Tangram Ski Circus (Shinano Town, Nagano)

Tangram Ski Circus
(長野県 信濃町)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until Tuesday 31st March 2020
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Tangram Ski Circus is located on the northern slopes of Mt Madarao in Shinano town, Nagano Prefecture – right on the border with Myoko city in Niigata Prefecture. On a clear day from the top there are spectacular views of Mt Myoko and Lake Nojiri and you can buy a return ticket just for this lift to go up to see the views. This resort opened in 1989.

The Madarao highland area is home to two ski and snowboard resorts – the other one being Madarao Kogen. The two resorts are connected and a joint shared lift ticket is available. As with Madarao Kogen, there are a few ungroomed 'powder runs' and 'tree runs' at Tangram Ski Circus as well as features and activities for children and families.

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

Tangram Ski Circus Course Map

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Tangram Ski Circus Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 40cm 150cm 1st 55cm 240cm 1st 100cm 200cm
2nd - - 2nd 40cm 155cm 2nd 70cm 240cm 2nd 95cm 200cm
3rd - - 3rd 40cm 160cm 3rd 65cm 240cm 3rd 90cm 200cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 160cm 4th 70cm 230cm 4th 80cm 190cm
5th - - 5th 60cm 150cm 5th 60cm 230cm 5th 80cm 170cm
6th - - 6th 60cm 160cm 6th 100cm 220cm 6th 85cm 160cm
7th - - 7th 60cm 160cm 7th 110cm 220cm 7th 85cm 150cm
8th - - 8th 50cm 150cm 8th 110cm 230cm 8th 80cm 160cm
9th - - 9th 45cm 180cm 9th 120cm 240cm 9th 70cm 160cm
10th - - 10th 45cm 180cm 10th 130cm 260cm 10th 65cm 160cm
11th - - 11th 45cm 180cm 11th 170cm 260cm 11th 60cm 160cm
12th - - 12th 40cm 180cm 12th 155cm 270cm 12th 60cm 160cm
13th - - 13th 40cm 170cm 13th 130cm 270cm 13th 55cm 150cm
14th - - 14th 40cm 170cm 14th 130cm 270cm 14th 50cm 160cm
15th - 80cm 15th 40cm 160cm 15th 100cm 280cm 15th 55cm 160cm
16th - 80cm 16th 50cm 160cm 16th 90cm 270cm 16th 55cm 150cm
17th - 75cm 17th 45cm 180cm 17th 85cm 270cm 17th 70cm 150cm
18th - 85cm 18th 45cm 190cm 18th 85cm 260cm 18th 65cm 150cm
19th - 80cm 19th 45cm 180cm 19th 85cm 250cm 19th 60cm 150cm
20th - 75cm 20th 45cm 170cm 20th 80cm 240cm 20th 50cm 150cm
21st - 50cm 21st 65cm 190cm 21st 80cm 240cm 21st 50cm 140cm
22nd 0cm 70cm 22nd 65cm 200cm 22nd 80cm 230cm 22nd 45cm 140cm
23rd 2cm 50cm 23rd 60cm 200cm 23rd 80cm 220cm 23rd 40cm 140cm
24th 15cm 60cm 24th 60cm 210cm 24th 80cm 220cm 24th 60cm 140cm
25th 15cm 65cm 25th 50cm 210cm 25th 70cm 210cm 25th 70cm 140cm
26th 15cm 65cm 26th 50cm 220cm 26th 65cm 210cm 26th 60cm 140cm
27th 10cm 65cm 27th 50cm 240cm 27th 100cm 210cm 27th 45cm 130cm
28th 30cm 85cm 28th 50cm 240cm 28th 120cm 210cm 28th 30cm 130cm
29th 30cm 110cm 29th 45cm 240cm 29th 110cm - 29th 60cm 130cm
30th 30cm 140cm 30th 45cm 240cm 30th 30th 50cm 130cm
31st 30cm 150cm 31st 45cm 240cm 31st 31st 30cm 120cm

Previous Statistics

Tangram Ski Circus Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tangram Ski Circus. 
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 at the base of the resort and has a variety of child friendly activities and items to play with - entry is free for those with lift tickets or 800 yen for those without. Open from 21st December 2019 until Tuesday 31st March 2020.

There is also a snow escalator by the Number 5 quad lift that services a small beginners area. Free to use.

Within Hotel Tangram there is a child-care facility available (half day from 3,200 yen; full day from 5,800 yen). Available from 27th December 2019 until 29th March 2020. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Ski & Board Park' is located by the Number 3 lift and features various items.

Various other activities are available at Tangram - snow mobiles, snow rafting, kids cat experience... as well as an on-the-snow 'Dog Run'. 

Tangram Ski Circus Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Tangram Ski Circus is generally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime (until 5:00pm from 15th February 2020).

Nighta is from 5:30pm until 8:30pm on Saturdays between 21st December 2019 until 21st March 2020 as well as over the New Year period (28th December until 4th January), 12th January, 23rd February and 20th March 2020. The slopes are groomed before nighta operations start. The Number 3 quad lift operates for nighta.

Tangram Ski Circus Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 3,000 yen 3,700 yen
2 Days 7,700 yen 5,400 yen 6,500 yen
3 Days 11,400 yen 8,100 yen 9,800 yen
4 Hours 3,300 yen 2,500 yen 2,900 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen
Mountain Pass 1 Day 5,500 yen 3,500 yen 5,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

The Mountain Pass is valid at Tangram Ski Circus and the connecting Madarao Kogen. Other tickets above are valid just at Tangram Ski Circus.

A sightseeing lift for people just wanting enjoy the views of Nojiriko (Lake Nojiri) from the top is available. That lift costs 1,200 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children (return).

Getting to Tangram Ski Circus

By public transport
16.4km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
8.8km from Myoko Kogen Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
16.4km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Transport Information
Tangram Ski Circus is about 9km from Myoko Kogen Station.

Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is just over 16km from Tangram.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by public transport
A bus is available from Iiyama Station and takes about 45 minutes. A bus from Kurohime Station takes about 30 minutes.

There is also a bus service from Nagano Station which operates from 21st December 2019 until 31st March 2020. It costs 1,400 yen for adults (half price for children). Reservations are required and the bus takes about 80 minutes.
By Car
10.6km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
11km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (8.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 97
Tangram Ski Circus is located on the northern slopes of Mt Madarao.

The winding Prefecture Road 97 runs past both the Tangram Ski Circus and the connecting Madarao Kogen 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 the Joshinetsu Expressway
If approaching from the south the nearest exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway is the Shinano-machi IC.
If approaching from the north, exit the expressway at the Myoko Kogen IC.
From both head up to Madarao using Prefecture Road 96 and then Prefecture Road 97.

Approaching from central Iiyama and Route 117
If arriving from the east 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.

>> More information on getting to Madarao by car
Parking is available at the base of Tangram Ski Circus.

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