Nozawa is a quaint village located in northeast Nagano Prefecture in Japan. Reputed as one of Japan’s oldest ski resorts, the village is a true snow paradise loved by many for its picturesque wintry landscapes. Aside from enthusiastic alpine skiers and snowboarders who flock to the ski resort during winter, no visit to Nozawa is complete without taking a hot spring (onsen) bath. Besides the 13 public onsen baths, known as sotoyu in Japan, that can be enjoyed for free, there is a variety of traditional Japanese inns, known as ryokans, as well as hotels and guest houses with their own onsen facilities.
In this article, discover the top 15 hotels with onsen facilities in Nozawa which you can book for a fabulous stay. To ease your planning for the trip, these top hotels are categorized according to their prices, so that you can find one that is within your budget!
1. Onsen hotels that cost over 200 USD per night for two
Situated in the heart of the village, Ryokan Sakaya is a family-owned ryokan that has been in operation for more than 17 generations since the Edo Period. Using 100% natural hot spring water, the onsen in Sakaya is known to revitalize skin tone and prevent aging, as well as relieve joint and muscle aches. Feel the longevity that comes from within as you relax in the soothing thermal water at both the indoor and outdoor onsen, and you can take as long as you’d like because there are no time restrictions. Or you can experience the free Nozawa Onsen Sotoyu just a stone’s throw away from the hotel for a change. Be transported back into time as you return to the traditional Japanese themed room, complete with low tables and tatami mats just like the bygone era, for a restful night.
Distinguished guests of the ryokan hotel include feudal lords of the Edo Period and Olympiads, as well as the staff of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Hence it is of no surprise that the classy ryokan has received numerous awards throughout the years for being one of the best ski boutique hotels. A stay at the highly acclaimed Ryokan Sakaya is certainly a must if you want to fully immerse in the warmth of Japanese hospitality at its best.
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 9329 (see map)
Price: from 348 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.1 (from 17 reviews)
Sumiyosiya Ryokan is a classic boutique hotel with a nostalgic Japanese ambiance. Its pure wooden architecture and interiors evoke a unique character that you will not find outside of Japan. All guest rooms are Japanese style, furnished with tatami mats, futon beds, and intricate art pieces, allowing you to immerse in true traditional Japanese culture. Recover and rejuvenate your body and soul after a long day out exploring the village in the ancient onsen baths in the hotel. Reward yourself to a feast for all senses with the exquisite Japanese Kaiseki dinner. Get an authentic taste of traditional Japanese life in the rustic Nozawa village, and enhance your experience with a stay in the elegant Sumiyosiya Ryokan.
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 8713 (see map)
Price: from 278 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.3 (from 33 reviews)
Located in central Nozawa Onsen, the 28-room Kawaichiya Ryokan is a boutique hotel offering a mixture of traditional Japanese and Japanese-Western fusion guest rooms. All rooms at Kawaichiya have been recently refurbished to keep its interiors and amenities up to date. Furthermore, it is strategically positioned in town with just a quick 3-minute walk from the nearest Nozawa Onsen bus stop, and close proximity to notable attractions such as Kamiterayu Hot Spring and Kenmei-ji Temple.
Of course, the most important thing to consider for an awesome onsen retreat is the quality of the onsen in the hotel. The indoor bath is fed with spring water from the hottest Ogama waters that measure to about 90 degrees Celsius (194 degrees Fahrenheit) while the open-air bath’s water source comes from the Shinyu hot spring, touted as the best waters in town. With two different types of onsen within the hotel, as well as an array of public onsens nearby to enjoy, Kawaichiya Ryokan certainly makes a great choice for an indulgent onsen retreat.
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 8923-1 (see map)
Price: from 227 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.9 (from 9 reviews)
2. Onsen hotels that cost between 150 and 200 USD per night for two
The Jigokudani Monkey Park is a famous sightseeing spot in Japan for watching the furry Japanese macaques soak in wild onsen baths. If you have seen all there is to be seen in the central Nozawa area and fancy the cheeky monkeys, why not book a stay at Wafu no Yado Masuya? The onsen hotel is close to the famous monkey park, located in the Yudanaka Onsen Resort with 140 years of history. Transport service to the park is provided by the hotel so that you can check out the adorable sight conveniently.
Four different hot springs that have existed for over a millennium supply the fresh hot water in Masuya’s beautiful onsen for your ultimate relaxation. You will also be pleased to know that Masuya’s Japanese Kaiseki dinner which includes Nagano beef steak, shabu-shabu fish, and various vegetable dishes are so delicious that it is the proud recipient of Best 100 Hotel award. End the day in comfort by relaxing in a traditional Japanese room that allows you to immerse fully in authentic Japanese culture.
