The Yumin Day Care Centre at the base of the Hikage Bowl ski area is perfectly located for ease of drop of and pick up, so that you maximise your time in the powder, while your little ones a safely cared for by professional staff.
Ages: Children 1 to 6 years old
Hours: 9:00am – 12:00pm / 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Note that there is no service between 12 pm to 1 pm so you have to be back for lunch with your kids.
Half Day: ¥2,500
Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided.
Call the centre direct on +81 269 85 2133 (Japanese and English speaking staff)
Note that we cannot take payment. You need to pay at the centre.
Nozawa Onsen isn’t just a winter destination, it is also a great place to visit after the snow melts.
There is plenty to do including mountain biking, many walking trails, camping and much more.
The gondola also operates in summer from July 6 to August 25 making it easy to take a bike up and ride back down the trails or just simply enjoy the great views from up on the mountain. Hiring a bike is easy with many local hire shops.
A trip in to Nozawa wouldn’t be complete without enjoying an onsen. All 13 free onsens operate year round.
Often referred to as the quintessential Japanese ski town, Nozawa Onsen (野沢温泉村 Nozawa-Onsen-mura) is located in northern Nagano Prefecture about an hour drive or train ride from Nagano City.
This charming hot spring village is located at the foot of Mt. Kenashi and home to nearly 5,000 residents. Nozawa Onsen is the only place in Japan that has “onsen” in its official name. Legend has it the first hot spring was discovered by a hunter who was led there by an injured bear. It’s been a favorite hot spring destination since the Edo Period, but more recently has become even more famous as a world-class ski resort. In 1998 the village hosted the biathlon events for the Nagano Olympics and 16 villagers have represented Japan in the Olympics since 1955.
The Nozawa Onsen Ski Museum offers fascinating multi-lingual exhibits that explore the history of skiing in Japan, from the woven straw snow boots and wooden planks of the 19th century through the 1972 Sapporo and 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Highly recommended to get a feel for the history and passion the village has for winter sports.
Be sure to spend some time strolling the streets of the village. Whether it’s your first time to Nozawa Onsen or you return every year, you are bound to discover a new street, shop or hot spring. There are 13 free hot springs dotted around the village as well as free footbaths. Many hotels and Ryokan allow visitors to pay to use their baths at certain times of the day.
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Mt. Kenashi 1,650m
Yamabiko C Course 1,616m
Livecams courtesy of Nozawa Ski Resort
One of the most popular tours in the region. Visiting the Snow Monkeys is a great experience for the whole family.
Tour Price: Adult: ¥5,800 / Child (12 yrs or under): ¥3,800
13:00 – Depart from Nozawa Onsen
13:50 – Arrive at Kambayashi Parking Lot – Walk to Jigokudani Monkey Park (25 mins)
14:15 – Arrive at Jigokudani Monkey Park – Free time
15:10 – Depart from Jigokudani Monkey Park – Walk to Kambayashi Parking Lot (25 mins)
15:30 – Depart Kambayashi for Shibu Onsen Village
15:40 – Arrive at Shibu Onsen Village – Free Time
16:20 – Depart from Shibu Onsen
17:10 – Arrive at Nozawa Onsen
Minimum: Dec-Mar: 2 Adults / Apr-Nov: 5 Adults
Includes: Return Transfers, Monkey Park Entry Ticket and an English Speaking Guide
* Guide is NOT PROVIDED if the Total Tour Group is less than 4 People.* Infants must be seated in the lap of an adult if seats are full. If infant requires a seat child rates will apply.
Amendment/Cancellation• After the booking is confirmed: ¥500.• 3 to 2 business days prior: 30% of the total price.• 1 business days prior: 50% of the total price.• Tour day: 100% of the total price.