Madarao Kogen Ski Resort, Madarao Mountain Resort

Madarao Mountain ResortMadarao Kogen Ski Resort (斑尾高原スキー場 or a.k.a. Madarao Mountain Resort) is a unique bowl shape resort with 22 separate courses best suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders, but there is some terrain for beginners and some fairly steep runs for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort, Myoko Kogen

Madarao Ski Resort: About

Mt. Madarao reaches a height of 1,382 meters tall and has 16 lifts, all of which are free for children 12 and under. The common consensus is that this resort is usually uncrowded during weekdays with a good selection of runs, some nicely groomed trails (although 60% of the courses are ungroomed), and there are also very impressive views of Mt Myoko on a clear day. Madarao Kogen Ski Resort is quite near to Nagano City as well as the resorts in Myoko and Nozawa Onsen.

Madarao Kogen Ski Area

Two new courses were built at Madarao Kogen in 2009. Specifically constructed more for advanced skiers and snowboarders, the ‘Air Wave’ and ‘Usagi’ (rabbit) courses are ungroomed courses. Air Wave boasts moguls, opportunities for ‘air’ and tree runs – a powder snow paradise. The Usagi is bit easier so more suited to those looking to try out ungroomed areas without getting into too much difficulty. There was yet another new tree course for the 2013/14 season (see video) known as Powder Line. For more details see this Madarao ski page. Madarao-Kogen is connected to Tangram Ski Circus Resort at the top of the mountain and a joint ticket is available to let you ski or snowboard both. Backcountry ski tours in Madarao Kogen can be booked via Nagano Outdoor Sports.

For anyone wanting to ski with young families, there is also childcare and a kids park available. Next to the kids park, Restaurant Tyrol has a kids room and other child services available. Lift and food prices are reasonable, plus there are discounts for seniors over 58 yrs old.

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Longest Run: 2,500 metres
Half Pipes: Yes
Child Care and/or Kids Park: Yes
Cross-country available: Yes
Elevation: 1,350 metres
Vertical Drop: 440 metres
Terrain Parks: Yes
– Giant Course (Freeride Park) – table top, 1/4 pipe, hip spine, rail, box, kicker, hip

Madarao Ski Area: Ski Runs & Trails

Lifts: 16 Trails: 22 (Beg:30% Int:45% Adv:25%.

Lift Ticket Prices 2015/16

Area Pass (valid only for Madarao Kogen Ski Resort)

Tangram Lifts are not included on this pass. Customers who plan on using the Tangram lifts should purchase the Mountain Pass.

Type of ticket Adult Senior(over 55)、
Junior and senior high school students
Kids(under 12)
Single Lift 400 yen 400 yen 300 yen
4 Hour Pass 3,900 yen 3,200 yen Not set Valid from 4 hours of purchase time
1 Day Pass 4,500 yen 4,000 yen 1,500 yen 8:30 – 17:00
2 Day Pass 8,100 yen 7,100 yen 2,500 yen
3 Day Pass 11,900 yen 10,100 yen 3,500 yen
Afternoon + Nighter Pass 4,800 yen 4,000 yen Not set 12:00 – 21:00
Nighter Pass 1,800 yen 1.600 yen Not set(Included in 1DayPass) 17:00 – 21:00
Afternoon+Year-end Nighter Pass 5,500yen 4,700yen Not set 12/31(New Year’s Eve)12:00-24:00
Year-end Nighter Pass 2,500yen 2,100yen Not set 12/31(New Year’s Eve)17:00-24:00

Mountain Pass (valid for both Madarao Kogen Ski Resort & Tangram)

Type of ticket Adult、
Senior(over 55)、
Junior and senior high school students
Kids (under 12yo)
Mountain 1 Day Pass  5,000 yen  3,000 yen 8:30 – 17:00
(Cannot be used during “Nighter” hours).
Mountain 1 Day Pass Add 500 yen to Area pass
Mountain 2 Pass Add 1,000 yen to Area pass
Mountain 3 Pass Add 1,500 yen to Area pass

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Contact

Phone: 0269-64-3214 | Website

Stay in Tokyo after skiing in Madarao Kogen

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Access

Nearest station: Thirty minutes by bus, car or taxi from Iiyama Station. The Madarao shuttle leaves from Stop 5. Check train directions to Nagano and Iiyama from Tokyo and Osaka here.

Catch a Dentetsu bus from Nagano Station: Nagaden Bus runs two express buses to Madarao Kogen from JR Nagano Station each day and return during winter from the East (Higashi) exit of Nagano Station (Bus stop 3 or 4 – check map). Adult fare is 1,400 yen and child over 5 is 700 yen (reservations are needed). Nagaden also run services from Nagano to Nozawa Onsen via Iiyama. Check here for timetables. Costs per person on this service is also 1,400 yen one way. Travelling time is approximately 80-90 minutes, no reservation is needed.

Direct bus to Madarao Kogen Ski Resort from Narita Airport: Japan Ski Bus now runs a direct shuttle from Tokyo Narita Airport to Madarao ski area, as well as Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen. One way is 8,500 yen and return 15,000 yen. See the Japan Ski Bus site for more details and online bookings.

There is a Nozawa Onsen – Togari Onsen – Madarao Kogen shuttle for those staying in or visiting Nozawa Onsen.

Madarao Ski Resort: Access Map

Madarao Kogen access map

Tokyo Ski Buses to Madarao Kogen Ski Resort

Between December and April Travex runs a ski bus service direct between Shinjuku (Tokyo) to the Madarao ski areas. The cost for both services is also 4,000 yen one way or 7,500 yen return.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Snow & Weather Forecast

Madarao Kogen: Webcam

Madarao Kogen Ski Video – New Tree course in 2013/14

Cool Madarao Powder video – Courtesy of Fujio Pension

Madarao Kogen & Tangram Accommodation Map

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Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Accommodation

 ringo-jam-madarao-pension Pension Ringo Jam has been introduced on Japanese TV and in magazines for its hospitality, original cooking and unique facilities. Dinner is available with a mix of Japanese and Western style dishes. Family members are former ski champions and the lodge offers both equipment rental and ski / snowboard lessons. Discounted lift passes are available at reception.
Madarao Fujio Pension Guests at Fujio Pension in Madarao Kogen enjoy great scenery from their room at a 1,000 meter elevation in Madarao Kogen. The pension boasts connecting family rooms something not common in Madarao-kogen pensions. There are also choices of twin room with bath and toilet or a combination of bed and tatami-floored rooms. A popular choice for visitors seeking Nagano accommodation. Map to Fujio Pension in Madarao
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Madarao Kogen Ski Jump Toilet

While skiing don’t forget to visit the ski-jump toilet in the Heidi restaurant. This attention-grabbing toilet, which include a pair of skis printed on the floor, are designed to provide their target customers an ‘extra thrill’ as they take care of personal ablutions.

Ski jump toilet at Madarao-Kogen Ski Resort
Ski jump toilet at Madarao Kogen Ski Resort

Georgia Max Coffee chose to redesign the toilets of a number of key ski resorts in Japan. The cubicles were fully wrapped on all sides, so that the person caught short would have a ski jumper’s view when they were sitting on the loo. The person could look down at their skis (simply printed on the floor of the cubicle) and see the steep ski jump slope ahead of them. The toilet paper holder carried the only brand messaging in the cubicle, reading: “Seriously kick-ass intensely sweet for the real coffee super zinging unstoppable Max! Taste-explosion!”