Active Life Madarao Hotel

Active Life Madarao Hotel

“Great Accommodation. Amazing Service.” (Review)

Renovated in 2016, the beautiful, chalet-like Active Life Madarao Hotel offers a great location with Madarao Kogen Ski Resort only a 3-minute walk away. Formerly known as La Foret Shanpia, it features a garden, a terrace and free WiFi.


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Active Life Madarao Hotel

Life is about exploring, experiencing and being free. In Madarao, be active and live an Active Life.

At Active Life Madarao, we take care of everything from sport, to food, to rest so you can focus on your adventure. Active Life is not a hotel, it’s an awesome curated experience.

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Ski the trees through Madarao’s famous powder. Whether you prefer groomed or ungroomed runs, Madarao’s 30 ski runs have it all. Then if that’s not enough, Madarao connects directly to Tangram to add another 15 runs – just ski left at the top.


Boot up with an espresso, power up on a hearty breakfast from our buffet then hit the powder. When you return from a hard day of skiing enjoy an exquisite French-Japanese fusion dinner.


After a long day of skiing share your GoPro video’s over a glass of your favourite wine/ beer in the bar. Enjoy a piping hot bath to relax those weary muscles, then follow it up with a traditional massage in our spa. There is also a beer bar that serves local craft beers.


Enjoy a great night’s sleep in our newly renovated rooms. Our beds can be curated just for you, let us know if you’d like your bed to be – hard, firm or dream.

Active Life Madarao – Overview

There are 45 Western-style rooms with wooden floor, a seating area with a sofa and an LCD TV. A fridge and an en suite toilet are provided. Active Life Madarao offers ski passes at a charge. A coin launderette is available on site. Facilities include a massage service and free parking.

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Hotel Features

  • Freshly renovated in 2016
  • Western style rooms
  • Beer bar (with a selection of local craft beers)
  • Relaxing onsen
  • Best massage in Madarao
  • French – Japanese cuisine options
  • English speaking staff
  • Japanese hospitality with western comfort
  • Free wifi
  • Coin operated laundry

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Madarao Elm Pension

Madarao Elm Pension, Madarao Kogen

“Madarao Elm is a cozy and friendly pension”(Review)

Madarao Elm Pension is a small 11-room wooden-style pension comfortably warmed by the Swedish central heating system. The carpeted rooms feature a seating area, western bedding and a view of the garden.

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Madarao Elm Pension, Madarao Kogen

Madarao Elm Pension: Overview

Bathrooms and toilets are shared with other guests. There are both male and female baths for 3-6 people, excellent after coming back from a day out on the slopes. Just three minutes away by car is the delightful outside rotenburo bath “Madarao no yu”.

Elm Pension in Madarao is well known for their carefully prepared dishes. In winter season they also prepare popular warm nabe dishes, along with local wine and Japanese sake. For breakfast, guests can enjoy fresh baked bread and free flow specially prepared coffee. Egg, bacon/ham, vegetable salad and desserts also available. You can enjoy a hearty meal whilst looking over the spectacular Shiga mountain scenery.

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At Elm Pension in Madarao ski equipment can be rented and stored on site. A concierge service and an ironing service are available at the front desk. Barbecue facilities can be used at a surcharge.

A western/Japanese-style meal featuring local fresh produces is served for dinner and a western-style set breakfast is served in the mornings. Both meals are served at the dining area.

The Madarao Onsen ski lifts are located within a 7-minute walk from the property. Guests can also get to the Madarao Kogen Ski Resort within a 1-minute drive.

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Fujio Pension Madarao

Fujio Pension Madarao, Madarao Kogen

“Fujio Madarao Pension is our favourite place!” (Review)

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Fujio Pension Madarao, Madarao Kogen

Fujio Pension Madarao: Overview

Offering a 1-minute free shuttle ride from Madarao Kogen Ski Resort, Fujio Pension features basic guest rooms, a spacious shared dining room and a cosy lounge bar. The property provides free Wi-Fi in all areas.

Takeshi the lodge manager is happy to help guide guests with tree runs, sidecountry/off-piste powder and also runs some Madarao back country tours.The pension can also help arrange ski and snowboard rental.

Features of Fuji Pension:

  • Large living room & Bar;
  • Japanese hot tubs;
  • Ski tuning room;
  • Free wireless internet throughout;
  • Transfers to & from the Madarao bus stop;
  • Transfers to & from shops/restaurants/ski areas;
  • All modern Western toilets.

