Madarao Mountain Resort (Iiyama City, Nagano)

Madarao Mountain Resort
斑尾高原 (長野県 飯山市)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
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Madarao Mountain Resort is located on the north-eastern slopes of Mt Madarao in Iiyama city. It is still known by the original name Madarao Kogen to many, but has recently taken on the name Madarao Mountain Resort. While the resort is officially in Nagano Prefecture, some of the slopes are actually in Myoko city, Niigata Prefecture. In recent years Madarao 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 Mountain Resort is lift-connected with:
Tangram Ski Circus

Madarao Mountain Resort Course Map

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Madarao Mountain Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 200cm 120cm 1st 230cm 270cm 1st 220cm 290cm
2nd - - 2nd 200cm 120cm 2nd 230cm 290cm 2nd 230cm 280cm
3rd - - 3rd 200cm 120cm 3rd 230cm 300cm 3rd 230cm 290cm
4th - - 4th 210cm 120cm 4th 230cm 290cm 4th 230cm 290cm
5th - - 5th 210cm 120cm 5th 240cm 280cm 5th 210cm 280cm
6th - - 6th 210cm 130cm 6th 240cm 280cm 6th 190cm 280cm
7th - - 7th 210cm 130cm 7th 240cm 280cm 7th 190cm 280cm
8th - - 8th 210cm 130cm 8th 240cm 280cm 8th 190cm 280cm
9th - - 9th 200cm 130cm 9th 240cm 280cm 9th 190cm 280cm
10th - - 10th 180cm 130cm 10th 230cm 290cm 10th 190cm 280cm
11th - - 11th 180cm 140cm 11th 230cm 290cm 11th 190cm 300cm
12th - - 12th 180cm 140cm 12th 230cm 310cm 12th 190cm 300cm
13th - - 13th 180cm 160cm 13th 230cm 320cm 13th 190cm 300cm
14th - - 14th 200cm 200cm 14th 230cm 320cm 14th 180cm 290cm
15th - 50cm 15th 200cm 250cm 15th 230cm 300cm 15th 180cm 270cm
16th 50cm 50cm 16th 180cm 260cm 16th 230cm 300cm 16th 180cm 280cm
17th 70cm 50cm 17th 170cm 270cm 17th 230cm 300cm 17th 180cm 280cm
18th 90cm 50cm 18th 170cm 270cm 18th 270cm 300cm 18th 170cm 280cm
19th 90cm 50cm 19th 170cm 270cm 19th 270cm 300cm 19th 170cm 280cm
20th 95cm 50cm 20th 170cm 270cm 20th 270cm 290cm 20th 170cm 270cm
21st 95cm 50cm 21st 170cm 270cm 21st 270cm 300cm 21st 165cm 250cm
22nd 95cm 40cm 22nd 170cm 270cm 22nd 270cm 300cm 22nd 160cm 260cm
23rd 100cm 30cm 23rd 170cm 270cm 23rd 270cm 295cm 23rd 160cm 260cm
24th 100cm 50cm 24th 180cm 290cm 24th 270cm 300cm 24th 160cm 260cm
25th 100cm 60cm 25th 220cm 300cm 25th 270cm 300cm 25th 150cm 260cm
26th 100cm 60cm 26th 230cm 300cm 26th 270cm 290cm 26th 150cm 260cm
27th 150cm 50cm 27th 230cm 300cm 27th 250cm 290cm 27th 150cm 260cm
28th 180cm 60cm 28th 230cm 290cm 28th 250cm 290cm 28th 140cm 260cm
29th 180cm 70cm 29th 230cm 280cm 29th - - 29th 130cm 260cm
30th 200cm 120cm 30th 230cm 260cm 30th 30th 130cm 260cm
31st 200cm 120cm 31st 230cm 270cm 31st 31st 120cm 250cm

Previous Statistics

Madarao Mountain Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Madarao. Please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
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 Area' is located near the main hotel at the resort. Entrance is 500 yen. Sledge rental is available.

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 Mountain Resort 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 is open from 8:30am until 5:00pm in the daytime.

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

Nighta dates:
Saturday 23rd December 2017
Friday 29th December 2017 until Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Every Saturday from 4th January 2018 until 24th March 2018
Sunday 7th January 2018
Sunday 11th February 2018

Madarao Mountain Resort 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 11,600 yen 11,600 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 tickets shown (unless noted) are for the 'Area Pass' which means valid at Madarao only.

The 'Mountain Pass' ticket is valid at both Madarao and the connecting Tangram Ski Circus resort. The resorts are connected at the top.

Add 500 yen to 'upgrade' a 1 Day Madarao ticket to include Tangram Ski Circus (1,000 yen for 2 days and 1,500 yen for 3 days).

Men's & Senior Day
Every Tuesday - 1 Day ticket is 3,000 yen for men and seniors (9th January until 13th March 2018)

Ladies Day
Every Friday - 1 Day ticket is 3,000 yen for ladies (12th January until 16th March 2018)

Getting to Madarao Mountain Resort

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 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.

Another bus also operates between Madarao Kogen, Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen.
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 Mountain Resort (Madarao Kogen) is located on the slopes of Mt Madarao looking over Iiyama city.

The winding Prefecture Road 97 runs past both the Madarao 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 1,500 vehicles of Madarao.

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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