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Backcountry Skiing in Nozawa Onsen: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Enjoy the perfect powder and great backcountry of this area.

Located close to Nagano in the center of Japan, Nozawa Onsen is a small, traditional hot-spring town. It’s also home to a ski resort known for its excellent quality powder. It can be accessed easily from Tokyo and other ski destinations nearby. 

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Nozawa Onsen

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Nozawa Onsen?

Nozawa Onsen has been gaining in popularity for some time now. It’s a small ski resort but there are some excellent backcountry and side-country areas close by. You’ll get to enjoy vertical drops of up to 1085 meters and hundreds of acres of terrain in the resort. The town itself is also beautiful to explore as it maintains the traditional hot spring village vibe. 

Why should I choose Nozawa Onsen for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Amazing Powder

Thanks to some clever weather patterns, the snow here is abundant and the powder is deep. It is also not the most popular of the ski resorts so you’ll probably be able to enjoy virgin runs.

**Japanese Traditions **

This town is known for its Onsens (hot springs). So, when you’re not on the slopes you can relax your muscles here. Plus, this lovely village has maintained its traditional vibe so you can expect excellent local food.

**Good Location **

With the help of the bullet train, you can get here in a few hours from Tokyo. It’s also conveniently placed so that you can continue your ski tour on to places like Myoko, Hakuba and more.

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in Nozawa Onsen?

In the winter the temperature can drop to around -7°C but averages sit at around -2°C. The summers are warm and there is considerable rainfall year round.

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How can I get to Nozawa Onsen?

Fly to Tokyo then take the bus or take the bullet train from Tokyo to Iiyama station then take a bus for the last stretch.

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When is the best time to travel to Nozawa Onsen for Backcountry Skiing?

January, February and March

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Nozawa Onsen



Just back from Hakuba –Japan and I’m so pleased to confirm we got such a great experience with Iwao who has provided a service above all expectations. Indeed assisting a family confronted to a new environment requires a certain level of patience and attention and all the family appreciated his sense of responsibilities and seriousness which allowed us to really enjoy this region by experiencing touring, hicking and of course skiing in immaculate powder. Iwao was very discreet but always acted to ensure we could take the best of all Hakuba mountains could offer to us during these 5 days.This experience will for sure remain in all our minds for long and this will be mainly thanks to Iwao ! Best, Arnaud

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