Nozawa Onsen

Here at Japan Snow Adventures, we offer affordable Group Backcountry Tours at Nozawa Onsen for people hungry for powder.

Our Nozawa backcountry tour features easy access and great tree riding. Some of the best hot springs in Japan make Nozawa the first choice location for backcountry adventures.

The resort tops out at 1650m with bottom lift starting at 550m. The terrain allows for a plethora of route options ranging from lift access short hike powder bowls to long run touring.  We have something for all levels and styles. Typically the season starts early January and the best snow lasts until late Feb, but there are always a few surprisingly good days in March.

The route will be chosen and customised by your guide to match the skill and experience of your group

Routes and skill levels

Whether you are a newbie to backcountry looking to learn how to use all the gear and access some untracked powder, or a veteran of the BC looking for something steep and deep, we will find a group of others that have a similar amount of BC experience to you.

If you are looking for especially big days with big terrain, ask us about our private tours!


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION BunBun 6928 Toyosato, Nozawa Onsen, Shimotakai, Nagano 389-2503
SEASON Jan 15th – March 15th
MEETING TIME Please arrive by 8:00AM
RETURN TIME Approximately 4:00PM.
REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 2 people are required to run a group tour.

The minimum age to join our group tours is 15 years old.

Participants under 18 need a guardian to be present on the tour.

Participants under 20 need a signature from a guardian.

A minimum level of fitness and downhill skiing/riding ability is required for our tours. Please refer to our Ability Levels.

BRING Ski/snowboard, boots, ski clothing, gloves, helmet, goggles, ski poles with BIG baskets, lunch, plenty of snacks and water
Snowshoes & poles OR climbing skins (split board or touring skis)
RENTAL If you require rental equipment please advise when booking:

Snowshoes & poles set 1000 yen
Backpack 1000 yen
Split board & climbing skins 5000 yen
Touring skis & climbing skins 5000 yen

Professional guide Avalanche transciever
Probe Shovel
Ski/Snowboard equipment
Lift ticket
LIFT TICKETS Lift tickets are not included in the price of the tour. Please wait until the morning of the tour to purchase lift tickets so that the guide can advise you on the type of ticket required.

Additional information

MonthFebruary, January, March

8.00 AM – 8.30 AM: Orientation

  • Organise and check gear for the day
  • Discuss days conditions and planned routes with guides
  • Safety equipment introduction and instructions
  • Fill out mountaineers card

8.30 AM – 9.30 AM: Lifts

Take the lifts to the BC access point for the day and do basic beacon checks.

9.30 AM – 10.00 AM: Hike 1

A short hike will take you to the first powder area of the day.

10.30 AM – 10.45 AM: First run of the day

Time to crank that smile and enjoy the powder that “Snowzawa” is famous for.

10.45 AM – 11.15 AM: Hike 2

A short hike and lift ride will bring you back to the top of out BC area.

11.15 AM – 11.45 AM:Second run

Another pristine powder field ready for you to make your mark.

11.45 AM – 13.00PM: Hike and lunch

Another short hike, lift and then lunch before we take on the afternoon.

13.00PM – 15.00PM : More powder

Nothing better for after lunch than chomping into some more powder. Guides will make the most of conditions by choosing routes perfect for your group. 

15.00PM – 16.00PM : Homeward bound

Time to head back to base camp, return gear and have a beer with your guides.
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