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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Madarao Kogen.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
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).
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
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
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
Elementary School age
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm)
2 Days (8:30am-5pm)
3 Days (8:30am-5pm)
PM & Nighta (12pm-9pm)
Mountain Pass 1 Day
PM & New Year 12pm-0am
New Year Nighta
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
Madarao Kogen is about 11km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line and the local Iiyama line.
There is a shuttle bus from Iiyama Station to Madarao Kogen.
Another bus also operates between Madarao Kogen and Nozawa Onsen.
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.
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