Madarao Mountain Resort (Iiyama City, Nagano)

Madarao Mountain Resort
(長野県 飯山市)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 3rd April 2022
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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 geographically within Myoko city – which is in Niigata Prefecture. 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.

In recent years Madarao has become increasingly popular with international visitors, probably in part due to their selection of ungroomed powder tree run courses. There are lots of activities going on including snow rafting, backcountry tours, snow shoe tours... and indoor climbing.

Madarao has also been busy adding new courses and tree runs in recent seasons and for the 2020-2021 season Madarao is adding another new course. 'Heidi' connects the Crystal Course off Lift Number 11 back to the Heidi Restaurant and the Number 2 quad lift.

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 'Mountain Pass' 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 - 220cm 1st - 200cm 1st - 240cm
2nd - - 2nd - 210cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 210cm
3rd - - 3rd - 220cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 220cm
4th - - 4th - 220cm 4th - 195cm 4th - 240cm
5th - - 5th - 220cm 5th - 210cm 5th - 240cm
6th - - 6th - 210cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 190cm
7th - - 7th - 200cm 7th - 200cm 7th - 195cm
8th - - 8th - 220cm 8th - 220cm 8th - 190cm
9th - - 9th - 220cm 9th - 250cm 9th - 190cm
10th - - 10th - 230cm 10th - 290cm 10th - 190cm
11th - - 11th - 250cm 11th - 280cm 11th - 190cm
12th - - 12th - 230cm 12th - 275cm 12th - 180cm
13th - - 13th - 220cm 13th - 270cm 13th - 180cm
14th - - 14th - 220cm 14th - 250cm 14th - 180cm
15th - 40cm 15th - 215cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 175cm
16th - 40cm 16th - 215cm 16th - 210cm 16th - 170cm
17th - 120cm 17th - 200cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 170cm
18th - 120cm 18th - 200cm 18th - 240cm 18th - 170cm
19th - 150cm 19th - 220cm 19th - 260cm 19th - 160cm
20th - 180cm 20th - 250cm 20th - 250cm 20th - 160cm
21st - 190cm 21st - 250cm 21st - 225cm 21st - 160cm
22nd - 190cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 145cm
23rd - 190cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 205cm 23rd - 140cm
24th - 160cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 240cm 24th - 130cm
25th - 150cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 250cm 25th - 130cm
26th - 190cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 125cm
27th - 190cm 27th - 170cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 120cm
28th - 180cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 115cm
29th - 160cm 29th - 170cm 29th - - 29th - 110cm
30th - 150cm 30th - 190cm 30th 30th - 95cm
31st - 210cm 31st - 200cm 31st 31st - 50cm

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
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' is by the Number 2 quad lift. There are also a number of popular ungroomed powder tree runs at Madarao. New one for 2019-2020 - 'SAWA II', a new 600m 'natural half pipe course' between SkyLove Course and the original SAWA tree run course.

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 night skiing on Saturdays between 26th December 2020 and 20th March 2021, and also over New Year (29th December through 3rd January) and 10th January 2021.

The Number 1 and Number 2 quad lifts normally operate during night skiing.

Madarao Mountain Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 5,000 yen 2,000 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
2 Days (8:30am-5pm) 8,500 yen 3,000 yen 7,500 yen 7,500 yen
3 Days (8:30am-5pm) 12,000 yen 4,000 yen 10,500 yen 10,500 yen
4 Hours 4,000 yen 1,500 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
Nighta 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 400 yen 500 yen 500 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-9pm) 5,000 yen 2,000 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
Season Ticket 48,000 yen 20,000 yen 33,000 yen 33,000 yen
Mountain Pass (1 Day) 5,500 yen 3,500 yen 5,500 yen 5,500 yen
Mountain Pass (Season) 56,000 yen 25,000 yen 41,000 yen 41,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season lift tickets

Pre-school children can ride the Madarao lifts at no charge.

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

On the day you can add 500 yen to 'upgrade' a 1 Day Madarao ticket to also include Tangram Ski Circus.

The 1, 2 and 3 day tickets do not include night skiing.

Children's Day is the third Sunday of the month when elementary school children can ride the lifts for free.
Men's & Seniors Day is every Tuesday between 12th January and 16th March 2021. On those days, a one day lift ticket for those folk is 3,500 yen.
Ladies Day is every Friday between 15th January and 19th March 2021. On those days, a one day lift ticket for those folk is 3,500 yen.

A spring ticket from 22nd March 2022 is available:

- Adults: 3,500 yen
- Child: 1,500 yen
- Seniors: 3,500 yen

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 the resort.

Other private company 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 (1,000 cars) are free every day of the season.

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