Nozawa is a town in Japan located along with the Nagano Prefecture with towns and resorts that vary in their services. Though known for having a ski town, the Nozawa area is also renowned for its hot spring public baths that tell a long history, even dating back to the Edo Period. Its local community has taken care of its natural water sources that are used by accommodations even to this day.
These hot spring accommodations, also known as the ryokan, bring a nostalgic feel to a stay as it is surrounded by the way of life in the area mixed with restaurants and shops. The area has a number of public bathhouses, ranging from small to big ones that can be found around town. Most hot spring baths are simple, often provided in a room assigned for genders. The largest bath of Nozawa is called Oyu, which is a building made of wood that is situated in the town center.
Onsens can also be found at the foot ski resorts, notably the Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. It is one of the most renowned ski areas, with snow being most productive from March to May. Visitors explore the resort with this daring activity while having fun. Guests who ski in the snowy area can stop by for a hot spring. Its waters are known to soothe and relieve tensions in muscles and nerves, providing a refreshing feeling for the one who bathes.
Soto-Yu is another public onsen bath. It is noteworthy to mention that there are 13 of these in Nozawa and are maintained by the community. To bathe here is free, but donations are appreciated. Also important to bring one’s towel and bathing necessities. To get to the onsens of Nozawa, guests can take a 3-hour ride from Narita Airport.
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