Alp Bach

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano

Prices
from ¥8,640 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Western Room

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.


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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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Alpenrose

Alpenrose

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥6,350 Per person per night
Guests
1-4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Owned and operated by a friendly family. The owner is an ex qualified instructor so he will tell you the best spot to ski/board. Complimentary drop off & pick up at the chairlift.

Guest review - Alpenrose

Currently we have no reviews for this property.

Please email us if you have any questions.

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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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Fox Alley

Fox Alley

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Foxalley is a locally owed family pension located along the ski slopes. All the rooms are a western style with private bathrooms.

Fox Alley guest reviews

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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Fujio Pension

Fujio Pension

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Fujio Pension is recently renovated & all the rooms have amazing mountain views. There is a nice bar with a relaxing lounge & complimentary lift to & from chairlifts.

Fujio Pension guest reviews

 

 

 

Fujio Pension

 

Early February 2014 Madarao Fujio Pension. My trip to Japan was great. 

Madarao ski resort was great. You can also ski  the adjoining resort of Tangram circus for an additional 1500 yen.

Pension Fujio was really nice and I enjoyed the meals that Kimmi made.Very reasonable for 2000 yen per meal. Normally around 5 –6 courses. 

Very clean rooms and a really nice inside Japanese bath in the basement level.  

One thing that I think you should advise people is to book the first nights meal in advance. Its very annoying when you have travelled all day and they tell you you cant have dinner because you need to book the night before. 

There are no laundry services which would be good. Had to wash my clothes in the sink in the room. They should buy a washer & dryer. 

We had a warm spell before I got to Madarao and was lucky that it turned back to winter and we received heaps of new snow.

Your service was very good and you answered all of my questions in all of my emails. 

Thanks for your help. If you have any good specials for next season please let me know. 

Steve Newall

 

Mid January 2014 - "Our stay at Fujio Pension at Madarao Kogen was fantastic!

Takeshi and his wife are wonderful hosts and their Pension is very warm, homely and welcoming.

 The meals and breakfasts were five out of five stars! Accommodation very comfortable and we felt right at home. Takeshi has a great knowledge on the area and his lifts and pick ups to the slopes everyday was wonderful- saved our sore powder legs! The mountain is great! Excellent snow, great tree skiing, good variety of terrain and nice little restaurants for lunch. Would love to re visit for more exploring!

Thank you Fujio Pension and Japan snow Accommodation (Hisae) for a seamless and wonderful experience.

If you are interested Hisae, I have a snow brand called Forcaster! We are making snow clothing such as beanies, hoodies and tees. Check it out and tell your friends! www.forcastersnow.comwww.facebook.com/forcastersnow

Here are some pics from madarao!!
Tristen

 

"we missed the connnecting bus due to an acccident on the railway.

However we rang ahead and Kitamura san met us at the bus. 

The service was exceptional, the food was fantastic, we were taken to the ski resort promptly each day and picked up promptly at our convenience. 

Our stay was memorable and we would recommend this to others.  

Thankyou"  
By Chris and Ted

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Hotel Tangram

Hotel Tangram

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥8,250 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
breakfast
Room Types
Mt. Madarao has two resorts connecting at the top. One side is called Madarao Mountain Resort and the other side is called Tangram Ski Circus. Hotel Tangram is a ski in ski out hotel located on the Tangram side.
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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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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Madarao Kogen Hotel

Madarao Kogen Hotel

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A ski in ski out hotel and the best located hotel in Madara Mountain Resort. From the south side of rooms, you will see the ski runs and mountain tops of Mt.Myoko. From the north side, you will see the mountain tops of Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen.

Madarao Kogen Hotel guest reviews

 
 
 
 
 
Mid February 2017

Just returned from our 2017 Japanese ski adventure, which was all fabulous. John and I especially loved Madarao and it's resort hotel. We are already thinking about next years ski adventure!! 

Thank you so much for your help with our last snow vacation, look forward to organising our next trip with you. 

Regards,
Sally Platt


 
 
 
 

 

Mid January 2017

Everything was great as always. Madarao was amazing, excellent snow, accommodation and the onsen is beautiful. Toru was really friendly and helpful!

Jodie


 
Mid January 2017

We had a great experience thanks and all the accomodation booking etc went perfectly smoothly.

