Frequently asked questions
Nozawa Peaks FAQ
Ski Resort FAQ
How do we get to Nozawa Onsen and Nozawa Peaks?
Please click here: Getting to Nozawa Onsen for directions, maps and timetable to Nozawa Onsen.
What time is check-in / check-out?
Is there free wifi?
Yes, complimentary wifi is accessible in every room.
Where is Nozawa Peaks Hotel located in relation to the village centre and ski resort?
Please click here: Nozawa Peaks location for our address and map.
Nozawa Peaks is conveniently located less than five minutes walk from the Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort chairlifts. The village centre is a 10 minute walk along a flat, heated street. There is a fantastic restaurant open for dinner located directly next door, along with many other restaurants within 2-10 minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks. The ski rental shop is located 5 minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks. One of the largest and most beautiful hot springs in Nozawa Onsen is located 2 minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks. The largest supermarket is located 10 minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks.
The bus to and from Iiyama bullet train station (access from Tokyo) is a five minute walk from our property. The free ski shuttle bus which runs to the Nagasaka gondola also departs from this bus stop. The Chuo (central) bus station is located 10 minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks for access to the Nagano Snow Shuttle (the bus to/from Narita and Haneda Airport and between ski resorts).
Is breakfast included?
We do not offer breakfast, however all guests have access to cook in our large communal kitchen for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Do you provide a pick up service?
We do not provide a pickup service from bus or train stations as we are within five minutes walk from the Nakao bus stop (if coming from Iiyama bullet train station) and a 10 minute walk from the Chuo bus stop (if coming on the Nagano snow shuttle bus from Tokyo or other ski resorts and arriving in the day time).
Do you have western beds available? Are futon beds comfortable?
Nozawa Peaks is a Japanese style accommodation which has futon beds with down feather comforters (doona/duvet). Nozawa Peaks does not offer western beds.
Although many guests prefer to sleep on a single futon, Nozawa Peaks provide two futons per person for extra comfort. With these two futons, the comfort level would be considered similar to a firm western style mattress. Futons can be folded away and put in the closet to create more space in the room. Kids love them and they are very safe. If you have difficulty getting up and down from the floor, futons may not be for you.
How many toilets and showers are there in Nozawa Peaks?
Toilets: Three of our rooms have a private toilet (Room numbers 301, 302, 303). Our other rooms have access to toilets which are shared with guests from other rooms (2 x male, 2 x female, 1 x mixed).
Showers: Nozawa Peaks has two separate, private shower rooms, which are shared with guests from other rooms.
Each private shower room has two shower heads inside, allowing families or couples to shower at the same time in each shower room if they wish.
In total, four guests can shower at the same time (2 guests in one shower room, 2 guests in the other shower room). The doors can be locked so guests can also shower alone if they prefer. There is a changing room inside each shower room. Please note, as we have 12 guest rooms, there could be a wait to use the showers, although this has not been a problem in the past.
Many guests prefer to bath at the fantastic public hot spring (Onsen), located two minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks. This bath house is traditional wooden style, hot and relaxing. Take our complimentary onsen kit including soap and shampoo to wash before relaxing in the tub. All 13 public onsens open from 6am - midnight and are free of charge.
Can we use the kitchen and living room?
Yes. The large, fully equiped kitchen and living room are for guests to prepare meals and relax at any time.
Can we send our luggage to and from Nozawa Peaks?
Yes you can. Please feel free to send your luggage to us from the airport or your accommodation in Japan. We will keep your bags in storage until you arrive. We can also assist you to send your luggage to your next destination. Please note if sending luggage to an airport, it must be ready to send by 12pm, at least 2 days prior to your flight. Approximate price for a suitcase or ski bag: 2,500 - 3,000 yen.
Do you have a laundry on site?
Yes we do have laundry service - 5kg wash and dry for 1,000 yen.
Where should I book ski or snowboard lessons?
If you plan to take ski lessons, we recommend you book well in advance to ensure your place.
For beginners and children we recommend the Nozawa Onsen Ski School who offer private or group lessons. There is also a backcountry guide available.
For those who can already ski, private instructors at Mountain Pros are a great option. Use the promo code PeaksFVR and get a 5% discount.
We can also help you find an experienced private ski instructor. Morning or afternoon lessons available. Subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.
Where should we rent our ski / snowboard gear?
We recommend Nozawa Sports Thanx. They have two stores. The closest is within five minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks and carry standard rental gear. Premium gear for intermediate to advanced skiers/boarders is available at the Nozawa Sports Thanx store opposite the Nagasaka gondola (15 minutes walk, 2 minute shuttle bus). They carry great gear. You can book online or just arrange your gear when you arrive. Opening hours: 8am - 4.30pm.
How do we get our lift tickets? should we book them in advance?
