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What to do in Madarao aside from skiing

What to do in Madarao aside from skiing

26Feb

With its excellent selection of slopes and stunning scenery, Madarao makes for an excellent skiing trip. Visitors get to enjoy the range of slopes while also enjoying a warm Japanese welcome, it is easy to see why visitors return in their droves year after year.

Madarao has more to offer than just skiing, though. In addition to taking in the splendid natural beauty of the region, visitors can also visit a range of other attractions that will help to make their stay a memorable one. After making the most of their stay visitors will leave with fond memories of a truly inspiring location.

Hot Springs

One of the main attractions of the area is the hot springs. Japan is an island that is located on major tectonic faults and, as such, sees a lot of tectonic activity. This means earthquakes, volcanoes, and hot springs. The hot springs are naturally formed pools of water that have been heated by magma that lies deep beneath the surface. Even on the mountain slopes that are covered in snow and ice, these pools will stay hot all year round.

In addition to the springs themselves, visitors will also get to spot one of the region’s most famous denizens. Snow monkeys come along to bathe in the springs to warm up on a cold day. The monkeys can entertain visitors all day with their antics as they relax and play in the hot water.

Zenkoji Temple

Japan is a nation that is steeped in culture, history, and mysticism. As such, the country is peppered with ancient temples that stand as a testament to their past. The Zenkoji temple located in Nagano is among the most important of them all. Buddhism was first introduced to Japan in the 6th century and, in the 7th century, the first Buddhist statue was brought into the country. The Zenkoji temple, which was found in the 7th century, houses this statue. The statue is so precious that it is hidden away where it is safe, and every six years a copy of the statue is put on display.

While the chances of seeing the statue are slim, the temple and surrounding facilities still have plenty to offer. The site itself is historic and beautifully adorned, and also houses the so-called key to paradise. It is said that anybody that touches the key receives salvation. In addition, there is also a museum that gets a glimpse of how life would have been and educates on just how influential the temple was on the region in its heyday.

Iiyama Town

If you feel you’ve done enough skiing and would like to escape back to civilization for a while, a trip to Iiyama town could be just what you need. Here, you get the opportunity to do some shopping for genuine Japanese goods to take home to friends and family. It is also the opportunity to try out the restaurants for some authentic Japanese cuisine. The restaurants do have menus that have been adapted with the tourist’s palate in mind. Iiyama also has a reputation for being the snowiest place in Japan. This makes for some stunningly beautiful scenery with crisp white snow blanketing the town and surrounding area. Visitors will find plenty of opportunities for postcard-perfect photographs as they enjoy the pretty views. The town is also home to an annual snow festival, which includes snow carvings, displays, fireworks and other activities. The festival takes place on the 2nd Saturday and Sunday of February.

Active Life adds its 3rd hotel in 15 months

06Nov

On October 24th Active Life Japan completed the purchase of Hillside Madarao.  This is the 3rd property purchased in the Madarao Ski Resort by Active Life since August 2017 and is a sign of our confidence in Madarao’s growing popularity for its deep powder (Madapow) and thrilling tree runs.  We also favour Madarao because it’s geographically central to both Nozawa Onsen and Myoko ski resorts, which means you can stay in Madarao and do a day trip to either resort in under 45 minutes.  Over the past 18 months, there has been a surge in investment in Madarao from Australians with over 13 properties purchased since the beginning of 2016.

 

When Hillside Madarao became available, we moved quickly to take the opportunity to purchase Hillside because of its incredible location – only 200m from the Madarao ski lifts and the wonderful opportunity to restore the property to its former glory.  We are keen to participate in the development and discovery of Madarao as a Japanese ski destination for foreign guests but we also want to ensure that Madarao becomes an example of the best of foreign skiers.

 

Between now and the opening in 2018, we will make many upgrades to the property to make it more suitable to western guests.  When it reopens for the 2018 season, Active life will have a total capacity of 114 rooms and guest capacity of over 250 in Madarao.

 

About Active Life

Life is about exploring, experiencing and being free. Active Life was founded with a purpose to offer an awesome curated experience to sports enthusiasts like yourself.

Active Life Group currently owns and manages 3 hotels in Madarao Ski Resort; Active Life Madarao hotel , Hakken by Active Life Madarao , and we recently added the 3rd property to our hotel portfolio in Madarao.