Madarao ski resort was a great experience and for me personally probably the best. 

Madarao Kogen hotel was great and a wonderful safe place for the kids and amazing staff but dinner options around the village are pretty limited and you have to plan well ahead to get into places to get a dinner. The hotel was too expensive for dinner but the breakfasts were great.

Your assistance in this trip was fantastic. 

Thanks so much again.
Guy Rodger


 

 

Early January 2017

It was amazing. Very nice staff. Amazing location and very kids friendly! We will come back.

Camille Warnet

 

Early January 2017

This is just a quick note to thank you very much for all your help arranging our Madarao ski holiday.  We had so much fun and everything went smoothly. Your service was very professional and you were so knowledgable and patient about my queries, which you always responded to promptly.  I would have no hesitation in using Japan Snow Accommodation in the future, if the opportunity arises and will recommend your business to friends and family.We had so much fun and hope to return to Madarao next year.
Regards
Tricia
 

 

Mid January 2016

We had an amazing holiday in Japan, we are a family of 4 with 2 boys and it was such a great experience for us all. Hisae's suggestions and recommendations with regards to accommodation and which mountains to visit were exactly what we were after, Japanese village culture and awesome snow !


We stayed in Madarao, approx 40 mins from Myoko by car where we stayed at the Madarao Mountain resort , a ski in ski out hotel at the top of the chairlift. The indoor/outdoor onsen at the resort was beautiful and a welcome relief after a day on the mountain. Whilst Madarao is much smaller than Myoko there were a several restaurant choices at the hotel as well as nearby.

Snow quality at both the areas we visited was excellent, no crowds and enough English signage to get by.

I would highly recommend Madarao Kogen Hotel, we cant wait to go back !

Thanks Hisae :) 


Jodie


 
 
Late Deecember 2016

We had a wonderful trip to Japan. The resort at Madarao Kogen was excellent. We were well looked after and had wonderful snow. I very much appreciate all of your help. Everything was well organised and I appreciated your help with ski lessons etc. Kind Regards Deanne Day
 
Mid january 2016

Firstly I’d like to thank you for the incredible support you provided in organising not only the accomodation but also the ski lessons for both the children and adults. As the ski  school got very busy over the weekend, having all of the bookings already made, and paid for, meant that all we had to do was enjoy the time on the snow.


The kids lessons were super fun, according to our boys, with the instructors speaking good mid-level english and being very patient with all of the varying levels of ability within the group. Our kids were competently skiing basic runs by the end of day 2 and intermediates by day 5. Our private lesson was also incredibly good value with our instructor, Koji, doing a great job at getting us to the point of being able to independently ski the easier intermediate runs in 3 days.

Maderao Kogan Hotel was the perfect introduction to skiing in Japan. The 4 bed western room was perfect for our family of 2 adults and 2 boys aged 10 and 7. The room was relatively small, as most Japanese accomodation is, but was well appointed, clean, and warm. Without at doubt, the onsen, located in the basement of the hotel, was the highlight of the hotel. Being able to soak in the warm water outside, while snow flakes fell on your face was just magic. The breakfast and dinners in the hotel were fairly repetitive, but of a good quality and quantity, with a mix of western and japanese options at ever meal. We had a few dinners at restaurants in the village which were very good too, but for anyone reading this review, I highly recommend you book the day before to ensure they have room for your party.

All in all, we can’t say enough good things about Japan Snow Accommodation or Hisae and will definitely be booking again for the 2017 season.

Thanks
Patrick


 

 

Late December 2015

My husband, our 7 years old daughter and me had a great time in Madarao,  we were staying in a wayositu room.  There are two restaurants in the hotel, one is buffet restaurant and one is Japanese restaurant.  We tried to book two of the other restaurants we wanted to go close to the hotel for some of the nights but unfortunately they were fully booked and we ended up to have 5 nights buffet and 2 nights in the Japanese restaurant ( almost couldn't book as the Japanese restaurant was fully booked as well ).  

My girl has joined the two activities at night for kids in New Year time, one was playing games with the other kids ( see attached photo ) and one was making Japanese New Year rice cake.  We also watched the fire torch show and fireworks on the 31st. ( see attached photos ). 

