Tokyo to Madarao | Getting to Madarao Kogen

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Getting to Madarao Kogen

Tokyo to Madarao Kogen

Getting to Madarao Kogen is straightforward. After travelling from Tokyo to Iiyama (the city at the mountain base, pronounced ee-yama) foreign visitors usually stay in or around Madarao Mountain Resort which is about 15-30 minutes by taxi or bus from Iiyama Station.

Please note that there are no public shuttle buses around Madarao and Tangram. From the lower part of Madarao resort it takes about ten minutes to get to the slopes so please check when booking your accommodation. However, many of the Madarao hotels are happy to shuttle their guests for free.

Nagano Snow Shuttle - three shuttles per day to/from Narita and Haneda. Madarao ski shuttle. Tokyo to Madarao. Madarao Airport shuttle. Getting to Madarao Kogen
Madarao Snow Shuttle – five shuttles per day to/from Narita and Haneda

Getting to Madarao Kogen: Where is Madarao?

Madarao Kogen is located right on the border of Nagano and Niigata Prefecture on the main island of Honshu. In fact you can ski both prefectures within the same resort area. The Madarao Kogen area is easily accessed from both international airports in Tokyo (Narita & Haneda) by shinkansen (bullet train), airport shuttle, taxi, rental car or bus. The total travel time from Tokyo to Madarao Kogen is usually between three to five hours.

getting to madarao map. Narita Tokyo to Madarao Kogen

It is also easily accessible to/from other nearby Japanese ski resorts

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Okay, so now you know where Madarao Kogen is. How do you get to Madarao Kogen from Tokyo?

Tokyo to Madarao Kogen: Coming by train from Narita Airport

Make your way from Narita Airport to either Ueno or Tokyo Stations. This process is also described in depth here.

Use this very useful link to find train time tables and fares to Madarao-Kogen.

You can catch the Narita Express train to JR Tokyo Station (3,000 yen) or the Keisei Skyliner (2,400 yen) or express (1,200 yen) to Keisei Ueno Station.

narita to tokyo to madarao. Getting to Madarao Kogen

Once in Tokyo/Ueno, get on a Hokuriku or Nagano shinkansen headed for Nagano or Kanazawa.

Here’s how you change trains to the shinkansen in Ueno

Here’s how you change trains to the shinkansen in Tokyo

Visitors can buy a ticket at the airport through to Nagano, Iiyama or JoetsuMyoko if using the Narita Express (also known as N’Ex).


Tokyo to Madarao Kogen: Coming by train from Haneda Airport

Make your way from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Station via one of the following options:

  1. Take the Keikyu Airport Line from Haneda Airport to Shinagawa Station (14-20 minutes, 410 yen) or Shimbashi Station via Sengakuji (24 minutes, 570 yen)
  2. Take the Tokyo Monorail (13-26 minutes, 490 yen) to Hamamatsucho Station.

From there transfer to the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line to Tokyo Station.

haneda to tokyo to madarao. Getting to Madarao Kogen

Alternatively, limousine buses depart from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Station every 30 to 60 minutes (20 minutes, 580 yen).

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Getting to Madarao Kogen: Coming via Iiyama Station

JR Pass Tokyo to Madarao
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This is the most popular way of getting to Madarao from Tokyo. The journey itself will usually take less than two hours (Tokyo – Iiyama) and 3-4 hours total depending on transfer times in Tokyo and Iiyama/Nagano.

To check train timetable, please click the links below.

Tokyo to Iiyama train timetable  // Iiyama to Tokyo train timetable

Once at Iiyama visitors can take a bus or taxi from the front of the station (see below).

Getting to Madarao Kogen: Bus from Iiyama Station to Madarao

Iiyama to Madarao note – some Madarao hotels do collect guests from the station but it’s best to pre-book.

Getting to Madarao Kogen. Iiyama Station Map

Getting to Madarao Kogen: Coming via Nagano Station

It’s important to note that some services terminate in Nagano (Nagano Shinkansen) and other services may not stop at Iiyama. If stopping in Nagano exit via the shinkansen transfer gate (see below) and change trains to the local JR Iiyama line. From Nagano Station to Iiyama Station it is about 45 minutes. This journey is covered by by your JR Pass (if you have one). At Iiyama transfer to bus or taxi. Alternatively (in winter) there is a highway bus from Nagano station two times a day to Madarao which takes about 70 minutes.

Getting to Madarao Kogen: Coming via Nagano Station, shinkansen transfer nagano madarao. Getting to Madarao Kogen
Transfer through these gates at Nagano Station

Shinjuku Tokyo to Madarao Transfer Bus

There is a new Shinjuku Tokyo to Madarao shuttle service which operates 15 Dec, 2018 – 24 March, 2019 and costs ¥5500 one way. It leaves at 11pm each evening and therefore will suit those arriving on late flights.

Getting to Madarao Kogen: Airport Taxi Transfer

Don’t want the hassle of carrying bags, herding children and changing trains? Let us organise a taxi transfer for getting to Madarao Kogen. The cost is approximately 17,900 each one way, per adult from the airport to your hotel door. For medium-large groups we can help organise a direct private transfer from the airport to Madarao at reasonable cost. This journey will usually take 4-5 hours depending on traffic and weather conditions. Contact us for more details.

Getting to Madarao Kogen: Madarao Airport & Resorts Shuttle

Nagano Snow Shuttle is your most convenient way to transfer Tokyo to Madarao. The service offers up to five shuttles daily to Madarao from Narita Airport, Haneda Airport and three other nearby ski resorts – Myoko, Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen. Schedules are as follows.

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Tokyo to Madarao Kogen: Via Nagano bus from Narita Airport

There is an overnight bus from Nagano to/from Narita Airport (via Matsumoto, Ueno and Tokyo Disneyland). The cost is 6,900. From Nagano catch the train to Iiyama Station or bus to Madarao (see above). This service is especially useful if arriving late or leaving early. See the Alpico Bus website for full details.

Tokyo to Madarao Kogen: Coming via car

Car rentals are easily available in Iiyama, Nagano, Tokyo, or one of the airports. This can be quite cost and time effective if you have a group and/or wish to visit other nearby resorts such as Myoko, Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen. Travel times / distances are as below:

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Madarao to Nozawa Onsen

There is a Nozawa Onsen – Madarao Kogen shuttle operating each winter

Madarao to Akakura Onsen

There are two daily return shuttles to Myoko Akakura Onsen. See the Myoko local transport info and shuttle bus schedule here.


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