Madarao Kogen Mountain Resort Area


Madarao Kogen & Tangram Resorts in Iiyama City and the surrounding areas area are located deep within the heart of the Japan Alps at the northernmost part of Nagano Prefecture, making it an excellent retreat during any of the four seasons. Here you can experience “ancient” Japan by visiting the many remaining temples or just by viewing its traditional landscapes that are spread across the region. Iiyama City is a former castle town within the Okushinano region of Nagano with many old Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples still standing side by side. The Chikuma River (the longest river in Japan) runs through the centre of the area and becomes known as the Shinano River when it passes into Niigata Prefecture. A virgin beech forest covers 400ha of Mt. Nabekura, providing great opportunities for hiking and sightseeing. The area prides itself on ‘green tourism’ and is known as ‘Japan’s hometown’

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort, Tangram Circus

Ski Resort and Accommodation Info


Skiers can access both Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus ski resorts on the same day ticket. Nozawa Onsen and the Myoko Kogen resorts are only a short shuttle away whilst Togari Onsen and Kurohime Kogen are also a close drive away. Please refer to our ski and snowboard page for further information. You can check out current conditions at Tangram and Madarao resorts via our live web cams (see below).

Madarao Mountain Resort

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort (a.k.a. Madarao Mountain Resort) is a unique bowl shape resort with 22 separate courses best suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. However there is some easy terrain for beginners, some fairly steep runs for advanced skiers and snowboarders, along with great tree runs to experience some famous Madapow! See more…

Tangram Ski Circus

Tangram Ski Circus enjoys a wonderful position overlooking Iiyama & Nozawa Onsen in one direction and, on a clear day, the spectacular mountains of Myoko Kogen and the Japan Sea in the other. Tangram is only is a small-medium sized ski resort but offers skiers and snowboarders an impressive 520 metres of vertical descent with some off-piste options. See more…

Madarao Accommodation

There’s a wide variety of accommodation in Madarao Kogen to suit all tastes and budgets from small cosy family pensions to newly renovated lodges, backpacker/hostel type offerings plus some large resort type hotels with great facilities like indoor heated pools. You can check out all the options here or go straight to our secure Madarao booking engine for some great deals.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort: Why Visit Here?

  • Easy access. Only two hours from Tokyo via bullet train
  • Two resorts co-joined on one ticket
  • Trees runs, jumps and the famous Mada-pow!
  • English ski school and rentals
  • Great range of accommodation to suit all budgets
  • Easy access to other resorts like Nozawa and Akakura
  • Onsen, restaurants and kids activities.

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Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Information

Ski School, Rentals, Tours

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Check out some Madarao reviews

“My first experience of snowboarding in Japan, and I don’t know if I just got lucky, but this was by far the best snow I’ve ever experienced – based on years and years of skiing and snowboarding in Europe.” See more reviews
“Amazing varieties of ski runs from beginner right up to black, tree, powder runs. We had a fantastic holiday. Thanks Madarao.” See more reviews
“No one can guarantee snow. But my week at Madarao saw over a foot of new powder almost every day. From the weather reports, this seemed to be what Nozawa Onsen was receiving. Of the two resorts, I prefer Madarao.” See more reviews
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“As a beginner to intermediate skier I was impressed by the variety of runs that were available to myself and similarly skilled family members. The resort extends over a large area up the side of Mt Madarao.” See more reviews
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Madarao Kogen ski resort: Events & Things to Do

Restaurants & Bars

For those having a ski rest day from their Madarao Kogen accommodation, or for non-skiers there is a variety of activities such as tours to various sites (Snow Monkeys, Zenkoji Temple, Lake Nojiri, Togakushi, ice fishing, shopping tours, etc.) and cultural activities – cooking classes, flower arranging, tea ceremony and the like. See more…

Madarao Onsen

We want our Madarao Kogen visitors to have the best time possible. So in addition to the great Madarao powder snow there are lots of other fun things to do away from your Madarao accommodation with events to take in such as the NY fireworks, a small fire festival, late night NY Eve skiing and much more! See here for more info…

Day Trips & Events

We can also help arrange all of your needs for a great Madarao ski holiday – ski rental, ski school, child care and backcountry tours. Save 20-40% with the ski discount coupons and tickets that are available from your local hotel or pension. Shuttles to Myoko Kogen and Nozawa Onsen are also available. Contact us for more details…

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Getting to Madarao Kogen


Madarao, Iiyama and Tangram are located north-west of Tokyo and 30-60 minutes from Nagano City

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Madarao Kogen ski resort: Transport & Access

Getting here is super easy. See our directions to Madarao here or check the instructions at Explore the Heart of Japan. For medium-large groups we can help organise a direct shuttle from the airport or other resorts.

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Getting to Madarao Kogen

Myoko Kogen Ski Resort: Local Information

For any information on neighbouring Myoko Kogen see the #1 local guide, Destination Myoko Kogen. For Myoko accommodation options check this online Myoko booking engine for the best deals.

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort: Local Information

For any information on nearby Nozawa Onsen check out the Nozawa Onsen Guide from Explore the Heart of Japan. For Nozawa Onsen accommodation options check this online Nozawa booking engine for some great options.

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