Madarao Travel Guide - By public transport

Madarao by public transport

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 public transport
Town Map
Getting from to nearby snow resort regions
Joshinetsu region map
Other Madarao resources on SnowJapan
Madarao by car
Go to our guide for getting to the Madarao rea by car


Getting to the Madarao area by public transport

  Shinkansen bullet train:  

  Hokuriku Shinkansen 北陸新幹線
  Iiyama Station 飯山駅
  Local trains:  
  Iiyama-sen 飯山線
  Iiyama Station 飯山駅

There is no train station actually in the highland Madarao area - the nearest train station is Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and Iiyama-sen local train lines.

In March 2015, a new section on the 'Nagano Shinkansen' (bullet train) line was opened and the line officially renamed as the Hokuriku Shinkansen. A brand new Shinkansen station was opened in Iiyama City, located just over 11km from the slopes of Madarao Kogen.  Previously the nearest Shinkansen station was Nagano Station and so this new station has cut the time needed on the bus to get to Madarao Kogen down to around 20 minutes.

The local Iiyama-sen line also stops at the new Iiyama Station. The Iiyama-sen line connects Nagano Station (from Nagano Station to Toyono Station via the Kita Shinano sen) with Echigo Kawaguchi Station in Niigata Prefecture.

From Iiyama Station to Madarao

From   To Train line
Tokyo Station > Iiyama Station Hokuriku Shinkansen

This journey is around 252km and usually takes around 100 minutes.

Hokuriku Shinkansen
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Iiyama Station and beyond
>> Full Hokuriku Shinkansen details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Tokyo Station Distance from Iiyama to Tokyo or Kanazawa
Tokyo 東京駅 Tokyo >>> 252.3km
Nagano 長野駅 Nagano 222.4km 29.9km
Iiyama 飯山駅 Nagano 252.3km >>>
Kanazawa 金沢駅 Ishikawa 450.5km 198.2km
 
Iiyama-sen
Iiyama-sen from Toyono Station to Iiyama Station
>> Full Iiyama-sen train line details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Toyono Station Connections
Kita Shinano line   Nagano    
Nagano 長野駅 Nagano 10.8km Hokuriku Shinkansen
Kita Nagano 北長野駅 Nagano 6.9km  
Sansai 三才駅 Nagano 4.0km  
Toyono 豊野駅 Nagano >>>  
Iiyama-sen   Nagano    
Toyono 豊野駅 Nagano >>>  
Shinano Asano 信濃浅野駅 Nagano 2.2km  
Tategahana 立ヶ花駅 Nagano 3.9km  
Kami Imai 上今井駅 Nagano 6.9km  
Kaesa 替佐駅 Nagano 8.8km  
Hachisu 蓮駅 Nagano 14.6km  
Iiyama 飯山駅 Nagano 19.2km Hokuriku Shinkansen

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

Important:
The times shown below are simple guidelines to indicate the train journey times between the stations mentioned and may vary depending on the trains and connections used. The lower number indicates travel time, the higher number indicates a sample journey including connecting times. Times from stations to ski resort areas are not included. Please check for specifics.

Region Approximate train journey time The journey
Madarao to Myoko (Niigata) about 14km By train:
There is no train back to Myoko Kogen - use the bus or taxi to get to Myoko from Madarao.
>> SnowJapan Myoko Travel Guide - By train : By car
Madarao to Nozawa Onsen (Nagano) about 12 minutes By train:
Get to Iiyama Station by bus or taxi.
Iiyama-sen from Iiyama Station to Togari Nozawa Onsen Station.
Alternatively just get a bus service from Iiyama Station.
Nozawa Onsen is about 13.5km from Iiyama Station (and about 7km from the local Togari Nozawa Onsen Station on the Iiyama line)
>> SnowJapan Nozawa Onsen Travel Guide - By train : By car
Madarao to Nagano City (Nagano) about 11 minutes By train:
Get to Iiyama Station by bus or taxi.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Iiyama Station to Nagano Station.
Madarao to Shiga Kogen (Nagano) about 1 hour By train:
Get to Iiyama Station by bus or taxi.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Iiyama Station to Ueda Station.
>> SnowJapan Shiga Kogen Travel Guide - By train : By car
Madarao to Sugadaira (Nagano) about 25 minutes By train:
Get to Iiyama Station by bus or taxi.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Iiyama Station to Nagano Station.
Nagano-sen line from Nagano Station to Suzaka Station.
Sugadaira is about 20km from Suzaka Station.
>>
SnowJapan Sugadaira Travel Guide - By train : By car
Madarao to Yuzawa (Niigata) 80-100 minutes By train:
Get to Iiyama Station by bus or taxi.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Iiyama Station to Takasaki Station.
Joetsu Shinkansen from Takasaki Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station.
>> SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By train : By car
Madarao to Hakuba (Nagano) 100-220+ By train:
Get to Iiyama Station by bus or taxi.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Iiyama Station to Itoigawa Station.
Oito-sen from Itoigawa Station to Hakuba Station.
>>
SnowJapan Hakuba Travel Guide - By train : By car

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 car, 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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