Maruken Sanso

Nozawa Onsen

Maruken-Sanso is a family owned Japanese style lodge.

All 8 staff are part of the family & 3 of them are professional skiers.

The lodge cooks healthy meals carefully for the guests to be able to enjoy the long day of skiing/boarding.

They like to have a welcome party for the guests and exchange the culture and language over some drinks.

  • Check in 12:00pm & Check out 10:00AM

Breakfast Available
Communal bathroom
Dinner Available
Discounted lift passes
Drying Room
English Speaking Staff
Equipment rental
Shower & bath in room
Shuttle Bus
Ski and snowboard lessons
Ski in/ Ski out
TV in room
Wifi available

Standard  Tatami room: futon beds, shared bathroom accommodating up to 4 guests
6,800 yen per person per night with breakfast included twin share

Deluxe Tatami room : toilet & basin attached, shared bathroom accommodating 1 - 2 guests
7,500 yen per person per night with breakfast included twin share

Super Deluxe twin bedroom with a tatami living room, toilet & basin attached, shared bathroom accommodating 2 - 4 guests
10,500 yen per person per night with breakfast included twin share

Additional adult 1,000 yen off per person per night rate
Additional child (4-12) 25 % disc offper person per night rate
Single use surcharge 1,000 yen per night
Saturdays & public holidays 1,000 yen per person
Dinner 1,500 yen per person








Late Jan 2018

We had a great time 

Photos Breakfast on the way & a special dinner in lodge. Friendly host pick up service and drop off. 

Thank you. 
Elissa Raptis 
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Mid Feb 2017

What a great trip. Fantastic snow. All 3 places we stayed at are amazing. Your organizational skills are to be applauded. Maruken Sanso with Mamoru was a great location with service second to none. Bus transfers to each location was very simple. Chuo Taxis are the way to go – amazing service – on time – every time. Cannot wait to book again for next year. Keep up the great work.

Regards Andrew Bolte



Mid January 2017 

Yes we had a wonderful stay at Maruken Sanso. The staff were friendly and as helpful and hospitable as can be. The breakfasts were delicious and the company in the lodge was excellent. The onsen was a great place to go at the end of a day's skiing, and the village had a lovely atmosphere, with so many interesting places to eat.  Your service was faultless and friendly. Thanks so much. 

Ben Underwood



Mid January 2017

We had an amazing snow trip!  Thanks for organizing the accommodation.  Marukan San was in a fabulous location, close to the gondala and the main street of Nowzawa Onsen.  The accommodation was clean and comfortable.  The host was extremely courteous and helpful, going out of his way to get ski tickets organized for us every morning.  I loved the Japanese breakfast which were plentiful and filling. One of the best part of the accommodation was the in-house hot bath – fantastic after a day on the slope!  We had public onsens all around us, all ‘free’ to use.  It would be great if there were instructions in the onsens in English so that we could respectfully comply with local traditions.  We will definitely be going back to Nowzawa Onsen and hope to stay at the same accommodation!

Warm Regards,
Perri Lim 


Late january 2015
Our trip was so good!
It was very easy to check in even though we were arriving in the middle of the night, the host was lovely and told us everything we ended to know about the accommodation. Rooms very neat and tidy and one of our rooms had a great view of the town. The breakfasts we had included were a great mix of Japanese and western style foods + coffee which was great. We also had dinner in house one night, cooked by the hosts which was delicious traditional 
food. For most of our group this was our second visit to Nozawa Onsen and the snow was much better than this time so we were all very pleased.
Such a cute little ski village and the accommodation is very close to the lifts (5 min walk). We also made use of the in-house onsen and had it to ourselves most of the time which was great Loved staying here and were grateful for everything the hosts did to help out!
 Regards Julie O'Brien



Early January 2016

Thank-you for giving me the opportunity to review on our recent holiday to Japan. We really did book at the last minute, and we're very happy to find such great accomodation. 'Maruken Sanso' proved to be the perfect cultural introduction & our hosts could not do enough to make us feel welcome. The meals were fantastic & the in-house onsen was most welcome after a day on the slopes ! The actual resort & village was very quant. We found the skiing & lift coverage most suitable to our level of expertise. Also, all of the mountain staff were really friendly, most speaking some English. Maruken Sanso was only a 5 minute walk to the gondola. I also would like to thank-you personally, @ '', for assisting us in booking our holiday. Hisae, you returned both my emails & phone calls. Great customer service I have already passed on your contact details to work colleagues & have no hesitation in recommending both your service & Maruken Sanso . All up, a great holiday.




Late December 2015

We have been travelling mainly on and sometimes off to Japan since 2003. We travelled to Honshu, Nagano area, since we had a brilliant trip the year before skiing Nozawa Onsen and Madarao. We have used Hisae and the team at Japan snow accommodations, which takes a lot of the hard work out of planning the trip. Also we have asked for alternatives and there was a quick answer and good information at all times. The snow conditions weren’t as good as usual but, but this was put down to the El Nino effect in the Pacific area. We stayed at the Maruken Sanso in Nozawa Onsen; we had been there the year before. The family were just as accommodating as the year before and made everyone in the small lodge welcome. This is a very short walk to the main gondola and is good for an early start on a powder morning, not too much walking. They have an onsen bath for the guests and that takes care of the sore muscles. One of the ancient 14 onsen is just down the road, for the old world onsen charm. They have ski storage, hot room for the boots and a workshop for running r repairs. Another cleaver trick is the houses, hotels and accommodations pump the onsen water on the road, the road is never to Icey to walk on.

Rober Hall

  • Closest chairlift - Nagasaka Gondola - 100 m
  • Bus stop - 150 m
  • Train station - 8 km
  • Chuo Terminal - 400 m
  • Restaurants and Bars - 300 m
  • Supermarket - 300 m
  • Equipment Rental - 100 m

Nozawa Onsen is a tradional Japanese hot spring village with an amazing variety of snow located in the Nagano region. 

Nozawa Onsen is a traditional Japanese Village first and a snow resort second. It is actually a residential village as well as a historic Onsen town. At the same time you enjoy skiing and snowboarding, you can see the real Japanese culture and life. The resort consists of 24 courses with two gondolas and 17 chairlifts. English ski and snowboard lessons are available.

It is about 80 minutes by Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Iiyama station. There is the shuttle bus from Iiyama station to Nozawa Onsen which takes only 25 minutes. After bookiing your accommodation with us we will send you all travel indormation to make transit from the airport an easy and enjoyable experience.