Madarao Kogen (Iiyama City, Nagano)

Madarao Kogen
斑尾高原 (長野県 飯山市)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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Official snow depth --- [updated on 30th April 2017]

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Madarao Kogen is located on the north-eastern slopes of Mt Madarao in Iiyama city. While the resort is officially in Nagano Prefecture, some of the slopes are actually in Myoko city, Niigata Prefecture. In recent years Madarao Kogen has become well-known for a number of ungroomed powder tree run courses. On a clear day from the top there are spectacular views of Myoko to the north-west, Lake Nojiri to the west and Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen to the east and south-east. Madarao Kogen has been operating since 1972.

The Madarao highland area is home to two ski and snowboard resorts – the other one being Tangram Ski Circus. They are connected and a joint shared lift ticket is available.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

The Mountain

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Madarao Kogen is lift-connected with:
Tangram Ski Circus

Madarao Kogen Course Map

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Madarao Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 120cm 90cm 1st 270cm 135cm 1st 290cm 160cm
2nd - - 2nd 120cm 80cm 2nd 290cm 135cm 2nd 280cm 160cm
3rd - - 3rd 120cm 80cm 3rd 300cm 135cm 3rd 290cm 160cm
4th - - 4th 120cm 70cm 4th 290cm 135cm 4th 290cm 150cm
5th - - 5th 120cm 65cm 5th 280cm 135cm 5th 280cm 140cm
6th - - 6th 130cm 60cm 6th 280cm 135cm 6th 280cm 120cm
7th - - 7th 130cm 65cm 7th 280cm 135cm 7th 280cm 110cm
8th - - 8th 130cm 65cm 8th 280cm 140cm 8th 280cm 100cm
9th - - 9th 130cm 80cm 9th 280cm 140cm 9th 280cm 100cm
10th - - 10th 130cm 80cm 10th 290cm 170cm 10th 280cm 100cm
11th - - 11th 140cm 90cm 11th 290cm 170cm 11th 300cm 100cm
12th - - 12th 140cm 90cm 12th 310cm 170cm 12th 300cm 100cm
13th - - 13th 160cm 90cm 13th 320cm 150cm 13th 300cm 100cm
14th - - 14th 200cm 90cm 14th 320cm 120cm 14th 290cm 100cm
15th 50cm - 15th 250cm 90cm 15th 300cm 110cm 15th 270cm 110cm
16th 50cm - 16th 260cm 90cm 16th 300cm 130cm 16th 280cm 110cm
17th 50cm - 17th 270cm 90cm 17th 300cm 130cm 17th 280cm 110cm
18th 50cm 15cm 18th 270cm 90cm 18th 300cm 150cm 18th 280cm 100cm
19th 50cm 15cm 19th 270cm 90cm 19th 300cm 150cm 19th 280cm 80cm
20th 50cm 30cm 20th 270cm 100cm 20th 290cm 130cm 20th 270cm 80cm
21st 50cm 20cm 21st 270cm 120cm 21st 300cm 110cm 21st 250cm 80cm
22nd 40cm - 22nd 270cm 120cm 22nd 300cm 110cm 22nd 260cm 70cm
23rd 30cm 15cm 23rd 270cm 120cm 23rd 295cm 110cm 23rd 260cm 70cm
24th 50cm 15cm 24th 290cm 120cm 24th 300cm 120cm 24th 260cm 80cm
25th 60cm 15cm 25th 300cm 120cm 25th 300cm 130cm 25th 260cm 100cm
26th 60cm 30cm 26th 300cm 120cm 26th 290cm 130cm 26th 260cm 100cm
27th 50cm 40cm 27th 300cm 120cm 27th 290cm 130cm 27th 260cm 100cm
28th 60cm 60cm 28th 290cm 120cm 28th 290cm 130cm 28th 260cm 85cm
29th 70cm 70cm 29th 280cm 120cm 29th - 120cm 29th 260cm 75cm
30th 120cm 70cm 30th 260cm 135cm 30th 30th 260cm 65cm
31st 120cm 70cm 31st 270cm 135cm 31st 31st 250cm 55cm

