Lift info & tickets
The Nozawa lift infrastructure received a major upgrade prior to the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Of the 20 lifts, the 3.5km long Nagasaka Gondola is a major part of the lift infrastructure. The ride takes about 15-20 minutes and it’s largely a stand up affair so you may not be able to rest weary legs. The Hikage Gondola is an antique version of a gondora (the Japanese pronunciation of gondola!), a bubble type gondola that is egg shaped where you face out instead of in. Thankfully now the Hikage Gondola has racks for fat skis and snowboards.
Nozawa also has a couple of hooded fast quad chairs which are a welcome retreat during stormy weather. There are three other quad chairs and the rest of the fleet consists of slow double and triple chairs.
During peak times, long lift queues can develop at the two gondolas.
The Nozawa Onsen lift ticket prices are pretty standard for Japan. Lift ticket configurations include half day (morning or afternoon), full day, 1.5 day, 2 day, 3 day, or night skiing passes. One time use passes are also available. Child tickets are for junior high school age, whilst pre-school children are free.
Lift ＆ Gondola Charge
|Type of ticket||Adult||Child(under 12)||Senior(over 60)|
|AM lift ticket||3,700yen||1,600yen||3,000yen|
|PM lift ticket||3,700yen||1,600yen||3,000yen|
|1 lift ticket||450yen||250yen||−|
|After March season pass||32,000yen||20,000yen||26,000yen|
Hours of Operation
|Lift name||Nov 26 - Jan 29||Jan 30 - Apr 2||Apr 3 - May 7|
|Yamabiko No 2 Quad||8:55～15:40||8:55～16:10||8:25～15:40|
|Hikage Triple ＆ Double|
|Nagasaka Triple and Quad|
|Nagasaka and Karasawa Double|
|Night ski (Nagasaka Quad)||16:30～20:00||17:00～20:00|