NOZAWA ONSEN RESORT
Nozawa is located at the very northern tip of Nagano Prefecture in the mountains bordering Niigata Prefecture. Nozawa Onsen is a cute mountain town with fantastic onsen (natural hot spa's) and ski/snowboard fields. I went to Nozawa in December 2001 and was very impressed with the ski fields there. Living in Nagano I have become a snowboarding enthusiast and would have to say that Nozawa is one of the prettiest places I have been to so far.
The snowboarding areas are vast and there are many runs of varying difficulty. The easiest slope is a long course which is great! Don't you hate it when you are just getting into the rhythm of things and you are at the end!!
I came by car from Nagano City. Take the Joshin-Etsu Expressway from Nagano to Iiyama and drive another 15 minutes or so. The road is well signposted.
Lift passes for a day cost 4,500 Yen.