Madarao Travel Guide - By car

Madarao by car

Madarao is a highland area located in the northern area of Nagano Prefecture. The two Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus resorts are connected (with a shared lift ticket available) and located on the northern slopes of Mt. Madarao.

Set in the highland area between Iiyama and Myoko city, there are spectacular views over towards Myoko to the north-west, Lake Nojiri to the west and Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen to the east and south-east.

Madarao area by car
Town map
Getting from Madarao to nearby snow resort regions
Joshinetsu region map
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Madarao by public transport
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Getting to the Madarao area by car

  Main expressway and exits:  

  Joshinetsu Expressway (toll road) 上信越自動車道
  Toyota Iiyama IC 豊田飯山IC
  Shinano-machi IC 信濃町IC
  Myoko Kogen IC 妙高高原IC
  Main roads:  
  Route 117  Route 18 国道117号  国道117号
  Prefecture Road 97 県道97号

Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus resorts are located on the border of Nagano Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture, high above central Iiyama City and Shinano Town. The two ski resorts are connected and a shared lift ticket can be purchased allowing full use of both areas.

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

The nearest expressway exit is the Toyota Iiyama IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway, which is about 10km from Madarao Kogen. From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit traffic lights, head straight ahead on Prefecture Road 96, and after about 5km turn right to go up to Madarao Kogen, which is signposted.

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.

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 Tangram Ski Circus is a further 5.5km along the same road.

It is worth noting that depending on which route you use to approach the Madarao area, you may see it signposted as any of 'Madarao Kogen', 'Madarao Heights' or 'Madarao Plateau'!

From the Tokyo region

There are two main popular ways to get to Madarao Kogen area from Tokyo.

Take the Kanetsu Expressway from Nerima IC to Fujioka JCT, and then turn onto the Joshinetsu Expressway and head to the Toyota Iiyama IC exit. From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit traffic lights, head straight ahead on Prefecture Road 96, and after about 5km turn right to go up to Madarao Kogen, which is signposted.

Alternatively, take the Kanetsu Expressway from Nerima IC and continue under the Tanigawadake mountain range into Niigata Prefecture, exiting at the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC. After exiting the toll booth at Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC, 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 the ski resorts. The journey from Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC to Madarao Kogen is around 73km.

From Western Japan using the Chuo Expressway

Approaching from the Kyoto and Osaka regions of Western Japan, head east using either the Meishin or Shin Meishin Expressway towards Nagoya. At Komaki JCT to the north east of central Nagoya, take the Chuo Expressway north until Okaya JCT. At Okaya JCT, change over onto the Nagano Expressway and continue north towards Nagano City where the road will change to the Joshinetsu Expressway. Continue straight ahead on the Joshinetsu Expressway until the Toyota Iiyama IC. From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit traffic lights head straight ahead on Prefecture Road 96. After about 5km turn right to go up to Madarao Kogen, which is signposted.

Nerima IC to Toyota Iiyama IC (Kanetsu; Joshinetsu) about 232km 5,600 yen
Nerima IC Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC (Kanetsu) about 176km 4,880 yen

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Kanetsu Expressway
Kanetsu Expressway from northern Tokyo to Fujioka JCT
>> Full Kanetsu Expressway details
>> Diagram showing regional expressway connections
Exit name

Prefecture

Distance from Nerima IC Connections
Nerima IC 練馬IC Tokyo >>>  
Fujioka JCT 藤岡JCT Gunma 78.6km Joshinetsu Expressway
 
Joshinetsu Expressway
Joshinetsu Expressway from Fujioka JCT through into Niigata
>> Full Joshinetsu Expressway details
>> Diagram showing regional expressway connections
Exit name Prefecture Distance from Fujioka JCT Distance from Nerima IC Connections
Fujioka JCT 藤岡JCT Gunma >>> 78.6km Kanetsu Expressway
Toyota Iiyama IC 豊田飯山IC Nagano 154.2km 232.8km  
Myoko Kogen IC 妙高高原IC Niigata 172.5km 251.1km  
Joetsu JCT 上越JCT Niigata 204.3km 282.9km Hokuriku Expressway

See also:

>> Chuo Expressway
>> Nagano Expressway

See also:

>> This map alongside googlemaps
>> Joshinetsu Expressway
>> Hokuriku Shinkansen
>> Iiyama-sen
>> On the above map click on the resort names for more details

 

