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Kawaichiya Ryokan
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

My wife and I were staying in this hotel for 4 nights during our ski trip in Feb 2013. This is our first time to ski in Nozawa Onsen and this hotel is just located at the heart of this small city, easily access to everything surrounding it, the ski ground, shops, public bath, transportation...etc. The staffs there (esp Kono san who can speak reasonably good English) were very friendly, cheerful, polite and willing to help whenever being asked. We requested a Japanese room and were placed in a quiet corner at the top of the old building. The Onsen was just located downstairs, good enough that you need not to squeeze with local people in the public baths after a hectic day in skiiing. Food is good and overall price is quite reasonable. When you stay there remember to get discount coupon for cheap ski rental in a nearby shop!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

This year was our 3rd year back at Nozawa Onsen, and our 3rd year staying at Kawaichiya ryokan. Kono san has looked after us on all of our stays and we are always impressed with the spotless rooms, excellent service and fresh traditional Japanese food. The hot springs are very clean and are a fantastic way to finish the day. We travel with our teenage son and stay in a Japanese stylle room and we love the experience. The staff are very friendly, and despite the lack of English, will always go out of their way to help. This is a true traditional Japanese experience, a family run hotel that offers an excellent place to stay at an exceptional good price. We plan to return to Nozawa Onsen and to Kawaichiya again and again and again....

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

We spent 6 nights here when skiing at Nozawa. The ryokan is terrific and we have stayed at many ryokans. In a great location within easy access of the moving walkway up to the snow and round the corner from all the restaurants and shops of Nozawa, the hotel has a great indoor and outdoor bath for each gender - a bit of a rarity to have both. The rooms in the new wing are particularly spacious...we had to move around rooms because we booked late, but all rooms were good. If you like hearing the sound of the river, go for the old wing and if you want spacious rooms go for the new wing. They only do Japanese breakfasts, and as far as I can tell, only one person there speaks English. There are very few foreign guests. The lobby is big and spacious and everything is clean and very well presented. The proprietress gives a very regal welcome speech at breakfast each morning (in Japanese and in full kimono) - she is a force to be reckoned with...

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

Just returned from Nozawa onsen and stayed here for 3 nights. Overall, no complaints about the place for the price. Location is a bit off the travelator that goes up the ski slopes but its only about 15 mins of walk (though keep this in mind if you are lugging your own skis/boards and boots). Onsen comprises 2 pools, one indoor and one outdoor but dont expect the latter to come with view - its more like a thatched roof/patio thing that looks at a wooden awning/fence. Some onsens in Japan come with full range of toiletries but this one only has soap & shampoo. My room came with an attached WC but no bathing facilities. There were common WCs on my floor. Breakfast was Japanese style, with nabe, grilled fish, pickles, rice, miso soup, yoghurt and tea. We didnt choose dinner option at the ryokan, opting to look for places to eat in the town (which are limited but very affordable). Nozawa is lovely Japanese town that I would return to - quaint, friendly shopkeepers (but most dont speak english) and picturesque in the snow.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank BeanieHead
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

I first stayed here with my wife in 2003, our second ski trip to Japan, and fell in love both with Nozawa Onsen and this hotel. We have tried a number of other ski resorts in Japan (Appi Kogen, Mt Hakoda, Gala, Habuka) and elsewhere since then, but have ended up coming back to Nozawa Onsen every other year (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011), and stayed here each time. 2012 being an even year, we will likely try somewhere else - but I am sure that we will be back again.

We have skiied (or more recently snowboarded) many well know resorts in Canada (Whistler) and Europe (Zermatt, Chamonix, Portes du soleil, etc), but Nozawa Onsen is my preferred over all of them, due to the combination of extensive ski runs (including some challenging ones), village atmosphere, onsen, and tasty Japanese food.

The hotel is "basic" compared to many hotels, but excellently run, with absolutely FABULOUS Japanese food both for dinner and breakfast (I was once a "western breakfast only" guy, but the breakfasts here converted me). We have stayed from 3 to 5 nights each time, and they make sure that you never eat the same dish twice, both for dinner and breakfast.

On our first trip we stayed in a western style room, but since then we have stayed in Japanese style room with tatami (years ago I would have found this too hard, but after years in Asia I now prefer a hard bed). The rooms are simple, but spotless.

The hotel has its own onsen (hot springs), with indoor and outdoor baths, which are great after a day of snowboarding, as well as to start off the day. As a result, we do not bother to book a room with bathroom.

Kono-san clearly does an excellent job of running this hotel, and always makes us feel very welcome. Since we do not speak Japanese, and almost all of the staff do not speak English, Kono-san is the one who always looks after us (reservations, check-in, and any questions we have).

In short, I would highly recommend Nozawa Onsen as a ski/snowboard destination, and if you want an excellent and very Japanese (don't expect coffee & toast for breakfast) experience, would highly recommend this hotel based on our 5 stays here over the span of 8 years.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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