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  1. Slippery Jim

    Nasuki Go ???

    This question is aimed at SJ's faithful Nozawa Onsen Today reporter (who, like all his colleagues does a great and much-appreciated job ūüėć) Today's (Dec 18) report mentions Nasuki Go, apparently in the context of some kind of transportation service within the village -- between the Nagasaka & Hikage gondolas. Could we get a bit more information on this, please? What's available as far as (bus?) service within the village? Many thanks!!
  2. Nozawa Onsen Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano Prefecture New Nagasaka Gondola lift During the off season the old Nakasaka Gondola at Nozawa Onsen was totally dismantled, and a brand new gondola has been installed. The old gondola had a mid-station with a change in direction but the new one goes straight up from the same base point to the top Yamabiko area of the ski area. The new gondola is scheduled to be open in December. Nozawa Onsen also said earlier in the summer that they had plans to have some snow making machines available this season. Obviously, we hope that such machines will not be needed!
  3. Accommodation Information on Kiriya Ryokan in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/kiriya-ryokan
  4. Accommodation Information on Akari House in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/akari-house
  5. (NOZAWA ONSEN) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Schanze Nozawa in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-schanze-nozawa
  6. (NOZAWA ONSEN) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Nozawa Dream in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-nozawa-dream
  7. (NOZAWA ONSEN) Ski & Snowboard School Information on Nozawa Onsen Ski School in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nozawa-onsen-ski-school
  8. Accommodation Information on Sumiyosiya Ryokan in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/sumiyosiya-ryokan
  9. Accommodation Information on Seisenso in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/seisenso
  10. Accommodation Information on Schanze Nozawa in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/schanze-nozawa
  11. Accommodation Information on Ryokan Sakaya in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/ryokan-sakaya
  12. Accommodation Information on Pension Tannenhof in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/pension-tannenhof
  13. Accommodation Information on Maruken-Sanso in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/maruken-sanso
  14. Accommodation Information on Haus St Anton in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/haus-st-anton
  15. Accommodation Information on Alpine Villa Nozawa in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/nozawa-onsen/alpine-villa-nozawa
  16. Resort Spotlight The Resort Spotlight for the Nozawa Onsen resort in Nozawa Onsen, Nagano Prefecture can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nozawa-onsen
  17. First trip to Nozawa Onsen for this intermediate over 40 boarder. It snowed for 4 days and we had a bluebird on Monday the 21st. Loved the fact it is an old village and hasn't been commercialized! Mountain was decent--the only negative for snowboarders is you have to unstrap/walk in a few places as I had read in previous posts. The onsens were a huge bonus and a must visit. Since Lodge Nagano was full, we were passed to the Honey Bee/Mistubachi Maaya (Owner is Ikeda-san) which is up the street from the Shinden No-Yu Onsen and around the corner from the Post Office (which has the only ATM in town I think). Great location with about a 10 minute walk to Nakasaka Gondola--a great way to stretch/warm up before hitting the slopes is how I looked at it. BEST PLACE FOR BEGINNERS: The right side of the mountain (Karasawa) is the perfect place for first time snowboarders/skiers (had a cherry-boarder with me), even on crowded weekends. It's wide open. It's a better slope than Uenotaira (way too flat) to learn on. Probably get bored on this after a while, but the best place for beginners to start hands down. BEST TRAILS FOR INTERMEDIATES: Yamabiko A, B, C, D using the C & D lifts at the top of the mountain. These trails had the best snow and were the longest runs (besides Skyline). Lots of off piste/trees/powder. BEST PLACES TO EAT: Sushi - Hamacho Pizza - Billikens and Kaze no Ie Salad - Billikens (couldn't find any places that served salads...needed my greens). Wine Selection - Kaze no Ie Yakitori - Small shack between the Post Office and Mitsubachimaya...been coming to Japan for 25 years and it's the best yakitori ever. BEST RENTAL SHOP: Tomy or Tomii BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE (gloves, goggles, winter shoes/boots, rental clothes) Kanamori Sports (scored a great pair of Swan double lens goggles for 5000 yen, about $60 USD. BEST TUNES; Stay bar BEST ONSEN: It's a secret. Pics in the gallery: http://www.snowjapan...onsen-jan-2013/ Would definitely go back but want to give Niseko a go. Plus the Shinkansen bullet train was 7500 yen ($85 USD) each way from/to Tokyo so why not fly to Chitose or Sapporo? Feel free to ask any questions or PM. This has been my first trip report, hope to contribute many more!
