Madarao Kogen Ski Resort

Madarao Mountain Resort

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madarao kogen ski resort, madarao mountain resortMadarao Kogen Ski Resort (斑尾高原スキー場 or a.k.a. Madarao Mountain Resort) is a unique bowl shape resort with 22 separate courses best suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders, but there is some terrain for beginners and some fairly steep runs for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

There’s a lot to see and do on the mountain, but you’ll easily be able to explore all it’s runs in a full day. Despite typical Japanese lift infrastructure geared to on-piste skiers accessing the lower slopes, you can still access most areas without too much traversing and upload reasonably efficiently. There are English-language Madarao ski school lessons available as well as Madarao backcountry tours.

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Madarao Ski Resort: About

Mt. Madarao reaches a height of 1,382 meters tall and has 16 lifts, all of which are free for overseas children 12 and under. The common consensus is that this resort is usually uncrowded during weekdays with a good selection of runs, some nicely groomed trails (although 60% of the courses are ungroomed), and there are also very impressive views of Mt Myoko on a clear day. Madarao Kogen Ski Resort is quite near to Nagano City as well as the resorts in Myoko and Nozawa Onsen.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Info

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Madarao Kogen ski resort info

Two new courses were built at Madarao Kogen in 2009. Specifically constructed more for advanced skiers and snowboarders, the ‘Air Wave’ and ‘Usagi’ (rabbit) courses are ungroomed courses. Air Wave boasts moguls, opportunities for ‘air’ and tree runs – a powder snow paradise. The Usagi is bit easier so more suited to those looking to try out ungroomed areas without getting into too much difficulty. There was yet another new tree course for the 2013/14 season (see video) known as Powder Line. For more details see this info here

Madarao-Kogen is connected to Tangram Ski Circus Resort at the top of the mountain and a joint ticket is available to let you ski or snowboard both. For those wanting to step outside the resort, backcountry access is available through the top gate. There are also plenty of options to ski back into the resort for lift-accessed sidecountry fun and backcountry ski tours in Madarao Kogen are available.

The resort is open from mid-December through late March (depending on snow conditions)

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: More info

Lift and food prices are reasonable, plus there are discounts for seniors over 58 yrs old.

Like many Japanese resorts, Madarao offers night skiing on weekends. They also host New Year’s Eve nightskiing and fireworks, and a Dondoyaki Fire Festival in early January. See our Things to do in Madarao page for more info on these.

There are various food options on the mountain including a large cafeteria offering moderately-priced food from ramen to hotdogs and tap beer, a convenience store and several small eateries.

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Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Ski School, Ski Rental and Kids

There are English-language Madarao ski school lessons available at North Nagano Outdoor Sports, Madarao Sports Academy and Action Snow Sports. Additionally Madarao back country and ski guiding tours are available. For your Madarao ski rental needs there are three ski shops + various accommodation providers also have ski rental onsite.

See more information and request your Madarao ski school lessons and Madarao Ski Rental here!

For anyone wanting to ski with young families, there is also childcare and a kids park available. Next to the kids park, Restaurant Tyrol has a kids room and other child services available.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Access

Twenty five minutes by taxi from Myokokogen Station on the Kita-Shinano line (4,000 yen), or fifteen minutes by taxi from JR Iiyama Station (2,500 yen). Local bus from Iiyama is also available.

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Shuttle buses (1000 yen one way) run to/from Akakura Onsen and Nozawa Onsen.

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Need a car? Madarao car rentals. Pick up at Iiyama Station.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Accommodation

There is a great variety of Madarao accommodation from Annex Aburaya right by the ski lifts, or cosy lodges such as Fujio Pension and Alp Bach Madarao. See more Madarao hotels and accommodation here.

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Madarao Kogen Hotel offers ski-out convenience, being situated right at the top of the Madarao Kogen ski lifts. The hotel offers a beautiful view of the Madarao Plateau plus an onsen onsite. The restaurant serves authentic Italian dishes, Japanese cuisine made with ingredients freshly plucked from the Sea of Japan, or Chinese dishes. Madarao Kogen Hotel is family friendly with English speaking concierge and handily located close to ski rentals, restaurants, etc. Packages with ticket available – contact us for more details and/or a quote.

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Madarao Kogen Mountain Resort: Webcam

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Madarao Ski Area: Ski Runs & Trail Map

Lifts: 16 Trails: 22 (Beg:30% Int:45% Adv:25%)

2020 Madarao trail map
2019/2020 Madarao & Tangram piste guide and lifts map (download as .pdf)

Madarao Village Map


Madarao Ski Resort: Weather and Snow Forecast

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Lift Ticket Prices 2019/20

Mountain 1 Day Pass

Valid for both Madarao Kogen Ski Resort & Tangram

Adult 5,500 yen
Senior (over 55), High school students 5,500 yen
Kids (under 12) 3,500 yen
Valid: 8:30 – 17:00 (cannot be used during “Nighta” hours)

Area Pass (valid only for Madarao Kogen Ski Resort)

Tangram Lifts are not included on this pass. Customers who plan on using the Tangram lifts should purchase the Mountain Pass.
1 Day Pass

Adult 5,000 yen
Senior (over 55), High school students 4,500 yen
Kids (under 12) 2,000 yen
Add 500 yen for Mountain Pass
Valid: 8:30 – 17:00

2 Day Pass

Adult 8,500 yen
Senior (over 55), High school students 7,500 yen
Kids (under 12) 3,000 yen
Add 1,000 yen for Mountain Pass
Valid: 8:30 – 17:00

3 Day Pass

Adult 12,000 yen
Senior (over 55), High school students 10,500 yen
Kids (under 12) 4,000 yen
Add 1,500 yen for Mountain Pass
Valid: 8:30 – 17:00

4 Hour Pass

Adult 4,000 yen
Senior (over 55), High school students 3,500 yen
Kids (under 12) 1,500 yen
Valid: From 4 hours of purchase time

Single Lift

Adult 500 yen
Senior (over 55), High school students 500 yen
Kids (under 12) 400 yen

Afternoon + Nighta Pass

Adult 5,000 yen
Senior (over 55), High school students 4,500 yen
Kids (under 12) 2,000 yen
Valid: 12:00 – 21:00

Nighta Pass

Adult 2,000 yen
Senior (over 55), High school students 2,000 yen
Kids (under 12) 1,000 yen
Valid: 17:00 – 21:00

Season Pass

Adult 48,000 yen
Senior (over 55), High school students 33,000 yen
Kids (under 12) 20,000 yen

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Stats

Longest Run: 2,500 metres
Half Pipes: Yes
Child Care and/or Kids Park: Yes
Cross-country available: Yes
Elevation: 1,350 metres
Vertical Drop: 440 metres
Terrain Parks: Yes
– Giant Course (Freeride Park) – table top, 1/4 pipe, hip spine, rail, box, kicker, hip

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