Travelling to Madarao, Japan

We have prepared a table of the most popular ways to get from Narita International Airport (near Tokyo) to our location in the northern part of Nagano, 280km away.

We recommend the bullet train for anyone arriving into Narita or Haneda Airports before 4pm and who wish to stay in Madarao that night.

We are more than happy to help you with your travel arrangements to Madarao. We can also make the Nagano Snow Shuttle and Chuo Taxi reservations for you!

Coming from Osaka is relatively easy by train and you need to allow between 4 – 5 hours.

Bullet Train
3 Hours
Snow
Shuttle
5.5 Hours
Chuo Taxi
5-6 Hours*
Skyliner #8 to
Ueno Train Station
(45 min)
Narita Airport direct to Madarao Departs:
9:45 Noon &
20:30
Narita Airport direct to
Altitude Madarao
Hokuriku-Shinkansen
to Iiyama (109 min)
Madarao Ski Resort Shuttle
Convert Yen to your currency:
Trains:
10,890 Yen
Adult fare:
11,600 - 12,600 Yen  
Adult fare:
15,200 Yen
Madarao Shuttle bus:
Adult: 700 Yen
Child: 350 yen
Child fare:
111,600 - 12,600 Yen
Child fare:
12,200 Yen

* You may be required to wait at the airport for up to 1.5 hours for the taxi to depart

Bullet Train

Quickest way to get to Madarao Ski Resort and affordable for those with JR rail passes. There's 3 connections, but they're well synchronized.

  1. Catch the Skylinner service to Ueno Train Station or slightly loner for those who have a JR Rail pass is to catch the Narita Express to Tokyo station and then connect with the bullet train to Iliyama station.
  2. Transfer through to the Shinkansen terminals marked with green train symbol and catch the Asama Shinkansen. The Asuma bullet trains generally runs every 30 minutes during the day. 
  3. At Ilyama Station, proceed to the bus and taxi pick up zone and find bus stop to Madarao ski resort.

This bus leaves every 60 minutes from 8:45 to 21:20 and costs 700 yen. Please check with the Nagaden website for updated times and info. Please remember that the last departing bus to Madarao Ski Resort from Iliyama station is at 9:20pm but if arriving after that time you can catch a taxi to the property for about 5,000 yen. 

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Nagano Snow Shuttle

The Snow Shuttle has three departures from Narita Airport every day at 9:45am, Noon and 8:30pm from December 18th to March 12th.

The Snow Shuttle has one departures from Haneda Airport every day at 9:30am, from December 18th to March 12th.

This is a door to door service like the Chuo shared taxi but can take longer if waiting for delayed flights and dropping many guests off at their hotels. Those wanting the easiest travel option for a small amount extra you should consider the Chuo shared taxi which will generally be quicker. 

We can make the reservation for you and arrange a late night check in simply provide us the names of those travelling with you and your flight number.

Shared Taxi

Hassle Free transfer to Madarao Ski resort.

Although not the cheapest option a shared taxi will meet you at the airport and drop you directly in Madarao Ski resort. Convenient for families with children as it saves you from navigating around train stations and lugging your luggage around. Prices are set per person and no discount is provided if a return ticket is purchased. Bookings do need to be made 5 days prior. View their website for more info.

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Driving from Tokyo to Madarao

Route Option #1 - South and West part of Tokyo

  1. Take the Chuo Expressway to the Okaya Junction and then turn onto the Nagano Expressway following the signs to Nagano.

  2. At Nagano switch to the Nagano Expressway and continue on the highway and take the Exit number 16 for Toyota & Ilyama there has recently been a small Nozawa Onsen sign added to the bottom of the existing sign. Upon exiting the toll gates continue straight at the next set up lights and continue following the Madarao signs up the mountain to the ski resort.

Route Option #2 - North and East Tokyo

  1. Take the Kanetsu Expressway to the Fujioka Junction and then turn onto the Joshinetsu Expressway following the Nagano signs.

  2. At Nagano switch to the Nagano Expressway and continue on the highway and take the Exit number 16 for Toyota & Ilyama there has recently been a small Nozawa Onsen sign added to the bottom of the existing sign. Upon exiting the toll gates continue straight at the next set up lights and continue following the Madarao signs up the mountain to the ski resort.

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