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Madarao Mountain Resort is located between Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen in northern Nagano Prefecture, although the border to Niigata is right at the front door of the resort and some ski runs cross both prefectures. Mount Madarao stands 1382m tall and Madarao Mountain resort combines with Tangram Ski Circus on an all mountain pass. The All Mountain Pass offers 46 generous ski runs both on and off piste for all abilities and 20 ski lift. The resort has become known as "Madapow" by foreigners due to its frequent falls of light Japanese powder snow which can be up to 15 metres a year while a base of 3 to 4 metres in normal at Madarao every winter.


Madarao can be enjoyed by everyone from beginners to experts! If you are keen to try out different ski resorts, other resorts in Nagano and Niigata can be visited for the day with a paid shuttle.


Back country tours, snow shoe tours, snow rafting and indoor rock climbing are available at Madarao as well as English ski lessons available as group and private, book before you come to ensure availability as instructors are limited; also why not try unique soba making and Japanese ceramic courses on offer at Madarao Kogen resort visitor centre.


Madarao Kogen Hotel and Tangram Resort offer onsens, restaurants and bars while Madarao Kogen village offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, izakayas and bars which is only a small walk from the Madarao Kogen Hotel.   

Facilities & Attractions

Tourist attractions and the latest trendy spots.

Madarao Kogen Hotel Onsen
Madarao Hot Spring

Natural hot spring water is drawn from 600 meters underground. The sodium-calcium chloride spring is good for muscle aches and tiredness. After a big a

Lake Nojiri
Lake Nojiri

Lake Nojiri is 20 minutes drive away from Madarao Kogen. In winter, visitors can engage in the uniquely Japanese sport of fishing for smelt (wakasag

Aki's Cafe
Madarao Kogen Restaurants and Bars

Madarao Kogen restaurants and bars section is much quieter compared with other ski resort in Nagano prefecture. But there is still a few small restaura

Kids Park
Madarao Kogen Kids Park

The Madarao Kids Park is set up on a regular ski run which provide sleds, snow tubes and Japanese style igloo for kids to enjoy. There is also “Sno

  • How to Reach Madarao Kogen
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By Air

Access for international travellers is best through Narita or Haneda in Tokyo, there is an international airport in Niigata which services some major Asian hubs as well as a smaller airport in Toyama which handles domestic flights from cities in Japan.

By Train

Access via Shinkanse to Iiyama station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen embarking from Tokyo or Kanazawa in the south and passing through Nagano City, the Shinkansen takes approx. 1 hr 45 mins from Tokyo or 80 mins from Kanazawa. There is a shuttle bus from Iiyama station (take the Chikumagawa exit) the bus services both Madarao Kogen and Tangram

By Car

Madarao Mountain Resort can be reached via car from Major Cities, however it is a long drive of over 4 hours from Tokyo or Osaka. Cars can be hired from Nagano City, Toyama or Niigata and expressway toll roads make driving convenient from these cities.

By Bus

Nagano Snow Shuttle operates to Madarao Mountain resort stopping at Madarao Kogen Hotel and they also link other resorts in Nagano and Niigata to the hotel several times per day.

By Private Transfer

Private or Shared VIP transfers can be arranged from Narita or Haneda Airport along with Private transfers from Nagano or other resorts in Nagano or Niigata

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