Each of the 13 air-conditioned/heated rooms comes with a TV and mountain views. Some rooms are fitted with a tatami (woven-straw) seating area.

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After enjoying a day of skiing or hiking, guests at Pension Fujio can relax at the 24-hour public baths. Luggage and ski storage services are provided.

A Japanese/Western full course dinner and Western-style breakfast are served at the dining room. In the bar lounge, guests can unwind with tasty drinks. Guests can look forward to a different meal each night – all freshly prepared at the pension using local ingredients.

A pick-up shuttle service from Madarao Kogen Hotel Bus Stop, a 1-minute drive away, can be arranged at time of booking.

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Madarao Fujio Pension – Great dining!

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Ringo Jam Pension, Madarao Kogen

“Osamu & Eiko were wonderful hosts and Pension Ringojam had a very homely feel.” (Review)

Pension Ringo Jam in Madarao Kogen has been introduced on Japanese TV and in magazines for its hospitality, original cooking and unique facilities. The pension is famous for the original apple jam that the owner chef has been making over 26 years. Dinner is available with a mix of Japanese and Western style dishes.

There are 14 rooms that include single, twin & triple occupancies. The air-conditioned rooms feature hardwood floors and a flat-screen cable TV. There are three communal bathrooms that also have a man-made onsen that will help you relax after a long day skiing and snowboarding. A relaxing foot bath is offered for an extra cost. Guests can enjoy Japanese comic books or watch DVDs at the shared lounge.

Family members are former ski champions and the lodge offers both equipment rental and ski / snowboard lessons. Discounted lift passes are available at reception. The owner might be able to take you out to other snow resorts or sightseeing spots such as the Snow Monkey Park (subject to availability).

Early check in is available at 12:00 noon and late check out at the same time.

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Advantages of Pension Ringo Jam, Madarao Kogen

  • WiFi
  • non-smoking
  • free pick up & drop off at bus stop
  • English speaking staff
  • access to other ski areas and Snow Monkeys
  • drying room
  • restaurant

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Nagano Accommodation, Myoko Hotels

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The Heart of Japan offers simply the widest range of Nagano accommodation available across the region. You can book online a choice of over 400 ryokan, resort hotels, backpacker hostels, ski lodges, pension & traditional inns and receive instant confirmation.

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Nagano Accommodation, Myoko Hotels

If you are looking for comfortable, affordable and cheap accommodation in Japan’s “White Triangle” – Myoko Kogen, Hakuba, Akakura Onsen, Akakan Resort, Lake Nojiri, Nozawa Onsen, Madarao Kogen, Togakushi, Joetsu, Yudanaka Onsen (Japan Snow Monkey Park), Shiga Kogen and surrounds – hotels, pension, inns, hostels, ski lodges, cabins, minshuku, b&b or ryokan – then you have come to the right place. We can also help you book online at the same time for any stopovers in Nagano City, Tokyo Airports, Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya or Kyoto. We can also assist with group bookings throughout Japan

Please note that Myoko Kogen and the “White Triangle” is made up of several different areas (as listed above) and the establishments below are only a small fraction of the properties offered. The following are a small selection of recommended inns, pensions, hotels and ryokan. For a full list of accommodation in the different areas of Myoko Kogen and the White Triangle please use the links on our accommodation menu at top. If unsure of the area you are looking for check out our extensive access and maps pages.

Explore the Heart of Japan offer by far the widest available range of accommodation in the area where reservations can easily be done online in English. Each area has its own hotel map so you can see exactly where the property you are booking lies in relation to local transport, resorts and services.

We have gathered all of the available bookable online establishments and are constantly adding to our lists. We utilise only well known reputable companies and you can therefore book securely with confidence, and at the best possible price, via our own secure travel booking site or one of the following –, Japanican (JTB), or Rakuten. Confirmation is usually immediate.

