Pension Ringojam

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano

Prices
from ¥6,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Western Room

The pension is famous for the original apple jam that the owner chef has been making over 26 years. There is a free shuttle service to / from the chairlifts. The owner is looking forward to the cultural exchange with you.


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Pension Ringojam

Pension Ringojam

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
The pension is famous for the original apple jam that the owner chef has been making over 26 years. There is a free shuttle service to / from the chairlifts. The owner is looking forward to the cultural exchange with you.

Pension Ringojam guest reviews

 
 
 
 
 
Late December 2013, Ben and I absolutely loved Pension Ringojam.

Osamu & Eiko Otaka were wonderful hosts and Pension Ringojam had a very homely feel.

We plan to go back as soon as we can and if possible we will stay at Pension Ringojam again. 

Highlights were a traditional Nabe dinner and spending time practising our Japanese with the other guests.

Madarao Ski Resort was definitely one of our favourites - probably up with Cortina (or better), but we were a little early for the best snow. Osamu recommended mid Jan-mid Feb. It was still a great mountain and the midnight skiing on New Year's Eve was pretty special. 

Really good challenging runs and great tree skiing opportunities.

Thanks 
Leith Macintosh
 
 
 
Muse Niseko

Muse Niseko

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Hokkaido
Prices from
¥40,000 Per night
Guests
1 - 9
Includes
accommodation
Room Types
Located on the main street splitting the Upper and Lower village, MUSE Niseko is within touching distance of everything in Hirafu. It boasts immediate access to a variety of restaurants, bars, retail stores, and is a short 5 minute stroll to the Ace Family Chairlift.
Annex Aburaya

Annex Aburaya

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥8,100 Per person per night
Guests
1-4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Located right in front of the chairlifts. It would be perfect if you have young children. Rental equipment is available at low cost.

Annex Aburaya guest reviews

 

Mid January 2017

Thanks once again for booking our accommodation. 

Our hosts at Annex Aburaya were amazing and so accommodating. English was a challenge but google translator helped massively. It had a real Japanese feel and the breakfast and dinner was great. The ski lifts and slopes are just outside the front door across the road so a hop, skip and a jump and you are off down the mountain. Madarao Ski Resort is sure one not to be missed. The runs are perfect for all levels of skiing. Those who like a bit of off piste stuff well this is the mountain for you as it is aloud. We will be heading back for sure. If you are looking to get away from the now more popular ski resorts in Nagano check out Madarao you will not be disappointed. 
Cheers Larissa 


"We spent 4 days boarding in Madarao, staying at Aburaya.

Each evening we ate in the pension, and the food was amazing.

Although the owners did not speak much English, language was not an issue as they made a huge effort, and the hospitality was first class."

By David

 

"This place was perfect. 

The owners were so hospitable and made a huge effort for us. Nothing was too much trouble. 

The meals were all excellent and on our last night we were really treated to some fine dining Japanese style! delicious! 

The location was also perfect as it was right next to the chairlift. The perfect hosts and great value for money is how i would describe my stay."

By Tom

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Madarao Elm Pension

Madarao Elm Pension

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,350 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A Western style pension with a total capacity for 40 guests. Each room has a capacity for 4 people and the Japanese manager speaks great English. Daily free shuttle service to the slopes. Discounted lift passes available at the reception.

Madarao Elm Pension guest reviews

 

Madarao Elm Pension

 

"The owners were very friendly people. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Elm Pension and plan to return during March to try snow shoeing as recommended by Toshi-san. 

The meals were big, filling and delicious. 

The room was perfectly heated and the beds comfortable.

Overall a great experience. 

Thank-you very much."

By Aimee

 

"Owner speaks great English and both he and his wife are very friendly and accommodating!

The room had a great alpine view and was spaciaous enough for our gear. 

Well heated too.

No seats in the room though, so you will prob just sleep there. 

Downstairs has a big tv and dining table to chill out. 

They served up a great French Dinner and breakfast as well."

By Peter

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Hakuba Gondola Apartments

Hakuba Gondola Apartments

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥48,000 Per night
Guests
4 - 6
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
As the name suggests, Hakuba Gondola Apartments are located right next to Hakuba Happo One’s main Gondola (ADAM Gondola). The ski-in apartments are just few meters from the ski field and Shirakaba lifts and only 30 seconds from the Happo Gondola entrance itself and central Hakuba ticket office.

Hakuba Gondala Apartments guest reviews

 

Hakuba Gondala Apartments 

Early January 2014  

We were in Habuka early jan 2014 for skiing and stayed at The Gondola Apartments with 3 bedrooms.

The apartment was clean and modern with a fireplace,and the kitchen was also well equipped.

