#3 in this Nozawa Onsen series: Pension Schnee.
So far I've mentioned a fascinating sansai gathering tour,
and introduced an inn that offers to prepare the sansai you picked and serve it to you for your dinner.
During my recent trip to Nozawa Onsen, of course I took the time for a bath in Nozawa's legendary onsen water. I've mentioned Tokiwaya Ryokan's famous "1000-person Bath" in the past, and this trip I finally got a chance to bathe in it.
But there is one more place I would like to introduce: the magical Pension Schnee.
We went to Pension Schnee for lunch. The building is part western with log house and Bavarian Alps accents, but has Japanese 'Kominka' classic farmhouse features, too. The interior is also a blend of Western (beautiful stained glass) and Japanese (Shinto 'shimenawa' ropes). The hotel has a plethora of flowers in their planter boxes and entrance way, which seemlessly blend with Nozawa's ski slopes stretching up Mt. Kenashi. The staff and the cooking reflects the enthusiasm of their youthfulness.
All in all, a magical place.
On your trip to Nozawa Onsen, I highly recommend a stop at Schnee!