  18. Went to Togari, had a great day. Actually had my best day this season. Its not huge, the snow wasnt exactly fluffy and light, there are queues, and its a bit icy towards the lifts. but the place has a really playful BIG DAY OUT experience to it. Its boarding as a recreational activity. Pure cruise friendly, side hit hilarity. But instead of posting a massive report as i always do, heres ten reasons why you should come here over Nozawa. Dont worry thesis fans! the review will happen at a later date and itll have all the words you could ever need! But i didnt even hit the sunshine area, so i cant really review it until i go back again. 10 reasons off the top of my head that you should hit up Togari over Nozawa: 1. 2500 yen lift tickets if you bring along your passport. RIDICULOUS. Nozawa is 4600yen. 2. Shuttle bus takes 5 minutes to get from the station to the resort. It also costs nothing. (In comparison, and including bus plus connections/walking, it takes around 30 minutes and costs 300 yen to get to Nozawa from the station). 3. If you can carve you are one of the top 50 riders in the resort! If you can ride the trees and don't splat on the steeps, you're top ten! 4. Beginners have great terrain to play on. Intermediates have loads of lines to explore, and advanced riders have their pick of the ungroomed pow at the sides, in the trees and under the lifts. I should also mention there aren't that many ropes. And there is absolutely NO FIGHTING FOR STASHES! Theres a really cool friendly camaraderie. Amazing. Compare nozawa where every line on yamabiko is tracked, and just about every other line (which are also tracked) involves tight trees, cliffs, and slide zones. Everyones racing for fresh lines and youre all on your own (with the exception of the chutes, where youre in on a "big super mega secret!" (thats actually tracked to shit)). 5. If you miss the last bus to the station, its a 20 minute walk. No problem. 6. Ski bunnies and ski er... twinks? and barely any of them can ride. Which makes things SUPER CUTE and happy as they continually brick it side sliding down the green runs and invariably yard sale. 7. Its pretty much an event. Unlike the bigger resorts (that do try, bless them, but have to concentrate it all in one tiny part of teh mountain because its just TOO big to carry it everywhere) theres a real feeling that youre having a classic recreational day on the slopes. It feels like a proper event. Theres so much emphasis on families and beginners that youll immediately feel happier just from being here. Its super welcoming, everyones smiling, even if youve become jaded, a weekend here in the peak will carry you back to the time when you first started out and were going off your nut with the sheer joy of sliding down a hill and smashing your face into the snow. 8. Theres a bus from Nozawa (is it a company called kyowa?) that runs on the weekends (reservation required) and the bus and lift ticket = 3000 yen. It also leaves at a reasonable fekking time. 9. Even after telling myself continually that i was going to head across the other side, i pretty much spent the entire time at pegasus. Just look at the trail map. It aint big... but there were so many untouched lines, it would have been CRIMINAL to leave them untracked. In fact i chose to miss my bus and walk down the hill because i just felt so bad leaving still so many lines unmolested. 10. A 500ml bottle of coke in the busiest restaurant on the resort costs 150 yen. Which doesnt sound amazing. Thats what they cost in every other vending machine in japan, right? Not in any decent japanese ski jo they dont. 200 yen. Tins of chuhai are TWO HUNDRED FEKKIN YEN!!! and the proper stuff, not that slat cap they have in the Nozawa machines. Bonus: 11. Theres a lot of (albeit rather short) lines if you fancy a bit of a hike. I reckon with a few days here, and a bit of an explorers mentality youll find some longer runs though. Theres just so many contours and lines. Bonus2: 12: Onsen right at the bottom of each skijo. And you have to pay. And it has showers. And its warm. and its not SWARMING with thousands of bodies in a teensy tiny bath. Plus, if youre shameless or have a bit of a nudist streak, you can stand on the platform completely bollock naked with your tackle in the wind like a boss watching the cars drive up. Definitely one for the gnarly hikers. Bonus3: Lifts are super quick. The usagi 4 gets you up to the decent bit fast enough you can happily lap it for a few hours. The main 3 seater at the base of Pegasus also flies up that hill making lapping pretty fun. Sorry for the pic quality. Ipod touch takes much nastier pics than youd think (and id hope - maybe theres a setting change i can make that i havent figured out yet). Okay, okay fascists: Ten reasons you probably shouldnt bother: 1. Traversing. OH EMM GEE. Again, look at the trail map. Some ridiculous traversing to get to the middle from either side. 2. Middle area has a load of lines to hit in every difficulty level. Like a serious load, but its super mega short and not worth the time it takes to ride the lift up. 3. Its super busy for such a small place. There wil be queueing. Thinned out after lunch on sunday, but i imagine saturday is a bit nasty. 4. Doesnt have the tree runs of madarao, nor the length and altitude of Nozawa. Its currently on a meter less than nozawa, and though its shaded in the afternoon, it still means a bit of sunshine and the pow is gonna get wet and hard going, and in the afternoon those lines are going to turn seriously bumpy. 5. And jesus does it get icy. I havent felt ice like that since the ill fated day i tried to ride through the trees on muju. 6. A bit tooooo laissez faire? Theres a massive crack in one of the runs, like seriously huge, im sure its probably safeish and its just compacted under the crack... but people are ignoring the warning ropes and riding it. No one gives a shit because ski patrol can clearly see the damn thing. Its right out of their window. 7. Maybe ski patrol are more worried about the jerkwad skiers with tunnel vision BLASTING down the beginners area and smashing into the noobs trying to leaf/garland down the hill. Seriously. I know its beautifully groomed and its got a nice quick fall line, and probably its a bit borderline green/red (though honestly id say green). but theres one lift there, beginners are taking it and theyre riding the line down it. Pay some ****ing attention. Theres a completely unused red line on skiers left that is IMMACULATE and no one touches it because you need to pop up the hill like 5 meters. 8. Last shuttle bus back to the station is 2.40? Are you out of yoru goddamned mind? If it wasnt such a short walk back, this would literally be a deal breaker. 9. Nozawa is better, its more serious, the lines are more interesting and the chutes (which you get an AWESOME view of by the way on the road down from Togari) are way beyond anything you can hit in Togari. I would honestly not pick togari over nozawa if i had limited time. But if i was here for a week or so, like madarao it makes a great change of pace. (there really should be a joint multiday pass/season ticket for these three). 10. Side hits are soft. Its a cruising resort and a great day or two out. Its not the kind of place id pick up a season pass on (well, unless it was 20,000 yen - early bird season pass though is 30,000 FYI, which, if youre Japanese is decent, but since as a gaijin you get tickets for 2500, thats like 12 days... and i doubt youd want to hit this place 12 days in a season unless youre pretty local - but for a local, great value).
