Fox Alley

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano

Foxalley is a locally owed family pension located along the ski slopes.

All the rooms are a western style with private bathrooms.

  • wifi
  • non-smoking
  • lounge
  • restaurant
  • equipment rental
  • tour bookings
  • ski / snowboard lesson
  • discounted lift passes
  • check in 15:00 / check out 10:00

Western Room with privae bathroom accommodating 1 - 4 guests


Rates from 7,000 yen per person per night including breakfast

1st December - 26th December7,000 yen
27th Deecember - 3rd January11,000 yen
4th January - 31st March7,000 yen
Extras & discounts 
Child (6-12)20 % discount off pp/pn rate
Child (3-5) share bed & food50 % discount off pp/pn rate
Dinner2,100 yen
Saturday & holiday surcharge1,000 yen pp/pn
Single surchargePlus 50 % of the adult rate
Long stay discount - 7 nights stay 10 % discount


  • closest chairlift - Super Quad - 200 m
  • train station - Iiyama - 12 km
  • bus stop - Madarao Kogen Hotel - 1 km
  • restaurants & bars - 1.2 km
  • shop - 700 m
  • childcare - 1 km
  • Ski school - 1 km

Fox Alley


Early February 2014  Madarao is a great Resort, it has everything from good beginner runs, thru blues to steeps and unlike most other resorts, they have a number of treed areas open for skiing. 

We virtually skied these areas all week and the snow was still great when we left. Admittedly it did snow all week and kept things topped up.There are no lift lines mid week and certainly not crowded even on weekends, I don't know how Madarao has kept out of the spotlight so long. (Don't tell too many people)

Fox Alley was good accommodation, the owners were very helpful and friendly, they provided "western style" breakfast and a traditional Japanese  meal when we stayed in for dinner. Our rooms were "western style" beds and bathroom / toilet very clean and comfortable. Both hosts spoke quite good English and the woman is attending classes to improve further. ( not really necessary in my opinion but she is very keen to learn, she helped my Japanese and I her English) 

They dropped me at the station in Iiyama when I left and drove us to restaurants a couple of nights. I'm not sure they could do the restaurant bit for everyone if they had more guests.

The only downside to Fox Alley is it's location, access to the lifts is OK, a short (2/3 min) walk in the morning and a ski down to the lifts, and same getting back, a short ski /skate and short walk. It is however, a 20 min walk to get to the restaurants (which are excellent by the way) but a bit of a drag if it's a windy , snowy night. All things considered though not a bad choice, I would certainly stay there again, we had fantastic week.

The service from JSA was first class you answered all my e-mails and questions promptly and came up with accommodation that satisfied my needs, you offered some general advice about what to expect in these less frequented locations. 

Below are some images of our trip.

Arigatoo gozaimasu,
Ian Hartman



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Mountain Statistics

Height 1300 m   % Snowboarders 55
Max snow last year 270 cm   % Skiers 45
No. of runs 37   % Beginner runs 30
No. of chairlifts 22   % Intermediate runs 40
Snow park yes   % Advanced runs 30
Childcare yes      
Resorts close by Tangram Ski Circus, Nozawa Onsen
Closest train station Iiyama
Closest bus staion Madarao Kogen Hotel
Closest town Iiyama
Closest major city Nagano-city - one hour by car
Closest international airport Niigata Airport, Toyama Airport
Official resort web site
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Madarao Kogen Resort is only 2 hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen then 1 hour bus
ride from Nagano




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