Tangram Ski Circus (Shinano Town, Nagano)

Tangram Ski Circus
(長野県 信濃町)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Wednesday 31st March 2021
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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 ski area opened in 1989.

There are a few powder zones and tree run course areas at Tangram.

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 150cm 40cm 1st 140cm 55cm 1st 160cm 100cm
2nd - - 2nd 150cm 40cm 2nd 130cm 70cm 2nd 150cm 95cm
3rd - - 3rd 150cm 40cm 3rd 140cm 65cm 3rd 170cm 90cm
4th - - 4th 150cm 50cm 4th 130cm 70cm 4th 160cm 80cm
5th - - 5th 150cm 60cm 5th 140cm 60cm 5th 150cm 80cm
6th - - 6th 140cm 60cm 6th 140cm 100cm 6th 150cm 85cm
7th - - 7th 120cm 60cm 7th 130cm 110cm 7th 150cm 85cm
8th - - 8th 140cm 50cm 8th 160cm 110cm 8th 140cm 80cm
9th - - 9th 140cm 45cm 9th 200cm 120cm 9th 140cm 70cm
10th - - 10th 150cm 45cm 10th 200cm 130cm 10th 130cm 65cm
11th - - 11th 180cm 45cm 11th 200cm 170cm 11th 130cm 60cm
12th - - 12th 170cm 40cm 12th 190cm 155cm 12th 130cm 60cm
13th - - 13th 160cm 40cm 13th 180cm 130cm 13th 130cm 55cm
14th - - 14th 150cm 40cm 14th 160cm 130cm 14th 130cm 50cm
15th - - 15th 150cm 40cm 15th 150cm 100cm 15th 110cm 55cm
16th - - 16th 140cm 50cm 16th 150cm 90cm 16th 110cm 55cm
17th - - 17th 150cm 45cm 17th 160cm 85cm 17th 100cm 70cm
18th - - 18th 140cm 45cm 18th 170cm 85cm 18th 100cm 65cm
19th 100cm - 19th 160cm 45cm 19th 170cm 85cm 19th 95cm 60cm
20th 150cm - 20th 180cm 45cm 20th 170cm 80cm 20th 95cm 50cm
21st 150cm - 21st 160cm 65cm 21st 160cm 80cm 21st 80cm 50cm
22nd 150cm 0cm 22nd 160cm 65cm 22nd 150cm 80cm 22nd 80cm 45cm
23rd 140cm 2cm 23rd 140cm 60cm 23rd 150cm 80cm 23rd 75cm 40cm
24th 120cm 15cm 24th 130cm 60cm 24th 180cm 80cm 24th 75cm 60cm
25th 120cm 15cm 25th 120cm 50cm 25th 170cm 70cm 25th 70cm 70cm
26th 140cm 15cm 26th 120cm 50cm 26th 160cm 65cm 26th 70cm 60cm
27th 130cm 10cm 27th 120cm 50cm 27th 170cm 100cm 27th 60cm 45cm
28th 120cm 30cm 28th 120cm 50cm 28th 170cm 120cm 28th 50cm 30cm
29th 110cm 30cm 29th 110cm 45cm 29th - 110cm 29th 40cm 60cm
30th 100cm 30cm 30th 130cm 45cm 30th 30th 30cm 50cm
31st 130cm 30cm 31st 130cm 45cm 31st 31st 20cm 30cm

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 1,000 yen (or 500 yen with a valid 1 day lift ticket). Open from 26th December 2020 until 31st March 2021.

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 usually a child-care facility, but it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season. 
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 normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime (until 4:00pm from 22nd March 2020).

Night skiing is from 4:30pm until 8:30pm on Saturdays between 30th December 2020 until 13th March 2021 as well as over the New Year period (30th December until 3rd January), 10th January 2020.

Until last season the slopes open for night skiing were groomed before that started, but this year they will not be.

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 2020-2021 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 19th December 2020 until 31st March 2021. That bus costs 1,400 yen for adults (half price for children). Reservations are required and the bus takes about 80 minutes. The bus leaves Nagano Station at 11:30amnd 3:40pm.
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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