We had a great time here at this charming authentic Ryonkan. The rooms are very traditional, although if you've not stayed in a traditional Japanese room before, are a bit of a shock first time viewing. The futon beds are laid down in the evening after arrival. I would recommend booking two rooms if you have older children, as we were tripping over each other and rolling into each other during the night. Kind of a cozy dormitory which soon becomes pretty chaotic with ski gear, clothes and teenager rubbish not to mention the bags of ski snacks we accumulated. Also our lovely cleaning lady seemed to drop off clean kimonos every day and I think I cleared out about 20 on the last day. The staff here are very helpful and obliging, always with a smile and thankfully they all spoke a little English. The location is great, an energetic walk up the hill to the Nagasaka gondola. (leave your ski gear up there at the hire shop, first on left ) We didn't use the hotel's recommended ski hire St Anton, or ski out of the Hikage slope which is closer on the map but accessed by a steep long moving walkway. Tried the moving walkway one day and all pretty slow and muscle wearing before you even get to the slopes. However that side of the village, behind Jonnobi is very pretty and a must do walk around that half of the village to see little tea houses, outdoors onsens and temples.
The hotel restaurant was busy doing functions most evenings so we ate locally, although used the hotel bar for some good drinks and bar snacks. Worth getting hold of the Nozawa Onsen Village Guide, (English). The hotel did not have this when we arrived but this is very useful because working out which restaurants to eat at takes a couple of days. We highly recommend the Tapas Japanese restaurant Sakai, the Italian virtually next door to Jonnobi is great fun and extensive wine list and yummy nosh. For great udon/noodles/soup and dumplings try Touyou Ramon almost opposite the hotel downstairs.
We really loved this quaint Japanese ski village, and recommend the Jon Nobi as a lovely place for the family to stay and the onsens are great here too. (But don't jump in too quick!)
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