The Schneider Hotel is a family-friendly lodge-style, ski in ski out hotel located just above the Hikage Gondola Base Station at Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort, one of the oldest ski resorts in Japan.

The two main base stations are Hikage and Nagasaka. The Schneider Hotel is about a 7 minute walk over snow from Hikage Station. When arriving to Nozawa Onsen, many guests make their way to The Craft Room Cafe/Bar we also operate very close to Nagasaka Station.


The most convenient way to travel to Nozawa Onsen is to take the bullet train (Hokuriku Shinkansen) from Tokyo Station to Iiyama Station and then take the Nozawa Liner bus to Nozawa Onsen Village or you can arrange a private transfer with the hotel. The Nozawa Liner Bus is a comfortable bus that leaves about 8-10 minutes after the arrival of every bullet train from Tokyo to Iiyama Station EXCEPT the last train of the day. If one bus fills up they will have a second bus ready so you don't have to worry about it getting full. The bus costs approximately 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children.

Please check out the Nozawa Linter Bus Schedule  (Dec. 16, 2017 - March 3, 2018). A new bus schedule will go into affect for the 2018/2019 season. 


From Narita Airport
Narita Airport to Tokyo Station (approximately 58 minutes via Narita Express) then continue on to Iiyama Station
(approximately 1 hour 50 minutes via Hokuriku Shinkansen)
Narita Airport to Ueno Station (approximately 50 minutes via Keisei Skyliner) then continue on to Iiyama Station
(approximately 1 hour 45 minutes via Hokuriku Shinkansen)

From Haneda Airport
Haneda Airport to Tokyo Station (approximately 30 minutes via Tokyo Monorail and Yamanote Line) then continue on to Iiyama Station
(approximately 1 hour 50 minutes via Hokuriku Shinkansen)


From Iiyama Station to Nozawa Onsen (Chuo Bus Terminal)
The Nozawa Liner leaves Iiyama Station about 8 or 9 minutes after the arrival of all Shinkansen from Tokyo except for the last train of the day. It is a very comfortable bus with storage space for luggage below. If the bus is full they will bring another bus. Please download the bus schedule before you leave.


From Chuo Bus Terminal to The Schneider Hotel
If you are arriving via the Nozawa Liner to the Chuo Bus Terminal the two ways to get to the hotel are the free Shinyu Pair Lift
(open from 8:30am - 4:30pm) and from the Craft Room (6pm - 10pm).

View Japan Transit Planner


If you are sending your ski/snowboard gear or baggage to the hotel prior to your arrival, please use Yamato or Sagawa Takyubin Service as they deliver to the hotel (via snow vehicle). Please make sure the name matches the name of your reservation so we know where to place your gear.


Private Shuttle & General Access information
If you would like to request a private shuttle to/from Iiyama Station and Nozawa Onsen please contact us to reserve. Availability is limited and our van seats 7 persons, so it usually fits up to 5 persons with luggage. We can pick up or drop off at Iiyama Station and take you directly to The Craft Room or the Shinyu Pair Lift so you can quickly get up to the hotel.

More Access information

  • If you arrive in the evening, please make sure you get to The Craft Room before the last shuttle. The last hotel Snow Van leaves The Craft Room at 10:30pm. If you do have a late night arrival you must reserve a late night pick up when you make your reservation.
  • The Hotel Snow Van picks up at The Craft Room from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. See the schedule at Reception.
  • The Ski Resort Snowmobile Shuttle has regular service from near The Craft Room from 8:30am to 4:30pm from Nagasaka Gondola to Hikage Station. It’s a 5-minute walk from here to The Schneider Hotel. Please note that the resort shuttles do not allow large bags of luggage. If you arrive early and have luggage, we can arrange a luggage shuttle to come as soon possible to The Craft Room. Please tell The Craft Room staff and they will arrange this as soon as possible. Note there may be some wait time depending on staff availability.