Location was perfect,right in the heart of the village and surrounded by ski shops,restaurants,bars and next to the main gondola.What a beautiful view from the apartment!

Daniel the owner was extremely friendly and helpful,helping us to arrange
for taxis and onsens etc,nothing was too much for him! Thank you Daniel! 

Last but not least,the skiing was terrific,excellent powder snow and there
are numerous slopes to suit all levels.We all had a wonderful time and are
already planning our next trip soon.

Hakuba, we will we back! 

Regards
Samantha Franzman

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Alp Bach

Alp Bach

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥8,640 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Alp Bach is a ski in ski out quality family owned pension. You can see Mt. Madarao from their public space, where you can sit and relax near the fire. All the rooms are a western style with ensuite.

Alp Bach guest reviews

 

Alp Bach

 
Mid January 2014. 

My stay at Madarao totally exceeded my expectation.

The accommodation was great, well-heated, absolutely beautiful scenery, it was comfortable and not at all crowded. Naoko made our stay so lovely and enjoyable. She was so hospitable, friendly and the food she made was top quality.

I would have to say that it was the best all-round accommodation, meals and service that I received my entire trip in Japan.

The mountain was amazing, it looked beautiful and I had so much fun snowboarding on the slopes.

I would most definitely stay at Madarao Alpbach again, and am hoping to do so soon!

Below are some photos from my trip

Best Regards
Elle Buyers




 

Mid February 2014 "Accomadation was amazing at Alpbach....It made our trip. 

The owners and their dog are the best...amazing food and location. Honestly had the best time... 

Your help was awesome too.....We will be back next year! Thanks for all your help!" 

Jason Langendam

 

Mid February 2014  The trip was awesome accommodation was fantastic! 

Food was all-time! 

People were supper cool! Their dog Axle was a legend! I highly recommend Alpbach as a place to stay!

Below is a shot of me in the Madarao tree run.

Tim Morris

 

Mid January 2014 "We had such a fantastic time at Alp Bach. Naoko and Ukihiro are such wonderful people. 

They made us feel like we were part of their family. Our stay there is a beautiful memory. We had fresh snow most days. And had some fun times with other Japanese families too.

Thanks for your support and concern for our arrangements. We are so lucky to have you as our agent. Thankyou for your professional and prompt service."

Luke

 

Mid January 2013  "We ended up being the only guest through most of our stay meaning we felt like we were living in a big house with an open fireplace and views of the ski hill. 

Access to the ski hill was a 50m walk over the road to strap in. At the end of the day the ski out was similar with a short walk over a car park to get home. 

We ended up having dinners at the place for 2000 yen and they were massive four coarse meals so we actually asked for a little bit less food. The food was fantastic and the breakfast were great. The owner family were great and we met the whole family, even the dog who was very friendly. I am pretty confident in saying in the 5 trips to Japan visiting over a dozen major ski destinations in Japan our group was probably the most relaxed and enjoyed there stay at the Alp Bach the most. Normally as a group we look for new places to ski but as a group we are all talking about when we can get back to Madarao. So thanks for the recommendation and I thought you would like to know." 

By T.D

 

 

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Hotel Daimaru

Hotel Daimaru

Myoko, Niigata
Prices from
¥6,200 Per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Hotel Daimaru is a traditional Japanese hotel located only 100 metres from the lifts. All rooms are traditional Japanese style with ensuites & a choice of western beds or Japanese futons. Hotel facilaties include an onsen and Japanese dining using fresh local ingredients.

Hotel Daimaru Guest Reviews

 
 

 

Late January 2017

Hotel Daimaru was conveniently located a 2min walk to Akakura Onsen lifts, the hotel rooms were huge by Japanese standards- plenty of room for laying out damp snow gear. The breakfast buffet was good and lockable snowboard racks in the downstairs storage room was a bonus. Great location, good value and epic Myoko powder.

Cheers Jodie
 

 

Mid January 2017

we had a great time at Hotel Daimaru. Our rating would be excellent for service, breakfast, onsen and location. Medium for hotel maintenance as it really needs some light renovation work (paints are peeling, carpet is very old and worn).

Having said that, i would go back and hope for a little refresher of the place :-)

Amy 
 
Mid January 2017

HUGE snowfalls in Myoko but the whole ski area layout unfortunately is a logistical challenge and pretty tiring on kids in particular with all the walking and poor lift connectivity. The skifields are pretty flat too and you need steeper terrain for those snow fall quantities.

Whilst clean and Huge rooms the Daimaru is really really tired with wallpaper peeling off etc. The colours of the dated interior, vinyl floors and carpet etc was so bad it was laughable and everyone had a great joke about it. That said I would still recommend it and it was fine.

