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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Official snow depth 380cm (0cm) [updated on 22nd January 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 ski area 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 due to their selection of ungroomed powder tree run courses. In addition, various activities are going on, including snow rafting, backcountry tours and snowshoe tours.

The Madarao highland area is home to two ski areas. The other one is Tangram Ski Circus. The two ski areas are connected, and a joint shared 'Mountain Pass' lift ticket is available during the peak season.

The Mountain

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Madarao Mountain Resort is lift-connected with:
Tangram Ski Circus

Madarao Mountain Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 260cm 220cm 1st - 200cm 1st - 240cm
2nd - - 2nd 250cm 210cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 210cm
3rd - - 3rd 250cm 220cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 220cm
4th - - 4th 250cm 220cm 4th - 195cm 4th - 240cm
5th - - 5th 280cm 220cm 5th - 210cm 5th - 240cm
6th - - 6th 280cm 210cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 190cm
7th - - 7th 280cm 200cm 7th - 200cm 7th - 195cm
8th - - 8th 280cm 220cm 8th - 220cm 8th - 190cm
9th - - 9th 270cm 220cm 9th - 250cm 9th - 190cm
10th - - 10th 260cm 230cm 10th - 290cm 10th - 190cm
11th - - 11th 260cm 250cm 11th - 280cm 11th - 190cm
12th - - 12th 260cm 230cm 12th - 275cm 12th - 180cm
13th - - 13th 260cm 220cm 13th - 270cm 13th - 180cm
14th - - 14th 290cm 220cm 14th - 250cm 14th - 180cm
15th 10cm 40cm 15th 300cm 215cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 175cm
16th 10cm 40cm 16th 300cm 215cm 16th - 210cm 16th - 170cm
17th 5cm 120cm 17th 300cm 200cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 170cm
18th 60cm 120cm 18th 300cm 200cm 18th - 240cm 18th - 170cm
19th 60cm 150cm 19th 300cm 220cm 19th - 260cm 19th - 160cm
20th 60cm 180cm 20th 360cm 250cm 20th - 250cm 20th - 160cm
21st 60cm 190cm 21st 380cm 250cm 21st - 225cm 21st - 160cm
22nd 55cm 190cm 22nd 380cm 220cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 145cm
23rd 60cm 190cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 205cm 23rd - 140cm
24th 60cm 160cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 240cm 24th - 130cm
25th 60cm 150cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 250cm 25th - 130cm
26th 100cm 190cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 125cm
27th 140cm 190cm 27th - 170cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 120cm
28th 160cm 180cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 115cm
29th 160cm 160cm 29th - 170cm 29th - - 29th - 110cm
30th 160cm 150cm 30th - 190cm 30th 30th - 95cm
31st 200cm 210cm 31st - 200cm 31st 31st - 50cm

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 & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The Kids Park is located near the main hotel at the ski area. 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).

There is also a free indoor kids room. 
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. 

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.

The Number 1 and Number 2 quad lifts normally operate during night skiing, until 9:00pm. Check with the ski area for night skiing opening dates.

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
Night 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 400 yen 500 yen 500 yen
PM & Night (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 ski area. Valid 25th December through 31st March. 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.

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.
There is a shuttle bus from Iiyama Station to the ski area. The journey takes about 30 minutes.

Other private company bus services operate buses between Nozawa Onsen, Iiyama Station and Madarao 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.
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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