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Madarao Kogen Hotel

Madarao Mountain Resort, Nagano

Prices
from ¥9,500 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Rooms
Western Twin Room, Combination Room

A ski in ski out hotel and the best located hotel in Madarao 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.


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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 Madarao 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

 
 
 
Late Feb 2017

I thought your service was excellent, you were always prompt with your responses and able to answer any questions I had.

The accommodation was adequate, comfortable and pretty much what I was expecting, the staff at the Hotel were very helpful and a happy to organise anything else we required such as booking other restaurants for dinner. The rooms were always cleaned and beds made up each day. Only criticism would be the lack of drying or hanging space in the room, however it would probably be okay if we didn't have 3 staying in what would normally be a 2 person room.

Getting around the resort was a little tricky as the lifts all opened an closed at different times which made it a challenge to always end up getting back to the right side of the mountain to ski home, once we worked out the times it was okay. The resort offered some of the best tree skiing I have ever had and we were lucky with some good snowfalls earlier in the week of our stay.

Thank you for organising our booking 

Kind regards,
Phil.
 
 
 
Late Feb 2017

We enjoyed 5 days skiing at Madarao, mid February 2017. Our accommodation was at the Madarao Resort Hotel which was very comfortable. It has a delightful onsen, good buffet breakfast and is well located to the ski lifts. The hotel does need an upgrade but remains clean and adequate for our needs on a ski holiday. There are some nearby restaurants which provide some good dining options for dinner. 

Hisae was brilliant with her help in organising our Japanese ski trip and we will be contacting her soon to book our next trip for 2018! 

Many thanks
Sally


 
 
Mid Feb 2017

We had a fabulous skiing trip at Madarao ski resort (mid Feb 2017). 

The resort was what we expected,  a smaller compact place, uncrowded with mostly un-groomed runs, off piste - powder paradise. The Madarao combine with the Tangram resorts catered for skiers and snowboarders, the beginners and advanced (the tree runs were great challenge).We stayed in the Madarao Resort Hotel, a ski in-out accommodation.

The hotel wasn’t anything special, but the staff was wonderful. The hotel has a well maintained onsen (again not crowded, definitely a bonus). There is a number of little restaurants - bars within walking distance from the hotel and they delivered tasty japanese food.  

I would not recommend this place for the people chasing some night life or shopping.  This place is definitely for people who want ski or snowboard in powder (without ski patrol chasing them….). It is picturesque environment (the views from the top of the resorts Madarao -Tangram are spectacular.

Kat


 
 
 
 
Mid Feb 2017

What a great trip. Fantastic snow. All 3 places we stayed at are amazing. Your organizational skills are to be applauded. Bus transfers to each location was very simple. Madarao Kogen Hotel was a real standout for us. Room 417 remember that number (what a great view – see attached photo).  Chuo Taxis are the way to go – amazing service – on time – every time.

Cannot wait to book again for next year. Keep up the great work.

Regards
Andrew Bolte



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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



 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Deecember 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Madarao Kogen Hotel, 

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

 

Feb 2011

I stayed at the Madarao Kogen Hotel

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

 

 

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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
 
 
 
Mid January 2017

We had another wonderful holiday at Madarao. As usual, the standard of accomodation, level of service and equality of food were excellent value for money. 

Each year the resort is starting to provide more services for Western customers. There are now 2 really good coffee spots and more options for english ski lessons. 

This year the skiing conditions were perfect . So much powder and the slopes were really quiet. Madarao is a great family resort. There isn’t a huge amount of night life or dining options outside the main hotels but for families who just want convenience and easy access to ski slopes it is perfect. 

Susan Reid


 

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

Pics attached below
 

 
 
 
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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Brownie Villas

Brownie Villas

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥36,180 Per night
Guests
1 - 7
Includes
Accommodation
Room Types
Located in the centre of the village where you can walk to restaurants, bars, Onsen, convenience store and Karaoke bar. The mountain shuttle buses stop close by. Nice warm floor heating.

Brownie Villas guest reviews

 
 
 
 
 

December 2014

We've had a fabulous time in Hakuba and staying at the Brownie Condominiums has been perfect for us. 

The owners/managers have been so helpful and so friendly, making our stay easy and "just like home"!   

Thanks you fro making the booking process so easy & we look forward to booking our nest trip to Kakuba with you.

Warmest Regards
Zoe Ryan


 
 
 
Late February 2014. 

Hakuba was great, a few more people around however (compared with Madarao). Testu and the staff at brownie villas were amazing! 

Testu took us out skiing and was around the clock going above and beyond to make our stay easy! Testu was just fabulous!! 

Again I hope to return! 

We also did a back country tour with Dave Enright, that to was just amazing! 

We escaped our first day of rain, which happened too be our last day skiing and had powder to our bellies again!! 

We all absolutely loved japan, the people, the snow and the hospitality!! 

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 

 

 

Lodge Scole

Lodge Scole

Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Prices from
¥5,000 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Easy access to both ski slopes and cross-country ski trails. Lodge Scole has a variety of accommodation styles to suit all budgets 12rooms-Max 40 guests. It is warm, friendly, family-run ski lodge established over 30 years in Zao Onsen.

