Nozawa-onsen 野沢温泉

Source of life

This village in the Japanese Alps, renowned for its ski area, has above all good onsen maintained by the locals, which is part of the appeal!

At the source of the inhabitants


From then on, the beneficial source is protected and the village has developed thanks to the inhabitants themselves. Today, 13 free public baths are maintained every day (electricity costs, cleaning, water management, etc.). In each of these small establishments (open every day from 5 am to 11 pm), there is a thank you box to contribute financially to their upkeep.

It should be noted that these public baths are above all for the inhabitants, a place of relaxation and exchange, encouraging communication.

Nozawa onsen


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Amusing local feature at the Ogama spring, which gushes out at 100°: locals come here to wash and cook their vegetables and eggs. At Yurari Square, next to Ogama, you are offered to buy a small box with fresh eggs from a trader to cook them yourself in hot spring water and then eat them.

Nagano's specialty, nozawana, comes from this village. It is a Japanese green vegetable from the turnip family, which has been blanched in spring water and then pickled. This process gives it a very special texture and taste so that it comes as an accompaniment to white rice on good Japanese tables.





Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    By train by the Hokuriku shinkansen line, get off at Ilyama station, then 25 min by "Nozawa Liner" bus.

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