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Manza Onsen is a hot spring resort town located 1800 metres above sea level, high on the slopes of Mount Shirane, in the western region of Gunma Prefecture, which is approximately 220 kilometres north west of Tokyo. Gunma prefecture shares boarders with Niigata Prefecture to the north and Nagano Prefecture to the west.
Boasting great views of Mount Asama, the mountains of Shiga Kogen and even Mount Fuji on a clear day; Manza Onsen ski resort is well known for its powder snow and healing onsens in fact it is rated in the top 3 in all of Japan.
The snow is dry and powdery with regular snow falls from December until the end of March. Manza Onsen receives an average annual snowfall of over 7 metres, which due to its location and its high elevation which means Manza receives some of the lightest and driest powder snow.
A small resort by most standards due to part of the resort closing many years ago, but there are some great off piste areas within the resort or for those wanting to hike there is untouched powder to as far as they eye can see. Although there is enough within the resort to cater for all levels of skiers and boarders with family courses to advanced powder courses, there is something for everyone.
Due to the high altitude hot spring of Manza Onsen, it has been dubbed the onsen that creates beautiful skin, the milky white water is highly popular particularly during winter. The sulphur springs are renowned for its magical healing powers and the outside baths features panoramic views of the surrounding mountain vista.
Manza Onsen is well suited to the mature traveller looking for fast access from Tokyo, a relaxing onsen experience and with easy ski in ski out access direct from the hotel locker room. Even the most avid and experienced skier or boarder will enjoy their stay here.
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- March - May
- Average Weather: Max 12.3°C | Min 0.13 °C
- June - August
- Weather: Max 23.7° C | Min 14.5° C
- September - November
- Weather: Max 15.4° C | Min 5.5° C
- December - February
- Weather: Max 2.5° C | Min -8.2° C
December through March
Access for international travellers is best through Narita or Haneda in Tokyo, there is an international airport in Niigata which services some major Asian hubs as well as a smaller airport in Toyama which handles domestic flights from cities in Japan.
Access via Shinkansen to Karuizawa station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen from embarking from Tokyo or Kanazawa in the south via Nagano City, the Shinkansen takes approx. 1 hr 15 mins from Tokyo or 2 hrs from Kanazawa. There is a hotel bus from Karuizawa to Manza Onsen resort
Myoko Kogen can be reached via car from Major Cities, however it is a long drive of over 3 hours from Tokyo. Cars can be hired from Karuizawa, Nagano City, Tokyo or Kanazawa and expressway toll roads make driving convenient.
Regular buses operate to Manza Onsen from Karuizawa all year round, please check with us for schedules and advanced bookings to match your Shinkansen and flight times.
By Private Transfer
Private or Shared VIP transfers can be arranged from Narita or Haneda Airport along with Private transfers from Nagano or other resorts in Nagano or Niigata
- Manza base sits at 1800 metres meaning a reliable base and good quality powder snow right through March
- Rates as one of the top 3 Onsens in Japan
- Great Value luxury accommodation which is perfect for a couples escape
- Easy Access from Tokyo via Karuizawa on the Hokuriku Shinkansen
- Romantic Mountain Vista with wonderful view of the surrounding landscape
- Mixed outside bath where the lady with a towel can enjoy and onsen with her partner
- Ski in ski out from the locker room ie no walking to lifts as you ski down to it
- Relative small resort however as a vast area for piste fun
- Limited nightlife activity ie no apres scene, restaurants or bars you can easily access in the village, there is a buffet with a huge selection of western and Japanese food which changes nightly and a Chinese restaurant as well as cafe and bar with the hotel
- Ski school is private lessons only in English
Average snowfall for Manza Onsen
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