Lift tickets are available from the ticket office on the day your plan to ski. There are 1, 2 or maximum 3 day consecutive tickets available (3 day ticket is the best value). The ticket office is within five minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks, next to the Karasawa ski lift, or at the Nagasaka or Hikage gondola. For adults, lift ticket prices start from 4,300 per day. For children under 15 years old, lift ticket pricing starts at 2,000 yen per day. For more information on lift ticket pricing please click here.
How do we get to the Nozawa Onsen ski school?
If you have booked with the Nozawa Onsen Ski School, please follow these steps bellow to the ski school office at the Hikage gondola.
First time skiers:
1. Walk three minutes downhill to the Nakao bus stop.
2. Take the free Shuttle bus to the Nagasaka Gondola (five minute ride) then walk down past the gondola station.
3. Take the free snowmobile shuttle (seating for 6-7 people) to the ski school at the Hikage gondola (3 minute ride). The Ski School office is located in the large concrete building opposite the kids park.
Journey time: 20 minutes
Novice - Advance skiers:
1. Walk 5 minutes to the ski resort.
2. Take the Nagasaka link chairlift.
3. Ski down past the Nagasaka gondola and take the Nagasaka triple chairlift.
4. Ski down to the ski school office which is located in the large concrete building opposite the kids park.
Journey time: 20 minutes
If you organise a private instructor at Mountain Pros you will have more flexibility than the Nozawa Onsen Ski School and can arrange to meet your private instructor at a convenient location such as the Karasawa green slope (5 minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks, perfect for people who have skied at least once before) or Nagasaka gondola (the main gondola, perfect for those who have some experience skiing and prefer to ski on longer slopes).
When does the Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort open? Is there Night skiing?
The ski resort opens in December. The majority of ski lifts are usually operating by mid December. As with all ski resorts in the world, the opening date is snow dependant. Luckily, Nozawa Onsen is located in one of the snowiest regions in the world. Ski resort hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm. Night ski is available on Saturdays only. There is one slope available. The chairlift runs until 8pm.
Can you provide some information about the ski resort?
There are 36 ski slopes and courses plus the snow park.
Gondola lifts (2), regular ski lifts (18), moving walkway (1).
Longest ski run: 10,000m
Vertical Drop: 1,085m (Summit: 1,650m / bottom: 565m)
Advanced terrain: 30% / Intermediate terrain: 30% / Beginner terrain: 40% / Max gradient: 39°.
The Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan for international travellers due to its diversity of terrain, abundance of snow, its family friendliness, and because English speaking guests are well catered for.
For more information on the ski resort, please click here.
Ski resort facilities for Children
Day care for children 1-6 years old is available at the Yumin Day Nursery at the Hikage Information Centre on the second floor. The staff speak English. The operating hours are 9am-12pm and 1-4pm so you will need to pick up the children at lunch time. There are many food options around the Hikage Information Center. The nursery only accommodates 20 children. We recommend that you make a reservation. Full Day: ¥4,000, Half Day: ¥2,500
Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided.
Nozawa Kids Park, is located at the same area. Entry to the Kids Park is free of charge. Please let us know if you require evening child minding.
When is the best time to visit Nozawa Onsen?
December – A fantastic time to experience Christmas and New Year. In general it is not busy in Nozawa Onsen up until the Japanese New Year holiday. Perfect for families and couples.
January – Famous for its big snowfall and great village vibe with a mix of Japanese and foreign visitors. January is the busiest month, but with a family atmosphere. Perfect for everyone.
February – Also famous for big snowfall. Less families with the school holidays over, more powder snow enthusiasts arrive with the snow base set for the season. Blue sky days are not uncommon. Perfect for everyone.
March – Our personal favourite month, especially the second half of March. The slopes are uncrowded on weekdays and Nozawa Onsen seems to always receive some serious snowfall at this time. Also the best month for families and beginners who will enjoy the wide open spaces on the mountain.
Nozawa Onsen Village and other information - FAQ
Is there a supermarket or convenience store in Nozawa Onsen?
Nozawa Onsen has 2 mini supermarkets, a butcher, convenience store and liquor shops. You can find all you need to prepare western meals including breakfast and dinner.
Rainbow mini supermarket the biggest in Nozawa and is located at the Nakao bus stop, which is the closest bus stop to Nozawa Peaks. A great chance to purchase some food for your arrival. The second mini supermarket is located on the main street opposite St. Anton cafe. It has an octopus illustration on the window. This store is great to visit on the way back home from a restaurant or cafe in the evening.
What is the best way to get around Nozawa Onsen village?
Nozawa Onsen is a compact village with small, winding, heated streets. The fastest way to get around the village is by walking. The furthest you will have to walk is 15 minutes from Nozawa Peaks to the far side of the village.
There is a complimentary ski shuttle bus that runs throughout the day time from the village centre to the Nagasaka gondola at the ski resort. This bus passes close to Nozawa Peaks. This service can be busy at peak times, it is much faster and convenient to walk to the ski resort from Nozawa Peaks.
What is an onsen?
