Nestled in the heart of the Japanese snow country, Madarao Kogen stands as a serene destination for backcountry exploration. For those seeking a genuine and unspoiled winter experience, this hidden gem offers much more than meets the eye.

Madarao Kogen is celebrated for its pristine powder conditions, making it a haven for backcountry enthusiasts. Beyond the resort boundaries, the slopes remain largely untouched, inviting skiers and snowboarders to carve through deep blankets of powder. The terrain caters to a spectrum of skill levels, from gentle slopes for beginners to challenging tree runs that wind through enchanting forests.

Situated beneath the majestic Mt. Madarao, the panoramic views from the summit are awe-inspiring. The surrounding mountains create a picturesque backdrop, enhancing the natural beauty of the region. Whether you’re descending through powder-laden slopes or simply taking in the scenery, Madarao Kogen offers a tranquil escape into nature.

While Madarao Kogen is a winter haven, its allure extends throughout the seasons. Witness the vibrant transformation of the landscape, from the lush greenery of summer to the fiery hues of autumn. Madarao invites exploration in every season.

Embark on a journey into the heart of Madarao Kogen, where untouched landscapes and diverse terrain promise an authentic and immersive backcountry experience. Discover the secrets of this tranquil winter sanctuary and create lasting memories surrounded by nature’s beauty.



Super Express

From Narita Airport

After your arrival, passport and customs clearance, head downstairs to the basement level JR stations, located in both terminals of the airport. The most convenient train is the Narita Express (N’EX), which leaves roughly every half hour for a 53-minute trip to Tokyo Station. Tickets for the entire trip up to Echigo Yuzawa Station can be purchased here; JR East Passes and Japan Rail Passes can also be exchanged at the JR East Travel Service Centers (see below).

JR East Travel Service Centers at Narita Airport
JR East Travel Service Centers can be found at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Narita Airport. The Centers are open every day from 11:30 am to 7 pm, and handle the sale and exchange of the JR East Pass (available only to visitors from overseas on short-term visas of no longer than 90 days) as well as the Japan Rail Pass (covering all six JR regional companies, and which can only be pre-purchased overseas). Other services include ticket sales and sightseeing information.If the JR East Travel Service Center is closed, go to the JR ticket office. Hours of operation:
Terminal 1: 6:30 to 11:30 am, 7:00 to 9:45 pm
Terminal 2: 6:30 to 11:30 am, 7:00 to 9:50 pm
JR East Info Line
Telephone English information hotline for questions about JR service
Tel: (050) 2016-1603
Hours of operation
10 am to 6 pm; closed during the New Year holidays

From Tokyo Station

At Tokyo Station, head upstairs for the Hokuriku Shinkansen (the station is always busy, but all lines are well marked—just follow the signs).
Hokuriku Shinkansen trains depart from platforms 20 through 23; most trains stop at Iiyama Station, so you have many choices.

From Iiyama Station

At Iiyama Station, you can take the Community Bus Madarao Line to the Madarao Kogen Hotel. The bus service runs from 9:00am to 7:10pm every hour and 50 minutes. The bus schedule can be found here.