Wafu no Yado Masuya
Address: Nagano, Yamanouchi, Hirao 2296 (see map)
Price: from 199 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.1 (from 97 reviews)
Nakajimaya Ryokan may be a small hotel with only 17 Japanese-style rooms, but it is by no means just another hotel. Despite being just a 5-minute walk from the main street, guests will be able to enjoy absolute peace and privacy throughout their stay because it is tucked away in a quiet location. Nakajimaya offers two indoor baths, one for each gender, with natural hot spring water flowing through directly. If you wish, you may also pop into the free public onsen just 30 seconds away from the ryokan! Feel at home in this cozy ryokan with impeccable service from the warm and friendly hosts for an unforgettable Japan holiday.
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 8965 (see map)
Price: from 187 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.1 (from 53 reviews)
If you are travelling to Nozawa with your whole family or a group of friends and wish to stay in a studio where you can whip up some meals on your own, Address Nozawa will be the ideal choice for you. The hotel’s serviced apartment-style lodging was the first of its kind in Nozawa when it was established, allowing you to feel at home while being pampered at a hotel. All studios are roomy and come with a fully equipped kitchen with a partially stocked fridge and a Nespresso coffee machine. A DVD player, a baby crib, a Nabe pot and a cooling system, as well as additional futon beds, are also available upon request. You may also do your laundry as washing and drying machines are available in the hotel.
In addition, Address Nozawa boasts an excellent location in the village as it is very close to the bus terminal, restaurants, ski resort and public onsens. You will also be delighted to know that even in a small, cozy hotel like Address Nozawa, there are two private onsen baths, one for each gender. Soak and relax in the tub to leave your skin glowing and refreshed. A modern accommodation with so much to offer, it is little wonder why Address Nozawa is listed as one of the travelers’ top picks in Nozawa Onsen.
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 9535 (see map)
Price: from 179 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.1 (from 46 reviews)
If the furry monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park are on your must-see list, there is another wonderful hotel with onsens in the heart of Yamanouchi - Yudanaka Tawaraya Ryokan. Located only a 5-minute walk from Yudanaka Train Station, the ryokan is well connected to other parts of the town and a quick 10-minute drive to the monkey park. Tawaraya features 10 elegantly furnished Japanese-style rooms with private toilets, while the bathroom is shared with all other guests. There are both indoor and outdoor onsen baths where you can enjoy a relaxing soak in. The outdoor bath, which is surrounded by a beautiful Japanese garden, may be reserved for private use. Although Tawaraya may not be part of a big, established hotel chain, the warmth and impeccable service you can expect to receive from the hospitable family that runs this ryokan more than makes up for it.
Yudanaka Tawaraya Ryokan
Address: Nagano, Yamanouchi, Hirao 4115 (see map)
Price: from 179 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.2 (from 200 reviews)
Located in Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort, Lodge Denbey is a wonderful choice for holiday-makers who want to have fun with snow and relish the traditional hot spring culture in Japan. The log house offers Western rooms with beds and small bathtubs, as well as cozy Japanese-style rooms with traditional futon beddings. While the public onsen is just near the lodge, there is an onsen on-premise where guests can enjoy a relaxing soak. The natural thermal water is good for healing joint and muscle aches after a long day of skiing.
Admire the picturesque natural surroundings as you savor the delicious breakfast and dinner through the wide windows in the dining room. The hotel grows fresh vegetables on site so you can be assured that the freshest produce is served, be it Western or Japanese cuisine. Together with the hospitable staff in the hotel, Lodge Denbey certainly is one of the top value-for-money hotels to stay in Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort.
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 8284-2 (see map)
Price: from 151 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.0 (from 36 reviews)
3. Onsen hotels that cost between 100 and 150 USD per night for two
Kawahiro is a traditional Japanese pension offering 12 Japanese-style rooms with a laid-back atmosphere. It is located just a stone’s throw away from the popular Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort’s ski slopes, right next to the gondola station. Immerse in the fresh air and beautiful views of the expansive resort right from the comfort of your room. There is also an indoor hinoki onsen fed with natural sulfur spring water where you can enjoy a rejuvenating soak after skiing and exploring the town for the whole day. Book a stay with the family-run Kawahiro if you wish to enjoy an authentic Japanese experience in a great location with these Airbnb superhosts!
