Himecho is a traditional machiya-style house in the heart of Nozawa Onsen... live in authentic Japanese style!
This self-contained property is located at the foot of the Yu Road moving walkway with direct access to the Hikage ski area, and is close to Ogama, the spiritual heart of the village. It is a historic machiya-style townhouse, unique in Nozawa Onsen, and accommodates families or groups of up to 12 adults comfortably.
A private dining area on the first floor, as well as a sitting room on the ground level next to the entrance hall or genkan provide comfortable spaces to enjoy board games or just for chilling out after a day on the slopes.
Traditional Japanese homes do not have ensuite facilities. Toilets are a few steps down the hallway near the bedrooms, and there is a spacious ofuro bathroom on the ground floor. Don’t forget though, there are also Nozawa Onsen’s famed public onsens with therapeutic waters you must try.
There are several "soto-yu” or public baths within easy reach of Himecho. Since the Edo period, Nozawaonsen has been famed for the waters of its different onsen “soto-yu”. You will often spot visitors and locals wandering around the village in yukatas, with towels thrown around their necks and toting a basket of toileteries, on their way to enjoying the different waters.
Start each day with a self-serve continental breakfast buffet in the dining room. The Yu Road is a short walk away if you are heading up to the Hikage slopes. Ski the same slopes of Japan’s greatest winter athletes; Nozawaonsen is home to over a dozen former Winter Olympians for good reason!
From breakfast to dinner, Nozawaonsen’s restaurants offer a broad choice of cuisines. If you would like a change from a continental breakfast, you’ll find street vendors selling steamed oyaki buns, breakfast burgers bars, and a cooked western breakfast all within a few minutes walk. Lunch and dinner options abound.
Within Himecho’s premises, you’ll also find a small intimate restaurant run by chef Kazuma Kameda. Chef Kameda conjures up elegant treats with the best of local ingredients. This small intimate restaurant is perfect for a quiet elegant dinner for two or indeed, a group of friends/family seeking a private chef par excellence for a special celebration. Itadakimasu! いただきます! Bon appetit!
Himecho is ideal for a private party of up to 12 adults!
- Himecho’s five simple, comfortable rooms are typical of bedrooms in a traditional village house.
Bedding Configuration = 2 X Japanese rooms (to fit 3 guests in each) and 3 X Western Twin Rooms
- In the two Japanese Rooms you’ll be sleeping on futons on tatami, although your futons will be built up for a softer feel as generally preferred by non-Japanese guests. In the three Western Twin Rooms you will find western beds. All bedrooms are spacious and bright spaces.
- Himecho maintains all of its authentic machiya interiors: shoji paper screens, Japanese-style seating, tatami tiles, onsen communal bath... a warm welcoming bed and breakfast in a traditional Japanese home!