Resort Spotlight: Tangram Ski Circus (Shinano, Nagano)

Tangram Ski Circus
Shinano, Nagano

Planned Season
15th December '18 - 31st March '19

Tangram is a year-round resort in the Madarao area of northern Nagano Prefecture.

The region enjoys excellent quantity and quality of snowfall over the winter months. The powder snow of course attracts skiers and snowboarders with a good choice of courses including some ungroomed area, but there's also lots of other ways to enjoy the snow at Tangram including snowmobiling and snow rafting.

Tangram is a very popular resort for families with young children as there are many facilities that help all members of families have the best day possible in the snow. Parents can leave the children at one of a choice of facilities - either playing in the snow or playing in the relaxing warmth of the hotel - knowing that they are in safe hands.

The superb views of Lake Nojiri and Mt Myoko that you can enjoy on a clear day are worth the visit alone!

Base elevation: 800m
Summit elevation: 1320m
Vertical: 520m
Number of Courses: 15
Longest Run: 1500m
Maximum gradient: 35 degrees
Night skiing and snowboarding available

Courses Level Length Average
Slope Gradient
Slope Gradient
Sky Loveline Beginner 550m 15° 28°
Primary Line Beginner-Intermediate 1950m 10° 21°
Jack Downhill Intermediate-Advanced 750m 20° 29°
Lake View Line Advanced 540m 21° 31°
Kings Slalom (ungroomed) Advanced 700m 22° 33°
Family Line Beginner 630m 12° 18°
Multi Play Line Beginner 560m 14° 17°
Heartland Line Beginner 610m 13° 19°
Queens Downhill Advanced 1010m 17° 31°
Forest Line Intermediate-Advanced 1400m 12° 26°
Zigzag Line Beginner 700m 17° 18°
Village Line (ungroomed) Beginner 300m 18° 35°
White Line (ungroomed) Intermediate-Advanced 120m 26° 31°
Pantan Line Beginner 650m 12° 20°
Green Line Beginner 610m 10° 12°

** Course map PDF file here **

Tangram Ski Circus with Hotel Tangram at the base.
Connecting Madarao Kogen resort in the top left area


Snowmobiles are great fun and at Tangram Ski Circus you can enjoy learning how to ride them at the resort.  Either enjoy riding on a simple course or learn for a licence on more powerful machines. If you already have a licence you can quickly get going on one of our popular Forest Courses.

Period: 15th December 2018 - 31st March 2019
Times: Weekdays:
1pm-4pm (reception from 12pm until 4pm)
Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and New Year:
10am-4pm (reception from 9am until 4pm)
Reception: Mobile House

Simple course that anyone can take part in:

Course Name




Child Short Course 1,500 yen Special snowmobile suitable for children - 4 times round a 200m course Not required
Child Long Course 2,500 yen Special snowmobile suitable for children - 3 times round a 700m course Not required
Adult Short Course 1,500 yen 80cc snowmobile - 4 times round a 200m course Not required
Adult Long Course 2,500 yen 80cc snowmobile - 3 times round a 700m course Not required

Full Snowmobile Experience - for guests ages 16 years and over:

Course Name




Yamaha Licence
Acquisition Course
5,000 yen Lean basic skills and gain a licence that allows you to use any Yamaha Snowmobile land in Japan.
Pass rate is over 95%.
Forest Tour 5,000 yen Enjoy an 8km course using snowmobiles of 340cc and above
Time: about 45 minutes


Long Forest Tour 7,500 yen Enjoy a 20km course using snowmobiles of 340cc and above
Time: about 90 minutes


Snow Rafting

Thrills on the inflatable snowrafts (Banana boats available too). Your snowraft will be dragged along by a staff-operate snowmobile.  Fun for all ages.

Period: 15th December 2018 until 31st March 2019
Times: 10am-4pm
Reception: Kids School Reception by Number 3 lift
Charges: Circuit course - 2,000 yen (up to 4 people)
Special course - 2,500 yen (up to 4 people)

Snow Park

The Snow Park is found by the Multiplay Line and Family Line area of the resort and is 50m wide by around 400m in length.  A selection of items to challenge including Box, Rainbow Box, Wave, Kicker and Moguls.

Childrens Facilities

Kids & Beginner Park

This popular park area is open from 9am until 4pm daily (15th December 2018 - 31st March 2019)

Entry is 800 yen for children aged 3 up until 2nd grade at elementary school age; 600 yen for children in 3rd grade or above at elementary school.

The area includes a few different sections - Adventure Area, Sledge Area, Yukiasobi ('playing in the snow') Area, Free Area, complete with a a 48m moving walkway and a special fun carousel. Parents can leave their children to enjoy play knowing their children are having fun in the snow.

Children Facilities

There are two places at Tangram to leave your children safe in the knowledge that they are being looked after by professionals.

Young children who are not yet ready for skiing or snowboarding can learn to enjoy playing safely in the snow.

