Nozawa Onsen is a quaint mountain village north of Nagano City with hot springs (onsen) housed in traditional buildings that, according to locals, date back to the 8th Century. The mineral water from the hot springs in Nozawa is unrivaled, with over 30 natural springs supplying the ryokans as well as 13 public baths. Of these, Oyu, with it's traditional wooden architecture, represents the best of Nozawa's Onsen's culture. Nozawa Onsen is also known for the Ogama spring where locals go to cook vegetables in the hot onsen water.
The ski area is one of the largest in the country with over 50 kms of trails suited to everyone from beginners to more advanced skiers and snowboarders. The top of the mountain has stunning panoramic views of the surrounding national parks and Japanese Alps. Nozawa Onsen is one of the largest and most diverse ski resorts in Japan and really requires at least three days to fully explore all areas.
Check out this video from one of our Trips to the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival