The winter sports resort of Nozawa Onsen is located at 1 650m, in the Japan Alps. Its first-class skiing area offers a variety of sports. It was the venue for some events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and helped nurture a number of future Japanese champions. After exerting yourself on the slopes, what better way to relax than a trip to Nozawa Onsen and its 13 public bathing houses nestled in the heart of a well-preserved village? A resort well worth trying out.