  19. Nozawa Onsen Dec 18-19 2012 I headed to Nozawa Onsen for my first slide of the season. My snowboarding partner for this trip was my girlfriend. She had previously tried boarding but didn't like it, the only reason she agreed to try again is because I'll be in the snow nearly every weekend for the next 3 months. We arrived at Nozawa Onsen around 9 am, drove around town for a while looking for the rental shop and getting ready and we were strapping up our bindings at Yamabiko station by 11. The snow wasn't too bad on the 18th, around lunch time there was about 5-10 cm of fresh snow on top of a really hard ice layer. As the day went on the snow that was falling became lighter and more consistent. There were limited lifts and courses open which lift me playing in the Yamabiko area while my girlfriend took an afternoon lesson. After her lesson we decided against taking the gondola down and tried to go down the Rinkan course. This wasn't the best idea as at the bottom the snow was still too thin to snowboard across to the car park area. That night it continued to snow and we woke up to about 10cm of fresh snow on the car and a lot more up the top. The second day we ere able to get ready a lot faster and we were up the top and sliding by 9. I left me girlfriend to practice for a bit and went up to see what Yamabiko had to offer. The snow was amazing with the off piste action offering knee to waist deep snow. The visibility was pretty bad, which was made a lot worse by my goggles continually fogging up. I ended up spending most of the day boarding without goggles. As painful as it was riding without goggles it was still an extremely enjoyable morning. I did manage to get a couple of breaks in the weather and snap some photos. Most of the time it was like the first 2 photos in this post. I met up with my girlfriend and rode the green runs down to the bottom of paradise until lunch. There was plenty of fresh snow even on these runs with the edge of paradise being knee deep if not more. After lunch the snow started to ease off a bit and we had some periods of no snow and even some blue sky. I think we got pretty lucky with the weather and the conditions could have been a lot worse. It was my first time to go to Nozawa Onsen and definitely a place I would like to go back to in the future. We had a wonderful time and now my girlfriend has agreed to go on another trip early next years. So Jan 6-9 we will be off to Suginohara. Also the pizzas at the Yamabiko restaurant are really good.
  20. Hiya moon sausage here New here, well have lurked a while and now that we are going to get to Japan thought I would join in. Going to get to Japan in January. The plan is time in Tokyo with friend, go up to Zao in Yamagata and perhaps get out to Niigata as well as it is so convenient from Tokyo. My friend has been to Nozawa in Nagano and wondering how it compares for those who have been to both. Thanks!
  21. Friday 13th January 2012 until Thursday 19th January 2012 The prizes: This week we have 50 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket. We have 10 lift tickets for each of the following resorts: - Happo-one (Hakuba, Nagano) - Nozawa Onsen (Nagano) - Akakura Onsen (Myoko, Niigata) - Kusatsu Kokusai (Gunma) - Zao Onsen (Yamagata) Tickets courtesy of the Mount Six group. You can choose up to 3 resorts on the form. Please write any specific preferences in the comments when you submit the form. Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. (You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register). >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 25 people will be chosen - each to receive 2 vouchers to one resort - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Information on Mount Six: http://www.snowjapan.com/e/spotlight/mt-6.html We would like to thank the kind people at Mount Six for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  22. Just a few picks from our trip in 2009. Nozawa truly has a mellow village atmosphere and friendly vibe. From the narrrow cobbled streets to old ladies cooking in the hotsprings as they heve been doing for hundreds of years, this place is somewhere that should definitely go on your 'bucket list' Oh, it snows a bit here as well
  23. Name: Nozawa Onsen Category: Nagano videos Date Added: 20 September 2011 - 03:36 PM Submitter: tripler Short Description: Downhill street riding View Video


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