Hint for future bookings: You dont want to be in a room facing the road at Daimaru. The noise of the snow movers every night between 2am and 5am was pretty bad and caused sleeping challenges.

Your assistance in this trip was fantastic.

Thanks so much again.

Guy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early January 2016

Hotel Daimaru was an interesting place to stay.

On the downside it is very rundown and in need of some renovation.

However it is clean and comfortable with large rooms and the staff were really friendly and helpful. It is an easy walk to chairlifts at akakura onsen resort and from there access to Akakan resort was convenient. It is also possible to walk through the village to the Akakan resort. We travelled on the shuttle bus to nearby suginohara resort and had 2 great days there with good snow and no crowds.

We had exceptionally good service at Spicy snowboard/ski hire shop, their equipment was good, well maintained and the staff went out of their way to ensure we had suitable gear.

Chrissy
 
Okushiga Kogen Hotel

Okushiga Kogen Hotel

Shiga Kogen, Nagano
Prices from
¥11,340 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
Located right on the ski run. Only 50 metres to the chairlift. A European style lounge and restaurant with panoramic views of the mountains and an open fire.
Lodge Bergland

Lodge Bergland

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥5,400 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 6
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Nine western-style rooms that can occupy 2-6 guests, each with their own toilet and basin and four of the rooms have ensuites. They offer skis/board rental, hot wax service for 500 yen per board/skis, package deals including lift passes and outer wear at reasonable prices.

Lodge Bergland guest reviews

 

Lodge Bergland

 

Late Deecember 2015

We have been travelling mainly on and sometimes off to Japan since 2003. We travelled to Honshu, Nagano area, since we had a brilliant trip the year before skiing Nozawa Onsen and Madarao.

We have used Hisae and the team at Japan snow accommodations, which takes a lot of the hard work out of planning the trip. Also we have asked for alternatives and there was a quick answer and good information at all times.

After Nozawa, We made the short bus trip to Madarao ski resort there are two bus lines that run there daily. This is a small ski area but very compact runs and very nice layout. Again the year before we were skiing abundance of powder, this year was a little slower. We stayed at the Lodge Berglund, Mr Yamada and his family. This is in a secluded area with a short walk to the lifts each morning. They lodge is very clean, breakfasts are very good, a ski drying and storage area down stairs, WIFI everything that we needed for the trip. The lodge has dinners on request, or there are a number of small restaurants within a short walking distance. I would stay there again for the location, small lodge, privacy and the Japanese family atmosphere!

Robert Hall



 

 

Early February 2015

Lodge Bergland was great.

Top location.

Hosts went above and beyond.

Would definitely stay again and definitely recommend to others.

Thank you also for setting up the accomodation.


Thanks
Damien

 

Late January & early February 2015

My vacation at Madarao was awesome, had a great time!!
Extremely friendly and nice people, made lots of friends, enjoyed skiing with them.
Love the stay at Lodge Bergland, Yamada San and his wife treated me like a family member.
Extremely thankful to Yamada San to pick me up from Tangram resort when I mistakenly ended up there and the return ski lifts had closed. He even gifted me a pair of ski poles!!!!!
Enjoyed drinks and food at Rudolf!!!
Cannot forget Morito San and Akiko san's challenges :-)
And yes!!! What a great skier GG Hitoshi San is, I wish I could train under him!!!!
Attaching few pics, not sure if they are of any good use to you!!!

Regards
Sandeep


 
Late January 2015.

I had a fantastic time at Madarao in no small part due to the accommodation provided at Lodge Berglund by Mr Yamada and his wife. The lodge is a short stroll from the ski lifts and ticket office with guests receiving a generous discount on lift tickets when they purchase a coupon at the lodge in the morning. 

Breakfasts were filling and always served up in time to allow you to make the most of the ski day, do yourself a favour and stay in at least one night for a home cooked meal at the Lodge.

I was fortunate to have Mr Yamada drive me to my accommodation in Myoko Kogen at the end of my stay in Madarao (in a blizard) which I am very greatful of.

I would highly reccommend this lodge to all travelers (singles, groups or families) and will certainly be back in the not too distant future.

Booking through Hisae at Japan snow Accommodation made for a very easy trip considering the limited english in Madarao.

