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The interconnected resorts of Madarao and Tangram are becoming increasingly popular with their excellent quality snow, great tree powder skiing, side country and not to mention perfectly groomed slopes. Located in the Nagano prefecture, Madarao and Tangram are also extremely close to some of the nearby bigger and more popular resorts of Myoko, Nozawa and Arai, making it a great destination for day or overnight trip during your holiday too. The resort of Madarao offers a mix of accommodation, most popular choices are the slope-side larger hotels, with the remaining properties being more Japanese-oriented pension lodges. Madarao also has a small scattering of restaurants and western bars, offering all travelers to the area an authentic and fun experience. The Tokyu Resort Hotel Tangram is the dedicated ski-in ski-out accommodation at Tangram resort offering guests the full resort hotel experience with swimming pool and relaxing indoor & outdoor onsens
The combined resorts offers 30 courses with 15 lifts, with a good mix terrain for all levels and also some night skiing for those needing a few more turns. Madarao and Tangram is worth visiting not only for the skiing, but also for the welcoming charm of its small town, its friendly locals and the range of activities available including snowmobiling, backcountry and snowshoe tours, snow rafting and kids parks. There’s plenty to keep you entertained if you get bored of skiing, and nearby towns are only a short bus ride away, opening up more dining and sightseeing options. There’s also a handful of fantastic onsen, like any good ski resort, perfect for relaxing in – whatever kind of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it here.
There are only a few large and well-serviced hotels at Madarao, the largest and most popular of which being Madarao Kogen Hotel, but there are plenty of smaller, Japanese owned and run pension hotels that are fantastic for budget travellers and those who don’t mind the Japanese way of life. These pensions are often very friendly and accommodating, but little English is spoken, so for those with limited Japanese, a larger hotel may be a better option. The smaller pensions offer a cosy and often very traditionally Japanese-oriented accommodation option, with traditional meals and tatami rooms on offer for those who’d like the cultural experience.
The pensions are, however, often located quite a while away from the slopes, and the limited transport options in Madarao mean that you may need to catch a ride with your pension owner. Some will offer this service, but others won’t – you’ll need to pay attention to the details when choosing your pension if you’re looking at this option. The hotels, however, are close to the slopes and within easy walking distance.
Join a guided ski and snowboard tour to Madarao. Our flexible itinerary, small group of 6 and private transport ensures that you’ll be riding at the best resort on the day. Your expert guide will keep a sharp eye on the weather and select the best resort to ride each day. You could find yourself riding at Lotte Arai, Madarao, Seki Onsen, Kurohime, Togakushi, Akakura Onsen, Akakura Kanko, Ikenotaira and Myoko Suginohara. We stay in a traditional lodge where you’ll experience true Japanese hospitality (omotenashi), and enjoy the best home-cooked dinners and breakfasts. Finish off each day visiting different local onsen. View our tours that visit Madarao HERE