The manager, Toru can speak very good English and is very helpful.  In the resort, there are variety of food to choose from eg. Japanese, western, pizza, cakes, ice-cream etc. for lunch in the restaurants.  However, chairlifts there are rather slow and some of them we needed to walk uphill to access.  We have our own gear thus can not make comment on the rental shop.


Hope this help !


Regards,

Christine Chow


Pictures attached below


 
 
Mid janiary 2016

For our boys first time skiing (they are 6 and 8) and our first time in a long time, skiing Madarao was absolutely perfect! 

Everything was easy, friendly, clean, safe and the skiing was terrific. The resort was so convenient to the slopes and having the onsen on site was a great and easy way to relax at the end of the day. The lack of crowds made skiing a pleasure and the ski school for our boys, while often booked out, were very good with our boys. The resort was so easy to get to from Tokyo that travelling was very simple. For this holiday, our first time, it was perfect. My only criticism would be the lack of something to do after skiing.  As a young family we are not looking for "night life" but it would have been nice to have more of a village atmosphere to walk around and find different places for dinner and "people watch." We spent an afternoon over at Nozawa Onsen which looked to have a few more dining options and more of an atmosphere.


We had such a great time that we are looking to go again in February/March 2017. Because our experience booking through you was so good, we would like to use you again. 


Many thanks - Kirsten

 

 

Mid January 2016

We had a great time at Madarao kogen hotel.
The hotel was very good had everything one needed.
It would be good if the hotel offered other food other than buffet in the evening of the price was more affordable for the buffet.
The service was very good, very pleasant and helpful staff.
We will return in a couple of years I hoping.
We would highly recommend your hotel and wonderful mountain 
Kind regards


Jennifer and Jeremy Williams

 

Mid February 2015

We loved Madarao Kogen

Firstly, thank you for your help booking the accommodation. Everything was easy and professional. 

The accommodation was great. The views at Madarao Kogen hotel were great. It was so nice to look straight up at the mountain. The staff were very friendly. Very easy with the skin in ski out option. We had just been to myoko Kogen so it was wonderful to not have to deal with catching overcrowded buses to the mountain each day. The Japanese restaurant was fantastic!! The buffet was just ok. The staff always were helpful in booking restaurants for us. 

The 1st couple of nights we stayed at the sister hotel. We all thought got it was great too. The rooms were huge. Lovely staff and never had to wait more than a few minutes for the mini bus. 

I am sure my husband has go pro footage, but I will add a few photos. 

I hope this has helped. Hope to book again next season


Take care
Nat 


 
February 2015

Our stay at Madarao Kogen Hotel was excellent, loved every minute. The staff were wonderful and extremely helpful. The view of the mountain from the hotel could not be better.

Madarao mountain has a wide variety to keep every level skier/boarder happy.  

I would advise guests to remember to bring Yen as there is no ATM on Madarao mountain or village and to book private lessons in advance. 

Thankyou Hisae for help with bookings

Scott Curtis


 

Mid February 2015

We really enjoy our trip

Everything was great

Kids loved it

Very convenient

We had diner everyday at the Japanes restaurant (we had to top up) and it was delicious.

We'll come back next year!

Regards
Alan
Early January 2015

Thanks for your e-mail. Here are some comments on Madarao Kogen Resort:

Old and dated resort, needs a serious facelift!.The Japanese restaurant was good, but often closed due to lack of customers. The buffet restaurant was not so good. The bar/cafeteria was closed for most of the time. Very nice General Manager, he helped me a lot when I needed to go to the hospital. Great Onsen!

I´m afraid we won´t go back to Madaro Kogen Resort again.

Best Regards
Gustav

 

Mid January 2015

Just a note to thank you for your help with our skiing holiday. A great time was had by all and we are planning on returning same time this year. 

Let us know when next season deals are on.

Regards 

Anthony Gilligan

 

December 2014

Just a short note to tell you that the ski trip went very well.  The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful, the snow was great and the place very beautiful.  I would recommend it to any family who wanted to go skiing in Japan.

Thank you for your help in making it a wonderful trip

Regards 

Hywel

 




February 2014

We had great time in Japan. A really special family holiday, made all the better by the wonderful people at Madarao.  

