To get to Nozawa Onsen from Tokyo, hop on the JR East Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Nagano at either Tokyo Station or Ueno Station. It takes about 90 minutes to reach Iiyama Station, where you’ll switch to the Nozawa Onsen Liner that will take you directly to the ski resort in roughly 25 minutes.
The little ski village of Nozawa Onsen often gets overlooked by overseas travelers in favour of more popular snowy escapes like Niseko in Hokkaido prefecture. However, this delightful Nagano destination, which is just two hours from Tokyo, is brimming with good food, fine snow, lots of character and plentiful cultural experiences.
Both fun and affordable, Nozawa Onsen gives you a little bit of everything, from a wide array of snow-heavy ski slopes to a myriad of natural hot springs within the village. Which is why the winter wonderland of Nozawa Onsen should be your next travel destination – even if you can’t ski.
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