Welcome to Madarao Mountain Lodge

An 11 room family-run ski lodge right on the slopes of Madarao Mountain Resort

Madarao Mountain Lodge was newly renovated in 2017 and 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 shared Western-style shower rooms. 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, cable TV, Apple TV in the bar, 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 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. 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 other restaurants, ski rental, English ski lessons, tours and transport.

We look forward to seeing you soon                                                                                        


"We were staying at a nearby chalet but would come over here for dinner. Have tried their signature beef burger, bacon and egg roll, karaage chicken and agadashi tofu and all of it was delicious! Now working our way through the rest of their menu.
They make proper coffee, decent selection of beer and wine and the owners are very relaxed and friendly. Really like the homely feel here. Will be back for more food!"     Julianne

"Great feeling lodging and restaurant in Madarao. The food is top notch and has such a friendly relaxed vibe. Loved the music selection as well."      Luke

"Great family run lodge close to the ski resort! Good food & helpful service."        Gillian

"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

"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

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