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Ooaza Toyosato 7819 (see map)
Price: from 136 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Very Good 8.6 (from 56 reviews)
Shirakaba is an eco-friendly hotel located just a minute away from the main street of the Nozawa Onsen. Each of the 17 rooms in this cozy hotel features heated tatami floors with wooden interiors and offers fascinating views of the surrounding hills. Rooms are immaculate and elegantly furnished, modern yet traditional with plenty of space to rest after a day of skiing. Replenish your energy with the delectable breakfasts and dinners served in the hotel’s restaurant. Of course, any trip to Japan is not complete if you miss out on a soak in the onsen bath. Relax in the indoor onsen conveniently after your long day out exploring the town.
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 9521 (see map)
Price: from 132 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Fabulous 8.6 (from 355 reviews)
As you may have realized from the onsen hotels recommended above so far, the entire Nozawa village is filled with nostalgic ambiance for a fantastic Japanese experience. If you are looking for something beyond classic Japanese accommodation with warm service from the host and staff, then consider Nozawa Onsen Utopia, a lovely guest house conveniently located near all the action in Nozawa.
Besides delicious Japanese cuisine to look forward to, elegant rooms to rest in and soothing onsen baths to soak in, the highlight at Nozawa Onsen Utopia has to be its special “doburoku” sake. Sip a glass or two of this home-brewed sake as you admire the picturesque views of the Northern Alps in the cafeteria. A stay at Nozawa Onsen Utopia lives up to its name indeed, get ready for the perfect holiday you have been hoping for!
Nozawa Onsen Utopia
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 9546 (see map)
Price: from 120 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.3 (from 260 reviews)
Set in Nozawa Onsen, Shinazawa is a charming guesthouse offering a ski pass sales point and storage space for your ski equipment. Well-positioned to have easy access to the ski resort, main street, and public transport, the cozy family-run guesthouse allows you to enjoy the sights and sounds that this quaint village has to offer. There is an indoor onsen bath to soothe your body after all the fun out there. In addition, the amicable hosts will also provide a variety of Japanese snacks every afternoon for you to relish, besides the delicious breakfast served in the morning. Feel the warmth of home while being away from home at Shinazawa.
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 6650-1 (see map)
Price: from 118 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.0 (from 63 reviews)
4. Budget onsen hotels that cost below 100 USD per night for two
Featuring simple yet immaculate Japanese-style accommodation and an indoor onsen bath, Seisenso is a value-for-money ryokan well connected to many attractions in town. The ryokan is a 25-minute bus ride from the nearest Iiyama Station and is also very near to a shopping arcade. Despite being so near all the action, you will be pleased to know that the rooms are really quiet and peaceful, perfect for a good night’s rest.
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 9258 (see map)
Price: from 92 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Very Good 8.4 (from 61 reviews)
Lodge Yukiyama is a no-frills guesthouse where you can find simple but comfortable rooms to rest for the night after all the fun in the ski resort. Each room comes with a heater, free toiletries, and a TV, while the bathroom and toilet are shared with all other guests. Besides the indoor onsen bath in the lodge, there are also many public bathhouses in the area that you can hop to within a 5-minute walk. Furthermore, with Nozawa Bus Terminal only a convenient 5-minute walk from Lodge Yukiyama and the JR Kamisakai Station a quick 15-minute drive away, it is really quite hard to find fault with its wonderful location at such affordable prices!
Address: Nagano, Nozawa Onsen, Toyosato 7723-1 (see map)
Price: from 85 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Very Good 8.5 (from 57 reviews)
In earlier sections, you have been introduced to two fabulous mid-range pricing hotels in the heart of Yamanouchi near the Jigokudani Monkey Park. If you are looking for an even more affordable accommodation option near the monkey park with an onsen, then look no further than Yudanaka Yasuragi. This compact 6-room traditional Japanese inn offers comfortable rooms with nostalgic interiors that allows you to experience the authentic local culture. All guests have access to the on-site onsen baths, and they can be reserved for private use as well. Although Yudanaka Station is only an 8-minute walk away, complimentary pick-up service is provided for guests at the station too. You may also request for a complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions as well. At such affordable pricing, the kind hosts at Yudanaka Yasuragi indeed go out of the way to ensure guests have a perfect stay at the guest house!
Address: Nagano, Yamanouchi, Hirao 4127-83 (see map)
Price: from 85 USD per night for 2
Travelers Review: Superb 9.5 (from 176 reviews)
Relax in Nozawa with an onsen hotel stay
Nozawa is not just a place for skiers and snowboarders or just another winter destination. With abundant gensen kakenagashi, which means natural hot spring water in Japanese, in this charming resort town, you will be able to experience an exclusive Japanese holiday in Nozawa. Having an onsen right in the hotel you stay in is a must for an amazing vacation with fabulous accessibility and comfort. So check into one of the above hotels with onsens for your next trip to Nozawa in Nagano Prefecture for a truly relaxing holiday!
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