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With a combination of close to 300 hectares of terrain and a vertical drop of over 1000m, combined with the famous and traditional village, you are guaranteed to get the best of both snow and culture at Nozawa Onsen Resort. Considered the birthplace of Japanese skiing, Nozawa Onsen has beautiful powder and an abundance of tree and backcountry runs to ride, especially towards the top of the mountain. Both groomed and ungroomed slopes are long, totalling 50km, and so give you more ride time out of your visit. Beginners won’t be left behind with catered slopes high up the mountain, so they can enjoy the slopes and view to the fullest. The gondola and lifts are also conveniently placed to make it easy to get both on and off the slopes.

Alongside the enticing ski conditions, the village also a boasting point for the resort. With steam rising from its bustling streets, Nozawa is a famed Onsen town, with uniquely-Japanese architecture, public bath houses, and footbaths scattered throughout the town. It is a true example of a classic, retro-Japan atmosphere which doesn’t disappoint. The town is a popular among both the Japanese and international visitors. Abundant facilities and services make for a great village both night and day, with everything accessible within walking distance. Accommodation is both wide-ranging and top quality, with Nozawa Onsen’s Ryokan Sakaya winning Best Boutique Hotel at the 2013 World Ski Awards. For a true cultural experience in combination with a powder-filled holiday, then Nozawa Onsen may be the place to go.