Late Jan 2024

Annex Aburaya is excellent. Perfect location at the top of the lift, rooms are spacious and comfortable. The whole guest house is very clean and well maintained, onsen is recently refurbished, food onsite is excellent and the staff are very helpful. I have previously stayed at another accommodation in Madarao but I would chose Annex Aburaya if I was to return to Madarao. Highly recommended, cant fault it.  
Regards Jodie
Early Jan 2020
Annex Aburaya cannot be beaten for location. It’s quicker to get to and from the lifts here than from the ski room at the main hotel.
Rooms are well sized for Japan. The bath area is spotless and never crowded - our family including children of 15 and 11 soon got used to the whole communal bathing thing. The owners are very helpful arranging meals and tickets. Language is no barrier as they have a nifty google translate device that turns your English into perfect Japanese! Hire shop next door looked like it had near new gear and big range. They waxed our skis for a good price too.
We walked to dinner at many different places from here with no drama.
We decided to ski on the day we left and the owners were really helpful. There is a large room to keep your stuff in - and we had a nice bath before moving on. Totally worthwhile.

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 



January 2015

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



Feb 2014

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.