Tanuki Nozawa Onsen
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Tanuki Nozawa Onsen

9285 Toyosato, Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun 389-2502 Nagano Prefecture
狸 Tanuki 野沢温泉
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#14 of 34 onsen ryokans in Nozawaonsen-mura
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Located right in the heart of Nozawa Onsen, Tanuki offers guests traditional accommodation in Japanese tatami rooms. All of our rooms have private ensuite, TV and free wireless broadband.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Ski rentals
Skiing
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Street parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Wine / champagne
Shared lounge / TV area
Room features
Air conditioning
Seating area
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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1.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Boutique
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

Location

9285 Toyosato, Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun 389-2502 Nagano Prefecture
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Getting there
Great for walkers
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Biju O wrote a review Feb 2021
Tokyo, Japan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
first time visiting nozawa and after a fun day of skiing pitstop at Tanuki for coffee. we ordered piccolo and it took us back to sydney. Bread was beautiful and delicious. got to know they have accomodation upstairs and comes highly recommended. its on our list for our next visit.

One of the best places in Japan where i found coffee as i used to get back home.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Caroline wrote a review Apr 2018
Perth, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Tanuki Lodge is in the perfect location of the village of Nozawaonsen, easy to walk to everything including the lifts and bus stop for nearby Iiyama (where the bullet train arrives/departs)
The front half of the building is renovated in, what I would describe, as industrial chic. Exposed concrete ceilings with lots of muted lighting in the restaurant where you enjoy a really good breakfast and coffee each morning.
Same for reception & the tepanyaki restaurant.
Unfortunately our room wasn’t quite as I expected or would be, it was reached down a drab and long corridor that connects the 2 buildings. The bathroom was tiny...I mean really tiny like and airplane toilet tiny! However we got around this issue by using the beautiful O Yu onsen directly opposite, Yumi & Bradley kindly gave us robes so we could stroll around the village trying all the onsen. The room could do with a small fridge so you could keep some milk for coffee or supplies, also maybe less than a Fluro light as it didn’t look very cosy at night.
The beds are super comfy and warm and the rooms could be (and I’m sure in future will be) so much nicer with a few touches and colour changes.
However I must say that the apartments that I looked in at the front of the building were absolutely gorgeous, stylishly decorated and big bathrooms! So if the apartments are available maybe book one of those!
We will come back to Nozawaonsen again soon and would stay again, just not in the same room.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Bluechook wrote a review Mar 2018
Sydney
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stylish and well designed, the apartment had everything you could need for a great holiday experience. It is unusual to find truly self catering accomodation with a western stye kitchen in Japan. As with most people in Nozawa during January, we were there to ski, but what set the accommodation apart from other options we have stayed in on previous visits to Nozawa was the large open plan kitchen/dining/lounge room with views, which is priceless when you are not skiing or need a day off to relax or recover for a ski injury!

