My family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids-9,16,18) is planning to travel to Nozawa Onsen (stay at Address Nozawa) from shirakawago via Kanazawa to Liyama station. We can only stay for 2 nights. We have no skiing experience at all. We also intend to make 1 day trip to see the snow monkeys and Kenkoji temple from Nozawa Onsen. Do you think 2 days is sufficient? Should I add another day to Nozawa Onsen?After that we have to go to Nagoya, is taking the train back to Kanazawa the easiest and fastest way to reach Nagoya? Is the travelling too tedious? Your advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
It is possible to visit both Zenkoji and the Snow Monkey Park in one day from Nozawa. I recommend traveling first to Zenkoji in the morning, then taking a Snow Monkey tour from Iiyama Station in the afternoon (type ‘Nozawa snow monkey tour’ in Google). It is also possible to travel directly to the snow monkeys after your visit to Zenkoji (either taking the Nagano Dentetsu train or bus), but it may be more of a hassle.
If you’d like to travel to the Snow Monkey Park on your own (rather than on a tour), consider purchasing the Snow Monkey One-Day pass. You can pick it up at the ticket window of the Nagano Dentetsu train station (in the basement below Nagano Station).
After your time in Nozawa, you can travel to Nagoya one of three ways. One is heading back via Kanazawa, which takes about 280 minutes and costs 11,770 yen. Next is traveling to Nagoya via Tokyo (Hokuriku Shinkansen to Tokaido Shinkansen), which may take less time depending on the train, but is more expensive (about 240-300 minutes, 17,390 yen). Last is to Nagoya via Nagano (Hokuriku Shinkansen to Ltd. Exp. Wide View Shinano), which is cheaper and faster than both (about 230 minutes, 7,130 yen).
You can check train timetables and fares using the Hyperdia Website.
I hope that helps answer your question!
Thank you so much for your reply.
Can I check with you why is it I couldn’t type in Liyama station in Hypedia? As I would like to find out how to travel from Liyama to Nagano.
What snow activities can we enjoy in Nozawa if we don’t know how to ski at all?
Does morning or afternoon have a better chance to see more snow monkeys?
The reason that you couldn’t type the station into Hyperdia is because it is spelled Iiyama. The first letter is an ‘I’, not an ‘L’. You can travel between Nagano and Iiyama using the local Iiyama train line (about 52 minutes, 530 yen) or Hokuriku Shinkansen (11 minutes, 1,360 yen).
Nozawa offers snowcat tours during winter (beginning in January). If you’d like to try snowmobiling, you can go to Tangram ski resort on the other side of Iiyama Station, or try snowshoeing in Madarao.
For visiting the snow monkeys, I would say arrive by 9:30-10:00. They sometimes don’t come in the early morning, and may leave around 3pm. Since they are wild, I cannot say for sure when they will be there.
Thank you for your helpful reply.
I would like to find out if I can forward my luggages from takayama to Address Nozawa? And then forward item to Nagoya on the day I check out? Will the luggages be able to reach Nagoya on the same day? Roughly how much will it cost?
Do I need to reserve my seats and how do I so ( we will not be getting the JR pass) for the trains from:
Kanazawa to Iiyama
Iiyama to Nozawa
Iiyama to Nagano
Nagano to Nagoya?
If you send your bags the afternoon of the day before you leave, they may be able to forward them to your destination the next day. But that is something that you will have to discuss with each hotel. You may want to send them a note in advance about whether or not it will be possible.
For trains, you do not have to make a reservation in advance for any of them. In other words, you can buy tickets for your trains on your day of departure.
One note: to travel between Iiyama and Nozawa, you will take a bus, not a train. You can see the current bus timetable here. The Nozawa Onsen Liner is 600 yen and the Nagano Dentetsu Nozawa line is 700 yen.
I hope that helps!