Madarao Mountain Resort (Iiyama City, Nagano)

Madarao Mountain Resort
斑尾高原 (長野県 飯山市)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
'Madarao Now' daily report
Independent and exclusive snow and weather reporting from Madarao
Latest report posted at 2:24pm on Sunday 31st March 2019
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

Reader opinion Resort Reviews [24] Write review
Reader photos Photos [120] Upload photo

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 geographically within Myoko city – which is in Niigata Prefecture.

In recent years Madarao has become increasingly popular with international visitors and is well-known for a selection 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

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
0 0 2 4 5 1 3
Madarao Mountain Resort is lift-connected with:
Tangram Ski Circus

Madarao Mountain Resort Course Map

Click on the below image for a larger map
Course Map Small

Madarao Mountain Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 200cm 200cm 1st 330cm 230cm 1st 260cm 220cm
2nd - - 2nd 200cm 200cm 2nd 330cm 230cm 2nd 260cm 230cm
3rd - - 3rd 210cm 200cm 3rd 320cm 230cm 3rd 260cm 230cm
4th - - 4th 210cm 210cm 4th 280cm 230cm 4th 250cm 230cm
5th - - 5th 210cm 210cm 5th 280cm 240cm 5th 250cm 210cm
6th - - 6th 210cm 210cm 6th 280cm 240cm 6th 250cm 190cm
7th - - 7th 200cm 210cm 7th 270cm 240cm 7th 250cm 190cm
8th - - 8th 190cm 210cm 8th 280cm 240cm 8th 280cm 190cm
9th - - 9th 240cm 200cm 9th 280cm 240cm 9th 280cm 190cm
10th - - 10th 260cm 180cm 10th 300cm 230cm 10th 280cm 190cm
11th - - 11th 260cm 180cm 11th 300cm 230cm 11th 250cm 190cm
12th - - 12th 240cm 180cm 12th 310cm 230cm 12th 250cm 190cm
13th - - 13th 230cm 180cm 13th 320cm 230cm 13th 250cm 190cm
14th - - 14th 210cm 200cm 14th 340cm 230cm 14th 270cm 180cm
15th 80cm - 15th 200cm 200cm 15th 350cm 230cm 15th 270cm 180cm
16th 90cm 50cm 16th 210cm 180cm 16th 350cm 230cm 16th 260cm 180cm
17th 90cm 70cm 17th 210cm 170cm 17th 340cm 230cm 17th 260cm 180cm
18th 90cm 90cm 18th 240cm 170cm 18th 340cm 270cm 18th 260cm 170cm
19th 85cm 90cm 19th 240cm 170cm 19th 340cm 270cm 19th 260cm 170cm
20th 90cm 95cm 20th 230cm 170cm 20th 290cm 270cm 20th 250cm 170cm
21st 80cm 95cm 21st 280cm 170cm 21st 290cm 270cm 21st 235cm 165cm
22nd 60cm 95cm 22nd 300cm 170cm 22nd 270cm 270cm 22nd 225cm 160cm
23rd 60cm 100cm 23rd 290cm 170cm 23rd 270cm 270cm 23rd 230cm 160cm
24th 60cm 100cm 24th 300cm 180cm 24th 270cm 270cm 24th 230cm 160cm
25th 80cm 100cm 25th 300cm 220cm 25th 270cm 270cm 25th 230cm 150cm
26th 80cm 100cm 26th 300cm 230cm 26th 270cm 270cm 26th 225cm 150cm
27th 80cm 150cm 27th 310cm 230cm 27th 270cm 250cm 27th 225cm 150cm
28th 100cm 180cm 28th 300cm 230cm 28th 270cm 250cm 28th 225cm 140cm
29th 160cm 180cm 29th 330cm 230cm 29th - - 29th 220cm 130cm
30th 190cm 200cm 30th 330cm 230cm 30th 30th 220cm 130cm
31st 200cm 200cm 31st 320cm 230cm 31st 31st 210cm 120cm

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 Park' 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 3,000 yen, full day is 5,000 yen - reservations required). 
Park Information
Park information
The Free Ride Park by the Number 2 quad lift. There are also a number of popular ungroomed powder tree runs at Madarao. 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 normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm in the daytime.

It is usually open for nighta on Saturdays and another few holidays in the season from 5:00pm until 9:00pm and open until midnight on New Years Eve.

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
4 Hours 3,900 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
Nighta 1,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 300 yen 400 yen 400 yen
PM & Nighta (from 12pm) 4,800 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
New Year Nighta 2,500 yen 2,100 yen 2,100 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 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Mountain Pass (Season) 56,000 yen 25,000 yen 38,000 yen 38,000 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.

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.

Other bus services operate 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.

More Information

Visit official website
(link opens in a new window)
Madarao Kogen
Course Map Small
Madarao Mountain Resort
Resort Spotlight
Resort Spotlight
2019-2020 SEASON INFO
The ski resort information currently shown on SnowJapan is from the 2018-2019 season. Over the summer and autumn months we will be checking and then updating information. Everything will be updated online in time for the 2019-2020 winter season. Please note that planned ski resort opening dates are often very similar every year, so the dates from the 2018-2019 season can be taken as a good idea of what to expect next season.
Current resort snow depth
Daily updates during snow season
Reader Photos & Reviews
Photos (120) Upload
Read Reviews (24) Write
If you have visited Madarao Mountain Resort, please share your experience with other SnowJapan readers by writing a Resort Review and/or uploading photos
Reader Resort Rankings
General 85
Snow conditions 90
Courses & terrain 83
Lift system 72
Apres ski 46
Ranking points are submitted when writing Resort Reviews
Write Resort Review
Accommodation Spotlights on SnowJapan
Approx. distance from Madarao Mountain Resort by road (in winter)
About the information on this page
For more details and explanations about the information presented on this page, please read this.
It is very important to us that the information presented on SnowJapan is correct and up-to-date. Checks and updates are made throughout the year. If you find information that you feel needs checking and updating, please let us know by contacting us. We appreciate your support.