Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 565 metres

Top elevation: 1,650 metres

Number of lifts: 21

Number of runs: 36

Access: Tokyo has the nearest airports. There are a few direct coach transfers from the airport, otherwise it's a shinkansen (bullet-train) from Tokyo to Nagano City and then short coach transfer to Nozawa Onsen.

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

Wandering the cobbled streets, past ryokans, onsens, cafés and souvenir shops is a delight in itself, and you couldn’t possibly leave without seeking warmth and refuge in at least one of the hot springs. This is why most Japanese people visit Nozawa - not always necessarily for the snowsports - and you really must experience the therapeutic benefits of soaking in these mineral rich waters, made all the more wonderful when your body is aching from the ski mountain. The town has more than 30 natural hot springs, many of which are within ryokans and hotels. But not all, Nozawa Onsen has 13 sotoyu, which are indoor public baths that are free for all to use, each different with regards to temperature, mineral content and ambience. Try out as many as you can. Oyu, in the heart of the village, very close to the Yuyado Jon Nobi​ and Sakaya ryokans, is the most famous of these public baths and opposite is a famous foot bath, a great place to stop on the way home from skiing to soothe boot-weary feet.

Onsen's are not just for humans - if you head to the nearby Jigokudani valley you’ll see Japanese snow monkeys doing just the same. You could also spend time simply exploring Nozawa - Shinto Shrines and the Japan Ski Museum. This provides a fascinating overview of the evolution of  skiing in Japan, as you follow its development as techniques and fashions changed. There's a room dedicated to Nozawa Onsen's twinning relationship with St. Anton and you'll also find an impressive collection of Olympic memorabilia.

 If you are lucky enough to be in the village on January 15th, you should not miss the Dosoujiin Fire Festival, one of the most colorful fire festivals in Japan.

Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 565 metres

Top elevation: 1,650 metres

Number of lifts: 21

Number of runs: 36

Access: Tokyo has the nearest airports. There are a few direct coach transfers from the airport, otherwise it's a shinkansen (bullet-train) from Tokyo to Nagano City and then short coach transfer to Nozawa Onsen.

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.