If you are coming to Nozawa Onsen directly from Narita Airport by airport shuttle, please ask your driver to drop you off at The Craft Room near the Nagasaka Gondola. If the driver doesn’t know The Craft Room tell them “Yama no Ohtaki Hotel” or Ohtaki Hotel,” which is just behind The Craft Room and makes an easy drop-off point.

The Schneider Hotel has regular shuttle services to/from The Craft Room between 6:00pm and 10:15pm in the evening. If you arrive before that you can take one of the free snowmobile shuttles that runs near The Craft Room regularly from 8:30am to 4:30pm. If you are carrying large luggage we can arrange for it to be held at The Craft Room until our over snow luggage shuttle service begins at 5pm

DAY-TIME ARRIVAL: 8:30am - 4:00pm

By Nozawa Liner Bus

Take the bus to to last stop, Chuo Bus Terminal. If you are travelling light you can make your way straight to the hotel via the free Shinyu Pair chairlift or Moving Walkway which operate between 8:30am and 5:00pm. If you have heavy luggage, we can arrange our driver to meet you at Chuo Bus Terminal to collect your bags and direct you to the hotel for check-in. Your luggage will stored at The Craft Room and shuttled to the hotel at 5:30 pm (after the resort closes and we can drive our vehicles on the snow). This complimentary pick-up service from Chuo Bus Terminal requires advance booking, and is subject to availability during busy times. Please contact us at prior to arrival with your planned arrival time if you would like to schedule a pick up. We recommend you download and print out a copy of the village’s Detailed Village Map before you arrive.

By Car

If you are planning to drive to Nozawa Onsen, please note that you cannot drive directly up to The Schneider Hotel. Roads leading up to the hotel are closed the entire snow season and in fact become a ski run for the snow resort. Due to our location on the ski slopes, The Schneider Hotel does not have dedicated parking. Due to the compact nature of our very snowy village, parking is very limited in Nozawa Onsen. We recommend that hotel guests park in the ski resort overnight parking (P2 near Karasawa) or in the village’s underground parking facility at Shinden, after dropping passengers and luggage to The Craft Room. Unfortunately, either parking lot will require a bit of a walk for the driver. During ski resort operating hours, the ski resort runs a shuttle bus from both recommended parking lots to P1 near Nagasaka Gondola and The Craft Room. We get a lot of snow in Nozawa Onsen! Your vehicle must have snow tires and winter wipers and we strongly recommend four wheel drive.



After the resort closes, The Schneider Hotel runs a regular snow van shuttle to/from The Craft Room at Nagasaka Station from 6pm to 10:15pm. If you are arriving after 4pm you will need to take a taxi or walk up to The Craft Room to get on one of the evening snow van shuttles up to the hotel. The first shuttle van usually leaves Craft Room at 6:15pm. To pre-book a taxi please contact Nozawa Onsen Kotsu at 0269-85-3333.

Take care when walking up or down the hills in the village as it can be slippery and hard to see icy areas, especially at night. Wear proper footwear, take your time, and enjoy the scenery. Don’t be afraid to take a rest at one of the free footbaths or hot springs in the village.  Taki no yu is the closest free hot spring to the hotel (800 meters away).


The Schneider Hotel’s location on the mountain makes it an amazing place for a ski holiday, but there are some logistics getting to the hotel so we do discourage late arrivals. If you do arrive after the last shuttle bus leaves The Craft Room (at 10:15pm) you will need to have reserved a late-night pickup prior to arrival. For people arriving on a late night bus, note that there is an additional fee of 3,000yen for late night pick ups between 10:30pm - 12am and 5,000 yen for a late night pickups after 12am as we do have to have staff stay up and wait for the bus or taxi company to call us. We cannot arrange late night pick-ups on the day of arrival, they must be reserved when you confirm your booking, so please keep this in mind when booking flights. Early departures from the hotel (before 8:15 am) are treated similarly.