Everything was on our doorstep: onsens, restaurants, coffee shop, bar, supermarket, pharmacy... yet within the apartment it was quiet and peaceful. The hosts were amazing and very helpful in all respects. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: January 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Olivia S wrote a review Jan 2019
Sydney, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We’re family of 4 staying for 4 nights at Tanuki Room 5. To say we’re looking forward to our stay at Tanuki was an understatement and it all started pleasant enough.
It quickly deteriorated.....
1. Stink bugs everywhere!! In the depth of winter where temperatures average in the negatives and snow falling heavily outside, our room is infested by stink bugs. I’ve stopped counting at 14 bugs I squashed (add their stinky smell as well.....pls don’t judge me for squashing them, how else was I supposed to get rid of them?)
2. Noise level from footsteps in the hallway, up and down the stairs, people chatting in the next room. We hardly slept in 4 nights
3. The mattresses themselves.....well they started sinking in the middle halfway through the night
4. No proper housekeeping for the 4 days we were there. One of the two bins is always missed
5. General unhelpfulness when it comes to helping us book/find restaurants to eat. There’s this air of snootiness/casual attitude emanating from some of the staff as if they’re too cool to be bothered to help us.
Tip for first timers to Nozawaonsen, book your restaurants for dinners for the entire length of your stay on arrival (or even better find a hotel that will book them for you before you arrive), or you’ll be eating food from family mart. Restaurants reservations were like gold dust.
Anyway we love Nozawaonsen but not Tanuki. We expected at the very least bugs free room with some peace and quiet after a day in the slope for the price we paid ($490/night), but we didn’t get that, so the one star here is for decent coffee and breakfast, the rest is absolutely below par.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Belinda E wrote a review Feb 2018
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When in Japan, I usually get the sense that the Japanese people take features of other cultures and enhance them, making them more gorgeous than ever. Tanuki Apartments are a little bit of Australia doing the reverse. Japanese style has been architecturally enhanced to perfection, giving an authentic Japanese experience with all the mod cons including bidet toilets (that clean themselves), dual head showers, under floor heating, entertaining kitchen, cosy fireplace and most importantly beds that are so comfortable, sleep is instantaneous (might also have something to do with that famous Nozawa powder snow that never disappoints). Tanuki's location is wonderfully central, close to the ski area escalator, onsens and restaurants but it is really not necessary to leave the building. There is a great bar with live music in the basement and 2 other floors of incredible restaurants plus great drying room facilities. We were a large group of 11 and there was plenty of space for all of us, plus a clever flexible layout to accommodate smaller groups. It's pretty hard to fault the Tanuki apartments and our tiniest concern of inadequate bathroom lighting has apparently already been dealt with by the super efficient hosts Brad and Yumi. We can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: January 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The Tanuki Apartments and Lodge are under same management
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Renata R wrote a review Dec 2018
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our group of 5 have just reluctantly left Tanuka after a glorious 6 night stay over Christmas that was 12 months in the planning. From the initial inquiry to check out, Brad & Yumi have been a delight to deal with. We were collected at Iiyama station and delivered to the door of Tanuki & Brad Organised our lift tickets & ski hire in advance including a discount. Tanuki is ideally located at the end of the Main Street of the charming village of Nozawaonsen and a short walk to the yu road which is the covered escalator that delivers you to the ski area. I’ve never had such an easy access to the ski area and it sure beats shuttle buses & long treks carrying skis (you leave your skis & boots at the hire place). Having had a good look around, it is the most convenient accommodation location in town, with shops and an abundance of restaurants within easy walking distance. We stayed in 3 rooms in the lodge section which is reached through the main building and along a corridor that runs behind the neighboring building. The rooms are traditional in style & fit out, with a very comfortable bed on the ground & a capsule style bathroom that although small was perfectly adequate with a shower over a bath. Breakfast was included in the room rate & served in the ground floor restaurant which s cosy industrial in style. We worked our way through the breakfast menu & can’t speak highly enough about the quality & skill of the chefs & service team. Special mention is required for the dashi eggs & the coffee which we all agreed was up there with the best we’ve had (& we’re from Melbourne!). We had dinner in the restaurant & loved the food & atmosphere. On Christmas Eve we enjoyed a spectacular Tepinyaki dinner in the upstairs restaurant which is beautifully designed & seats a maximum of 14. Our chef Yugi delivered an amazing 6 course dinner featuring local produce including marbelled sirloin & salmon. It was the best Tepinyaki I have experienced. Tanuka also boasts a cruisy basement bar that is fitted out with booths & bar seating & seemed to be a favorite haunt with From live music from 9pm. To sum up - Tanuki is a fabulous accommodation & dining premises that delivers on every front & is run by seriously good operators. I checked out the apartments on the top floor which were stunning & we’ll consider that option when we return. Thank you Brad & Yumi for making our family’s first visit to Nozawaonsen so memorable & stress free.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Paul C wrote a review Feb 2017
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I stayed at Tanuki in mid Jan. 2017.
We found the Japanese style room very accommodating. We had a spacious foyer area, cosy batheroom, good heating and comfortable bedding.
The staff were very friendly and breakfast was exactly what you need for a big day skiing.
We loved being located in the central part of town and as the kids relaxed in the lounge room, my wife and I enjoyed a drink in the bar located down stair (modern, funky and due to its configuration, its a great venue to meet and chat to others).
One of the highlights was the meal we had in the Thai restaurant located in the same building - it was fantastic.
After speaking with management and owners, this venue will only get better.
Can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 14 Feb 2017
Thank you for your review. Having only opened in mid December 2016 it's great to hear that we are providing a service that is welcomed by our guests. We will continue to improve the facility over the coming summer so we look forward to hosting your family again on your return visit.
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Hungry4ever wrote a review Mar 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stay there with the family, under state of emergency in Japan, so was quite but what a lovely place, great staff, great food, decent accommodation for a family of 4, close to the ski area. You also have great deal to rent all the equipment for enjoying the beautiful snow in Japan! 🙏
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Deb L wrote a review Mar 2018
Mount Hotham, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Tanuki for 2 weeks on Feb/March. The place well exceeded all our expectations! Tanuki is located in the heart of town, only a short walk from the mountain lifts, and within a stoned throw from more delicious eateries than I could count.
We spent the first week is a traditional Japanese room, which was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed (including wifi and Apple TV!). We then spent the next week in one of the apartments which was just beyond luxury!

Amazing cooked to order breakfast and coffee/hot beverages were provided every morning. The restaurant and Tepanyaki bar in the complex are a must-do. There is also a great bar which often has live music just downstairs.

Overall, the quality and convenience was exceptional , and the lodge managers (English and Japanese speaking) were hugely helpful with anything we needed. Will definitely stay again!
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jan G wrote a review Jan 2018
Coffs Harbour, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the perfect accommodation in a great village that's really well set up for skiing. Its a really cool, recently renovated place right in the centre of everything and only about 100 metres from the moving walkway that takes you to the ski field. Three of us shared a comfortable, spacious room with great beds. Breakfast was excellent and the restaurant also serves delicious dinners. Brad and Yumi made us feel very welcome and were incredible hosts who went above and beyond the call of duty to help us.
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Date of stay: January 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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DaleLeaM wrote a tip Jan 2019
Sydney, Australia11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Our apartment was on the top floor with great views of the village and super quiet."
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Belinda E wrote a tip Feb 2018
Sydney, Australia24 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Tanuki Apartments and Lodge are under same management"
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calljennycraig wrote a tip Mar 2017
Wollongong, Australia2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms 1, 2 and 3 are on the lowest level. Others involve more stairs"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$144 - AU$277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Iwatoya Ryokan
LOCATION
JapanChubuKoshinetsuNagano PrefectureShimotakai-gunNozawaonsen-muraNozawa Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tanuki Nozawa Onsen
Which popular attractions are close to Tanuki Nozawa Onsen?
Nearby attractions include Nozawa Onsen (0.09 km), Nozawa Onsen Public Baths (soto-yu) (0.2 km), and Ogama (0.09 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tanuki Nozawa Onsen?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Tanuki Nozawa Onsen?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Tanuki Nozawa Onsen?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tanuki Nozawa Onsen?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tanuki Nozawa Onsen?
Conveniently located restaurants include Haus St. Anton Jam Factory & Cafe, Wakagiri, and Winterland Taproom & Gyoza Bar.
Is Tanuki Nozawa Onsen located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Nozawaonsen-mura.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tanuki Nozawa Onsen?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Tanuki Nozawa Onsen?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shojuan (11.4 km), Oni no Kubizuka (9.9 km), and Oninokama Tomb (8.2 km).
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