Well post holiday come down is hitting hard right now after such an amazing trip to the snowfields of Japan. Nozawa Onsen, just a short trip on the bullet train out of Tokyo, is a little town with a lot to offer. A cultural treat with more than just snow sports to boast, the little village is well known for it’s public bath houses spotted throughout the streets. If you’re feeling self conscious about stripping off and having a soak with the locals and fellow tourists, you can pack the speedos and head to SpaRena where they have hot pools for the whole family to enjoy, which is very relaxing at the end of a day of snowboarding.
There is an array of restaurants to enjoy with everything from pizza to burgers, yakitori and ramen or our favourite Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancakes), but be sure to book at least a day in advance as the restaurants book out quickly. A special shout out for the Mt Dock Gondola Cafe, located behind the ticket box at the Nagasaka Gondola, great coffee and the ladies there were super lovely!
There is plenty to do on rest days, with half day trips to see the snow monkeys on offer (quite an extraordinary experience to see monkeys soaking in steaming natural spa baths, hold on to your belongings though, they have expensive taste leaning towards iPhones and point and shoot cameras) or the sushi restaurant in Iiyama is worth a visit just to have your meal delivered on a mini bullet train.
I have so many photos from our wonderful family holiday, so here is a snippet of snow life in Nozawa.