Getting from Madarao to nearby snow resort regions

Region Approximate distace by road General directions
Madarao to Myoko (Niigata) about 14km By car:
From Madarao Kogen resort turn right onto Prefecture Road 97 towards Myoko.  Go past Tangram Ski Circus and follow the road until reaching Prefecture Road 96.  From that junction turn right to head towards Myoko Station and the resorts in Myoko.
>> SnowJapan Myoko Travel Guide - By car : By train
Madarao to Nozawa Onsen (Nagano) about 23km By car:
From Madarao Kogen turn right onto Prefecture Road 97 and head towards Iiyama City. After about 5km there will be a turn off onto Prefecture Road 503. Either turn left and continue for 2km until reaching Route 292 and then turn right towards Route 117 if prepared for snow roads, or continue on Prefecture Road 97 down into Iiyama City and follow the signs to Route 117. On reaching Route 117, turn left onto that main road and follow the signposts to Nozawa Onsen.
>> SnowJapan Nozawa Onsen Travel Guide - By car : By train
Madarao to Nagano City (Nagano) about 38km By car:
From Madarao Kogen resort turn right onto Route 97 and instead of following the road by turning left to go down to Iiyama City, continue straight on ahead (effectively turning right) and continue on that road towards Toyota for about 6km until reaching Prefecture Road 96. Turn left onto this road for 4km to the Toyota Iiyama IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway. Take the expressway to Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC or Nagano IC. Alternatively, from Iiyama take Route 117 and then Route 18 into central Nagano.
Madarao to Shiga Kogen (Nagano) about 40km By car:
From Madarao Kogen resort turn right onto Route 97 and instead of turning left to go down to Iiyama City, continue straight on ahead for about 10km towards the Toyota Iiyama IC. At the IC junction turn left onto Route 117 towards Iiyama City and turn right onto Route 292 a few kilometres before arriving at the main shopping area of Iiyama. Then follow the signs along Route 292 to the Shiga Kogen area.
>> SnowJapan Shiga Kogen Travel Guide - By car : By train
Madarao to Sugadaira (Nagano) about 50km By car:
From Madarao Kogen resort turn right onto Route 97 and instead of turning left to go down to Iiyama City, continue straight on ahead for about 10km towards the Toyota Iiyama IC. Get onto the Joshinetsu Expressway at Toyota Iiyama IC and continue about 20km to the Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC. At the Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC exit, turn right onto Route 403 for less than 1km and then turn right onto Prefecture Road 58 where Sugadaira is signposted. Follow that road for about 6km until arriving at some traffic lights on Route 406. Turn right onto Route 406 and head up to Sugadaira.
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SnowJapan Sugadaira Travel Guide - By car : By train
Madarao to Yuzawa (Niigata) about 77km By car:
From Madarao Kogen turn right onto Prefecture Road 97 and head towards Iiyama City. After about 5km there will be a turn off onto Prefecture Road 503. Either turn left and continue for 2km until you reach Route 292 and then turn right towards Route 117 if you are prepared for snow roads, or continue on Prefecture Road 97 down into Iiyama City and follow the signs to Route 117. On reaching Route 117, turn left onto that main road and follow the signposts towards Tokamachi and Nozawa Onsen. Continue past the Nozawa Onsen turn off and also through Sakae Village and Tsunan Town.  After Tsunan Town, turn right onto Route 353 towards Minamiuonuna and continue on that road for around about 18km. On arriving at Route 17, turn right to get into Yuzawa Town. (Turn left for some resorts in Minamiuonuma).
>> SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By car : By train
Madarao to Hakuba (Nagano) about 85km By car:
From Madarao Kogen resort turn right onto Route 97 and instead of turning left to go down to Iiyama City, continue straight on ahead for about 10km towards the Toyota Iiyama IC.  Get onto the Joshinetsu Expressway at Toyota Iiyama IC and continue about 30km to the Nagano IC. At the Nagano IC exit, turn right onto Prefecture Road 35 for just under 3.5km heading towards central Nagano City. At the Route 19 (Nagano Minami Bypass) junction, turn left - Hakuba is signposted. After about 13.5km on Route 19 turn right onto the Hakuba Nagano Toll Road (210 yen) and from there Prefecture Roads 31 and 33 will take you straight into Hakuba.
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SnowJapan Hakuba Travel Guide - By car : By train

See also:

>> Regional expressways connection map
>> Regional train lines connection map
>> On the above map click on the resort names, train lines and expressway names for more details

 

Additional Madarao resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to the Madarao area by train and public transport, please go to this section.

Daily reports Exclusive daily snow and weather reports from Madarao (Madarao Now)
Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Iiyama
List of ski and snowboard resorts in Shinano
Resort Spotlights Madarao Kogen
Tangram Ski Circus
Accommodation Accommodation Spotlights - Madarao area
Online booking for accommodation in Iiyama
Online booking for accommodation in Shinano

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