A special thank you to the hotel manager, Toru, who helped us every day and then saved us from a very difficult trip home when all transport was stopped by 2.5m of snow.  Even though we had checked out of Madarao, we rang Toru, from Nagano to help us find emergency accommodation in a town where every where was booked out.  What a relief to feel we had a friend to ask for help.  

Also a special thank you to the hire team, who improved our Japanese and greeted us every morning with a smile.  My son and I were able to swap between snowboarding and skiing in the same short stay!  

I must also mention the wonderful staff at the ski school who went out of their way to find us both instructors and translators. 

And finally to you Hisae, for following our booking all the way and making sure everything ran smoothly.  All we had to worry about was powdery tree runs, great food, amazing onsen and improving our Japanese with locals, guests and staff.  

We are already thinking about our next trip and recommend it to every one, although we also want Madarao to remain our secret snowy spot.

Thank you very much,

I have attached some pictures from our trip below.

Sue, Andrew, Kai and Shalin



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Late February 2014  The time we spent in Madaro was simply amazing!

There was a kind of "cinema" festival in a screen made of snow! Very nice!

The western type room we got, was confortable with an amazing view! We have been in the hot spring bath which was an interesting experience!

The dinner is special and the breakfast is good.

We rent skis sets in the hotel for my wife and daughter and the negative point is that their ski boots were not so good, opening very often! But anyway was ok!

I certainly reccommend Madarao Kogen Hotel to my friends and I am sure that I will return next winter!

Thanks a lot!

Best regards,
Carlo 

 

Mid February 2014 "Thank you for everything you did for us. We had the most amazing time and everything went like clockwork.

Your communication with us was prompt, the booking and organisation was efficient and extremely easy.

Madarao Kogen was unbelievable! We had amazing snow and the accommodation was fabulous. 

The buffet for breakfast and dinner was scrumptious. Toru, the Manager was great, as was the rest of the staff.

Madarao Ski field has conditions and terrain to suit all standards of skier and snowboarder. Lots of ski trails for those who like to ski on-piste and loads of tree skiing and black ungroomed  runs for powder hounds like us. There is a variety of runs available, especially if you like to be adventurous.

The accommodation was very spacious for Japanese standards and the hotel had great facilities such ski hire, souvenir shop and café. There was a general meeting area where wifi could be accessed. Lockers for your skis and boards were an added bonus and access to the mountain was outside the ski room door.

We are very interested in returning to Madarao and would appreciate any packages you have for the 2014/2015 season.

Once again thank you for all your help."

Kindest regards,
Sharon and Trevor Monk

 

Early January 2014 "We enjoyed a wonderful stay at Madarao, everything was fantastic.

It was what I had been dreaming of ever since I picked up the brochure.

I am very happy, it was the first time I have ridden in powder snow. We were lucky to have lotts of fresh snow!!

The hotel was great and Toru the manager was very helpful.


We have been very lucky and seen a lot on our travels and now we are heading south and making our way back to Tokyo before returning home to try and cook some of the wonderful food we have eaten."

From Andrew and Belinda


 

Late December 2013 "We had a great time. The accomodation was clean and good... a bit small but ok. We loved the onsen. 

It was a bit difficult for us as we didnt speak Japanese and many of the staff were not fluent in english - this was especially difficult with the lessons. We still had a great time tho.

Toru at reception was very helpful...made sure we were well looked after and had what we needed and that all activities were arranged properly. 

The food was good - a good variety. 

Thanks for a wonderful trip."

Lynn Hough

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Late December 2013 "I just wanted to give you some feedback from our holiday in Japan. 

Other than the country being one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited, the hospitality and friendliness shown to us from the staff at Madarao Kogen Hotel was superb.  

All the staff were very attentive and helpful but particularly a gentleman named Toru who seemed to take us under his wing and nothing was too much trouble.

I believe you are in contact with him from time to time so please pass on our heartfelt thanks for his assistance, it made our snow holiday even more memorable than what it would have already been.

From Lance

 

Late December 2013  "We had a wonderful stay at the resort for my parents 70th birthday. 

As my little one is only 5 and we only had a short time we mainly used the kids area. The staff were fantastic throughout the resort and treated us like family. 

My Irish husband enjoyed his first experience of an Onsen. 