Madarao Ski Resort is situated in the northern area of Nagano Prefecture, where weather conditions are consistently ideal for creating an endless supply of high-quality snow throughout our December-to-April season. Skiers and snowboarders return here again and again to experience the spectacular scenery, varied terrain and incredible selection of 30 groomed and ungroomed runs, which jumps to 45 runs if you take on the extra 15 runs at the Tangram Ski Circus Resort, easily accessible from Madarao.

For more information, please visit www.beactive.life or email us at activelife.booking@beactive.life

 

The Fabulous New Active Life Shuttle Bus

24Aug

Here at active life Madarao we are crazy about skiing and offering the best when it comes to hitting the powder. We know that snow is good for your health and a great pass time for your holidays. We are dedicated to making skiing memorable for you. You can check out more on why snow is good for your health.

Our New Shuttle Bus.

We understand that after some skiing sessions at Madarao, you might feel the need to try skiing some new slopes. Worry no more. We got you. We are introducing a new complimentary shuttle to take you to Nozawa ski resort, where you can have a taste of new, different snow. What more? This is absolutely hassle-free. Take it as a gift from Active Life Madarao team, just for your love of snow.

The Active Life shuttle will be operating between Madarao and Nozawa from 25 December 2017 to 31 January 2018 on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The shuttle will, however, run throughout the season (25 December 2017 to 31 March 2018) from Iiyama train station to Madarao and back.

For more information on the shuttle timetable and terms and conditions, you can see

Nozawa Onsen-Nagano

Located in the north of Nagano prefecture, Nozawa Onsen belongs to the Joshinetsu Park, about 50 kilometers from Nagano station.

The Nozawa Onsen has a rich skiing history, with alpine skiing having been introduced in 1930 by Hannes Schneider from Austria.  Since then, many people took an interest in skiing in the Nozawa Onsen. It also leads in skiing and snowboarding tournaments, as well as hosting biathlon competitions for the Nagano Olympics.

The village strives to maintain a traditional Japanese culture, which is ideal for international tourists.

The village also has several bars, restaurants, convenience and souvenir shops.

The Best of Nozawa

1. Nozawa Mountain

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is among the oldest skiing destinations in Japan, having been established over 70 years ago.  It is no doubt the largest ski resort with 297 hectares of skiing surface, and an elevation of 1650 meters, right at the base of Mount Kenashi-Yama.

Nozawa Onsen is a real skiing paradise, offering powdery, uncontaminated snow, which starts from December, extending well into May.

2. A Ski Trail for Everybody

With 36 skiing trails, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort has something for everyone. There are 14 trails for beginners and children which are gentle and expansive. The ice quality is also superb and safe for beginners.

Intermediate and advanced skiers can also challenge themselves in more difficult trails such as the Utopia, Challenge course, Schneider, Skyline and Yamabiko trails.

The Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort can be accessed using these three routes: the Nagasaki trail, Homage trail, and Kawasaki trail.

To ensure ease of access to the trails, Nozawa offers two gondolas, and 21 ski lifts spread all over the trails, to take you back to the top of the slope.

3. Family-Friendly Services

Nozawa ski resort offers safe and free rest areas for kids, called the “Naski,” where you can leave your kids as you go skiing on the slopes.  Outside the rest area, there is a park with safe playing equipment such as sled rides and inflatable bouncers. At the second floor is a day care for children, but this has its charges and terms.

4. The Soto-Yu (Hot Spring Baths)

The hot baths in Nozawa are a must see for anybody visiting Nozawa. There are thirteen public hot baths, which are locally maintained by the community. Each bath has its own unique story or medicinal value. The baths are clean, and sanitary, and perfect for relaxing and catching up after a long day of skiing. There is no charge for using the baths, but you can leave a donation for maintenance purposes. You are required to bring your towel and personal effects.

You can also enjoy Ashy no yu, which is a hot spring for a foot bath. There are several of these in the village.

You can enjoy Onsen Tamago (eggs boiled in the hot springs) too.

5. Asa Ichi (Market)

You probably want to carry some beautiful souvenirs from Nozawa. The early morning market which usually opens on designated days is ideal for collecting Japanese vegetables, crafts, and other local items.

 

The next time you are in Madarao resort be sure to take advantage of our new Active Life shuttle bus to Nozawa, to enjoy more Japanese snow and culture.