A Luxurious Traditional Japanese Ryokan in Nozawa Onsen

Sometimes Luxury means an excess of services and amenities, but other times it is the excellent preservation of ancient traditions and a culture of hospitality that separates the luxury from the ordinary.

The Ryokan Sakaya in Nozawa Onsen is a high-end accommodation in on of Japan's best ski towns, but without the excessive price tag. This ryokan has been in the same family for 18 generations and offers beautiful hot spring baths and boasts a delicious traditional restaurant. 

The Ryokan Sakaya is a traditional Japanese ryokan style style accommodation in the heart of Nozawa Onsen and within walking distance to the famous Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort. 

Ryokan Sakaya

Nozawa Onsen is an 11th century town established on natural hot springs that still run trough the village, filling various public onsens (Japanese hot baths) and keeping some streets ice-free in the winter. Travelers have always flocked to the area, first for the healing properties of the hot spring water, and more recently for the world class powder and unique culture still preserved in the village. 

Nozawa Onsen ski
  • A 6-night stay at the Ryokan Sakaya in a Deluxe room, including Japanese breakfast
  • 3 days of private guiding at Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort (or private lessons)
  • A private taxi from the Iiyama train station to the Ryokan Sakaya in Nozawa Onsen (20 mins)
  • Private transportation from Nozawa Onsen directly to one of Tokyo's two airports for a departure flight
    • would cost a total of US$ 4,800 per person *based on a group of 2*

  • A luxury trip to Nozawa Onsen would likely begin in one of Toyko's two airports - Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND)
    • If you want to experience the bullet train (with speeds of 200 mph), then there is an easy Shinkansen (bullet train) connection from Tokyo Station to Iiyama. This journey is 1 hour and 9 minutes, and with the option for upgraded cabins (Green Class or Gran Class).
    • Another option is a private transfer from the arrivals hall in the airport directly to Nozawa Onsen. This journey takes 5 hours by car.  
Green class shinkansen
tokyo to iiyama
  • When you arrive at the Iiyama train station, take the escalator downstairs and a driver will be waiting outside to take you to Nozawa Onsen. 
Main exit escalators
  • The accommodation is the Ryokan Sakaya in Nozawa Onsen.
Ryokan Sakaya front
  • Once settled in you Japanese style tatami room, find the best pockets of snow, the hidden lines, and the off-piste gems with a 3-day private guide.
    • High quality rental gear is available, as are private ski/snowboard lessons if an off-piste guide is above your riding ability. 
Ski Nozawa
  • At the end of your stay in Nozawa Onsen, a private vehicle will drive you from Nozawa Onsen directly to one of Tokyo's two airports for a departure flight