Nozawa Onsen ski resort is huge, with awesome terrain to explore.
There really is something for everybody:.. Family friendly wide open pistes, killer mogul runs, and epic chest deep powder runs. The village is located at the foot of the ski resort, which spans across three main areas.
This amazing traditional town offers 13 public Onsen bath-houses, which are open every day from 5 am (in winter from 6 am) to 11 pm and can be used free of charge.
These Onsen are managed by Organizations called “Yunakama”, whose members are all local villagers living near the bath.
Even in winter, you can see visitors to NozawaOnsen wearing cotton ‘yukata’ kimonos, wandering to and from the bath houses.While free of charge, you will need to take your towel and soap. The baths are also often very hot, so test with your toe before jumping straight in. For the cooler baths, try “Kuma no te-arai no yu”, or “Yokochi” bath houses.
One event not to be missed is the Dosoujin Fire Festival. This festival started in 1863, and is held on January 15th every year. Dousoujin is considered one three most famous fire festivals in Japan.
25 and 42 are considered unlucky ages in Japan. Villagers of ages 25 and 42 make an 18m beechwood shrine. Simply put, the main focus of the festival is a lively battle, whereby the 25 year-olds attempt to protect the shrine, while the 42 year-olds sit above and challenge the villages to burn it down. As with most festivals in Japan, a fair amount of sake is drunk during these proceedings.