Madarao Lost Resorts: Sympathique & Toyota

madarao sympathique ski resort

Madarao Sympathique Ski Resort

Madarao Sympathique Ski Resort (斑尾高原サンパティックスキー場) was a small resort near Madarao Kogen Ski Resort behind the Madarao Sympathique Hotel that opened in 1984. The resort had been the subject of closures in recent years. It was again declared bankrupt in April 2017 and we are not aware of the current operating status or future plans. A potted history (in Japanese) is available here.

The area has a vertical drop of 190 metres and is best suited to skiers and snowboarders at beginner and lower intermediate levels. There is one beginner run and one intermediate course as well as one short advanced course. This resort is usually uncrowded, although with only two lifts each the queues could be long on certain days. The Sympathique Hotel restaurant has a good range of food at a reasonable price. There is also a restaurant at the top of the hill with moderately expensive food.

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Madarao Sympathique Ski Resort: Stats

Longest Run: 1,200 metres
Half Pipes: No
Terrain Park: Yes (pipe, jump, etc.)
Child Care and/or Kids Plan: Yes
Cross-country available: Unknown
Elevation: 960 metres
Vertical Drop: 190 metres

madarao abandoned resort
Pic: Cory White from White Collective Film & Photography.

Madarao Sympathique Ski Resort: Map

Madarao Sympathique map

Madarao Sympathique Ski Resort: Ski Runs

Lifts: 2+2 Trails: 4+3 (Beg: 40% Int:50% Adv:10%)

LIFT TICKETS 2011/12:*


One Day Ticket: ¥2,000 Dec 47 cm
Half Day Ticket: ¥1,600 Jan 188 cm
Two Day Ticket: ¥3,700 Feb 251 cm
Three Day Ticket: ¥5,200 Mar 258 cm
Night Ticket ¥1,500 Apr 170 cm

Madarao Sympathique Ski Resort: Contact

Phone: 0269-64-3216 | No current website

madarao abandoned resort
Pic: Cory White from White Collective Film & Photography.

Madarao Sympathique Ski Resort: Access Map

Madarao Sympathique map

madarao toyota guide
Relative positions of Madarao Sympathique and Madarao Toyota resorts

Madarao Toyota Ski Resort

Madarao Toyota Ski Resort (斑尾高原 豊田スキー場) in Madarao-Kogen was opened in 2003 but closed in 2012. However you can reach the top station of the old resort area via a backcountry tour. It’s referred to as the abandoned lift run by those in the know. It’s situated about 3km down the road from Madarao. You can access it from the peak of Madarao by skiing the side country to a specific access point.

See a blog (in Japanese) here.

See a trip report (in English) here.