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At Active Life Japan, we take care of your entire winter-holiday experience. Active Life is not just a hotel provider, it’s an awesome curated experience.

Ski or ride through Japanese birch trees on Madarao’s famous powder! Experience Madarao’s 10 meters of annual snowfall, uncrowded slopes and feel the deep tree runs and non-stop face shots!

Active Life currently owns and manages 3 hotels in Madarao: Active Life Madarao, Hakken by Active Life, and Xplore by Active Life.

Active Life also operates Active Life Snow Club, our International Snow School in Madarao, offering certified, English-speaking lessons including complimentary all-day kids' lessons and beginner adult lessons, exclusive to guests staying minimum 4-nights during our promotion period. Our Snow Club also facilitates private lessons, advanced lessons and inbound guided tours of Madarao, exclusive to guests without any minimum-stay restrictions, during this period!

Active Life offers a complimentary inter-resort shuttle to 10 nearby resorts exclusive to guests staying a minimum 4-nights during our promotion period.

All visitors to Madarao are rewarded though our equipment rentals, Miyuki Snow Sports, boasting the best powder skis, snowboards, beginner rental gear and retail accessories! And launching this season is Yoga by Active Life, along with our culinary experience with Chef Mehmet, raising the standard of food and activities available in Madarao Mountain Resort.

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Madarao Kogen Mountain Resort
MadaPOW!

Frequent, gigantic Siberian winter storms passing over the sea of Japan results in the crystal-like, fluffy and deep powder, famously nicknamed MadaPOW. Skiing and snowboarding in Japan is unlike anywhere else in the world and Madarao has begun to redefine Japanese snow holidays by giving visitors to Madarao the best conditions in Japan, along with small crowds and inexpensive lift tickets!

Madarao Mountain Resort, also known as Madarao Kogen, sits on the border of two of Japan's  snowiest prefectures, Nagano and Niigata. Located between the resorts of Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen, Madarao is easily accessible via the snowy and beautiful town of Iiyama ("ee-yama"). A comfortable 100 minute Shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo followed by a 25 minute shuttle or taxi up the mountain, you can begin those deep powder turns within a day of arriving into Japan!

 

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OUR ROOMS

Active Life Madarao
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Standard Room

Double room features is very comfortable Western-style Queen bed, private bathroom and plenty of storage space. The room is 20 square meters.

  • Room size: 20m²
  • Occupancy: up to 2 guests
  • Bed: 1 queen bed
  • Private bathroom
  • Breakfast and toiletries included
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Deluxe Room

This double room features a our exquisite Western-style bed and a private bathroom. The room is 28 square meters.

  • Room size: 28m²
  • Occupancy: up to 2-3 guests
  • Bed: 1 King Bed and 1 Sofa bed
  • Private bathroom
  • Breakfast and toiletries included
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Family Room

This generous-sized family room features a Western-style bed and a private bathroom.  The room is 34 square meters

  • Room size: 34 m²
  • Occupancy: up to 4 guests
  • Bed: 2 twin beds and 2 sofa beds or 1 full King bed and 2 sofa beds
  • Private bathroom
  • Breakfast and toiletries included
Hakken
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Standard Room

Our sparkling, newly renovated rooms offer a fusion Japanese experience featuring our famous Queen mattress on top of our original Japanese Tatami Mats! Perfectly suited for couples!

  • Private Ensuite Bathroom
  • Bidet Toilet and Shower over bath
  • Size: 18 Sqm
  • Carpeted entry area
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge
  • Safe
  • Netflix and Youtube enabled Smart TV
  • Complimentary breakfast included
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Deluxe Room

Our newly renovated Deluxe rooms offer our guests very spacious surroundings, ideal for couples, small families or 3 singles.

  • Private Ensuite Bathroom
  • Toilet and Shower over bath
  • Option for 3 single twin beds
  • Option for King or Queen + 1 Single bed
  • Size: 28 Sqm
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge
  • Safe
  • Netflix and Youtube enabled Smart TV
  • Complimentary breakfast included
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family Room

Our newly renovated family rooms offers a large King bed and two single beds with a room divider, ideal for families with 2 children or couples travelling with 2 others. Overlooking the chairlifts of Madarao, this large corner room is our largest room featuring two large windows/views!

