Resort Spotlight: Nozawa Onsen (Nagano)
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Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Planned 16-17 Season:
Until early May 2017
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The village is located at the foot of Kenashi-yama (literally Mt No-hair), alt 1650 meters, in beautiful natural surroundings - lush green in spring and summer, coloured leaves in autumn and of course spectacular snow covered surroundings in winter.
Anyone can enjoy, free of charge, any of the thirteen public hot spring baths known as sotoyu. They all have a different source with distinct characteristics that provide for a variety of different mineral baths.
Want to learn to ski? The Nozawa Onsen Ski School is located on the slopes of the resort and welcomes skiers of all ages and abilities. For more information on Nozawa Onsen Ski School, click here.
Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Festival - an important intangible folk cultural property
One of the three greatest fire festivals in Japan, the Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Festival is nationally designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Taking place on January 15 every year, the festival is staged by men aged 42 and 25 (so-called “unlucky ages”) to celebrate the birth of a familyʼs first child, to dispel evil spirits, and pray for happy marriage. The highlight is a “fire-setting battle” which ends up with the setting fire to a huge wooden structure with blazing torches by the offensive team and the offering of torches to the deity, making the festival truly spectacular and exciting.
Half day tickets are valid from opening time until 1pm or from 12pm until closing of daytime hours. The 1.5 day ticket is valid from 12pm until closing of daytime hours plus 1 full day the next day, or one full day and then from opening until 1pm the following day.
Nighta is every Saturday from 17th December 2016 until 25th March 2017; every day between 28th December and 3rd January; 8th January and 19th March 2017.
Ski & Snowboard Lessons at Nozawa Onsen
For more information on skiing and snowboarding lessons at Nozawa Onsen, please go here.
How to Get to Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen has no train station, but is connected by bus to Iiyama and Nagano Dentetsu lines. From Nagano Station you can take the Iiyama line to Togari Nozawa Onsen Station (a 60 minute journey). There are trains almost every hour and most trains have a direct bus connection. The bus ride takes about 20 minutes.
There are also direct buses to the resort from the main Nagano city train station and this is a popular choice.
By car, get off the Joshinetsu Expressway at Toyama Iiyama IC and take Route 117 to Nozawa.