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Renovated in 2016, the beautiful, chalet-like Active Life Madarao offers ski-to-door access from Madarao Kogen Ski Resort, a 3-minute walk away. The hotel is centrally located, it's very closed to the ski lift chairs and right opposite to the local restaurants. We love that there are things to do within the hotel at night time. Their in-house bar with the wide range of craft beer is a definitely a hidden gem in the village and there are a lot of activities in their playroom that kept my daughter entertained while we were enjoying our craft beer. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable.... nothing more to ask for. We will definitely stay there again on our next ski trip.
Situated in Madarao Resort Village, Hotel Madarao is a 6-minute walk from Madarao Kogen Ski Resort. Free WiFi is provided in public areas on site. We travelled during the biggest snow storm of the year and got stuck on the road for 16 hrs. But Vicki, El and Mayu helped to turn that ordeal into a fun stay at Hotel Madarao. This hotel is a gem in this town. The staff are super friendly and very considerate. We missed our first night of stay but they were all considerate and helpful! We will definitely go back and stay just here every time!
Hotel Madam Mirei is located in Iiyama, 26 km from Ryuoo Ski Park and 31 km from Jigokudani Monkey Park. This 2-star hotel offers ski storage space and free WiFi. Amazing host, very welcoming and helpful. Did my laundry and pre-ordered VERY discounted lift tickets. Great price for private room, plenty of space. Public bath space was very good.
The fact that I’m leaving a review at all means that we really loved the place. I’m not the social media type so rarely leave reviews and when I do I’m always conservative so 8/10 is excellent. (Hope it doesn’t bring down your average 😕). Loved the chalet, good size, sparkling clean, super friendly staff and very comfy bed and facilities. Would highly recommend you to everyone. Sigh, missing it as I type this to be honest. Regards Tony
The igloos in Kamakura Snow Village was very interesting. We even built a snowman! Maguse Onsen was a good experience with its outdoor onsen overlooking the Kijimadaira ski area. Wish we had known about the temple trail in Iiyama town earlier to plan for it. Maybe next trip.
Iiyama is the gateway to ski field heaven - in winter. The train station is only 5 years old and is very modern, clean and well laid out - transferring to buses is smooth and moving around is helped by elevators and escalators. The Information Centre was staffed by a young lady who spoke English beautifully and is very helpful. You can send your ski gear from there via Kuroneko to avoid lugging it onto the Shinkansen. There is a walking tour you could do in summer to take in the local sights - some of them being a doll museum, paper making, onsen, cycling ... depending on the season.
We needed a place to stay for a night close to Nozawa Onsen on an extremely tight schedule, as we wanted to experience skiing there followed by the Fire festival. Arriving after an early morning transfer, our hosts (despite a strong language barrier) not only offered to drive us to Nozawa Onsen ski resort shortly after arrival, but also back at 11pm following the festival and then to the station at 7am the next morning for our bullet train. Couldn't be more greatful for the hospitality. Would have been a completely different experience without them.
I came to Iiyama to walk the Shin-Etsu trail, and I had decided to walk it without a guide, which proved to be quite the challenge, and everyone at the visitor center were incredibly kind and helpful in order for me to finish walking the trail, and I am so grateful for that. I would definitely recommend walking the trail, but with a guide!
We visited Iiyama for skiing at Nozawaonsen & Madarao, 2 ski areas that did not disappoint. Nozawaonsen for the cultural village aspect (& great skiing) and Madarao for the powder tree skiing. Iiyama is the gateway to many ski resorts and we didn’t spend long in the city itself - hopefully next time.
Altitude is a cozy hotel, and this was our second visit. Definitely not the last either. The rooms are Japanese size but give the required comfort. As we were returning guest and only guest (late in the season) we were upgraded so could not be better. Even though for the first night we were the only guests the service was surely not less. Breakfast was freshly cooked and very nice. The living room area provides a very cozy environment around the fireplace with very comfortable sofas.
This is the third time to stay in Kanoe. Family run hotel, though located in a quiet area, but can ski in and out (in good snow conditions, not this year unfortunately). Owner is very friendly and helpful. Very delicious dinner and good breakfast. Tidy and simple room with very good view. Free pick up service in train ststion. Tongari ski resort is good but as not many tourists knew about it, you just feel free while skiing.
The omelette of the breakfast was very nice. It was equivalent to or higher than ones served at premium hotels. Also, the bed was very comfortable and we could stay here in a relaxed mood in tidy rooms evrerywhere as it was evaluated by previous users. Above all, the owner was very dedicated guy and he helped us move around there, i.e. a free chauffeur service between the ski area and local restaurants.
We travelled during the biggest snow storm of the year and got stuck on the road for 16 hrs. But Vicki, El and Mayu helped to turn that ordeal into a fun stay at Hotel Madarao. This hotel is a gem in this town. The staff are super friendly and very considerate. We missed our first night of stay but they were all considerate and helpful! We will definitely go back and stay just here every time!
The hosts were great, and the house was very cozy. They have delicious homemade dinners with all kinds of drinks and good breakfast as well. The hotel is pet-friendly so we met a few cute dogs. There was a heavy snowfall on our last day but Mark helped all his guests get to the slopes. Thank you!
Room: clean and tidy Food: very delicious Service: Host are nice and warm. Reply message in a short period of time. Host will provide shuttle from the house to Madarao Kogen hotel and from hotel to the house without charge. If you go to Madarao, Tob’s house is the best choice for you.
The staff were amazing and flexible. Definitely a positive in this regard and a reason to go back. They could not do enough for us! They do a 'western breakfast' incase you dont like rice and fish in the morning. Having an onsen in the hotel was great too!
They offered free pick-up from Iiyama station and back, which was a huge plus especially with my snowboard and ski equipments. And the bath (onsen) runs for 24 hours! Great and friendly staff too!!! The croissant during breakfast was delicious!!!!!!!
Location of the hotel very convenient; close to the ski resort (walking distance). The staff (mainly Australians are friendly). The hotel is very family oriented - enough enterainment for kids and they all speak English.
Very cozy hotel, the view from the room and back yard is amazing. Super friendly owners and staff. Nice breakfast with fresh homemade bread. Also you can have a dinner but need to inform the hotel in advance.
Great location! Great price! Friendly staff. It wasn't a luxurious hotel by any means, but it had everything we needed.