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Family ski lodge Myoko, self contained accommodation

Myoko’s #1 ski lodge – self catering accommodation in the heart of Akakura Onsen

Nagano Accommodation: Featured places to stay

Myoko Kogen accommodation:

Akakura, Akakura Kanko, Ikenotaira, Suginohara & Seki Onsen

Hotel Kofukan in Myoko

Ryokan Kofukan is near Myokokogen Station. It was opened in 2004 featuring large rooms with both Japanese and Western style accommodation available, wonderful relaxing hotsprings and a great view of Mt. Myoko. A free shuttle bus service is available to and from Suginohara ski field during the winter. Discount ski lift tickets are also available for purchase. Friendly service (in English), great food and reasonable tariff. Map to Hotel Kofukan, Myoko-kogen

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Hotel Moc in Akakan Ski Resort The Hotel Moc boasts a fantastic location right opposite the Akakura Kanko (Akakan) Ski Resort. There are twelve semi-Japanese and three Western style rooms. The hotel amenities include washer/dryer, internet access and a ski rental shop. The hotel is only ten minutes by car/taxi from Myokokogen station. A complimentary shuttle bus from the station is also available. Check Hotel Moc ratings and reviews
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Akakura Hotel in Akakura Onsen, Myoko Kogen

Akakura Hotel is a well known Akakura ski hotel in the very heart of Akakura Onsen Ski Village with only a four minute walk to the lifts. Refreshing 100% natural hot springs equipped with an open-air bath, sauna and jacuzzi. Guests can enjoy visiting various inside and outside onsen baths. Read or Leave Akakura Hotel reviews

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ski hotel Suginohara Soratobu Usagi Myoko in Myoko Suginohara Ski Area is right in the middle of the Myoko Suginohara ski area trails, with one of the chairlifts going almost past the window (see map). They also have some self-contained accommodation which would be ideal for a family or small group of friends.
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Tsubame Onsen Hotel Tsubame Highland Hotel in Tsubame Onsen (high above Seki Onsen) is the perfect place for relaxing, hiking, trekking and skiing. To get to Akakura Ski Resort you can ski or snowboard down directly from Tsubame Onsen then get a free pick-up by snow tractor.
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Shumisen no Yu Ichinoyado Gen Ichinoyado Gen is located in the beautiful highland area of Ikenotaira Onsen (Myoko Kogen). Ichinoyado Gen offers traditional Japanese style guestrooms and both outdoor & indoor hot spring baths. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, fridge and seating area. Some rooms come with private onsen.
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Nagano Accommodation: Nozawa Onsen, Lake Nojiri and Madarao Kogen

Alpine Nozawa Villa in Nozawa Onsen The Australian owned Alpine Villa Nozawa in Nozawa Onsen is just 200 metres from the ski lifts of and 50 metres from a free-use public hot-spring. Guests can enjoy the fireplace lounge, spacious free-use kitchen and home theatre room at Alpine Villa Nozawa. Read reviews of Alpine Villa Nozawa and/or see map to Alpine Villa Nozawa.
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Shinano Pension Almanac Pension Almanac in Lake Nojiri / Kurohime is five minutes by car from the Shinano-machi interchange. This establishment has a homely cabin feel with Chinese meals available. Facilities include coin laundry, ski and snowboard rental as well as ski wear, a ski drying room and internet access (e-mail).
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Madarao Fujio Pension

Guests at Fujio Pension in Madarao Kogen enjoy great scenery from their room at a 1,000 metre elevation in Madarao Kogen. The pension boasts connecting family rooms something not common in Madarao-kogen pensions. A popular choice for visitors seeking Nagano accommodation. Map to Fujio Pension in Madarao

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Japanese Snow Monkeys Accommodation:

Yudanaka Onsen, Shibu Onsen, Kanbayashi Onsen, Shiga Kogen

Shimaya Ryokan Yudanaka Shimaya Ryokan is located in the centre of Yudanaka Onsen and only eight minutes away from Yudanaka station. This inn is our most booked Yudanaka Onsen / Snow Monkeys accommodation option. When requested, the ryokan will provide ‘on-demand’ free shuttle services to and from the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Read or leave a review of Shimaya Ryokan here
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Shibu Hotel, Shibu Onsen Shibu Hotel in Shibu Onsen is a Japanese-style inn popular with foreign visitors close to the Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Monkey Park) with free shuttle available. The hotel has both Japanese-style rooms and western-style rooms as well as three different types of onsen including a private bath.
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Jigokudani Onsen Korakukan Jigokudani Onsen Korakukan Ryokan is a small inn past Kanbayashi Onsen with twelve Japanese style rooms which is as close as you can get to the Japan Snow Monkey Park. Cost is around 10,000 yen per person per night (including dinner and breakfast)
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Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen Hotel Shirakabaso Shigakogen is just a 2-minute walk from the Maruike ski resort offering indoor & outdoor hot spring baths, rooms with free Wi-Fi and a launderette. It features both Japanese-style and Western rooms. Guests can relax in the outdoor hot spring with nature views, unwind in a public bath indoors, or soak in a private-use hot spring bath.
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Nagano Accommodation: Nagano City, Zenkoji Temple, Togakushi Village & Hakuba