Ben  
 
 

Late January 2014

Hisae from Japan Snow Accommodation arranged my reservation with Lodge Bergland and provided detailed information on Madarao Mountain (such as how to to/from Madarao and facilities available in Madarao) in addition to details about Lodge Bergland. Hisae was very prompt in responding to my various requests for quotes on accommodation and helped me greatly in finding accommodation in Madarao that ticked all the boxes at the right price for a solo traveller. My stay at Lodge Bergland was one of the highlights of my journey around Japan – it was a true cultural exchange which has left me with many happy memories. The owners of the lodge are extremely welcoming and generous – Mr Yamada even arranged a day trip to Myoko Kogen and spent the day skiing with me. The size of my room was very large with two very comfortable single western style beds and a small bathroom including toilet and shower. A gender separated bath was also available downstairs in the afternoon/evening to ease the tired muscles at the end of the day. The breakfasts were amazing with something different each day. The location of Lodge Bergland is quite good within close proximity to a convenience store and a short walk up to the ski area entrance. In summary, Lodge Bergland offers excellent hospitality at the right price with great value bonuses such as discounted lift tickets, ski hire and waxing. The ski area is amazing on a powder day. Many of the courses are ungroomed with plenty of opportunity for awesome deep powdery light snow and you can challenge your skills in the tree run areas. There is also a pretty awesome view from the top of the mountain. There are plenty of on mountain dining options at very reasonable prices. Off mountain, there are a few convenience stores and small restaurants in addition to the Madarao Kogen Hotel offering both Japanese and Western style food. Take your time to find the smaller restaurants and you will be rewarded with friendly service and delicious food. Below are some photo's from my trip Cheers Alison

 

Late December 2013 "My stay was very nice!

Concerning the mountain, the snow was very good! There was just a few lifts which weren’t operating... i don’t know why, but still it was nice.

The lodge was very nice and comfortable. The host was very kind and helpful! i would definitly recommand this place. 

I don’t have pictures of the hotel, but I attached a few pictures of the ski station. 

Thanks for your help, everything was fine" 

From Martin N

 

 

"We had stayed in NozawaOnsen for 3 days prior to arriving in Madarao. 

The feel of Madarao town is quite different from Nozawa Onsen (more european style at MK compared to traditional village style at NO). 

We found the Lodge Bergland a very enjoyable stay with the owners being very helpful. 

Rooms were clean, spacious and nicely heated. Im not sure if double beds are available but we were given singles (not that we had any issue with that). 

The lodge offers ski hire at far cheaper price than outside and of acceptable quality. 

The breakfast was typical of the lodges we stayed at and was very nice. 

It takes approx 5min to walk from the chairlift to the lodge (in ski boots). The ski field is much smaller than NO but still very enjoyable (especially the off piste skiing in the trees). 

We would definitely go back to stay at Lodge Bergland given the chance."

By James M

 

January 2013 "I had a great trip thank you for your help and recommendation. 

Lodge Bergland is a great place to stay for your time at Madarao kogen. A warm and homely place with a very friendly and accommodating owner, very attentive and ensured that my stay was a great experience willing to help with lift tickets and transport to local restaurants and even to the mountain. 

The room was extremely warm and comfortable and of good size. Great onsen downstairs. I will definitely Return on future visits."

By A.W

 

"Thank you so much Mr. And Mrs. Yamada, Our stay at your lodge was just awesome. 

The food was excellent, the hospitality was exceptional, and your kindness to our group was SUPERB! 

Thank you for the ski lessons and your lovely lodge accommodations. Much Aloha"

By Dorothy

 

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Hakuba Goryu Hotel Stelle Belle

Hakuba Goryu Hotel Stelle Belle

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,000 Per person per night
Guests
2 - 4
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Located only 3 minutes walk to Hakuba Goryu Escalplaza. Famous for its unique outdoor bath, which is actually made by an old miso barrel. All the western rooms have ensuites.

Guest review - Hakuba Goryu Stelle Belle

 

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Mid January 2014 "The accommodation: rooms warm and spacious , towel changed daily, beds every other day, clean, 24 hr Japanese bath was nice

No lobby for guests to hang out

No Wifi in the rooms

Service: lovely customer service, helpful,

wished more frequent trips to and from Hakuba Iimori .

Breakfast: Ok, was told 7:30-8:15, to my opinion too limited for a holiday hotel where guest may wish to sleep in a bit & then have breakfast

Distance: to Hakuba Guryu, walking

Beautiful area

Japan snow staff: very helpful , thank you"

Regards

Nadia

 

"We stay there a full week early march. We wish to recommand this hotel for the location as you can walk and reach the "escal plaza" in 5 Minutes (starting point of the ski activity.)

No need to worry about shuttle service schedule etc...free to ski.

But we wish also to point out that Konno San, His wife and THE ALL team are extremely kind, helpfull and attentive to all your needs.(pick you up at the bus station, bring you somewhere if you need etc...)

By the way food is excellent (either Japanese or Western)and the hotel is very calm and peacefull day and night and perfectly clean, warm.

The basement is equiped with lockers for skying equipment and the change room is of course heated)

The last but not the least and maybe THE point the quality of snow in Hakuba Goryu is there EXCEPTIONAL and very stable in quality (far different from Europe). A nice place."

By Emmanuel

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