Snowboarding and onsens in Nozawa Onsen
Trip Start Jan 06, 2009
29Trip End Aug 07, 2009
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Snowboarding followed by bathing in natural onsens (hot springs) has to be the perfect combo. The picturesque village of Nozawa Onsen has 13 public onsens maintaied by the locals who live around them and after a long day of snowboarding, it was such a treat to be able to use any one of the onsens (free of charge) to soak our tired muscles. The village also has a dedicated onsen where the locals cook food. Yes the water was that hot! The whole village is built upon natural hot springs so there is water flowing everywhere throughout town. The town planner must have pulled his hair out with this place!
Besides having tons of character, the next best thing about Nozawa Onsen is that the mountain comes as part of the package and what a great mountain it is
After having so much fresh powder in Hokkaido, we were hoping to get some more freshies at Nazowa Onsen, although we were loving the sunny spring-like conditions. Well Mother Nature did not let us down and our last two days of snowboardig at Nazowa were in great powder conditions! As always, Fi and I made it up for first chairlift and were rewarded with fresh untouched powder. Needless to say it was the perfect way to leave such a great place.