Name: Dave Scoppa
Occupation: Career Coach + Snowboarder
Location: Nozawa Onsen, Japan
Someone asked me before I left for Japan for only eight days, would that be enough for a snow adventure and city break? Reflecting back on the week that was, it is a resounding yes.
Dating back to the 8th century, Nozawa Onsen retains its traditional charm despite the introduction of western culture and this is where we began. From the wooden onsens that dot every corner to the local steaming delicious steam buns and metres of natural snow, Nozawa delivered a holiday that would satisfy any ski enthusiasts appetite for pow coupled with a culturally intriguing experience.
As with all Japanese ski towns, the snow is the main attraction and Nozawa did not disappoint. 50cm fell on the first night, making epic conditions for the following few days with open faces, tree runs, gullies and of course uncrowded runs. Away from the slopes, Nozawa boasts a large number of natural onsens to unwind and relax in and a friendly vibe that only Japan has to offer. Did I mention you had to visit these natural spas nude?
Next stop, Tokyo. And in three days. Where else can you find a city where one moment you can be engulfed in a sea of people at Shibuya crossing, sip cocktails in the world’s smallest bars in Golden Gai, stray from the weird and wonderful Harajuku, home to cat and owl cafes and Tokyo teen fashion, be transported to an ancient world past in Yoyogi Park, cuddle hedgehogs at a local café in Raponggi and experience world-class cuisine along the way.
Eight days enough? Absolutely. A few paragraphs and fifteen photos to share memories, perhaps, however, best you explore it yourself.