Skiing in Japan was born in Nozawa, when an Austrian introduced the sport in 1912. Now globally acclaimed, Nozawa has done well to avoid the kinds of westernisation seen at some other Japanese resorts, meaning it offers one of the best traditional Japanese ski experiences. The village itself dates back to the 8th century, constructed around a plethora of hotsprings, meaning steam is visible everywhere throughout its narrow streets and around its traditional ryokan shops and inns.

Extending from the top to the foot of Mt.Kenashi (1,650m), Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort boasts an altitude differential of 1,085 meters and total ski area of 297 hectares. This makes the resort among the very top in Japan in terms of combining size, history, culture and snow quality.

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