Nozawa Onsen is a apa village with good hot springs three hours from Tokyo and near the city of Nagata
The ski area itself is situated on a single mountain, offering 50km of pisted terrain and more than 1000m of vertical. ski area sits below the treeline, with many runs bordered by thick vegetation. While there is a range of terrain suitable for beginners, freeriders will be equally satisfied - in fitting with Japanese skiing reputation, the resort sees on average 10m of snowfall a season, meaning there's powder aplenty.
The resort itself is a major attraction in itself - a village whose hot springs were discovered in the 8th century. With traditional ryokan inns and narrow cobbled streets this resort really gives you an authentic Japanese skiing experience, a contrast from a much lager resort such as Niseko. Despite this, it is popular with international visitors thanks to its charm, suitability for families and the ability to communicate in English.