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Nozawa Onsen

Toyosato, Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
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Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Resort Communities, Onsen Resorts
Activities: Skiing
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English first
Far Eastern District, Russia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

You take first a bullet train, then local train, than bus to get there, but it's not exhausting . We decided to order 2 weeks JR pass as we traveled much. The accommodation is expensive, we paid $80 per person. It was a cheap hostel. The snow is so deep on the mountains, but taken care of in the foothills... More

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Sydney, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
42 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Stayed with friends for a skiing holiday, I don't know what we enjoyed more, the skiing or the onsens. I was told there is 13 free public onsens. We managed five or six. It is a great way to relax after a day skiing or shopping. Please read up on onsen etiquette as the locals get a bit upset if... More

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Perth, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This is a great little village with a nice ski area on offer. Probably a little dated in some ways and many buildings in town could do with some sprucing up, but if there's snow around this superficial detractor is hidden anyway. Recommend for a week if you're into some reasonable skiing and some cultural onsen experience. Better to stay... More

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Moscow, Russia
3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I've skied quite a few places in Japan, including worked in a ski school here for 5 years. So, here are my thoughts on Nozawa Onsen. I will try to be objective. I was curious so I came here, But I was kind of disappointed i didn't go somewhere else in the end. Don't get me wrong, this place is... More

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Singapore, Singapore
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I visited this lovely quaint little village with my family in December 2013, which is famous for its onsens, powdery snow and great ski resort . Due to limited time at Nozawa Onsen, we only managed to visit a very tiny public onsen, Matsuba No-yu (single sex type) and well as a recently opened family onsen, SPArena Onsen which has... More

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Paris, France
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

It is a very cute village with a lot of free public hot springs. And it is also a good place for skiing. Local people are friendly and welcoming. 野澤溫泉村是個很棒的滑雪勝地,也是泡湯的好地方。一邊泡湯,一邊看著雪花飄落的美景,真是人生的一大享受。不會滑雪的人可以參加當地的一日或兩日滑雪課程,也可以堆堆雪人或在雪原上散步。

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Townsville, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Terrain suitable for all levels of skiing ability. Powder days! Great eateries/restaurant. Quaint village surrounded by ski slopes. Long runs.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We went to Niseko last year and Nozawa Onsen offers better value for money. The snow was good and most onsens around town are free which provided a local flavour to the whole experience. I would recommend skiers to check out the weather forecast before commiting to a 3-day ski pass. We bought our 3-day pass but the snow was... More

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Like the ease of accessing a bit range of runs and the backdrop of a delightful traditional village with a big range of eateries.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Nozawaonsen-mura is a truly authentic Japanese experience. Can't get better than this when most of the 5,000 odd inhabitants do not speak English. We somehow got by fairly well with much gesturing and menus in English. Amazing powdery snow that has the texture of flour! Didn't ski this time around but the slopes sure look world class! The onsens are... More

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