Kenashi Liftside House is ideally located at the foot of Nozawa Onsen's Karasawa slope. Wake to vistas of the Northern Japan Alps and Mount Myoko to the West, and the sun breaking over Mount Kenashi and the valley in front. Put on your skis or board at the door and glide seconds downhill to the lifts. The slope directly in front of the property is wide and gentle; ideal for beginners. For the adventurous, there are back-country powder runs,* including one right from the summit of Mount Kenashi straight to the door. Kenashi Liftside House is a short walk to Nozawa Onsen's famous hot springs, bars and restaurants. But when the sun goes down and the groomers are in, complete peace descends, leaving you wrapped in the beauty of mountains in snow. NOTE: The may be vacancies even when calendar is blocked; multiple rooms are not supported by single holidaylettings listing.
Kenashi Liftside House is a private ski-in ski-out boutique lodge. It is aimed at skiers and boarders who want to be right on the slope, and who prefer to eat in town or cook themselves. Nestled in the arms of Karasawa valley, with majestic views to the front and rear, at Kenashi, you are completely immersed in the natural environment.
Kenashi Liftside House comprises three floors, each floor with its own kitchen, bathroom, toilet, living and dining areas, and each floor with a different style of accommodation.
The top floor or penthouse is 210sqm has a master bedroom with glassed in ensuite bath overlooking mount Myoko and Mount Hiuchi to the west. It has a very large open plan living and dining, with ceilings 5m at the highest point, and floor to ceiling cathedral-like windows looking East up the Karasawa valley. There is a South and West facing Japanese tatami bedroom next to the master, and a large tatami attic space above, intended as a study/yoga/tea room.
The middle floor is 177sqm and has three large Western style bedrooms each with large windows and great views. One of these has three single beds. The other two have two singles (which of course can be pushed together) and a sofa-bed. There is a well-appointed kitchen and dining area, and spacious lounge with large windows of the view up the Karasawa valley.
The bottom floor, also 177sqm has two tatami rooms and two western rooms. The larger of the Western room has three singles, the smaller, two singles. The bottom floor has its own kitchen and dining area, and a lounge intended as a games space with pool and table tennis.
|Size||Sleeps up to 30, 9 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Togari Nozawa Onsen 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub|
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 4 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||4 Sofa beds, Double beds (9), Cots (1), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
One of Japan's premier skiing and boarding destinations, Nagano's Nozawa Onsen benefits from a micro-climate between the Northern Japan Alps, the Japan Sea and the Korean Peninsula that sees more snow on its latitude than anywhere else on the planet. The quality and quantity of powder matches or surpasses any other resort in Japan.
There are two gondolas and 18 lifts, 36 slopes and a snow park for a total 300 hectares of ski fields – as well as many back-country routes,* including the notorious “fox chute” from the peak of mount Kenashi to the front door of the accommodation.
Skiing was introduced in Japan in 1911 and came to Nozawa in 1912. The ancient hot-spring village had its first ski slope in the 1920s, but it was in Japan Inc's boom years that development of the ski industry really took off. This has the consequence that the infrastructure is geared to a capacity far exceeding the numbers seen today. Barring only the busiest public holiday weekends there are no queues for the lifts and no crowds on the slopes.
For 400 years, visitors have made the journey to Nozawa Onsen to be restored in its famous baths, some of the finest in Japan. The village – numbering 4,500 residents – is said to have been established in the 8th Century, giving it a charm and atmosphere quite different to other ski destinations in Japan. Tradition is vastly important to the villagers of Nozawa Onsen, and the ski fields are managed and preserved communally.
Bathing is a social event – the “onsen” of Nozawa Onsen means “hot spring” – and villagers still congregate daily at the Ogama hot spring in the centre of town to boil their eggs and vegetables in the piping, sulphorous waters. Among its produce, Nozawa is noted for a very fine sake, the ubiquitous Nozawa-na pickle, soba noodles and steamed dumpling. It has a glorious Zen temple and renowned Edo-style main spa building. Nozawa Onsen is also famous for its Dosojin Fire Festival, an unforgettable experience and one of the “big three” fire festivals in Japan.