Tangram Ski Circus (Shinano Town, Nagano)

Tangram Ski Circus
タングラムスキーサーカス (長野県 信濃町)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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Tangram Ski Circus is located on the northern slopes of Mt Madarao in Shinano town, Nagano Prefecture – right on the border with Myoko city in Niigata Prefecture. On a clear day from the top there are spectacular views of Mt Myoko and Lake Nojiri. This resort opened in 1989.

The Madarao highland area is home to two ski and snowboard resorts – the other one being Madarao Kogen. The two resorts 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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Tangram Ski Circus is lift-connected with:
Madarao Kogen

Tangram Ski Circus Course Map

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Tangram Ski Circus Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 110cm 80cm 1st 240cm 145cm 1st 250cm 140cm
2nd - - 2nd 110cm 75cm 2nd 260cm 145cm 2nd 245cm 140cm
3rd - - 3rd 110cm 75cm 3rd 260cm 145cm 3rd 245cm 140cm
4th - - 4th 110cm 75cm 4th 260cm 145cm 4th 245cm 140cm
5th - - 5th 110cm 70cm 5th 250cm 145cm 5th 240cm 140cm
6th - - 6th 110cm 70cm 6th 250cm 145cm 6th 240cm 125cm
7th - - 7th 110cm 70cm 7th 270cm 145cm 7th 240cm 120cm
8th - - 8th 120cm 90cm 8th 270cm 145cm 8th 240cm 120cm
9th - - 9th 120cm 90cm 9th 260cm 145cm 9th 240cm 100cm
10th - - 10th 120cm 90cm 10th 260cm 165cm 10th 240cm 100cm
11th - - 11th 135cm 90cm 11th 260cm 165cm 11th 240cm 100cm
12th - - 12th 135cm 90cm 12th 270cm 165cm 12th 240cm 100cm
13th - - 13th 145cm 90cm 13th 270cm 160cm 13th 240cm 100cm
14th - - 14th 160cm 90cm 14th 270cm 145cm 14th 240cm 100cm
15th - - 15th 210cm 90cm 15th 270cm 140cm 15th 230cm 100cm
16th - - 16th 230cm 90cm 16th 270cm 140cm 16th 230cm 110cm
17th 45cm - 17th 230cm 90cm 17th 270cm 140cm 17th 230cm 110cm
18th 45cm - 18th 270cm 90cm 18th 270cm 155cm 18th 230cm 100cm
19th 45cm 20cm 19th 270cm 95cm 19th 260cm 150cm 19th 230cm 100cm
20th 40cm 20cm 20th 270cm 100cm 20th 260cm 145cm 20th 220cm 80cm
21st 40cm 15cm 21st 275cm 120cm 21st 260cm 140cm 21st 220cm 80cm
22nd 40cm 10cm 22nd 275cm 120cm 22nd 260cm 140cm 22nd 210cm 80cm
23rd 30cm 10cm 23rd 270cm 120cm 23rd 260cm 140cm 23rd 210cm 70cm
24th 45cm 10cm 24th 270cm 120cm 24th 260cm 140cm 24th 210cm 70cm
25th 60cm 10cm 25th 270cm 120cm 25th 260cm 140cm 25th 210cm 85cm
26th 60cm 20cm 26th 270cm 120cm 26th 250cm 145cm 26th 210cm 95cm
27th 50cm 40cm 27th 270cm 120cm 27th 250cm 140cm 27th 200cm 90cm
28th 75cm 40cm 28th 250cm 125cm 28th 250cm 135cm 28th 200cm 85cm
29th 80cm 80cm 29th 250cm 125cm 29th - 130cm 29th 200cm 85cm
30th 120cm 75cm 30th 230cm 145cm 30th 30th 200cm 75cm
31st 120cm 75cm 31st 240cm 145cm 31st 31st 200cm 75cm

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Tangram Ski Circus Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tangram Ski Circus. 
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
The 'Kids Park' is located at the base of the resort and has a variety of child friendly activities and items to play with - entry is free for those with lift tickets or 800 yen for those without.

There is also a child-care facility available within Hotel Tangram (half day from 2,500 yen; full day from 5,000 yen). 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is located by the Multi Play line course and features a number of items. 

Tangram Ski Circus 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 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Tangram Ski Circus is generally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Nighta is from 5:30pm until 8:30pm on Saturdays between 24th December 2016 and 25th March and also on 23rd December 2016, 8th January, 9th January and 19th March 2017.

Tangram Ski Circus Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,600 yen
2 Days 7,600 yen 5,400 yen 6,400 yen
3 Days 11,400 yen 8,100 yen 9,800 yen
4 Hours 3,200 yen 2,500 yen 2,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen
Mountain Pass 1 Day 5,000 yen 3,000 yen 5,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Mountain Pass is valid at Tangram Ski Circus and the connecting Madarao Kogen.

A Tangram Ski Circus only ticket can be upgraded to include Madarao Kogen for 3000 yen (500 yen for children).

Getting to Tangram Ski Circus

By public transport
16.4km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
8.8km from Myoko Kogen Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
16.4km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Transport Information
Tangram Ski Circus is about 9km from Myoko Kogen Station.

Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is just over 16km from Tangram.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by public transport
A bus is available from Iiyama Station.
By Car
10.6km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
11km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (8.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 97
Tangram Ski Circus is located on the northern slopes of Mt Madarao.

The winding Prefecture Road 97 runs past both the Tangram Ski Circus and the connecting Madarao Kogen 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 the Joshinetsu Expressway
If approaching from the south the nearest exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway is the Shinano-machi IC.
If approaching from the north, exit the expressway at the Myoko Kogen IC.
From both head up to Madarao using Prefecture Road 96 and then Prefecture Road 97.

Approaching from central Iiyama and Route 117
If arriving from the east 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.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by car
Parking is available at the base of Tangram Ski Circus.

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