Everybody was very kind and showed him the ropes. We hope to return and use the ski slopes!"

From Michelle

February 2013  "It was an excellent family resort. 

Staffs were friendly and service was good. 

When I first stepped into my room, the view was stunning. It's an extremely beautiful view that I've ever seen. It's just like a picture that you could only see on your Xmas card. The room was a combined western and japanese style. It was spacious. 

I could also enjoy the free hot spring everyday even it was crowded sometimes. 

The breakfast and dinner buffet was nice, food was delicious with various western, japanese and chinese style. 

Definitely, I will come back to this hotel again."

By Kathy

 

"The hotel was good, though we only stayed one night. 

I think the room we had was an upgrade, and was great - roomy and nicely appointed. However, the bathroom stank quite unpleasantly of cigarette smoke - we didn't request a non-smoking room though! 

The breakfast buffet was very nice and the service, location etc. was top-notch. 

The parking was not undercover, but we did not have to dig our car out."

By Matt

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"We stayed 3 nights at Madarao Kogen Hotel, from 26-29 Dec 2012. 

We enjoyed a very spacious room with a gorgeous view of the ski slopes. 

The hotel is well-located with the bus-stop for buses to Iiyama city barely 20 steps down the road, and a few interesting dining places within a 5-minute stroll. 

On the downside, there is no in-room wifi, and this being a large hotel that seems to be very popular with young families and school groups, the breakfast and dinner buffet is pretty basic. I paid 3600 yen per person for the dinner buffet and I felt it was definitely not worth the money. There was no a la carte menu."

By Synthia

 

"Thanks so much for your help in booking our holiday. 

Madarao is an excellent family resort and the Accommodation was very good.

Madarao Kogen hotel is reallly good other than the lack of smoke free hotel rooms. Our Hotel room reeked of cigarettes. Your list of useful websites helped me enormously .ie the hyperdia site, and the time of the nagaden bus lines . 

The snow was up to the usual high japanese standard. We had heaps of snow. over 1 metre in the week. 

we are thinking of madarao and maybe Hakuba next year."

By Greg

 

"I stayed at the Madarao Kogen Hotel during Feb 2011. 

It was my first time there, so i did'nt know what to expect, but to my surprise it was better than what I anticipated. 

The hotel is in the best location, where you can ski from the front door. 

All the staff are excellent and very helpful, there is always someone there that can speak english, although not fluent, but enough to get you by. 

The rooms were clean,and I had a great view of the ski runs and the Madarao mountain. 

The restaurant served great sukiyaki and shabu shabu. 

I made the booking through Japan Snow, Hisae made all the arrangements for me and made it easy."

By Korean boy from OZ

 

"I am very happy to stay in Madarao Kogen Hotel. 

There is a nice place, especially of the hot spring. 

If they can open the night ski on Friday and Sunday after Jan 1. It is much better."

By Eileen

 

 

Monaile Madarao

Monaile Madarao

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano
Prices from
¥9,800 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Located right in the middle of the resort. Ski in / Ski out. Each room is 34 square metres wide, which is quite spacious and you'll be happy just hanging out in your room. A complimentary use of the facilities of Madarao Kogen Hotel and a shuttle service between the hotels.

Monaile Madarao guest review

 
 
 
 
 
Late January 2017

We had a great trip to Japan, the snow was incredible and we had some lovely sunny skiing days. 

In terms of the hotel - the room layout was great for a family, but the hotel itself is very dated and a bit rundown for the price. Though it is convenient to have breakfast and dinner included, you wouldn't want to eat at the Monaile restaurant every night as it was quite limited, so we found we went up to the Kogen Hotel for dinners (which was included in the deal, you could eat at either hotel). The staff were absolutely lovely, and it was a ski in/ ski out location. The shuttle bus was always available which was also convenient.

We will keep in touch as Japan is a great family holiday for us, and we are all likely to want to return!

Kirste
 
 
 
 
Early January 2017

Yes we had a great trip – loved Madarao. The hotel was fine – slightly older hotel etc but we had the benefit of using the facilities up the road at the bigger hotel. The shuttle bus worked well and we were always able to get around (except for one v heavy snow day!).It is a tiny resort and very Japanese. 

