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By BrittanyV on June 11, 2024

Snow & Soak in Nozawa

Embracing Winter Bliss: Ski and Soak in Nozawa Onsen 


Nestled amidst  the snow-capped peaks of Nagano Prefecture, the quaint village of Nozawa Onsen emerges as a haven for winter enthusiasts seeking the perfect blend of adrenaline-pumping adventure and serene relaxation. With its traditional charm, world-class skiing terrain and rejuvenating hot springs, Nozawa Onsen beckons travellers to embark on a journey into the heart of Japanese winter culture. 


As you arrive in Nozawa Onsen, the air is crisp with the promise of snow, and the streets come alive with the warmth of tradition. The quaint wooden ryokans line the narrow pathways, offering cosy refuge against the winter chill. Steaming hot springs or onsens dot the landscape inviting wearing travellers to soak away their cares amidst the backdrop of snow-covered mountains. 


But it's the skiing and snowboarding that truly sets Nozawa Onsen apart. With over 50 kilometres of meticulously groomed slopes catering to all skill levels, from beginners to experts, there's no shortage of thrills to be had on the mountainsides. Glide down gentle slopes adorned with fluffy powder snow, carve your way through challenging runs that test your skills, or venture into the untouched backcountry for an off-piste adventure unlike any other. 


When the sun begins to set, signalling the end of another exhilarating day on the slopes, it's time to indulge in one of Nozawa Onsen's most cherished traditions: the apres-ski soak! Slip into the soothing embrace of a steaming hot spring bath, letting the mineral-rich waters work their magic on tired muscles and weary muscles. As you gaze up at the starry night sky, surrounded by the tranquil mountains, you'll find yourself renewed and rejuvenated, ready to embrace whatever adventures tomorrow may bring. 


But Nozawa Onsen isn't just about skiing and soaking; it's also a place to immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Wander through the village streets, where ancient temples and traditional tea houses stand as silent guardians of a bygone era. Sample the delights of Japanese cuisine, from piping hot bowls of ramen to savoury izakaya dishes each bite a symphony of flavour and texture. 


As the evening draws to a close, retreat to the comfort of a traditional ryokan, where tatami mat floors, futon bends and warm hospitality await. Drift off to sleep to the sound of snow falling softly outside your window, knowing that tomorrow promises another day of adventure and discovery in this winter paradise. 


In Nozawa Onsen, every moment is infused with magic, from the thrill of carving down the slopes to the tranquility of soaking in a hot spring baths. So pack your skis or board, embrace the chill and embark on a journey to this enchanting snow haven, where winter dreams become reality and memories made to last a lifetime.