Skiing was introduced in Japan in 1911 and came to Nozawa in 1912. The ancient hot-spring village had its first ski slope in the 1920s, but it was in Japan’s boom years of the 1980s that development of the ski industry really took off.
Extending from the top to the foot of Mt. Kenashi (1,650m), Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort boasts an altitude differential of 1,085 meters and a total ski slope area of 297 hectares. Indeed, the resort ranks among the very top in Japan in terms of size, its history and snow quality. Nozawa Onsen benefits from a micro-climate between the Northern Japan Alps, the Japan Sea and the Korean Peninsula that sees more snow on its latitude than anywhere else on the globe.
The usual abundance of high-quality powder snow allows you to enjoy skiing or snowboarding well into April. The variety of slopes and courses, including the exciting Snow Park, guarantees satisfaction to snow lovers of all levels from beginners to advanced, and especially families, providing guests with the ideal playground to enjoy the ultimate in skiing, snowboarding and other on-snow activities.
There are 2 gondolas and 18 lifts, 36 slopes, and a snow park including the notorious “fox chute” from the peak of Mount Kenashi to the front door of Kenashi lodge*.
* Please note that backcountry skiing and snowboarding is not supported by Nozawa Onsen Ski Administration and is conducted entirely at the skier’s or snowboarder’s own risk. We politely ask that you respect the local governing groups and their rules in this regard.
A trail map of Nozawa Onsen can be found at this link : http://www.nozawaski.com/winter/en/slope
There are two international airports servicing the city of Tokyo – Narita Airport located on the eastern coast of Japan, or Haneda Airport located closer to Tokyo city.
SHINKANSEN (Bullet Train): From Haneda or Narita Airports, travel to Tokyo Train Station and take the Hakutaka Shinkansen on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line to Iiyama Station. The trip from Tokyo Station to Iiyama takes less than 2 hours (slightly longer if you select a service which changes at Nagano Station). There are multiple Hakutaka services to choose from during the day, all offering comfort and style. The timetable can be viewed on the JR-East or HyperDia websites.
From Iiyama Station, take one of the regular Nozawa Liner shuttle buses or a taxi for the 15-minute drive to Nozawa Onsen and Kenashi. A full timetable of Shinkansen and Nozawa Bus Service times is below (note that timetables are subject to change by the relevant transportation companies).
Once you arrive, Kenashi’s Manager will help you with your bags over the short 60-meter snowy path to Kenashi.
From Narita Airport, you can take the Narita Express Shinkansen or bus service to Tokyo Station, and then onto the Hakutaka line shinkansen train to Iiyama Station, per above.
TRAVELLING to and from NOZAWA using SHINKANSEN and NOZAWA BUS SERVICE.
Dates 17 Dec to mid-March
|COMING to NOZAWA : Hakutaka Shinkansen ➞ Nozawa Bus Service|
|Depart Tokyo Stn||6:28am||7:52am||8:44am||9:32am /
|Arrive Iiyama Stn||8:19am||9:43am||10:34am||11:19am /
|Change to Local Nozawa Onsen Liner Bus Service (Adult JPY600; Child (7-12) JPY300)|
|Chuo Bus Terminal||9:10am||10:25am||11:15am||12:55pm||2:50pm||4:50pm||7:20pm||8:40pm||9:40pm|
|*The bus leaves from Madarao exit until the end of December|
|LEAVING NOZAWA : Nozawa Bus Service ➞ Hakutaka Shinkansen|
|Chuo Bus Terminal||6:30am||7:30am||8:30am||9:30am||11:00am||1:10pm||3:10pm||5:10pm||6:30pm|
|Change to Hakutaka Shinkansen|
|Depart Iiyama Stn||7:29am||8:39am||9:39am||10:37am||12:11pm||2:11pm||4:05pm||6:09pm||7:25pm|
|Arrive Tokyo Stn||9:20am||10:40am||11:40am||12:40pm||1:52pm||3:52pm||5:52pm||8:00pm||9:16pm|
|Shinkansen to Kanazawa leaving at||8:19am||9:43am||10:34am||12:20pm||2:09pm||4:09pm||6:23pm||8:06pm||9:07pm|
NAGANO SNOW SHUTTLE: Another option is to take the Nagano Snow Shuttle service.
General information: http://www.naganosnowshuttle.com/
Timetable and fares Narita to Nozawa Onsen: http://www.naganosnowshuttle.com/Route_Narita.aspx
Timetable and fares Nozawa Onsen to Narita: http://www.naganosnowshuttle.com/Route_Nozawa.aspx
TAXI BUS: Another option is to take the efficient Chuo Taxi service that offers buses from either Haneda or Narita Airport direct to Nozawa Onsen and is almost door-to-door. The cost is approximately JPY 12,900 per person each way and children under 12 are around JPY 8,400 while an infant is JPY 3,300. This will take approximately just over 5.5 hours depending on traffic and weather conditions. To make a reservation, fill in the English reservation form at http://www.chuotaxi.co.jp/publics/index/10, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Koide-san is the English speaking assistant at Chuo Taxi, or Ph. (Japan): +81 262 82 7777. Cancellation policies apply.