Kawaichiya Ryokan

Hotel in Nozawa Onsen

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Kawaichiya Ryokan is a Japanese style inn located in Nozawa Onsen (Hot Spring), one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in Japan as well as a popular onsen site. Throughout the Nozawa Onsen, there are about 30 different type of hot springs and there are 13 public hot spring baths that can be used free of charge! Soaking in an onsen will help you relax after an enjoyable day!

Kawaichiya also have 2 different kinds of hot springs. The onsen sources are OGAMA and SHINYU in Nozawa Onsen.

It takes 2 minutes from the Nozawa onsen Center bus stop to Kawaichiya. Very easy to go to the Nozawa onsen main street.

We have Japanese-style guest room with tatami mats and Japanese/Western combo guest room. We have total of 25 guest rooms.

Wireless LAN is available around the Front Desk.
Upon request, we serve local dishes such as local beef.
Please order once you confirm your booking.

Check-in: from 3PM
Check-out: until 10AM
We do not accept Credit cards.



Nozawa Onsen, located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, is a charming hot spring and ski & snowboard resort village of 5000 inhabitants. Renowned for it's onsen since the Edo period, the village also played a significant role in the history of skiing in Japan.

Kawaichiya is located in the center of Nozawa Onsen.
Take the Shinkansen bullet train for Nagano on the Nagano Shinkansen Line (1 hour and 20-40 minutes). Next take the Iiyama Line to Togari Nozawa Onsen (1 hour) and from there a bus or taxi to Nozawa Onsen. There are also a few direct buses from Nagano Station (East exit).



The following is what we are proud of and we do hope you can enjoy with.

1. Hot Springs
You can enjoy 2 different kinds of hot springs at Kawaichiya. The one is the same source of hot spring as OGAMA designated as Japan's Natural Monument, and we get this hot spring into our Inside bathtub. Another one is the same source of SHINYU called the most excellent hot spring in this town, and we get this hot spring into our Outside bathtub. Although our Hot Spring Bath opens from 16:30 to 22:30 in winter season, it opens for 24 hours in other seasons. *Except for a few hours for cleaning.

2. Local cuisine
We serve local dishes to our guest's Dinner & Breakfast (Reservation is required). We are trying to get fresh natural materials every day, so you can enjoy some seasonal local foods while your stay.
The content of meals are different depending on the Stay Plan.

3. Traditions
Our hospitality behavior is different from urbanized style. We would like to make you feel Japanese Local atmosphere, so we are trying to give our local hearty treatment to our guests. This is the most important traditions of us.

4. Friends from overseas
We thankfully have a lot of repeaters from overseas. We think it is priceless for us and appreciate it from the bottom of our heart. This is the best thing we are proud of.

The following is what we feel sorry for our guests.

In Nozawa onsen, all streets are very narrow and steep, and there is no flat wide area because this town is very old town and located at the middle of mounatain. Therefore, all buildings & houses are very adjacently built each other and not comfortably big.

1. Elevator
Kawaichiya is composed of 3 buildings, but the building having a elevator is only one of them. Every building has 3 floors, so some of our guests need to take stairs.

2. Corridor
Because of the particular topography of Nozawa Onsen, there are some corridors to connect with each buildings in Kawaichiya. Therefore, it is a structure not understood easily for you.

3. Narrow & Small
Addition to the above mentioned information, our facilities, which are a guest room, dining room, public toilet and so on, are not so big or wide as well.

The topographical situation of Nozawa Onsen might be uncomfortable for you, but in fact, it is necessary for keeping Japanese local atmosphere.

Features of Kawaichiya Ryokan


  • Air conditioning


  • Free internet access
  • Free parking
  • Hair dryers
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Tours/travel desk


  • Luggage storage