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Madarao Accommodation

Aya Lodge Madarao is the latest Madarao Mountain Ski accommodation to be renovated appealing to western ski enthusiasts and families. Aya Lodge Madarao has been designed to operate as a bed & breakfast ski lodge with a variety of room configurations. With a focus on comfort, style, and good old-fashioned mountain hospitality - we love making sure our guests have an amazing stay, never want to leave and always want to return back to the comfort and convenience of Aya Lodge Madarao.

Aya Lodge Madarao has 12 Rooms with a total of 30 Beds in varying configurations to suit twin share, couples, triple share, families, and groups. We have a mix of private and shared bathrooms that are newly renovated, with forest, valley, and mountain views. The lodge is equipped with a dining room, bar, games room, laundry, ski drying room and is conveniently located an easy 200m walk to the ski runs and ski home. Local shops and restaurants are an easy 5-minute walk away.

Aya Lodge Madarao perfectly caters for the discerning guests that are looking for a fantastic location close to the lifts, stunning views of the mountain and valley, style and comfort... and let's not forget our reputation for serving one of the best western breakfasts in Madarao.

For further information on how to secure a booking for the 2018/19 ski season make an enquiry through our reservation system on this website and we will respond with a quote and answer any questions, you may have. We believe in a personalised service so we are more than happy to get on the phone and discuss your requirements.

Please note, Aya Lodge is fully licenced and as such, does not permit outside alcohol or food inside the dining room and lounge. Our bar is open for apre drinks between 4pm and 7pm each day ( and based on demand ). Our fully equipped commercial kitchen is not available to guests and no food can be prepared in our guest rooms.

Madarao Mountain Resort

Aya Lodge Madarao is located in  Madarao Mountain Resort which is situated in the northern area of Nagano Prefecture, on the main island of Honshu. The weather conditions are consistently ideal for creating an endless supply of high-quality snow throughout the December-to-March winter season in Japan. Skiers and snowboarders return here to experience the spectacular scenery, varied terrain and incredible selection of 45 groomed and un-groomed runs when you add in the backside resort of Tangram Ski Circus.

The image above is the view looking back from the north facing ski mountain across to Madarao Highlands Village where the on-snow Hotels, Pensions, and Apartments are located. Aya Lodge Madarao is conveniently located on-snow with a gentle 200m walk onto the ski area boundary and ski home - or you can go home via Madarao Kogen Hotel for a traditional Onsen bath for a small fee of Yen 900.

Getting to Madarao Mountain Ski Resort

Madarao Mountain Ski Resort is part of the vast ski area of Nagano Prefecture and is located 38km northeast of the city of Nagano, close to the Niigata Prefecture. Madarao Mountain is situated 11km west of the town of Iiyama with two access roads into the mountain village from IIyama and a third road that connects it to Myoko Kogen. The local bus from IIyama Station takes approx. 30 minutes, subject to the road conditions and costs 500 yen per person.

By far, an easier option, and only slightly more expensive is a Maxi Taxi directly to Aya Lodge Madarao from IIyama Station for 4,000 Yen. We recommend this as the preferred transfer from IIyama as there is no guarantee that the Lodge car will be on the premises to do a pickup and drop-off from the bus stop at Madarao Kogen Hotel at your specific time of arrival.

Madarao is sometimes described as one of the Myoko Kogen resorts, as it’s close by (approx. 35 minutes by car ), however, this somewhat undervalues it. Madarao really stands alone between Myoko and Nozawa Onsen, another nearby ski resort which is 23km to the northeast. If you want to travel between Madarao Mountain Resort and Nozawa Onsen, you can catch the No-to-Ma bus that takes about one hour. There are also buses that run to Myoko Kogen resorts for easy day trips ( the bus service, unfortunately, won't get you to either resort for 1st tracks.

Transport options to get to Madarao from Tokyo Narita airport > you’ll first need to catch two trains to Iiyama. The Airport Narita Express to Tokyo Station and then a Shinkansen to IIyama. From the Iiyama train station, there are buses or taxis to Madarao Kogen. Or from Haneda or Narita Airports you can get a bus to Madarao Kogen with Nagano Snow Shuttle.

Another popular option is to take the Skyliner train direct from Narita Airport to Uneo Station and then transfer to the Shinkansen Lines for a fast train to IIyama Station.

Get more detailed information on our Transport page here.

Terrain options on the side and backcountry of Mt Madarao

Lift accessed side & backcountry riding options are abundant at Madarao Mountain Ski Resort & Tangram Ski Circus. If you're equipped with the right safety equipment you can access almost as much rideable terrain outside of the resort boundaries as that shown on the resort map.

Within a short five to fifteen minute walk towards the peak at Mt Madarao there are steeps, trees and abundant powder in the right conditions. You can ride untracked powder for days after a storm in terrain that will challenge the most advanced riders.

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