  • Private Ensuite Bathroom
  • Toilet and Shower over bath
  • Size: 34 Sqm
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge
  • Safe
  • Netflix and Youtube enabled Smart TV
  • Complimentary breakfast included
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Japanese Standard

Our newly renovated Japanese Standard room offers a fusion Japanese experience featuring our famous Queen mattress and styles decor overflowing with beautiful Japanese influences. Perfectly suited for couples or solo travelers.

  • Room size: 13m²
  • Occupancy: up to 2 guests
  • Bed: 1 queen bed
  • Shared bathroom
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary breakfast included
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Western Queen Room

Positioned to be offered as a twin share or as a room with a queen bed, our western queen room was renovated in 2018, offers comfort and flexibility.

  • Room size: 16m²
  • Occupancy: up to 2 guests
  • Option for 2 single twin beds
  • Option for 1 Queen bed
  • Private Ensuite Bathroom
  • Shower over bath
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary breakfast included
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Japanese Ensuite

Our wonderfully curated and newly renovated fusion Japanese experience featuring our famous Queen mattress atop original Japanese Tatami mats, with 2 additional sofa beds. Perfectly suited for families or small groups!

  • Room size: 25m²
  • Occupancy: up to 4 guests
  • Bed: 1 queen bed + 2 single sofa beds
  • Private Ensuite Bathroom
  • Mini fridge and toiletries included
  • Shower over bath
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary breakfast included

COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST

Tingle your taste buds with Chef Mehmet - Introducing The Active Life Culinary Experience...

 

OUR FOOD

Curated personally by Iron Chef Contender, Chef Mehmet, indulge your taste buds and discover the mouth-watering flavours of the Active Life culinary experience across all our outlets...

 

COMPLIMENTARY INTER-RESORT SHUTTLE

Our Monday to Friday "Resort-of-the-day" destinations include Lotte Arai, all the Myoko resorts, Seki Onsen, Nozawa Onsen, Kita Shinsu Kijimadaira Ski Resort, X-Jam Takaifuji and Ryuoo Ski Park! 

 

MIYUKI BY ACTIVE LIFE

Offering premium ski and snowboard hire equipment from the side of the slopes, Miyuki Snowsports can fit you out head to toe and get you out into the Japanese powder in no time...

 

YOGA BY ACTIVE LIFE

Enjoy your daily complimentary meditation class...Yoga by Active Life is designed specifically for skiers and snowboarders with an emphasis on building flexibility and balance...

 

SAVE $1,900 ON PROFESSIONAL SKI LESSONS!

Active Life Snow Club (ALSC) offers a range of professional skiing and snowboarding lessons in Madarao Kogen Resort, along with a superb inbound guided tour of Madarao, exclusively to Active Life guests!

Complimentary beginner adult group lessons, including complimentary all-day kids group lessons are available to guests staying in any of hotels in Madarao, for a minimum of 4 nights between the 28th of December 2019 and the 16th of February 2020

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Whether its guiding you through the hidden secrets stashes in Madarao on our newly launched Inbound Guided Tour of Madarao, facilitating your Private Lesson, or teaching your children through our complimentary all-day kids' lessons, you can be sure that our instructors, are professionally certified and highly safety conscious.

PK
PK

Snow Sports Director

PK is responsible for the running of the Active Life Snow Club and the guest experience associated with our complimentary ski and snowboard lessons.  He brings 5 seasons as a certified Snowboard Instructor in the USA and Canada and as a Snow School Supervisor in the USA.  He is formerly qualified as a level 2 Snowboard Instructor in the PSOA/ASI system.  PK has extensive customer service experience and currently co-owns one of our Hotels, Hakken by Active Life Madarao.

Tucker
Tucker

Ski Instructor

Tucker Paris has one of the coolest names in skiing.  He’s originally from Bermuda but has since moved to Queenstown in New Zealand.  Tucker specializes in instructing kids (but thinks adults are just as fun) and also teaches taekwondo.  In his spare time you’ll find Tucker skiing between trees, working on his acting skills and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Veronica
Veronica

Snowboard Instructor

Hailing from Sydney, Australia.  Veronica is one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.  She’s CASI certified instructor with a Sports Management degree under her belt.  Veronica came to Japan to meet new people, ride some powder and share her passion for snowboarding.  When she’s not on the snow.  Veronica is paying soccer and coaching soccer camps.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR LATEST, EPIC SHOTS!

