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Cultural in Nozawa Onsen

Dōsojin Matsuri

Each year on 15 January crowds gather for the famous Dōsojin Matsuri, a kind of cleansing ritual for men aged 25 and 42, the so-called 'unlucky ages' in Japan. The 42-year-olds' task is to defend a purpose-built two…
Ramen in Nozawa Onsen

Tōyō Rāmen

Chunky ramen bowls and mouth-watering tezukuri (handmade) gyōza (dumplings) are dished out year-round in this 30-seat Chinese eatery.
Italian in Nozawa Onsen

Kaze no Ie

You can't beat this little Italian trattoria for hearty pastas, tasty pizzas and delicious bruschetta. Excellent value.
Bar in Nozawa Onsen


Stay is a cosy basement bar that's open late and run by a music-loving Japanese man who has lived abroad.
Bar in Nozawa Onsen

Main Street Bar Foot

A casual place on the main street, with free internet (with drink purchase) and foosball.