Lodge Scole Guest Reviews

 

 

Lodge Scole

Early February 2016

We had a fantastic time skiing and boarding at Zao Onsen in February this year. We had a mix of weather conditions to contend with. One truly bluebird day was ideal for heading to the top of the mountain. The snow monsters were fantastic to see and it was hard to take a bad photo! I've sent you one taken from the Gondola. There was plenty of terrain to keep us skiing from first tracks to the end of the day. Lunches were spent, usually, in the village, exploring the local family run ramen houses.

The snow quality was very good, not as deep as previous visits to Japan, but every day there was a dump and often it snowed through the day which meant fresh tracks could be found all day. The middle of the day was certainly the busiest time for tourists to catch the gondolas to the top of the mountain, to view the snow monsters. The queues are quire long at this time, but it's possible to bypass the crowds and catch 2-3 chairlifts to get access the main ski areas. It took us a good day  and a bit to get our bearings around the mountain. Particularly as the visibility was poor so it was tricky navigating turn offs along runs and not ending up somewhere unexpected!! Zao Onsen offered us plenty of piste opportunities and some off piste moments which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Your recommendation of Lodge Scole for our accommodation, was a great one! The lodge is family run. The staff were all incredibly helpful and friendly and Mao ensured our stay was very comfortable. The location of the lodge is fairly good. It's about a 10 minute walk in the morning to the first gondola. I imagine if there is a really big dump then you could ski the whole way back to the lodge! 

Our room was spacious and comfortable. We had a great view of the mountain and have sent you a photo of it. The food was plentiful and delicious. The lodge has it's own male and female onsens. They're small and both my partner and myself had them to ourselves each evening when we used them. They were super clean and relaxing. The free wifi in our room was a bonus.

Thank you very much Hisae for your outstanding customer service. I happily recommend Japan Snow Accommodation to our friends who ask about our trips and will continue to do so.

Many thanks and I'm sure you'll hear from us for our trip planning for next year.

Kind regards,

Xanthe and Johnny



 

 
Late January 2015

Hisae was very easy to communicate with, very organised and kept me up to date.The whole booking process flowed very smoothly and I was really happy with the service. I would definitely use Japan Snow Accomodation again.

Family run Lodge Scole is like your home away from home.The rooms are very cosy and look out onto the mountain.I had the dinner and breakfast deal, the meals were wonderful.Mrs Ojima took great pride in her cooking and explaining what was in her delicious meals, dinner was usually at least 3 courses, if not 4. I had some beautiful meals during my stay.The lodge is  about a five minute walk from the bus station.I enjoyed very much staying with Ojima family and the very accomodating staff who work there.

The lodge is located close to the Unwanodai slope.The village of Zao Onsen sprawls along the base of the ski resort.There are some wonderful outdoor hot springs .

Regards
Deborah

 

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Yoshidaya Ryokan

Yoshidaya Ryokan

Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Prices from
¥5,900 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 3
Includes
Accommodation, breakfast
Room Types
A traditional Japaneses Ryokan. within easy access to the main street. Everything you would need during your stay are within walking distance, such as chairlifts, a bus terminal, a convenience store, restaurants, Izakaya (Japanese style bar) and Sushi bar. There are English speaking staff to help you.

Yoshidaya Ryokan guest review

 
 
Early Jan 2016 

Our ryokan was excellent, the staff were very helpful. 

The onsen was great too, and the local town public onsen were worth visiting also. 

I would recommend Zao onsen to anyone who would like to experience a more traditional Japanese mountain experience and who like a more peaceful town than the busier places like Hakuba. I will go back in the future.

As always your service was great too.

All the best,
Andrew Maher


 

 

Petit Hotel Shitaka

Petit Hotel Shitaka

Hakuba, Nagano
Prices from
¥7,800 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 6
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
A ski-in ski out hotel. You can ski back into the hotel's entrance from the slopes and you can ski out down to the gondola station. All the rooms have ensuite.

Petit Hotel Shitaka guest review

Currently we have no reviews for this property.

Please email us if you have any questions.

info@japansnowaccommodation.com

Hotel Jurin

Hotel Jurin

Zao Onsen, Yamagata
Prices from
¥10,100 Per person per night
Guests
1 - 4
Includes
accommodation, breakfast
Room Types
Hotel Jurin is a ski in ski out hotel located near the Zao Sky Cable. You will be givne a "Yumeguri Onsen Ticket" which would allow you to use seven types Onsen includign the Takamiya Group Hotel's Onsen facilities.
Hotel Appi Grand & Tower

Hotel Appi Grand & Tower

Appi Kogen, Iwate
Prices from
¥9,050 Per person per night
Guests
1-5
Includes
Accommodation & breakfast
Room Types
Hotel Appi Grand & Tower are ski in ski out accommodation located in a family friendly resort with great quality snow & excellent facilaties including a swimming pool, onsen, gym, bar & Karaoke.

Hotel Appi Grand & Tower guest reviews


 
Early January 2017

Appi Grand was excellent. Our rooms in the Tower, although not brand new in their furnishings, were spacious, well appointed, and with great views. The service was extremely good. The  food in all the restaurants was delicious. The location of the hotel is ideal for easy and true ski in ski out skiing. The facilities of the hotel were extensive, and very good for entertainment of children and toddlers. Thank you again for all your help with the booking.

Regards,David
 
 
Early January 2016

Appi was great!Thanks very much for great advice !!!

We will be in touch again for another holiday 

Cheers
Alasdair
 
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