Nozawa Onsen is a working mountain community of 3,400 residents, a home to both farmers and international athletes, and deeply committed to maintaining its lifestyle and traditions, both out of respect for its ancestors and to provide a sustainable path to the future. While Nozawa Onsen has been a much-loved domestic retreat for more than 200 years, over the last decade it has rapidly gained a reputation as an international vacation retreat destination. In a typical year, about half the village’s guests visit in the winter and about half in the green season. More than a quarter of the village's guests are from overseas.
With our green season becoming increasingly popular, there is plenty to do in the summer months at Nozawa Onsen. From trail running to the lake fire festival on the first Saturday of August, you’ll experience a fun and remarkable summer with us, with all of your favourite skiing activities still available on our slopes.
The mountain offers snow sports - skiing, boarding, snowshoeing - in the winter, and in the green season, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and nature experiences (oh, and there's a dry slope, so "snow" sports, too!) Year-round the village welcomes you with dozens of little restaurants, bars, and cafes; neighbourhood festivals as well as the famous Dosoujin 'Fire' festival; stunning views in all directions; and an ideal base from which to explore this vibrant region.
As its name suggests, Nozawa Onsen is a true onsen village. With natural restorative hot springs, Nozawa Onsen anchored its local life, and attracted guests from far and wide. To local residents, onsen means much more than just a bathing place, but an area of relaxation, serenity and nature. Oh, and a place to catch up on the neighbourhood gossip. And guests can challenge themselves in an 'onsen-meguri' - the bathing equivalent of a pub crawl - trying as many of the 14 local hot spring baths as they can.
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