We’re planning a group trip to Nozawa Onsen in February 2011. Between 10 and 20 travelers, and we’ll be staying at Lodge Nagano again!
The trip is being organised by my boss Brendon, and his mate Aneek. They’ve set up a website to plan things out at www.SkiingInJapan.com.au.
It was a sad day, but all good things must come to an end. I packed my bags, loaded up with local chocolates and souvenirs, and handed in my rental skis.
After saying goodbye to the wonderful staff at the fantastic Villa Nozawa, I set off for the bus station. [click to continue…]
I was traveling solo, but had plenty of good advice from the locals on where to go in town. Evenings were great – I’d usually wander into the heart of town, stopping at a small restaurant along the way for a snack.
Seriously – one place makes the best Yakitori I’ve ever tasted. I stopped in there most nights for a pre-dinner snack.
I tried to vary where I ate each night, ranging from Chilled Soba Noodles to Okonomiyaki – a cross between pancakes and noodles – way better than it sounds! [click to continue…]
Over the next few days, I had a great time. I did as much skiing as I could – making a mental note to myself to work on my legs before my next trip! Standing on skis all day is surprisingly tiring.
In the spirit of honesty, I should say that I also spent a good amount of time flat on my face. Whatever – it’s all downhill, right? Snow doesn’t hurt – much. [click to continue…]
I woke up for my first full day in Nozawa Onsen, keen to get started. After a host breakfast, I picked dressed in my snow gear, collected my skis, and left for the mountain. I was headed for an area called Karasawa. [click to continue…]