About the City
Did you know Nozawa Onsen is the only village in Japan that contains the word “onsen” as a part of its name?
For more than 700 years, Nozawa Onsen has established itself as one of Japan’s most famous onsen towns with naturally sourced hot springs that are known for its hot waters. In recent years, Nozawa Onsen has become well-known among outdoor adventure enthusiasts and traditional Japanese experience-seekers alike!
Located about a four hours’ drive northwest from Tokyo, the Nozawa Onsen area is surrounded by the Japan Alps and boasts moderate or cool temperatures throughout the year. The vibrant natural environment welcome guests from all over the world and especially those seeking a travel destination that takes advantage of Nagano’s natural terrain and outdoor activities, such as downhill biking, trekking, and rafting.
Nestled in the mountains, Nozawa Onsen is also the perfect place to plan an escape from the city during the colder months! The quality of snow is high in Nagano and Nozawa Onsen is popular among skiiers and snowboarders who keep coming back for more.
Whether you live in Japan or are visiting on holiday, Nozawa Onsen is a must-visit summer retreat and winter sports playground!
Hikone Castletown 2days Cycling Tour
Join us on a 2-day cycling tour around Hikone Castle, one of Japan’s National Treasures. The first day begins at Hikone Castle and its surrounding castle town, followed by a second day cruising alongside Biwa Lake and around Kojinyama Park.
There’s always something to celebrate at Nozawa Onsen and festivals are held throughout the year. Called “matsuri” in Japanese, festivals are day- or days-long affairs oftentimes sponsored by a local shrine or temple and may feature processions involving elaborate floats called mikoshi.
Nozawana is a leafy vegetable popular in Japan. The name nozawana literally translates to Nozawa leaves and derives from the fact that these green edibles have been cultivated around Nozawa Onsen for generations.
Enjoy both indoor and open-air baths filled to the brim with naturally-sourced hot water springs that flow freely from our inn! Established in 1912, the Naraya Inn has thrived as a ryokan designed in the style of a private Japanese house.
Our Samurai’s Recommendations:
Activities and Experiences