Zenkoji Tokugyoubou Shukubo Zenkoji Tokugyoubou in Nagano City is located right in the grounds of Zenkoji Temple. It is a shukubo – the kind of lodging that is traditionally attached to a Japanese temple. A shukubo is similar to traditional Japanese inns but at a shukubo you can join in morning prayers with the temple monks and eat shojin ryori – the special austere, vegetarian meal for monks. The rooms are traditional Japanese rooms with tatami mats and a light cotton yukata is offered for sleeping. No credit cards accepted
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togakushi hotel Togakushi Kogen Hotel in Togakushi Village

Located right in front of Togakushi Ski Resort, Togakushi Kogen Hotel offers simple accommodation with views of Mount Togakushi. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas. One hour by bus from JR Nagano Station or thirty minutes drive from Hakuba

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bears den hakuba accommodation Just 300 metres from Hakuba Goryu gondola station, the completely non-smoking Bears Den Mountain Lodge has free Wi-Fi throughout and boasts a Japanese-style hot tub with mountain views, massages, a lounge with an LCD TV, board games and books, and a large drying room.
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Matsuya Ryokan Matsuya Ryokan in Nagano City is an amazing traditional inn located right at the heart of Zenkoji Temple. Matsuya is recommended for those who love to have a taste of very traditional Japanese culture, architectural design and value for money.
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Descriptor: Are you looking for Nagano accommodation or a ski hotel in Myoko? Perhaps a Myoko Hotel? On this page is listed Myoko accommodation, Niigata accommodation, Nagano accommodation, Nojiri Hotels, The best places to stay in Hakuba, Cabins in Lake Nojiri, Myoko Hotels, Myoko ski resorts and Myoko ryokan. You will also find an assortment of backpackers, ryokan, pension, minshuku, B&B, hostels and inns for Niigata, Nagano City, Hakuba Village, Nozawa Onsen, Akakura, Ikenotaira, Suginohara, Togakushi, Madarao, Kurohime, Seki Onsen, Tsubame Onsen, Yudanaka Onsen, Kanbayashi Onsen and Shibu Onsen. Please click on any of the main links at the top for further information.,

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Madarao, Tangram & Iiyama Travel Guide

Madarao Kogen Mountain Resort

Madarao Kogen & Tangram Resorts in Iiyama City  and the surrounding areas area are located deep within the heart of the Japan Alps at the northernmost part of Nagano Prefecture, making it an excellent retreat during any of the four seasons. Here you can experience “ancient” Japan by visiting the many remaining temples or just by viewing its traditional landscapes that are spread across the region. Iiyama City is a former castle town within the Okushinano region of Nagano with many old Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples still standing side by side. The Chikuma River (the longest river in Japan) runs through the centre of the area and becomes known as the Shinano River when it passes into Niigata Prefecture. A virgin beech forest covers 400ha of Mt. Nabekura, providing great opportunities for hiking and sightseeing. The area prides itself on ‘green tourism’ and is known as ‘Japan’s hometown’

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Skiing and snowboarding in Madarao Kogen

There are a number of high quality ski resorts in the region. These include Madarao SympathiqueMadarao KogenTangram Ski Circus, Togari Onsen, Shinanodaira, Iiyama Kokusai and Hokuryuko. Please refer to our ski and snowboard page for further information. You can check out current conditions at Tangram Ski Circus and Madarao Kogen via our live web cams (above). Numerous bargain packages (lift tickets, discount coupons and ski packages can be found – particularly mid-week or in low season. Check at one of the local tourist offices for packages and coupons before heading up the mountain.

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

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!”

Madarao Onsen

Many of the good hotels in the area have onsen (hot springs) plus there are several fine public onsen. These include Yutaki Onsen on Route 117, Hokuryu Onsen in Iiyama City (with fabulous views from the outdoor hot spring (rotemburo) of the five peaks of the Hokushin region and the Sekita mountain range), Togari Onsen with two well known rotenburo (outside pools) and Madarao Kogen Onsen where one can enjoy a relaxing mountain onsen located more than 1000 metres above sea level. Toyoda-mura Onsen Koen Momiji-so (phone 0269-38-3030) situated between Kijimadaira and Madarao is open 10:00 – 20:00 (closed iiyama onsenWednesdays). Adults are ¥500 and children ¥350. Local town onsen are also available and quite inexpensive but usually consist of only one smallish bath. Look for the this symbol (right) on maps and signs when seeking onsen.

