White Christmas in Japan - Nozawa Onsen


After an amazing Christmas eve playing in the snow at Nozawa Onsen and a visit to the snow monkeys, we woke up on Christmas day to beautiful blue skies! After opening presents followed by a traditional Japanese breakfast at our accommodation, we spent the morning playing on the slopes again with the sleds and snow bikes, then headed to a cozy craft beer cafe (Craft Room) for some warmth and a snack. When we walked in we were greeted by super friendly staff and a delicious looking menu! We had a bowl of wedges and some falafel balls as well as some cider (on tap!).

After lunch we headed back for more snow play before going back to our accommodation to open more presents with the cousins and some sparkling wine. We had dinner at Kaze no Ie, an Italian restaurant in the village.

Nozawa Onsen really was one of the most incredible Christmases we've had as a family. Not only did we get the white Christmas we were searching for, the village was absolutely lovely. The staff at our accommodation and all the places we ate were so nice, and everything was in walking distance.

Nozawa Onsen was really easy to get to from Tokyo, and I can imagine us going back again in future. I can see why people keep going back there year after year. 

For more information about where we stayed and booked our holiday, check out my last post.

Nozawa onsen on Christmas day! Blue skies and snow!
Sunny day in Nozawa Onsen
Another snowball fight

Nozawa Onsen on Christmas Day 2016. Perfection

Snowy mountain shrines

Snow covered torii gate at Nozawa Onsen, Nagano on Christmas day

I love how the trees are encased in these sticks

Hikage area in Nozawa Onsen. You can borrow sleds and snow bikes for free! So much fun for kids and adults!
Hikage area

Those mountains <3

Lunch break at an awesome craft beer restaurant

View from the gondola at Nozawa Onsen ski fields on Christmas day
View from the gondola
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White Christmas in Nozawa Onsen - Japan. This is an absolutely delightful village to stay in Japan if you want to ski and experience a white Christmas in Japan.

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