An onsen (hot water spring) is a bath house with natural, geothermal heated spring water. The village is famous for the abundance of hot springs that were discovered in the 8th century. In some areas, steam rises up amongst the bustling narrow cobblestone streets and the traditional ryokan inns and shops.
In Nozawa Onsen, visitors are lucky enough to have free access to 13 public onsens (a small donation box is located outside each onsen). You can bath and soak in the hot water to escape the cold and relax the muscles after a long day skiing.
Nozawa Onsens bath houses are well maintained, always kept clean, and provide a comfortable setting for villagers' everyday use, as well as for visiting guests.
With the complimentary bathing set which we provide (body soap, shampoo, face towel) wash your hair and body thoroughly, then rinse off before entering the bath. When you arrive to Nozawa Peaks we will give you further information on bathing etiquette to ensure you enjoy these fantastic baths.
Do we need to book train or bus tickets in advance?
Train: You can only book your train tickets once you arrive to Japan. Usually you do not need to book in advance, but if you are in a big group and want to sit together, or traveling during peak times such as New Year holiday, we recommend booking your train tickets ASAP to guarantee a seat. Tickets are only available at JR train stations and cannot be purchased in Nozawa Onsen.
Bus: The Nagano Snow Shuttle which runs direct from the Airport to Nozawa Onsen should be booked well in advance to avoid any disappointment.
Do we need to make restaurant reservations in Nozawa Onsen?
There are many fantastic restaurants in Nozawa Onsen. We recommend making reservations in advance if you would like to go to a specific restaurant, especially if you are in a big group. You can pop into any restaurant and make a reservation yourself for another night or call from our front desk. If you require assistance we are happy to help. Please see the restaurant and village guide available here.
Which restaurants in Nozawa Onsen do you recommend?
There are many fantastic restaurants in Nozawa Onsen. From Raw Horse to Hamburgers, there is something for everyone. Please take a look at the Nozawa Onsen village guide for some great options.
Are there vegetarian or vegan restaurants in Nozawa Onsen?
Yes there are restaurants which have options 'niku nashi' (without meat).
Neo Bar, Organic Mom's kitchen (Shin-ko-qu), Sakai, Genki burger, Juntos and more.
Can I pay with credit card in Nozawa Onsen?
There are places which do accept credit cards but please be prepared and always have cash with you as many restaurants are cash only. The bus from Iiyama to Nozawa Onsen is cash only (Withdraw cash if coming directly from the airport).
Is there an ATM or currency exchange in Nozawa Onsen?
Yes, there are two ATM's which accept foreign cards. The closest is at the post office and is open 9am-6pm. The other ATM is located next door to the tourist information centre at Kura cafe and is open until 8pm.
Currency exhange is located at the ticket counter at Nagasaka Gondola Station or at the Nozawa Onsen Tourist information Center. Please bring your passport. Exchange is done only from foreign currencies to Japanese yen. One transaction for one person must remain under 100,000 yen.
How do we get to the snow monkeys?
The snow monkey park is 1 hour from Nozawa Onsen by bus. We can assist you to book a direct bus from Nozawa Onsen to the snow monkey park. The price is ¥5,800 yen (adults), ¥3,800 (children 12 and under). This bus also stops by Shibu Onsen, a beautiful village. This is a 'tour' but essentially it's just a mini bus or large bus depending on the amount of people, with a guide who will tell you when to be back on the bus. The guide will be there to answer any questions if you have any but it is not a strict tour. The Monkey park entrance is approximately 2km walk through the forest from the bus drop off point.
The bus departs every day at 1pm from the Nozawa Onsen Chuo bus terminal (village center) and is due back at Nozawa Onsen Chuo bus terminal by 5pm (snow/road condition dependant).
What day trips do you recommend?
Madarao: The easiest day-trip option from Nozawa Onsen with buses departing daily at 8.25am from Nozawa Onsen Daiichi terminal (the carpark next to the Nagasaka gondola). buses return from Madarao to Nozawa Onsen at 5:10pm. Price: 1,200 yen each way. Bus information and schedule is subject to change.
Togari: The closest ski field to Nozawa Onsen. Togari does not have a daily bus option at the time of writing. Although quite small, Togari has night ski many nights and a very nice, local atmosphere. You can take a taxi to Togari or alternatively contact us for other transport options.
Snow Monkeys – Contact us for details.
Nagano – The closest big city. Great restaurants, shops, bars, temples.
Matsumoto - Very nice city which is easy to walk around. Famous for the amazing castle.
Kanazawa - Another beautiful city now easily accessible with new bullet train.
Obuse - A quaint town with great food and souvenirs and the famous Hokusai museum with his 36 different views painted of Mt Fuji.
Karuizawa - Large shopping plaza located 1hr on bullet train from Iiyama station towards Tokyo.
Tokyo - 20 minute bus from Nozawa to Iiyama, then connect to a 1hr 40 minute bullet train to Tokyo.