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Shopping in Madarao and Iiyama

Local Products: There are a number of unique products available. Iiyama’s Buddhist altars are famous for their craftsmanship and for the amount produced in one city plus the art of making Japanese washi (paper), Uchiyama tesuki washi, has a local history of over 400 years.

Tomikura Soba (Tomikura Buckwheat Noodles): The secret to the local Tomikura soba is usage of wild burdock leaves, giving it a unique firmness plus a rich, dark flavor and color. Adventurous visitors MIGHT be able to find the soba restaurants which are unmarked with no signs or advertisements – local establishments are usually well-known among soba fanatics. But you’ll likely need to make a reservation because the noodles are handmade each day and they boil them as they are ordered. Check out some pictures here.

Local Produce: For just a fraction of the price you would pay in Tokyo or Osaka, the local area has numerous roadside stalls and farmers’ markets where you can buy great local produce. The tomatoes and peaches are renowned and the region grows blueberries, apples, pears, corn, edamame (green soybeans) and dozens of other fruits and vegetables. You will also discover all sorts of local specialities such as Scotch thistle preserve, walnut jam and aloe vera honey.

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Local Events and Festivals Calendar:

Mid- February: Iiyama Snow Festival
Mid April: Cherry Blossom Festival in Iiyama and Nakano
Early July: Iiyama Gion Festival
*August 5th: Iiyama Dontokoi
*August 14th: Iiyama Fireworks Festival
*August 16th: Madarao Kogen Fireworks – 8.00pm

*Approximate dates and times only. Please double-check with the local tourist centre.

Newport Jazz Festival in Madarao – This festival was a three day festival held every summer between 1982-2005 on the beautiful Madarao plateau. It Included workshops and jam sessions as well as performances by well known local and international performers. Notable artists who have performed at the festival include: Dizzy Gillespie quartet, Spyro Gyra, Masahiko Sato, Stuff, Tania Maria, Toshiyuki Honda, Terumasa Hino, B. B. King, Gary Burton, Dave Brubeck, Woody Herman, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Ritenour, Wayne Shorter, Jackie McLean, Celia Cruz, Sérgio Mendes, Jonathan Butler, Gil Evans, Charmaine Neville, Larry Goldings, Regina Carter, Monday Michiru, Michael Brecker, Dianne Reeves, Ray Barretto, Angélique Kidjo, PE’Z, and many more. It is hoped that the festival may be revived after the arrival of the new Hokiriku Shinkansen stop in Madarao.

During Golden Week (the beginning of May), the Na-no-hana (Canola Blossom) festival is held in Iiyama. The Na-no-hana park overlooks the river and the plain and is a great spot for some random flower viewing and a picnic!

The Lake Nojiri Triathlon is an increasingly popular event for both contestants and spectators. It held every year around the middle of July. Lake Nojiri Triathlon entry forms can be found here (in Japanese). Competitors came from all over Japan as well as overseas.

Atractions and things to do: Madarao, Iiyama, Tangram

Golf: There are several excellent golf courses in the area including Madarao Tokyu Golf Club and Madarao Kogen Country ClubClick here for more golf course information

Hiking: From Hokuryuko ski area there are several hiking trails that link up to eventually lead to the Inner Shrine of the Kosuge Shrine. It’s a fairly steep slog up hill for forty minutes but the shrine is very pretty and the views back to the plain are great. There is also a freshwater spring next to the shrine to fill your water bottle up at! Lake Hokuryuko is also often used for kayaking.

The Madarao Plateau trekking route, which was selected as one of the “Best 100 walking routes” by the Yomiuri Newspaper, extends for around fifty kilometres in total at an altitude of around 1,000 metres. Other various courses are available to suit all needs, such as the Madarao nature trek as well as wetland and beech forest courses.

Cherry Blossom Viewing: The ruins of Iiyama Castle built by the orders of feudal lord Uesugi Kenshin is one of the very best sakura locations in the region during the Iiyama Joshi Sakura Festival. About 400 someiyoshino blossoms cover the entire mountain in pink, and the cherry blossoms and narcissus blooming during the same season are equally gorgeous. From the castle ruins you can have a grand view of the Chikuma River flowing down along with with the mountainscape of Shiga-Kogen with snow left on its peak.

