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Eating out in Madarao

Madarao restaurants & bars | Nightlife in Madarao Kogen

Madarao Kogen tends to be a lot quieter in the eating and drinking department than it's near neighbours Myoko Kogen and Nozawa Onsen. Nonetheless this is improving rapidly and after a day of getting in amongst the Madapow there are still quite a few small Madarao restaurants and bars in Madarao Kogen to relax with friends and meet the locals. Choices include a Japanese take on traditional Italian food at Rudolf, Jazzy - a jazz-themed restaurant bar, plus many good establishments featuring all the Japanese clasics like ramen, sukiyaki and okonomiyaki. There is also a good selection of bars and restaurants down the hill in nearby Iiyama City, including everyone's favourite - a sushi train! Download a Madarao Restaurant Guide.

Sometimes no English menu is available so, unless you just want to point, don't forget your Japanese phrasebook!

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Click on the above Madarao Restaurant Map to check the location of all Madarao bars, cafes, restaurants and places to eat. To download the full Madarao Restaurant Guide with listings click here!

The surrounding prefectures of Nagano and Niigata area are famous for fresh regional produce producing the highest quality rice in Japan (known as koshikari), buckwheat noodles, sake (distilled from rice) and local vegetables such as Nozawana. The pure water that comes from the heavy snows each winter and fertile volcanic soil produce a bounty of delicious foods for both visitors and locals alike.

Featured Madarao Restaurants, Cafes & Pubs

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Imai Dokoro @ the Drop Off Bar

Imai Dokoro @ the Drop Off Bar (Map B2) is only a 5 minute walk from the base of Madarao lifts. This vegetarian/vegan friendly establishment offers a deliciously tasty selection of Japanese tapas and fusion cuisine plus a bar serving apres beers and sake bombs along with all your favourite drinks.

They welcome walk-ins for dinner with seating for up to 40 guests including the private room (seating for 8). Bookings are recommended for groups and families especially for the upstairs dining area. Imai Dokoro reviews

There is also a small cafe with great coffee, cakes and snacks at ski school office. Drop in before or after skiing for your fix. Drop Off reviews

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JP Snowsports Lodge

Because snow, beautiful food and great customer service is in the DNA of JP Snowsports Lodge (Map C3) they will be organising irregular dinner settings throughout the season for both guests and outsiders. In their food they unite different corners of the world whilst respecting the Japanese notion of shun (season). The dinners are accompanied with home-made sour dough bread and local wines, beers and/or sake. Don't miss out on these nights!

Keep an eye on their social media channels (@japansnowsports) for the nights offered or contact them for restaurant inquiries/bookings via email or call (+81 50 5532 4969)

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The number of places to eat at in Madarao increases every year. Some of the local specialties include okonomiyaki, Korean bbq, locally made buckwheat soba noodles, traditional shabu-shabu hotpot & plenty of fresh seafood from the nearby Japan Sea. Your western palates can be easily sated too with pizza, burgers, baked goods, pasta + much more.
See the top 10 Madarao restaurants, bars & cafes!


restaurant madarao sakura okonomiyaki
Enjoy giant servings of okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) at Sakura (Map C2) made by a friendly couple from Hiroshima, the home of okonomiyaki.

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Full House

Full House Madarao Restaurant

Pasta lovers and anyone looking for a western food fix will love the large and tasty selection on offer at Full House (Map C2).

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Tea Lounge

Tea Lounge at Madarao Kogen Hotel

Craving after ski sweets, or just looking for a nice place to chill out with a good book? Find Tea Lounge (Map B2) at Madarao Kogen Hotel.

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The Shaggy Yak

shaggy yak cafe madarao
Unique bar & restaurant in retro Showa era style (Map B2). Serving Japanese & fusion food + Japanese whiskies, sake, craft beer & more.

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Mimi and Reon

madarao mimi and reon restaurant
Mimi and Reon is a quaint and cute family run pension and cafe serving wonderful fresh cakes and tortes with coffee.

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Pizza Luva

madarao pizza luva
At Pizza Luva next to Drop Off Bar (Map B2) you'll find a range of your favourite pizza & drink options, friendly service + great tasting food.

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Fat Chef

fat chef madarao bar

Fat Chef (Map C3) is great place to hang after a day on the slopes with a variety of beers plus games for both the kids and adults.

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The Danro

The Danro - Restaurant Madarao

Located at the Madarao Kogen Hotel. With a variety of international beverages + warming fireplace Danro (Map B2) is a great place to unwind.

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Woody Hill

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Restmance Pension Woody Hill serves delicious Japanese food and western food plus a range of unique drinks. Open to guests & visitors.

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Raicho Supper Club

raicho supper club

Supper Club at Lodge Raicho (Map C3) has an amazing menu. Beef, wagyu, fish and even vegetarian options, showcasing local ingredients

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Madarao Restaurant Piedmonte
At Madarao Kogen Hotel the main restaurant is Piedmonte (Map B2), serving up mountains of food in the form of a family friendly buffet.

