Stay like a Japanese!
Daimaruya Nozawa offers simple, economical and comfortable hostel rooms sleeping on futons on tatami floors. All rooms have TV, & washbasins, with toilets a few metres down the hall, and there’s free wifi. The cozy lobby, with its wood-burning stove, is the best place to meet new friends. Coupled with an steaming hot real onsen in-house, great views of the mountains and the village, Daimaruya Nozawa is a great place to base your stay.
Start each day with a simple breakfast, before strolling 5 minutes to the nearest chairlift (Shinyu lift). In the evening, the abundance of little local restaurants and bars are all within a few minutes walk.
Daimaruya Nozawa is operated by Nozawa Hospitality, the largest hotel operator in Nozawaonsen. Throughout your stay you will have access to their concierge services. The shuttle bus from Iiyama Shinkansen station takes 20 minutes, and the final bus stop is right by Daimaruya Nozawa. The entire property is non-smoking, and up to four people can share each room.
We aim to offer you a wonderful Japanese experience, at the right price, for your winter holiday.
-5 minutes from Shinyu Ski Lift. 10 minutes from the village centre and Nozawaonsen Morning Market.
-No Ryokan is complete without a natural hot-spring bath (onsen). Experience real Japanese baths in your own hostel, or explore Nozawa Onsen Village's many onsens. It's in the name, after all! Village favourite Shin-yu is a couple doors down, while famous Akiha-no-yu is a 10 minute walk away.
-Here for this season only, Daimaruya offers a true Japanese experience at hostel prices. Stay like a local in clean, comfortable, secure room with no frills.
-Daimaruya maintains all of its interior from its bustling Ryokan days: shoji paper screens, Japanese-style seating, wood-fired stoves, tatami tiles, onsen communal baths... A proper Japanese hostel.
From Iiyama Shinkansen station, there is a shuttle bus that takes you to the village centre. Daimaruya is just a 5 minute walk from here, the central bus station. There is a less frequent service that also stops right outside Daimaruya if you have luggage!
-Separate baths for men and women
-Two public baths within 2 minute walk, dozens more within 20 minutes walk radius
There is a reason why many locals and travellers opt for Nozawaonsen over the many ski resorts in Japan.
Standing out amongst many ski resorts, Nozawaonsen offers more of an all round winter holiday than simply a skiing holiday. It is ideal for groups and families comprising skiers and non-skiers. Experience the deep and authentic culture of a village established as a vacation retreat over the centuries. Besides the acclaimed ski area, the food, famous hot springs and the renowned fire festival of Nozawaonsen sets this resort apart from others.
The village features some amazing traditional architecture with temples, shrines, hot spring establishments, traditional ryokan and free foot baths along many of its streets. Soak your tired feet in one bath while waiting for your onsen eggs to cook in traditional onsen waters! Even though the village is small, over 100 restaurants and bars are open during peak ski season. The range of cuisine is broad - from well known western-style bars to small hole in the wall shokudo, and of a quality that will please any gourmand.
Any visitors fortunate enough to be in Nozawaonsen early in the New Year (January 15th) should not miss the Dosonjin Fire Festival, one of the most famous and exciting fire festivals in Japan.
The village's most important fire festival is held every January 15.
Attracting many visitors, accommodation is often booked a year in advance for this three-day event.
The highlight of the event is the battle to burn down a three storey wooden shrine called the shadan on the evening of January 15. Thia festival showcases the continuing community spirit in the village, with the many visitors who arrive welcome as spectators to this age old tradition.