Fishing: Lake Nozomi is only 5-10 minutes by car from Madarao. It is regarded as a ‘hidden spot’ of bass fishing – but getting more and more popular with each season. Other activities are also available.

Madarao Nature School: Throughout the year one can experience a number of nature-related activities, such as cascade climbing, rock climbing, furniture crafting with driftwood, silver craft, and braid making. Find one that fits your purpose.

Madarao Sports Passport: From 1st July until 30th September visitors can experience any of 20 different activities for only 4,500 yen. These include water skiing, rafting, paragliding, horse back riding, etc., as well as water and highland sports at Lake Nojiri, Lake Kibo and the Chikuma River. See the official Madarao site for more details and map.

Japan Monkey Onsen Park – Click hereJigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑 Jigokudani Yaen Kōen) a.k.a. Snow Monkey Onsen in Yamanouchi, Nagano, Japan

See here for a Japanese Snow Monkeys One Day Tour (Roundtrip from Tokyo)

Other nearby attractions:

In nearby Shinanomachi lies the home of the revered Japanese poet, Issa.

Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City is also a popular tourist spot. Catch the Dentetsu line train to Gondo or Zenkoji stations and then walk about 10 minutes.

During late summer, areas of Kurohime Plateau (kurohime kogen) become covered in the new blooms of cosmos flowers –  more than a million blooms in every colour of the rainbow. In early summer lavender grows all over an area on the south face of Mount Kurohime.

Need a place to stay? Check out these establishments below and more at our Madarao & Tangram accommodation guide plus sightseeing map

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Madarao Elm Pension Madarao Elm Pension is a hospitable and comfortable hotel with a female owner. Twenty minutes by car from the Toyota-Iiyama interchange on the Joshin-Estsu Expressway Map to Madarao Elm Pension
Mountain Inn Maroudo Beautiful sunrise and cloud views can be had from your room window at Mountain Inn Maroudo in the early morning. The hosts will collect guests from the JR Iiyama Station. Map to Mountain Inn Maroudo
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Madarao Pension Pension Ringo Jam in Madarao Kogen has been introduced on Japanese TV and in magazines for its hospitality, original cooking and unique facilities. See more info on this Madarao pension or book Pension Ringo Jam in Madarao Kogen now.
Iiyama Pension Guests at Pension Pure can enjoy nice meals and great views. Thirty minutes by bus from JR Iiyama Station. See map to Pension Pure, Iiyama
Madarao Kogen Hotel Madarao Kogen Hotel is situated at the bottom of the Madarao Kogen Ski Lifts and has a beautiful view of the Madarao Plateau and mountains (see map).
Tob's House, Madarao Pension, Madarao Kogen The location of Tob’s House Madarao Pension is quite good with restaurants and convenience store in close proximity and only a ten minute walk to the ski lifts at Madarao Kogen. See more info on this Madarao pension or Book Tob’s House now!

Brief directions for getting to Madarao Kogen and Iiyama:

Madarao, Iiyama and Tangram are located north-west of Tokyo and 30-60 minutes from Nagano City

Iiyama: Take a shinkansen from Tokyo/Ueno or highway bus from Ikebukero (Tokyo) to Nagano then a JR train to Iiyama

Madarao: In winter there is a highway bus from Nagano station two times a day and takes about 70 minutes. Alternatively take a bus to Madarao from Iiyama station (approximately thirty minutes)

Direct bus to Madarao from Narita Airport: Japan Ski Bus now runs a direct shuttle from Tokyo Narita Airport to Madarao ski areas, 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.

Tangram Ski Circus: Take the shuttle bus from Nagano or Kurohime stations

There is a Nozawa Onsen – Togari Onsen – Madarao Kogen shuttle operating each winter

Check here for more explicit instructions on getting to Nagano via bus, train, car and taxi service.

Nagano Ski Resort Shuttle & Airport Transfer

Private Limousine Ichibeh is pleased to offer a Madarao ski resort shuttle for foreign guests visiting Japan. Ichibeh offers a Nagano airport transfer to/from Narita, Haneda and Nagoya Airports as well as Nagano ski resort transfers, day trips and tours. Ichibeh is a great option for medium to large groups as you are chartering the vehicle for your own personal use.

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