Previous Statistics

Madarao Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Madarao Kogen. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
Children aged 12 and under can use the ski lifts at Madarao Kogen for free every day of the season. The 'Kids Park' is located near the main hotel at the resort, and a child care facility is available within Madarao Kogen Hotel (half day charge of 3000 yen, full day is 5000 yen - reservations required). 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is located in the lower part of Giant Course in the central area of the resort. There are also a number of ungroomed powder tree runs. Free entry for those with valid lift tickets. 

Madarao Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Madarao Kogen is open from 8:30am until 5pm in the daytime.

It is open for nighta on Saturdays and another few holidays in the season from 5pm until 9pm.

Open until midnight on New Years Eve.

Madarao Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 4,500 yen 1,500 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
2 Days (8:30am-5pm) 8,100 yen 2,500 yen 7,100 yen 7,100 yen
3 Days (8:30am-5pm) 11,900 yen 3,500 yen 10,100 yen 10,100 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-9pm) 4,800 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 1,800 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
Season 6 19,000 yen 11,800 yen 11,800 yen
Season Ticket 48,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen 30,000 yen
Mountain Pass 1 Day 5,000 yen 3,000 yen
PM & New Year 12pm-0am 5,500 yen 4,700 yen 4,700 yen
New Year Nighta 2,500 yen 2,100 yen 2,100 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 4 Hour ticket is valid for 4 hours from the time of purchase.

The Mountain Pass ticket is valid at both Madarao Kogen and connecting Tangram Ski Circus.

Add 500 yen to 'upgrade' a 1 Day Madarao Kogen ticket to include Tangram Ski Circus (1000 yen for 2 days and 1500 yen for 3 days).

Getting to Madarao Kogen

By public transport
10.9km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
10.9km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
13.5km from Myoko Kogen Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Madarao Kogen is about 11km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line and the local Iiyama line.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by public transport
There is a shuttle bus from Iiyama Station to Madarao Kogen.

Another bus also operates between Madarao Kogen and Nozawa Onsen.
By Car
10km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
15.3km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
15.7km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 117 (11.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 97
Madarao Kogen is located on the slopes of Mt Madarao looking over Iiyama city.

The winding Prefecture Road 97 runs past both the Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus resorts. That road - along with Prefecture Road 96 on the Myoko side - connects Iiyama city with Myoko city and the road is open throughout the winter months.

Approaching from Toyota Iiyama IC (Joshinetsu Expressway)
The nearest expressway exit is the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway. From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit, head straight ahead on Prefecture Road 96 and after about 5km turn right to go up to Madarao Kogen, which is signposted.

Approaching from Myoko Kogen IC (Joshinetsu Expressway)
Those travelling from the north should exit the Joshinetsu Expressway at Myoko Kogen IC and take Prefecture Road 96 and then Prefecture Road 97 up to the Madarao area.

Approaching from central Iiyama and Route 117
If arriving from the east (or indeed from the west) using Route 117, there are a number of Madarao Kogen signposts near the central area of Iiyama City. Madarao Kogen resort is about 11.5km from Route 117 and the base of Tangram Ski Circus is a further 5.5km along the same road.

Approaching from Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC (Kanetsu Expressway)
From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway, turn right and continue for 1km until reaching the Route 17 traffic lights. Turn left onto Route 17 and after about 600m turn right again onto Route 353 to head towards Tsunan and Nozawa Onsen. After about 18km turn left onto Route 117. After around 43km on Route 117, there is a sign to turn right for Madarao Kogen. From there, follow the signs up the ski resort. The journey from Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC to Madarao Kogen is around 73km.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by car
There is parking on a number of car parks close to the base for a total of 1500 vehicles of Madarao Kogen. Car Parks 1 and 2 are 500 yen a day. Car Parks 7 and 8 are free every day of the season.

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At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

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