An 11 room family-run ski lodge right on the slopes of Madarao Mountain Resort
Madarao Mountain Lodge has operated since 2017. It was newly renovated in 2019 with new shower, guest laundry and toilet facilities and a balcony that looks out over a beautiful forest setting and Madarao Mountain. It is an easy 300 meter walk from the slopes at Madarao Mountain Resort.
Madarao is a powder-lovers paradise that was rated by Powderhounds web site as being the best value ski resort in Japan. It is close to Myoko Kogen, Shiga Kogen and Nozawa Onsen resort areas. So it provides a great alternative option to those people wanting to explore the world class ski resorts of Northern Nagano.
At Madarao Mountain Lodge you can stay in Western-style rooms with beds or Japanese-style tatami rooms on futons. There is also one Japanese-style room with an en-suite bathroom. The rest of the rooms have a shared Western-style shower room as well as a newly installed private shared bathroom. There are also three great onsen hot springs in close proximity to the lodge for those people who want to try a Japanese style bath experience.
The lodge has its own restaurant and bar, The Lodge Cafe, that provides both Japanese and western-style modern cuisine to both in-house guests and outside customers alike. Try fresh sashimi or sushi, or Australian pub-style favourites such as fish and chips, chicken parmigana or our famous "Mad Cow Burger". We have an espresso coffee machine and use Zentvelds coffee beans from the Byron Bay area of Australia. There is also a range of craft beer, including Baird Brewing`s range from Shizuoka, local sake sourced from traditional sake producers from around Nagano Prefecture and a range of cocktails.
The lodge has WiFi throughout the building, and Apple TV in the bar and in the three family rooms. We also have a dart board, a PlayStation and a massage chair for guests to kick back and relax. There is a self-serve station in the recreation room where guests can use a fridge, microwave and hot water for preparing light snacks.
Madarao Mountain Lodge also has a range of top quality rental equipment such as powder boards from Never Summer snowboards and powder skis from Harvest that are available at discount rates for in-house guests. All boards and skis are in great condition and selected for high performance in the legendary Madarao powder. In summer we can organise mountain bike rentals, e-bikes, stand up paddle boards and have onsite BBQ facilities.
Madarao Mountain Lodge is run by Mark and Mayuko Stahnke. Mark was originally from Sydney in Australia, but has spent over 15 years living and skiing in Japan and has worked as a ski instructor in Shiga Kogen as well as on ski patrol at Madarao Mountain Resort. Mayuko has spent over 10 years living Australia where she worked as a Sushi Chef and had her own catering business. As well as providing excellent food and service, they can also use their language skills to help assist with connecting people to local services such as discount lift tickets, car rentals, ski and snowboard rental, English ski lessons, tours and transport.
"A real gem in Madarao. Excellent location & all facilities were spotless. Great food served, slept so well during our stay. To top it all off, the owners very kindly offered & dropped us up to the bus at 6am after heavy snow would have made the walk with luggage pretty tricky.... will definitely be back! Also, an awesome mountain (topped Nozawa Onsen for sure)" Gary
"Awesome staff! Made us feel really at home - big difference to our staff in Myoko Kogen. Great restaurant on site. Everyone went out of their way to provide us with information from skiing options (side and backcountry) to assisting us with traveling back to Tokyo on our last day" Dan
"The food is amazing and perhaps the best on the mountain. Mayuko and Catherine always had a smile and helpful with local information. Mark and his "lads" Tom and Hamish, certainly know how to set the mood, with chilled out tunes and "red-hot" bar with a service to rival 5 star restaurants of Tokyo. The lodge is clean and in great condition with "5-star" communal showers that had plenty of hot water and spotless. The lodge is great for individuals, couples and families. Couldn't get a better location on the mountain, with an easy downhill ski to the lifts. This is certainly a lodge I'm looking to revisit soon." Marc
"Mark and Abbie were fantastic hosts, they went out of their way to help us with everything! Abbie's cooking is fantastic. You can ski almost to the front door. This is THE place to stay in Madarao" Erica
"Amazing food in a homely setting! Mark and Abi went out of their way to make our stay as good as it could be - from lending us jackets and pants to ski in to letting us use their personal computer. Couldn’t recommend the lodge more" Salem
"Large rooms, great staff that went the extra mile to look after us. Delicious food and great location-only a 50m walk to the ski fields" Andy