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Madarao Mountain Powder Skier

Powder Heaven - Ski Japan!

Japan is the snowiest place on Earth. It’s also one of the most fun places to visit on Earth.  And if you want to ski in Japan it’s hard to look past Madarao.

Every season for the past six seasons Madarao Kogen received an average of 288 inches (7 metres!) in 7 weeks every season. During peak in January and February the snowfall is non-stop... you will find fantastic powder snow and the largest number of in-resort tree runs in Japan. All in peaceful and quiet surrounds, off the beaten path and away from the crowds of the well-known resorts - you will feel like you are at a private resort, alone with nature.

Madarao kogen is considered a mid-sized resort compared to others in Japan, with a total vertical drop of 440 metres from a peak of 1,350 metres. It has 31 on-piste trails, 13 of which are tree runs, plus some accessible side-country and backcountry areas for advanced riders. There are 15 lifts granting access to a fairly even distribution of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs, and a modest terrain park. You can purchase a combined lift pass with the nearby Tangram Ski Circus that will open up another 15 runs accessed by an additional 5 lifts.

Madarao kogen’s popularity is increasing but it is still relatively unknown. It has all the ingredients for a perfect ski vacation. In addition to the neighbouring Tangram Ski Circus resort, Raicho Lodge Madarao is a short trip away from other popular resorts such as Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogen and Myoko Kogen.

Ski lift tickets are available for sale at our hotel - for more details, just ask!

Rest & Relax In Comfort

Let our friendly hotel staff take care of you during the downtime of your ski adventure in Japan. The Raicho Lodge Madarao team will take care of all your holiday accommodation needs.

After a long day on the ski slopes, you can relax in luxurious comfort in the lounge or by the fireplace, and enjoy snacks and drinks provided at the lodge.

Our rooms are decorated in a modern Japanese concept, providing you everything you need for a delightful, stress free and enjoyable stay. Each room is large enough to comfortably accommodate two to four people, so you, your friends and your family can recuperate after a day of fun and adventure in the snow.

Our friendly, English-speaking staff will be ready to assist you with anything you need during your stay, so that you can concentrate on making the most of your time on the ski slopes!

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Getting to Madarao

Madarao Kogen ski resort, Madarao mountain is a hidden gem in Nagano. Madarao is secluded in a private pocket nearby to Iiyama, nestled between well-known Hakuba and Niseko resorts and a short distance from Nozawa Onsen.

To reach Raicho Lodge from Narita Airport, take the Skyliner Train service operated by Keisei Electric Railway from Narita Airport to Ueno Station (buy tickets online here) and transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen, which will take you directly to Iiyama Station in about one hour and forty minutes.

To reach Raicho Lodge from Haneda Airport is equally convenient. From the airport the fastest option is to take the Monorail from Haneda International Terminal on the express train that goes directly to Hamamatsucho Station. At Hamamatsucho Station follow the signs for JR Line Trains on the Yamanote Line and ride three stops to Tokyo Station. You will then want to catch the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Iiyama Station in about one hour and forty minutes.

If you let us know what time you will be arriving at Iiyama Station we can arrange for one of the Raicho Lodge Madarao Team to pick you up from the station for less than the cost of a taxi.  Please contact us for details. There are also taxis available at the station as well as a bus run by Madarao Resort that will take you to the Madarao Kogen Hotel, which is less than 10 minutes walk away.

If you are looking to spend a few days sight-seeing in Tokyo or other parts of Japan before or after your ski/snowboard holiday in Madarao but you don’t want to lug all your gear around with you, there is an easy and reliable delivery service by Yamato Transport called Ta-Q-Bin. The service is available at both Narita and Haneda airports.

Our friendly and expert team will ensure that you see the best of Madarao.

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Kermis Madarao Dining

Kermis @ Madarao

Raicho Lodge Madarao is excited and honoured to be chosen as the official home of Kermis for the 2018-2019 winter season. Kermis is a dining concept for Madarao by Chef Nobu, who has been touring Japan with his pop-up concepts, such as The Hangar.

Kermis @ Madarao promises to be a special treat for the Madarao dining scene.

An expert chef who has honed his talent in the kitchen of Joël Robuchon in Tokyo, Nobu san brings an impressive level of creativity and attention to produce and detail to his dining concepts for Kermis.

Prepare yourself for a harmonious and skilful balance of European and Japanese cooking techniques that beautifully enhances the local Nagano ingredients.