Have to say we did enjoy it a lot.
Meg
 
 
 
 

Late December 2016

We had a fabulous stay at Madarao. This was my visit ski holiday ever so I was a little nervous about the whole thing.  Your service was fabulous, very professional.  Our booking went very smoothly, no issues at all once we were on the ground.  Everything as planned.

The accommodation was clean, tidy.  Basic but very adequate.  Room was warm which was the main thing!  And there was plenty of hot water so we were always warm! The shuttle bus up to the main resort was very frequent.  It really was no hassle staying down at the annexe hotel.   We used the facilities of the main hotel without any issues.  The Onsen at the main hotel is lovely.  Buffet restaurant also good.  Breakfast at the Annexe very Japanese style which was lovely.

We had a great trip, wonderful experience which went very smoothly.We would definitely use your service again and highly recommend Madarao if you want a very Japanese ski experience.  There were few Western tourists at Madarao which made our experience all the more authentic which we enjoyed immensely.

Thanks and cheers
Sharon


 

 

2016

I just wanted to say thank you and all the staff of Madarao Monalie that made our stay a wonderful experience.

The warm hospitality, nothing was ever a bother or an inconvenience – its very much appreciated.

We will miss Madarao (beautiful people & place) – until we’re there next.

Ross, Amy, Peter – thanks for all your assistance in helping us get to experience Madarao.

Thanks & kind regards,

Peter


 

2016

I’ve now back at home and work and still thinking about my time in Madarao. Enjoyed the hospitality and looking forward to the next time I’m there.

Kind regards,
Mark Browne

 

Late March 2016

Thanks so much for all your help. We are still at Madarao enjoying the fabulous Japanese hospitality of all here especially Toru who has looked after us so very well, he is Si,ply delightful and so helpful. 

We have been down off the hill on the local bus that is the only one still running to Iiyama. Iiyama itself has so much to see especially the clay doll museum, amazing! The brand new info office at the wonderful new Iiyama station is excellent and you can see all the buses coming in from inside their picture windows and lovely heated waiting area. We also did a trip to the snow monkeys that Toru helped us arrange from the station for 4800 yen plus discount if you use the bar code on the brochure, about $50 each. Before the big dump of snow it looked like the season would end this week but we are now snowed in! Took another trip on local bus to Nozawa Onsen and returned on the Nozawa Liner bus which is still running from the station. Many thanks again, I am more than happy to provide any kind of promotional support I can for this fabulous lesser known resort in the area. Do let me know if I can be of any help. Do you have Toru or Aki's full names and email contacts as I would like to send them personal letters of thanks. 

Here are some from Madarao Kogen for you to use in what ever way best suits the support of both resorts - a great place for aussies to visit and ski and sOOOOO easy with the beautiful new Iiyama Shinkansen sation right at the bottom of the hill. 

Even though we were at the very end of the season and most buses had stopped running we could still work around the community bus timetable and get down to walk Iiyama City, do the snow monkeys tour including beautiful Shiba Onsen on the way back and went down later in the week again to go over to Nozawa Onsen for a look. Then.....we had a meter of snow dumped on us over two nights and days so of course went out for the next three days to play in the pow! It was just beautiful, Toru was sensational as was Aki and Toru even drove us down the hill on the final sunday morning as our shinkansen connection for Osaka via Kanazawa didn't match with the local bus. He's simply the loveliest guy and so very helpful. 

I would do what ever I can to assist you guys support our Buller/Madarao relationship and feel so very privillaged to have been accepted into the program from BSL. 

Ski Hire people at Madarao Kogen Hotel couldn't do enough to help us, gear was fine! They had our soft boots ready for us each time we turned up back at ski hire!


I have about 1000 pictures of all over Japan, do let me know if you'd like me to hunt you up some specific areas - like Shinkansen photos etc. Kind 

Regards Lea and Rod Gill  







 

 

Mid January 2016

Madarao hotel this was really great for families and would highly recommend this hotel and location is fine.  It’s a quiet family hotel with all the facilities you could want.  Lovely rooms.   

I don’t mind if you put my Madarao comment on the web site.

Thank you again.


Lorraine
 

 

 

Mid January 2016

We stayed Monaile Madarao in Mid January. Two families of 2 adults and 3 children each.

The hotel was very comfortable and perfect for a family.

