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.
Nozawa Peaks Address: 6585-1 Toyosato, Shimotakai-gun, Nozawaonsen, Nagano 389-2502, Japan
What time is check-in / check-out?
Is there free wifi?
Yes, complimentary wifi is accessible in every room.
Where is Nozawa Peaks located in relation to the village centre and Nozawa Onsen ski resort?
Please click here: Nozawa Peaks location for our address and map.
Nozawa Peaks is conveniently located, four minutes walk from the Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort chairlifts. The village centre is an 8 minute walk along a flat, heated street. There is a fantastic restaurant open for dinner directly next door, along with many other restaurants within 2-10 minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks. The ski rental shop is located next door. One of the largest and most beautiful hot springs in Nozawa Onsen is located 2 minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks. The largest supermarket is a 7 minute walk from Nozawa Peaks.
The bus to and from Iiyama bullet train station (access from Tokyo) is a 7 minute walk from our property. The free ski shuttle bus which runs between the Nagasaka gondola and the village center, departs from a stop which is 4 minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks. 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. There are two cafes open for breakfast within 2 minute walk from Nozawa Peaks (Akari Swiss Bakery and Playce).
Do you provide a pick up service?
We do not provide a pickup service from bus or train stations as we are within 7 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 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 (sleeps 4), 302 (sleeps 2), 303 (sleeps 2). Our other rooms have access to toilets which are shared with guests from other rooms (2 x male toilets, 2 x female toilets, 1 x mixed toilet).
Showers: Nozawa Peaks has two separate shower rooms, which are shared with guests from other rooms.
Each 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.
We are a large group, how can we book multiple rooms together?
For group bookings, please contact us directly.
What is the cancellation policy at Nozawa Peaks?
Nozawa Peaks require a non-refundable 30% deposit to confirm a reservation. The non-refundable remaining balance will be due 60 days prior a guests check-in date. Payments must be received within 3 days (72 hours) of the due date. After this time the booking will be considered as a cancellation. Payments can be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex).
Where should I book ski or snowboard lessons?
We can help you find an experienced private ski instructor. Morning or afternoon lessons available. Subject to availability. Please contact us for more information. If you plan to take ski lessons, we recommend you book well in advance to ensure your place.
Where should we rent our ski / snowboard gear?
We recommend Olive ski rental and Nozawa Sports Thanx. Olive is located directly across the street from Nozawa Peaks and has very new gear. You can arrange your rental from Olive upon arrival to Nozawa Onsen.
Nozawa Sports Thanx has a range of gear from standard to premium. Their powder skis and boards come highly recommended. Their standard gear is the best value rental in the area. The premium gear is a similar price in both Olive and Sports Thanx.
Nozawa Sports Thanx have two stores. The closest is within five minutes walk from Nozawa Peaks next to the ski lifts, they only 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 for powder or park. at Nozawa Sports Thanx 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 four minutes to the bus stop next to the ski resort.
2. Take the free Shuttle bus to the Nagasaka Gondola (three 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 building opposite the kids park.
Journey time: 20 minutes (allow more time for possible snow/bus/lift line delays).
Novice - Advance skiers:
1. Walk four 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 (allow more time for possible snow/bus delays).
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 accommodates up to 20 children. We recommend that you make a reservation. Phone - +81 269 85 2133 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 contact us 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, as the snow base is set, there is great opportunity to find untouched powder snow. Also the best month for families and beginners who will enjoy the wide open spaces on the mountain.
Nozawa Onsen Village and other information
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 or Japanese meals including breakfast and dinner.
Rainbow supermarket is the largest in Nozawa Onsen and is located at the Nakao bus stop, which is the closest bus stop to Nozawa Peaks (7 minute walk). The location gives guests the option to purchase food as they arrive to Nozawa Onsen on the Nozawa Onsen Liner bus before walking to Nozawa Peaks. 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. Alcohol is not sold in the supermarkets.
Do we need to book train or bus tickets in advance?
Train: You can now book Bullet Train (Shinkansen) tickets online here. Online Train tickets are currently only available for purchase within 30 days of the train departure date. To book a Bullet Train, please follow the steps below:
1. Select the date and time of departure
2. Select the train 'Hokuriku Shinkansen (Tokyo~Kanazawa)'
3. Departure station: Tokyo (or Ueno if you prefer to depart from this station in Tokyo)
4. Arrival station: Iiyama (station closest to Nozawa Onsen).
5. Click search and follow the booking procedure.
Usually you do not need to book in advance, however if you are in a big group, or traveling during peak times such as New Year holiday, we recommend booking your train tickets in advance to guarantee a seat. Tickets are only available online or at JR train stations and cannot be purchased in Nozawa Onsen.
The Nozawa Onsen Liner bus between Iiyama station and Nozawa Onsen cannot be booked in advance. They run up to 4 buses at each departure time and tickets are available from a machine (cash only) just outside Iiyama station on the way down to the bus. There are also taxi's available.
The Nagano Snow Shuttle which runs direct from Tokyo Airports to Nozawa Onsen should be booked well in advance to avoid any disappointment.
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 onsen that were discovered in the 8th century. In some areas, steam rises up amongst the bustling narrow 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 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 vege burgers, 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, especially up on the ski resort but also in the village. 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?
There is easily enough to do in Nozawa Onsen for an extended holiday, however we have included a list of day trips for those who perhaps do not ski or would like a change of scene.
Madarao: The easiest day-trip option from Nozawa Onsen (23km) 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 day trip option from Nozawa Onsen (8km). Togari does not have a daily bus option at the time of writing but a taxi can be arranged. Although quite small, Togari has night ski many nights and a very nice, local atmosphere. Contact us for other transport options.
Other options include: Myoko, Kijimadaira, Ryuoo Ski Park, Shiga Kogen and X-Jam. Renting a car is also an option from nearby Iiyama.
Some ski resorts are accessible via the Nagano snow shuttle 'Inter resort shuttles'.
Other destinations (listed in order of distance from Nozawa Onsen)
Iiyama (14km from Nozawa Onsen) - Some great local restaurants, large supermarkets / department stores. Museums and cultural attractions. Serves as the bullet train hub.
Obuse (30km from Nozawa Onsen) - A quaint town with great food and art crafts. Don't miss the famous Hokusai museum with his 36 views painted of Mt Fuji.
Snow Monkeys (32km from Nozawa Onsen) - Contact us for details
Nagano city (40km from Nozawa Onsen) - The closest big city. Great restaurants, shops, bars, sake breweries. Don't miss the Zenkoji temple and beautiful surrounding streets.
Matsumoto (110km from Nozawa Onsen) - Very nice city which is easy to walk around. Famous for it's historic 'Crow Castle'. Train access via Iiyama. It's worth the journey.
Kanazawa (350km from Nozawa Onsen) - Another beautiful city now easily accessible with new bullet train via Iiyama (1.5 hours from Nozawa Onsen).
Tokyo (250km from Nozawa Onsen) - 20 minute bus from Nozawa to Iiyama, then connect to a 1hr 40 minute bullet train to Tokyo.