Originally built by a Japanese national ski jump champion who later was an Olympic judge, the current owners bought the now existing Hotel Elizabeth in 2015 to give the ski village of Nozawa Onsen luxury lodging for its guests. Today, Hotel Elizabeth maintains its same standard of grandeur and accommodating manner.
Offering comfortable accommodation to its guests, Hotel Elizabeth dwells in the most charming center of Nozawa Onsen with the hope that guests fall in love with the village in addition to getting slick skiing in. The hotel is centrally located between O-Yu Road, the main street of the village, and the main lift that leads to the base of Nagasaka Ski Resort. From there, it is a three- minute slow walk to the home slope.
As Nozawa Onsen is known for their public baths, guests can look forward to soaking in a big, steamy bath at the end of the day right in the hotel. Then, during the next morning, guests can make their way to on-site restaurant called The Rose that offers a simple, western-style breakfast to kick off their day.
Nozawa Hospitality, the largest hotel in Nozawa Onsen, operates the hotel. For guests’ convenience, there is a bilingual concierge service by phone, as well as English-speaking staff on-site to make communication effortless.The hotel has a fascinating story and captivating history. The owner is a Japan-trained, Taiwanese potter and you are likely catch a glimpse of her at her wheel during your stay. You cannot leave Hotel Elizabeth without encountering its grand, hundred-year old tearoom tucked away in the back of the wood-stove warmed lobby.
The Elizabeth thrives off of hoping that “every guest should leave saying that they’ll be back soon!”
The guestrooms all have a blending of classic Japanese style with wood everywhere, the texture of tatami underfoot, and fluffy futons that will give you a marvelous night’s rest after a day at the slopes. Yet, there is also a Western, cozy, mountain-village alpine feel, giving guests the best of both worlds. All rooms have an ensuite toilet, and some have a compact unit bath as well. All rooms are non-smoking and guests can expect free wifi in the hotel’s public areas.
Part of the luxury of staying in a Japanese hotel is being able to soak away the day’s exertions in a big steamy-hot bath, and Elizabeth’s guest bathrooms are the best way to end (or start!) your day.
There is a ski room for equipment storage in addition to a drying room, and some limited parking spaces.
The Elizabeth all sport clean and tidy rooms on the second and third floors of the hotel. most have a view of the mountain or the village, and all have washlet toilets and washbasins. There are Japanese rooms for up to 5 people, classically arranged with tatami floors, lots of wood, and fluffy futons to sleep on. The Western rooms have two or three beds and have a simple, alpine feel. A few rooms have ensuite “unit baths”; all guests have all-day access to the big bath on the ground floor. All the rooms have locally controlled heating, and windows that open. Note that not all rooms have television, as we find most guests prefer to use their own wi-fi enabled devices – please tell us if you’d like to watch Japanese TV!
There’s a guest laundry area available for free on first-come, first-served basis, and you can borrow a hairdryer, iron, and ironing board, from the front desk.
A full listing of the rooms include:
Standard Single Room with Private Bathroom
Superior Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Standard Triple Room with Private Bathroom
Standard Twin Room
Japanese-Style Standard Room with Shared Bathroom
Standard Twin Room with Private Bathroom
Room with Tatami Area and Private Bathroom
Surf & Other Activities
Hotel Elizabeth is situated in the famous ski village of Nozawa Onsen. Nihon Ski Museum is a 5-minute walk away and Furusato no Yakata is a 4-minute walk from the property. Other nearby ski areas include Ryuoo Ski Park, Madarao Ski Resort, Okushiga-kogen Ski Area, and Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.
The hotel also has board games and puzzles for the entire family to bond over in addition to a shared lounge/TV room. Guests should also most certainly seek out Hotel Elizabeth’s beautiful, one hundred years old tearoom in their lobby.