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Where to stay in Nozawa Onsen

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Hi guys, me and my wife are planning a trip to Japan next winter and we are going to stay in Nozawa Onsen for 10 days for a bit of powder hunting, and I was wondering if I could get some advice on where to stay and also any other tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Lew
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We stayed at Kiriya Ryokan http://kiriya.jp/eng/ a few years ago - fantastic place with great food and really friendly, helpful staff. It also has its own onsen Very Happy
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Thank you for the link, i’m Checking it out now. Do you have any idea how much it cost when you went there ?
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I can't remember, sorry. We booked it all through Ski Safari (who were also very helpful).
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This might be left field, however our esteemed weather guru, has the sign on nosawaonson. Check the weather thread and ask perhaps. Cant be a coincidence surely? ( weather outlook 19/20)
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We stayed here some years ago 9000 Yen with dinner. Not a Ryokan - but Minshuku - very basic and only Japanese spoken.

I choose it only because of the rotenburo and the location. Madeye-Smiley

https://nozawakanko.jp/spot/spot659/

It is deep in the village and close to Asagama and the Yu Road. A bit reserved hosts.
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https://travel.rakuten.co.jp/HOTEL/16294/16294.htmshuku l

It is called Minshuku Asaya.
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https://travel.rakuten.co.jp/HOTEL/16294/16294.html
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And if you want to spoil the wife, the neighbour place was in play too - but no place to take outside bath with the wife!

http://azegamikan.net/index.html

Host was very nice - only Japanese spoken.
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Thank you very much I will check it out now, we don’t really mind basic I think it’s a bit strange that there are no en-suite baths/showers there but I’m assuming that’s what the Onsens are for?
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Yes, that is the traditional Japanese lodging.

En-suited is more a western influence.

And in the bath or onsen you socialize, but Asaya rotenburo can only take 2-3 persons - and there is only one.

If you book such places go through the Nozawa Onsen turist info - they would be helpful - but be in good time.

There are quite some western/half and half run Lodges as well. https://www.tanukinozawa.com/

This one is not down in the village but higher up a bit above Hikage: http://www.sasa-nozawa.com


https://craftroomjp.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/nozawatownmap2013.png a (older version, but may company maps leave out many lodges they don't work with)


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Haven’t been for a while but always stayed at Pension Schnee. Super friendly and ski in ski out.

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thank you all for your suggestions, it’s really helping us plan out our once in a lifetime trip
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@Hyst, Looking at the map is it possible to ski over to the Nagasaka Gondola? Also can you remember how the food was?
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@Mac46

Can only answer about Asaya - food was standard Minshuku - but plenty - not gorgeous. If food is the main thing for you this is not the place - but they are local farmers and supply good quality.

Main thing for us was the Rotenburo were we could have onsen together Madeye-Smiley - it is a real onsen. Inside is segregated just used it for washing.

They have a carpark "underground" and need to be a bit advangouis in driving that deep into the village.

I was quite some years ago and lot of snow came while we were there - made leaving by car interesting. Toofy Grin

My brother in law was not happy about the narrow "streets" to the place! Toofy Grin

And yes you can ski over to Nagasaki, but have to go up first:

http://www.nozawaski.com/en/pdf/gelandemap2018_E.pdf

Japanese no problem for you I suppose. snowHead

view from our room down on the "street"



and up the mountain



Snow was plenty over New Year that year.

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HYST. And you got sunshine too! Sorry, I was being lazy not bothering to check my piste map.....through the Kids Park and along Nagasaka Link or take the Hikage Triple. Good location from which to ski Kandahar when it's open to the public.
Minshiku food is fine, especially if it's local and good quality.

@Lewis_43,"any other tips would be greatly appreciated"......explore! Nozawa is not a large area and 10 days is quite a long time to stay there. Across the valley you can see Myoko and its ski areas. Closer is Madarao. If you don't have a car there may be bus tours available.
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I’m thinking about about only doing 5 days in Nozawa and spending 5 days in Hokkaido and maybe doing Niseko or another resort on the island.

Would this be a good idea or would it be too much of a faff?
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Stay in one area! Shocked

10 days is nothing in Hokkaido! wink

10 days is nothing in Nagano/Niigata. wink

Others would answer better i guess. Toofy Grin

But 10 days in Nozawa would be the upper limit for me as a piste basher. Little Angel
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I was lucky enough to spend 8 days skiing on Hokkaido 3 years ago in February, we had no big dumps the whole time I was there, an amazing experience as a whole none the less. I only skied Niseko United area.
Planning a trip again this year for a similar amount of time, 10/11 days with probably 7 or 8 ski days.
For those who have lots of Japan experience where would you head for? Ideally with reasonably priced accom, think we paid £30 a night last time Airbnb in shared rooms.
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I don't want to hijack this thread but I was pointed at snowheads from another forum where I'd asked about Japan and, what do you know, the first topic I find is exactly what I want!

First of all, hi Very Happy

We're off to Japan in Feb/Mar next year and want to fit in a few days skiing. I found Nozawa after some googling and thought it looked pretty good as a mix of traditional Japanese village and reasonable sized ski area. Am I right? Neither of us are really into off-piste stuff (I know...) or speak Japanese so maybe there are better choices edit to add: we normally ski in Portes du Soleil by way of reference. We'd be going for 4 days of skiing, I reckon.

I'm struggling to find anywhere to stay that's a) still available an b) accessible to non-Japanese speakers and not super-basic in Nozawa so if anyone has any tips for clueless westerners I'd be happy to hear them.
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Have you tried this one?

https://booking.nozawakanko.jp/

Compared to what you are used to in Port du Soleil it is small. But for a few days it is quite ok, just don't expect long trips.

They might be able to help you.
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Thank you Hyst I’ll check it out
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@Lewis_43, Just saw it was you who asked for 5+5 days before - you could go over to Shiga-kogen to have a larger and higher ski area for the other 5 days, but here is no village.

https://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/winter/index.php



We stay at a more Japanese kind of lodging:

https://www.shirakaba.co.jp/english/index.html https://www.shirakaba.co.jp/


But most people prefer the higher area at Ichinose
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Japan/@36.7359206,138.5120766,17.99z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x34674e0fd77f192f:0xf54275d47c665244!8m2!3d36.204824!4d138.252924
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@Lewis_43, Just to tempt you! Madeye-Smiley

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Wow, can’t wait for the snow
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