 410cm
27th 225cm 75cm 27th 320cm 320cm 27th - 360cm 27th - 415cm
28th 265cm 105cm 28th 340cm 310cm 28th - 360cm 28th - 435cm
29th 265cm 115cm 29th 320cm 300cm 29th - - 29th - 430cm
30th 255cm 150cm 30th 330cm 290cm 30th 30th - 410cm
31st 255cm 150cm 31st 330cm 320cm 31st 31st - 400cm

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 main 'Kids Park' area - featuring a 'magic carpet', inflatables and other play items - is located in the Hikage area of Nozawa Onsen. Entry is free. There are a few other areas for sledging and tubing.

The ‘Nasuki-go’ service welcomes guests and takes them between the Nagasaka Station of the Nagasaka Gondola to the front of the Hikage Information Center.

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

There free indoor 'Nasuki Room' rest/play room on the 2nd Floor of the Hikage Information Centre building.

These children facilities are open from Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Uenotaira Snow Park & Halfpipe' can be found on the Uenotaira area on the upper half of the mountain, located at an elevation of 1220m-1410m. This area is covers a full 2km 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
Lift operations at Nozawa Onsen are generally from 8:30am until 5:00pm in the daytime during the main season (from 8:30am until 4:30pm from opening until 28th January 2018).

Nighta operations are from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Saturdays between 16th December 2017 and 24th March 2018; 28th December until 3rd January; 7th January and 11th February 2018.

The Utopia pair, Challenge pair, Yunomine pair, Mizunashi pair lifts generally do not operate on weekdays.

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.

Early & Spring tickets:
Cheaper lift tickets are available for the early ski and spring ski periods:

Adult - 3,400 yen (1 day); 6,800 yen (2 days); 10,200 yen (3 days)
Child - 1,700 yen (1 day); 3,400 yen (2 days); 5,100 yen (3 days)
Senior - 2,600 yen (1 day); 5,200 yen (2 days); 7,800 yen (3 days)

Valid dates: from 25th November until 15th December 2017 and from 2nd April until 6th May 2018

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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