Japan is a fantastic place for any and all snow-related outdoor activities. With its cold winters and subsequent high amount of snowfall in the winter months, the Land of the Rising Sun makes for an ideal wintersport location. There are plenty of mountainous areas to ski or snowboard at throughout the country.
One location ideal for partaking in the snowy wonders is Nozawa Onsen, located in the Nagano Prefecture. Anyone staying in Nagano City will be pleased to know that Nozawa Onsen is only about one hour away by car and acts as one of the premier skiing and snowboarding locations of the prefecture.
Nagano overall has much snow to boast about during the cold season, a natural prerequisite for any winter sport. There is a large variety in the terrain that can be explored and is considered unparalleled in the region. What makes Nozawa Onsen another huge attraction for tourists and locals alike is the fact that it’s not only a skiing-centered place with only small towns around it – Nozawa’s skiing slopes are complemented by a great and fully featured town, giving it an edge over many of the more remote areas that are limiting in their non-sport related possibilities.
There is a large variety of ridges and slopes for those visiting for the snow sports. All types of slopes are available, ranging from the easiest of the beginner slopes to the black-rated ones for the most experienced riders. The mountain also features the aptly named Nagasaka Gondola which will quickly take riders back up the slopes after finishing their runs. The amount of lifts available diminishes the feeling of the area being crowded, even during the peak months.
In addition to being a ski and snowboard hotspot, another huge selling point for the area is the abundance of well-known hot springs. The town has many baths which are ideal to soak in after a long day of riding the slopes. Naturally, many restaurants and other establishments have set up shop nearby due to the area’s popularity in the winter season. There are also plenty of things to do after a whole day of skiing, including indoor swimming for children. This establishes a whole European flair for the area and its surroundings, setting it apart from the other places and making it an attraction for the locals especially, who wish to experience a different atmosphere from every-day Japan.
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Second image by skitravelcompany.com.au