Great views of the slopes from the rooms and very clean. Fairly basic accommodation but excellent value.

Excellent in Hotel Onsen.

Breakfast was always good and perhaps better than the breakfast on offer at Madarao Kogen Hotel which is the sister Hotel.

The shuttle between the 2 Hotels was terrific. It went whenever you wanted with very little wait.

Being able to ski pretty much from outside the door down to the lifts every day was a huge bonus.

The runs were a good mix of challenging and steep right through to some wide gentle cruisers.

It was nice to see so many Japanese and so few westerners at Madarao. 

Lots of snowboarders!

Lifts are pretty slow but quite well connected and as the resort is on the smaller size it is easy to ski it all, but it doesn’t become boring.

There are good eating options on the mountain and a few great little restaurants in the the village. 

Be prepared to book for the evening meals as they don’t have much capacity and close early.

You could end up eating 2 minute noodles in the room otherwise!

One tip is to stock up in Iiyama on snacks and things when you get off the Shinkansen and before you get the bus up the mountain.

The supermarket is next to the station. Madarao has very limited convenience store options.

Overall a wonderful resort and despite the unusual season of 2016 we still had enough snow to really enjoy the trip.

Hisae and the team at Japan Snow Accommodation did a great job recommending the Resort.

Thank you
Benton van Dorsselaer
Hobart

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Late February 2015

Sorry for the delay in responding to this I have been extremely busy since returning from Japan. 

Our trip was fabulous!! This was our second time to Madarao and it was as good as I remembered! Would be happy for you to share any of the below my feedback on your site! 


Our trip to Madarao was absolutely amazing! Monaile Madarao is a great hotel with everything you might need on site - ski lockers, restaurant, small convenience store, wi-fi, laundry and an onsen. You also can't not give a mention to the ability to ski in and out, the free shuttle bus to and from Madarao Kogen, a view you can never get sick of and a wonderful team of staff who go above and beyond to ensure you have a great stay.  This was our second trip to Madarao and it didn't disappoint! The snow is perfect and powdery with lots of ungroomed runs and plenty of room on the slopes. 

Booking with Japan Snow Accommodation made planning our stay so easy as it meant I had our room, breakfast (the option for dinner) and lift passes all sorted before I left home and combined in one transaction. The quick response times and easy booking process made it hassle free and we had absolutely no issues from start to finish! We'll definitely use them again! 

I have also attached a couple of photos you can use if you like?  


Thanks for all your help!


Jasmyn Heinen


 

 

Late February 2014. Your help and advice was very helpful! Our trip was amazing! 

We were actually caught in the massive storm... Left sleeping on the floor of the tokyo airport and then a 15 hour bullet train ride! But After 70 hours in transit.

We were met by torou at iiamya, amazing man he is! 

We had four days of the most amazing powder with no one around to steal our first tracks! 

It was all worth it on our first run down powder wave!! 

I would return to maderao again for sure! All the staff at monaile and maderao kogen resort were so helpful and the restaurants and people in maderao were also amazing!

I'd like to thank you again Hisae for all your help and advice in making our journey so accommodating and fantastic!!

Can't wait to visit again in the near future!

Carlie Tyrrell
 
6th February 2014  "I would just like  to say that  we had a great time 

All the staff from the lift guys to the staff at the monaile were always helpful and friendly.

If you have a stand at this years snow expo in Sydney i will stop in and say hi to you, Aki and Toru.

Thankyou again  for all your help"

From N.C

 

Mid January 2014 "Madarao was really fun

It is only a short distance from Iiyama (that is soon to get the Hokuriku Shinkansen), making it easy to get to and from by train. It is also close to Nozowa and Togari if you want to change it up and visit another slope for a day trip.

I was lucky because the snow was good when I was there, it snowed every other day - letting me experience the clear skies and views to the Sea of Japan, as well as the fresh powder on the Tree Line runs. With mostly school kids on the slopes during the week, there was plenty of fresh snow on the groomed areas all day too

The hotel rooms were pretty big, all the staff friendly and helpful, and the buffet dinner really good. There were also few restaurants in the resort area too (so you are not stuck at the hotel for food).

Japan Snow Accommodation made it easy to book and I look forward to future snow adventures planned with them

Thanks again"
From Shane

 

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