Food diary in Nozawa Onsen

Aside from mountain snow sports and soaking in the natural hot springs, Nozawa Onsen has a wonderful understated food scene that remains for the most part untouched by the western world and strongly connected to local traditions. It’s a welcome change from the ever growing presence of fast food we experienced in Tokyo city.  In the centre of the village is a hot spring reserved solely for the locals, for boiling ...

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Beginner Skiing at Nozawa Onsen Resort

Earlier this year Derek and I spent a week of skiing at a tiny Japanese mountain village called Nozawa Onsen. It feels like a life time ago now but it was a wonderful holiday with aspects of complete unfamiliarity like nude bathing in an onsen and fumbling our way through the country with our limited Japanese knowledge relying on a small pocketbook dictionary. Skiing was by far the most memorable ...

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Coffee Diary Nozawa Onsen, Japan

I enjoy my morning espresso and admittedly it is my one daily ritual or rather I could say a mild addiction, take it away and strange things may occur!  On our ski holiday at a traditional Japanese mountain village I found some great places around town and although coffee is a global product a cup of coffee certainly differs around the world. Yu Bakery This bakery was just adorable, run by a hardworking husband ...

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Address Nagasaka, western accommodation

The second half of our ski holiday in Nozawa Onsen we stayed in an apartment positioned on the base of the slopes across from the Nagasaka ski gondola. We had originally booked a room in Paradise Chalet higher up the mountain but shortly before our arrival we were told the snow mobile had broken down and we would have no way of getting to and from town at night. Very ...

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Communal Bathing in Nozawa Onsen

In the Japanese ski town of Nozawa Onsen one of the popular activities to do after a day in the mountains is to soak in an onsen. The island of Japan has quite a bit of geothermal activity going on below the ground and in some regions hot mineral rich water is released to form a natural onsen, also known as a hot spring. Ski field in Nozawa Onsen Communal bathing has been a ...

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