Resort Spotlight: Madarao Kogen (Nagano)
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Madarao Kogen (Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture)
Madarao Mountain Resort (known as 'Madarao Kogen' in Japanese) is located in the north eastern part of Nagano Prefecture. It is connected to the Tangram Ski Circus resort at the top and a joint ticket is available to let you ski or snowboard at both resorts. Well known as offering some excellent powder snow conditions in season, the resort offers a good choice of courses suitable for beginners to more advanced snow riders.
POWDERWAVE I & II
Along with POWDERWAVE is our brand new course POWDERWAVE II. Both courses take advantage of the natural landscape to create a unique and challenging course. Given the irregularities of the natural landscape, these are technical courses geared toward experienced skiers. Whether you are in the mood for a powder run, are looking for some natural hits, or want to enjoy an air session, this is the course for all you advanced skiers out there. POWDERWAVE II can be accessed by way of Tangram Lift 2.
River Line is a V-shaped course filled with the remains of rivers, making long pathways in the snow which can be “surfed” like waves! This course takes advantage of the natural landscape to provide a challenging and technical course for advanced skiers. River Line will be open on an on-and-off basis depending on weather conditions - if it is closed, there will be a “closed” sign placed at the entrance. Under no circumstances may guests enter River Line if it is closed.
Another course is the popular tree-run course, Rabbit. You'll feel just like a rabbit (usagi), zipping through the trees. Definitely worth trying your skills at if you consider yourself an advanced skier!
Round in classic ski area tour
What is "Round in classic ski area tour"? The owners of lodges in Madarao Kogen Ski Area would like to introduce an exciting tour to you!
On this tour, you can stay at a comfortable lodge in Madarao Kogen and enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Madarao as well as other famous nearby classic ski areas, such as Nozawa, Myoko and Shiga Kogen. Madarao Kogen Ski Area is located in the center of these famous classic ski areas.
It takes less than forty minutes to Nozawa and Myoko, and just sixty minutes to Shiga.... so Madarao makes for a great base-camp to go to these other classic ski areas.
Lift Tickets 16-17
There are two kinds of tickets on sale - those for Madarao Kogen only and also a joint ticket that allows you to ski or snowboard at both Madarao Kogen and the connecting Tangram Ski Circus resort.
Madarao Kogen resort only
A ticket that is valid at both Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus is also available for 5000 yen (3000 yen for children)
Ski & Snowboard Rental
A wide range of skiing and snowboarding equipment is available for rental at the resort. Basic charges are as below at Shirakaba Rental by the entrance to the resort
Backcountry tours aimed toward enjoying the natural landscape of Mt. Madarao through skiing and snowboarding. There are several paths leading up the mountain and hiking up to the top takes around 20 minutes - perfect for beginners.
The Madarao Kids Park is popular with children - and their parents! It is set up on a regular ski run but also has lots of fun stuff like sleds, snow tubes and a Japanese style igloo for the kids to enjoy. There is also a 'snow fun corner' where anybody can have fun in the snow regardless of age or ability. The entry fee of 500 yen per person includes kids park admission and use of the special snow escalator, making it easy for even small children to move around.
The Sky House ('Sola no Ie') Kids Room is available free of charge.
Rental sleds and tubes are available (tubing 1,000 yen for 1hour)
Child Care Facility `Tsumiki no Heya` (The Building Block Room)
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How to get to Madarao Mountain Resort
Madarao is located in the north eastern part of Nagano Prefecture, on the border with Niigata Prefecture. It is just an hour or so from central Nagano City and is part of Iiyama City.
The Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train stops at Iiyama Station, just 30 minutes away from Madarao Kogen.
From Nagoya, take the Chuo limited express (Shinano) from Nagoya Station which travels to Nagano via Matsumoto. Travel time is approximately 3 and a half hours.
From Osaka or Kyoto
Both the Myoko Kogen resorts in neighbouring Niigata Prefecture, and Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen resorts in Nagano are within easy reach from Madarao Kogen.