Our first white season this winter has been a thrill. We’ve so enjoyed welcoming guests from all around the world and introducing Nozawaonsen. It was again, another outstanding season for skiing and snowboarding. Guests celebrated our fabulous breakfasts and thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing apres-ski drinks at Gochisou and soaking in our private onsen. As much fun as we had on the slopes, we had more in the village discovering new activities together - from snow shoe walks to onsen-hopping, culinary lesson and learning local handicrafts. Bad weather days became a good excuse for skiers to join non-skiers picking up new skills, sampling the fabulous food at restaurants that only open for lunch and uncovering delightful hidden corners of the village.
Of course, Nozawaonsen’s Dosojin Matsuri fire festival in January stands out not only amongst the other many festivals in the village, but in all of Japan (officially designated a national cultural treasure). There are other delightful festivals throughout the year and it has been a real delight to discover them alongside our guests. As the village draped on her green cloak of spring, snow festivals evolved into celebrations centred around harvests - most recently one focused on the delicious, succulent bamboo shoots that emerge in early spring.
Once the snow melts, we started work on our exciting new villa addition. One of the oldest historic houses - Himecho
, in the heart of the village at Ogama, will become the newest addition to our accommodation offering. Renovations are underway to bring you traditional machiya-style living combined with the exacting standards of comfort we offer all our guests at Residence Yasushi. Ideal for a family or group of friends, Himecho will be ready for the next winter season. This gem of a house is steps away from the Yu Road moving walkway to the Hikage ski area, and steps away from the central Oyu crossroad in the village. Yet, as anyone familiar with Nozawaonsen will know, historic Ogama is a very peaceful and quiet neighbourhood.
There is so much to discover in enjoy in this village all year round. For those who aren’t focused only on skiing, our favourite season is the late summer and autumn. There are fabulous walks, markets, festivals and as always, the therapeutic onsen and amazing food.
Do come and join us for the long Obon break, or if you are following the Rugby World Cup to Japan!!