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madarao restaurant japanese furusato
The Furusato Restaurant (Map B2) at Madarao Kogen Hotel offers shabu-shabu and kaiseki course dining in a more formal Japanese setting.

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madarao restaurant maroudo
Specialising in homemade soba noodles and other beautifully cooked local Japanese dishes, Maroudo (Map C3) is the place to enjoy local delights.

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Unjaune burger cafe madarao
It’s pretty much only burgers at Unjaune (Map B2), but it has generous portions and is open until very late. Great for families.

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Caffeine'd Madarao Coffee Shop
Located at the Active Life Hotel. With a variety of coffee styles & chilled atmosphere Caffeine'd (Map B3) is a great place to unwind.

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Izakaya Suru

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An authentic Japanese izakaya located at Xplore Hotel offering traditional beverages, nibbles and delicious Japanese hot plates.

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Tap That!

tap that slurp it madarao

Tap That! Slurp It! (Map C3) is a casual dining place serving a variety of refreshing local craft beers and Japanese/Western food.

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Aki's Pub & Cafe

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In an ski in, ski out location that is perfect for lunch (10-4) Aki's Pub & Cafe has great coffee, tasty food and finger licking good pizzas.

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Restaurant Rudolf

madarao rudolf restaurant
Restaurant Rudolf is located in a Bavarian style hutte (Map C2) offers traditional Japanese fare alongside favourites like pizza, pasta, chicken.

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Oono Pension

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Oono Pension
(Map B2) offers oishi home style cooking specialising in don-buri rice bowls. Try the crispy tempura or katsu-don.

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Donguri Tei

donguri tei madarao restaurant

Treat yourself to a night of delicious Korean style BBQ at Donguri Tei (Map D2) with top quality local produce from around the country.
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The Avenue

the avenue cafe madarao
Ski in ski out at Chalet Madarao, perfect for ski lunch, The Avenue (Map C2) serves a variety of Australian, Japanese and Italian cuisine.

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Bar Jazzy

restaurant madarao bar jazzy
Restaurant Bar Jazzy (Map B2) offers Italian, French, Japanese & fusion cuisine in a tiny restaurant full of jazz memorabilia.

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Crepe House

madarao crepe cafe
Who can resist an after-dinner Japanese crepe? Check out all the delicious hand made options at the Madarao Crepe House (Map C2)

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Pip Top

madarao cafe pip top
Pip Top cafe restaurant & bakery (Map C3) offers local wines and local ingredients. Daily baked goods and dinner menu at night.

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smokies bar madarao
With live music & lots of meat, the newly opened Smokies bar Madarao is definitely not one for vegetarians! Check the menu here.

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On Slope Madarao Restaurants and Cafes

On Slope Eateries

Quick list of your on slope food choices for Madarao

  • Banff - Japanese
  • Heidi - Japanese
  • Aki's Hamburgers (Tirol)
  • Trois Cinq - European/Japanese
  • Shirakaba - Japanese

These establishments are only open from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.


madarao restaurant shirakaba
Restaurant Shirakaba is the closest restaurant to the ski slope entrance (Map B2). Make sure to stop by for steaming ramen and other favourites.

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Aki's Hamburgers

Akis Hamburgers Madarao
Aki's Hamburgers (in Restaurant Tirol - Map B1) is a new addition in Madarao. Specialising in all kinds of hamburgers & finger foods.

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Restaurant Banff

banff restaurant madarao
Found in the lower part of Crystal Course, Restaurant Banff (Map C1) serves great portions to hungry skiers.  Popular skier meeting place.

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Trois Cinq

Trois Cinq, right next to Lift No.1 (Map B1) offers a great selection of satisfying snacks and meals. Stop by to warm up and fill up.

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Restaurant Heidi

madarao restaurant heidi
The on piste Restaurant Heidi (Map B1) has over 800 seats, making it Madarao’s largest restaurant. Check out the ski jump toilets.

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Iiyama Restaurants

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It’s worth heading down the hill into Iiyama City at least one night during your stay. There’s a night bus that heads into town at 4pm so you can visit one of various restaurants around the train station. Ask your Madarao accommodation for more details or see if they can help you arrange a sushi train visit and/or shopping tour.

Some of Iiyama's best restaurants are tiny, tucked into side streets off the beaten path. Walking around the southern end of the city, you will encounter dozens of great places to eat, which sell everything from pastries to afternoon tea and snacks. Several restaurants near the station boast particularly delicious fare.

Check out this Iiyama Gourmet Guide or download the Iiyama restaurant map.

Lake Nojiri Restaurants

If you are wandering down to nearby Lake Nojiri make sure to stop by Nojiri Lake Resort. Enjoy coffee and muffins in their cafe overlooking the lake.

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Lakeside Cafe at Nojiri Lake Resort

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