Lovely orange-coloured pension in the Madarao forest


Madarao Elm Pension

City of Iiyama, Nagano



Contact Name: Toshi Niiyama

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Telephone:    81-269-64-3505

Address: Madarao Kogen, Iiyama-shi, Nagano-ken, 389-2257 Japan


Madarao Elm Pension is located within one minute’s shuttle of Madarao Kogen Ski Park (7 minutes’ walk away). The City of Iiyama is now accessible via Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo in one hour and 40 minutes. Madarao is 30 minutes bus ride away. Madarao boasts of genuine deep, fluffy powder on the 13 exciting ungroomed slopes. You can certainly enjoy Madapow in northern Nagano.

You can include Nozawa and Myoko in your holiday plans, both being great ski resorts using shuttle service. Madarao is accessible by shuttle bus direct from Haneda/Narita Airport. Details can be seen below.


General Information 

Name of accommodation: Madarao Elm Pension
Town: Iiyama
Area: Madarao Kogen (36 km northeast of Nagano)
Altitude: 1,000m (pension), 1,382m (top of Mt.Madarao)

Nearest ski lift: 300m
Type of accommodation: Lodge
Style of accommodation: Western (no tatami rooms)
Guest rooms bedding: Western style beds (twin and triple)
Bathroom: All rooms use shared bathroom facilities
Toilets: Western style (all Japanese hi-tech washlets)
Meals available: Evening meals and breakfast
Number of rooms: 10 rooms

Capacity: 35 people
Smoking/Non-smoking:  All non-smoking
Internet access:  Wifi available for free use in the guest rooms
Laundry and dry room: available
English speaking ability: Yes, fluent

Most common charge style:  Room with breakfast included ( per person per night)
Payment: Cash or credit card
Price Details:
Prices are quoted in Japanese yen per head/night including room, breakfast and tax/service.
All days(1/4~31/3) except for 27/12 ~ 9/1 and 9/2 ~ 12/2: 11,000 yen
27/12 ~ 9/1 and 9/2 ~ 12/2 :  13,000 yen
\5,000 is added on top if one guest uses a twin room.
Dinner can be prepared at 2,500 yen.


 By train :  Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train system) bound for Kanazawa takes you to Iiyama in one hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo. Bus services are available from Iiyama to Madarao Kogen (approx.30minutes). You can get off the bus at Madarao Kogen terminal in front of Madarao Kogen Hotel. The buses leave Iiyama for connection with every arriving train.

By car: 10km from Toyota Iiyama IC (Joshinetsu Expressway)
The car park is available free for 10 cars at the pension.

Shuttle service: 

Shuttle bus (Haneda/Narita Airport – Madarao)

Haneda dep.  07:30       Narita dep.  9:15   12:00   15:00   20:30
Madarao arr.  12:30                       14:45   17:30   20:30   01:15
Fare:            \12,000                     \12,000

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Shuttle service (the pension to / from the skiing park) is provided.

Shuttle bus (Madarao – Iiyama Station – Nozawa) is available each day during the season, so that you can plan to enjoy both skiing resorts having different atmosphere.
Nozawa is approx. one hour bus ride away from Madarao.

Shuttle bus ( Akakura, Myoko-Madarao – Iiyama Station) is also available on Saturdays , Sundays and national holidays during December through March.
You can work out your exciting ski plans covering the great ski areas in Shinetsu District,using these shuttle bus services. For details, please contact the pension.

Meals:  For breakfast, enjoy warm bread, our “drink as much as you wish” specially prepared coffee, egg, bacon/ham, vegetable salad and deserts are also available.
Most well known is our carefully prepared meat dishes for dinner. In winter season we also prepare popular nabe dishes with a variety of local mushrooms, along with local wine and Japanese sake. Enjoy a hearty meal whilst looking over spectacular Shiga mountain scenery. The woody pension is comfortably warmed up by the Swedish central heating system.

Restaurants: There is a restaurant quarter in the central part of Madarao with a selection of different restaurants and cuisines to choose from, which is 6 minutes’ walk away. Shuttle service is provided.

Lift tickets & ski gears rental:  Discount lift tickets will be made available for guests. Ski & board set rental is also available at economical prices.

Baths and Hot Springs: We have both male and female baths for 3-6 people, available after coming back from a day out on the slopes. 3 minutes by car away is the outside rotenburo ” Madarao no yu” and one minute drive away is Madarao Hot Spa in the Madarao Kogen Hotel.

Elm’s bath


Madarao onsen

Madarao + Tangram: Mt Madarao has two different ski parks each connected by lift at the top of the mountain. Madarao has 15 lifts with 30 courses while Tangram has 6 lifts with 17 courses. If you pay 500 yen in addition, you can enjoy both.

Tours to Iiyama, Nagano, snow monkeys, etc. can be arranged subject to your request

Details will be provided during your stay with us. We will look forward to welcoming you all.