A traditional machiya-style house in the heart of Nozawaonsen

Re-opening as part of Residence Yasushi December 2019

About Himecho@Yasushi

Experience living in a century-old house in the heart of an authentic rural onsen resort.

Himecho@Yasushi is located in the heart of the Ogama district of Noswaonsen.  Himecho@Yasushi is a unique machiya-style townhouse in this exceptional village. After recent works to bring modern infrastructure to this ancient ryokan, Himecho@Yasushi will be ready to welcome groups of up to 12 persons.
Himecho’s five comfortable tatami guest rooms are typical of bedrooms in old village homes. You’ll be sleeping traditional style with futons on tatami (although we promise futons large enough for taller guests). Our futons are also designed for the softer feel generally preferred by our non-Japanese guests.  All  guest rooms here are cosy spaces that recall the tradition of hospitality original guests at ryokan Himecho would have enjoyed.

We have however updated some old practices for the comfort of our guests. Many Japanese homes and guest houses often do not have ensuite facilities. Toilets were often a few steps down the hallway, and everyone shared a spacious ofuro bathroom. While we have kept some of these traditional elements, there are now 5 bathrooms/showers for the 5 guest rooms (ensuite and separate) - there will be no need to queue to get a wash!!

Some of the best of Nozawaonsen’s famed public onsens are also just around the corner!  Don’t forget to try soaking in therapeutic waters that will leave you feeling relaxed and recharged. The closest "soto-yu” or public baths within easy reach of Himecho are the iconic Oyu, the elevated Taki-no-yu and popular Asagama-no-yu. Since the Edo period, Nozawaonsen has been famed for its waters. You will often spot visitors and locals wandering around the village in yukatas - towels thrown around their necks and toting a basket of toileteries, on their way to enjoying the different waters. As a guest of Himecho@Yasushi, you are also welcome to try the private ”kashikiri” onsens at Residence Yasushi

Himecho@Yasushi is ideal for a private group.  This villa offers the intimacy of a self-contained house with living spaces that provide comfortable areas to gather.  You can enjoy board games together or chill out after an active day exploring the area.

Himecho’s host will offer you a breakfast inspired by Residence Yasushi's celebrated breakfast but tailored to suit the size of your group.  Guests at Himecho@Yasushi will also have access to basic kitchen facilities. Although, Nozawaonsen’s restaurants offer a broad choice of cuisines on your doorstep, there may be days you'd like to prepare your own. Still, there is so much to tempt your palate.  We have our firm favourites and encourage you to explore the many options Nozawaonsen offers! There are always exciting new places to try. 

Our winter skiers will find the Yu Road travelator to the ski fields a short walk away. With the travelator overlooking our back garden, you’ll find yourself at the Hikage slopes in no time! Have fun! Nozawaonsen is home to over a dozen former Winter Olympians for good reason!!

In the green season, you can enjoy walks and bike rides through the village and forests behind. The majestic trees of the Yuzawa Shinto Shrine and Kenmei-ji Buddhist Temple complex lean over our back garden, but spectacular trees can be found all over the mountains. Nonetheless, in these hallowed grounds, a large zelkova tree said to be over 1,000 years old stands.  It is revered in accordance with age old traditions. Old stone slabs carved with haikus by Matsuo Basho recall the wonders of these northern reaches of Honshu.

Himecho@Yasushi aims to bring you a taste of traditional rural Japan without foregoing the comforts of today's world. There is of course WiFi throughout the house and ample consideration for those needing to charge up their technological hardware! The entire property is also non-smoking for the comfort and health of our non-smoking guests. While you will have the privacy of an independent abode, a housekeeper will be able to help you on a day to day basis and throughout your stay, the concierge at Residence Yasushi will be at your service.

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In preparation for 2019 White Season

In May, Residence Yasushi took on the renovation of Himecho. We have been busy bringing modern infrastructure to a historic house with well over a century of history - one of the oldest residences in Nozawaonsen, in preparation for the discerning guests that we welcome at Resident Yasushi.

This December, Himecho@Yasushi will be relaunched as part of Residence Yasushi’s accommodation offering. This gives us a villa we can offer to private groups - a frequent request over our first year of operation.  It brings this lovely old building, located in the quiet Ogama district, back to its roots. The old Himecho was previously a ryokan welcoming guests visiting the onsen and slopes of Nozawa Onsen. Guests enjoyed its central position and warm hospitality.

Updating this wonderful old machiya-style house with more modern lifestyle elements has been a labour of love and an exercise in finding creative solutions to what often appeared as insurmountable conundrums; when space constraints and respect for a traditional layout collided with the improvements necessary to modern lifestyles. We are proud to have created atmospheric living spaces for guests to relax in together without foregoing modern conveniences.

We hope you will agree that the attention to detail our guests have enjoyed at Residence Yasushi has been replicated in this unique, intimate and historic setting. Step out of your front door and watch vegetables and eggs being cooked by villagers (note, only villagers allowed!) in the Ogama hots springs.

Himecho@Yasushi is ideal for families and private groups who believe a deeper taste of a Japanese lifestyle will enhance their visit.  Japan's traditional intimate abodes with elegant, pared down essentials and an eye for detail and quality are our inspiration here. 

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Accomodation | Himecho@Yasushi, Nozawaonsen, Japan


- Five traditional tatami rooms updated for contemporary lifestyle essentials.

- Himecho@Yasushi maintains authentic machiya-style interiors - shoji paper screens, Japanese-style bedding, tatami, a communal ofuro bath.

- Less than 5 minutes from moving walkway "Yu Road” in the heart of Ogama and 5 minutes from the village centre.

- The iconic Oyu - Nozawaonsen's largest soto-yu (thermal bath) is just around the corner, while Asagama-no-yu and Taki-no-yu are a short walk away. And Kawahara-no-yu is just a little further along from Oyu.

Facilities | Himecho@Yasushi, Nozawaonsen, Japan


House Facilities:
- Free WiFi
- Beakfast
- Five bath/shower rooms.
- 4 public baths within 5 minute walk, dozens more within 20 minutes walk radius
- Guest kitchen
- Luggage storage

From Iiyama Shinkansen station, there is a shuttle bus that takes you to the village centre. Himecho@Yasushi is just a 10 minute walk from the central bus station and an easy stroll if you do not forget to send your luggage ahead using the takkyubin luggage courier service. Alternatively, let us know if you are coming up with your luggage and we can help arrange for a taxi pick up from the train station that will deliver you directly to Himecho@Yasushi.

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In & Around | Himecho@Yasushi, Nozawasonsen, Japan

The Village and Beyond

Nozawaonsen is a historical onsen resort in Japan. While the winter season sees the biggest influx of visitors who come for the unparalleled skiing, some of our most discerning guests also come during the calmer green season to enjoy the many baths and bucolic rural charm of the region.

With many of its attractions available year round, Nozawaonsen offers more of an all round winter holiday than purely a skiing holiday. It is thus ideal for groups and families comprising skiers and non-skiers. Experience the deep and authentic culture of a village established as a vacation retreat over the centuries for its amazing food, famous hot springs and the renowned fire festival of Nozawaonsen - a living cultural icon of Japan.

Traditional architecture - temples, shrines, hot spring establishments, traditional ryokan and free foot baths are found along many of its streets. Soak your tired feet in one bath while waiting for your onsen eggs to cook in traditional onsen waters!

Even though the village is small, there is a broad range of cuisines available - from well known western-style bars to small hole in the wall shokudo, and of a quality that will please any gourmand. For more information check out Residence Yasushi's Explore the Village section.

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