OUR HISTORY

Beginning with renovations in 2016 Active Life Madarao has become one of Madarao Kogen’s finest hotel offering. We have since added Hakken by Active Life and Xplore by Active Life, along with our very own international ski school, inter-resort shuttle service, equipment rentals and much more!

Life is about exploring, experiencing and being free. Being active and living an Active Life. Active Life was founded with a purpose of offering an awesome curated experience to sports enthusiasts like you. At Active Life, we take care of everything from sport, to food, to rest so you can focus on your adventure.

WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY

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Exceptional
Everything about it. I enjoyed my stay. As a solo traveler, everyone was friendly and hospitable. I hope I can come back soon and I will definitely recommend it to my snowboarder friends! It’s very near the ski area, there are many restaurants/ cafes nearby. I hangout every night in the bar, I met new friends and the hosts are there to mingle with everyone. It’s like a small family. When I had some requests, they were openly providing/ helping. I’m very happy with my stay overall! Cleanliness is a 10 too! That’s one of the most important, and I want to add safety too!

Stayed in February 2019

 

10/10 Reviewed: March 1, 2019

MA, Singapore

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Brilliant Stay
From the moment we walked in, we felt incredibly welcomed and like one of the Explore family. The staff, particularly Lisa, went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. Our room comfortably fit our group of three people and the beds were incredible - just perfect after a long day of skiing. The hotel is well located, just a short walk to the slope and rental shop, and it has a low key community vibe that suited us perfectly. We highly recommend staying at Explore and are already planning our trip for next season.
 
5/5 Reviewed: February 2019
 

Kym, Phillipines

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Best Ski Holiday Ever

We had a fantastic stay at Xplore, staff are awesome, our room was cosy, clean and with a perfectly comfortable bed to come back to after a hard days skiing.  They also have an Onsen on sight we highly recommend Xplore

Stayed in February 2019

 

10/10 Reviewed: March 1, 2019

Tracie, Australia

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Exceptional

PK and Kayleigh were perfect hosts. Our rooms was more than we could have wished for.  Location superb one street back from ski lifts. Breakfast was perfect and PK’s Japanese whisky bar was great after a cold night out.

Stay in January 2019

 

10/10 Reviewed: January 17, 2019

Gillian, Australia

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Stop looking, stay here

Hakken is a fantastic little hotel, right next to the slopes. Great spacious rooms with tatami, good drying room and excellent breakfast. The owners could not have been more accommodating and the place soon felt like home. Beer on tap and cosy bar after a long day on the slopes - what more could you want?

10/10 Reviewed: Feb 25, 2018

KIRI, Australia

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5 stars holiday

The Hakken is a small hotel which is run by PK and Kaylee whose aim for you to have great holiday.  The double rooms are very comfortable and have everything that you need.  There is a ski room, breakfast room and a bar that serves excellent food.  There is a private Onsen, hot hub, which is a great bonus in the evening after a day on the snow.

All the staff were very helpful, made dinner reservations, helped with equipment hire and anything else that we needed.   The hotel is ski I ski out and is in easy walking distance to most bars and restaurants.  The free ski and snowboarding lessons are a great bonus.  The young instructors were very professional and this was definitely an added bonus that helps the active life group stand out.  We will definitely be recommending this hotel to others and will be back next year.

Stayed in: January 2019

 

5/5 Reviewed: January 17, 2019

Blundells_10, UK

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Snow condition was excellent when we arrived at Iiyama station. Although a clear direction from bus stop to the hotel entrance was informed, we took a Jumbo taxi which only cost 2-3k JPY more than the bus ride for 4 persons, a snowboard bag and 4 luggage. The room is spacious in size, with new comfy beds and towels, and has the nicest view. Very good breakfast and dinner, kids play area, relaxing bar. My girls love the brownie at coffee corner. The most valuable asset of the hotel is the staff. They are very smart, hard working, extremely helpful and friendly. Thank you all very much for taking care of our stay. Cheers!

5/5 Reviewed: February 14 2019

Chiu Kai

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