Late December 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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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
We had stayed in Nozawa Onsen 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.
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.
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.