Free public hot spring
Nestled deep in the beech covered folds of northern Nagano prefecture, Nozawa Onsen is a picturesque village, home to 4,000 people. Sitting at the foot of Mount Kenashi, it comes alive in winter with one of the best ski resorts around. Snow aside, there is more to Nozawa Onsen than meets the eye. From steamy hot springs to historic shrines, handicrafts and local produce, there are plenty of great things to do in Nozawa Onsen. At around 2 hours from Tokyo, stay a while to fully unwind and allow for the possibility of even more activities like hiking and mountain biking. With so much to see and do in the area, where do you begin? You can start by checking out the helpful articles below.