  Half Day
2 hours
Full Day
4 hours
Charge 5,000 yen 7,500 yen Half day is from 10am until 12pm
Afternoon session is from 1:30pm until 3:30pm

Children ages 4-6 are welcome, ID required. Please be sure to arrive ready in clothing suitable for playing in the snow. Due to the limited number of available staff, booking early is advised - please book in advance. There may be times when we are not able to take bookings on the day.

Hotel Tangram Child Care

This is a child-care facility located in the warmth and comfort of the Hotel Tangram.

Child age Half Day Full Day  
Over 5 years 2,800 yen 5,400 yen Morning session is from 9:30am until 12pm
Afternoon session is from 1:30pm until 4pm
3-4 years - 3,000 yen 5,700 yen
1-2 years - 3,400 yen 6,400 yen
3 months - 1 year 3,800 yen 7,200 yen

Please enquire for more details.

Nojiroko Terrace Sightseeing Lift

Even if you don't want to ski or snowboard, you can still use a lift to get up to see the the breathtaking views of Lake Nojiri (野城湖) and the beautiful surrounding mountains.

A return ticket on the lift costs 1,200 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children and is open from 15th December 2018 until 31st March 2019. Note that the lift is hooded but snow wear and snow boots are highly recommended.


Hotel Tangram is located right by the base of the ski slopes of Tangram Ski Circus. For more information on the Hotel Tangram, please view the information on SnowJapan.

How to get to Tangram Ski Circus

Tangram Ski Circus is located on the border of Nagano and Niigata Prefecture, to the north of Nagano City and to the south east of Myoko.

By train:
Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Iiyama Station. From Iiyama Station a direct bus takes about 45 minutes, while a taxi takes around 40 minutes.  Bus reservations are possible with either Nagano Kotsu (0269-62-2013) or Iiyama Kanko Hire (0269-63-3232) companies - please enquire for more details.

Taxis to Tangram Ski Circus are also available from Kurohime Station on the Kita Shinano line (coming from Nagano Station). Please note that there are no buses from this station.

By car:
The nearest IC exits are the Shinano-machi IC (10km) or the Myoko Kogen IC (10km) on the Joshinetsu Expressway.

>> Click here to see location on map and use Route Finder to find your way to Tangram Ski Circus


Tangram Ski Circus Tickets 2018-2019 Season

  Adult Child
(under 6)
(55 and over)
1 Day Ticket 4,200 yen 3,000 yen 3,600 yen Valid on the day of purchase
Does not include nighta
2 Day Ticket 7,600 yen 5,400 yen 6,400 yen Valid on the day of purchase
Does not include nighta
3 Day Ticket 11,400 yen 8,100 yen 9,800 yen Valid on the day of purchase
Does not include nighta
4 Hours Ticket 3,200 yen 2,500 yen 2,800 yen Valid for 4 hours after purchase
Valid for nighta
Kids Ticket 1,000 yen 1 day ticket for infants
Nighta Ticket 1,500 yen Infants: 600 yen
11 Times Ticket 5,000 yen Valid during the season
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 20,000 yen 23,000 yen  

Mountain Pass 2018-2019 Season
Valid at Tangram Ski Circus and connecting Madarao Kogen resort

  Adult Child (under 6)
Senior (55 and over)
1 Day Ticket 5,000 yen
Tangram 1 day ticket + 3,000 yen
3,000 yen
Tangram 1 day ticket + 500 yen

Tangram Ski Circus Rental 2018-2019 Season

  4 Hours 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days Nighta Extra Hour
Ski or snowboard set 4,000 yen 5,000 yen 9,000 yen 12,000 yen 15,000 yen 2,000 yen 700
Skis or snowboard 3,000 yen 4,000 yen 7,000 yen 9,000
11,000 yen 1,400 yen 500
Boots 2,000 yen 3,000 yen 4,000 yen 5,000
1,000 yen 400
Ski poles 500
1,100 yen 1,400
Ski or snowboard set 3,000 yen 4,000 yen 7,000 yen 9,000
11,000 yen 1,500 yen 600 yen
Skis or snowboard 2,000 yen 3,000 yen 5,500 yen 7,000
1,000 yen 400 yen
Boots 1,500 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen 4,000
300 yen
Ski poles 300
200 yen

* Rental of ski wear, snow boots, hat, goggles, gloves and other items is also available

Green Season at Tangram

Tangram and the Madarao region and nearby Myoko are popular resort destinations throughout the year, enjoying cooler temperatures in the summer months and a range of activities and attractings.

Attractions include golf - the 18 hole Madarao Tokyu Golf Course is positioned right by the hotel - putter golf, a Tarzan Zip Rider, the Tangram Sky Walker (summer quad lift), super bobsleigh, trekking, tennis, indoor swimming pool, and a dog run....

And of course, all that the beautiful surrounding nature and scenery offers...

Tangram Photo Gallery

The view from the top, Lake Nojiri in the foreground

The view looking towards Myoko

Hotel Tangram at the base of the slopes