Nozawa Onsen is a hot spring and ski resort village near Nagano. The skiing at Nozawa Onsen Japan almost takes a bit of a backseat relative to the charming village that offers an interesting and traditional Japanese experience. The village is famous for the abundance of hot springs that were discovered in the 8th century. Steam rises up everywhere amongst the bustling narrow cobblestone streets and the traditional ryokan inns and shops.

The culture of skiing at the Nozawa Onsen ski resort is also historic. Skiing was introduced to Nozawa Onsen in 1912 by an Austrian, and Nozawa is considered by some to be the birthplace of skiing in Japan. From 1930 Hannes Schneider from St Anton Austria further developed the Nozawa ski culture by teaching Arlberg skiing techniques.