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Active Life Madarao

11492-175 Iiyama, Iiyama 389-2257 Nagano Prefecture
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#2 of 127 B&Bs / Inns in Iiyama
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At Active Life Madarao, we take care of everything from sport, to food, to rest so you can focus on your adventure. Active Life is not a hotel, it’s an awesome curated experience.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Game room
Ski rentals
Books, DVDs, music for children
Indoor play area for children
Hot bath
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Vending machine
Ski school
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Mountain View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai


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66Somewhat walkable
Grade: 66 out of 100
23Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
2Attractionswithin 0.5 km
61Reviews0Q+A6Room tips
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Jon M wrote a review Feb. 2020
Melbourne, Australia112 contributions19 helpful votes
If you like 5 star accomodation and silver service then don’t stay here. If you like to feel comfortable and welcome and feel like you’re crashing at a friends place then this is the place to stay. The hotel is simple and not really refined but it is very comfy. It has a gorgeous indoor/outdoor (mixed) onsen, clean and spacious rooms and a small but ample bar/restaurant with a good selection of food and drink at reasonable prices; but what really makes this place is the friendly vibe. The staff are so relaxed and genuinely friendly and always up for a chat, even the owner wandered over to my table at the bar tonight, introduced himself, sat down and had a long chat with me about everything from snow to family. This is my third visit to Japan and my first for the snow, I think it is the first of many and frankly I can’t see why I’d bother to stay anywhere else.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Kirrilee wrote a review Feb. 2020
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First and foremost, the beds and pillows were very comfortable! The room was big enough for the two of us with luggage and the bed big enough if you're 6.5ft. The hot bath was a real gem after big days on the slopes, clean and hot! We ate at the Fat Chef restaurant multiple nights and loved the food, it was fresh and full of flavour. Super convenient having the bar and restaurant onsite however several restaurants/bars are close by. Fiona did an amazing job instructing yoga (free onsite). All the other staff encountered were friendly and helpful, felt very comfortable here. Special mention to Oscar and Ploy fro being such champions! Short walk to the slopes but there's the option to leave gear closer if you don't want to walk it from the accommodation and back each day. We travelled last week of Feb (end of season) but had a massive dump of snow which made for an awesome time on the slopes!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Tanifer wrote a review Feb. 2020
Darwin, Australia40 contributions16 helpful votes
Really enjoyed my stay at Active Life Madarao, I chose this property due to its close proximity to the ski lifts, the rooms had recently been re furbished, the bed was comfy, The bathroom was good, love the warm toilet seats ! And the room itself was a good size. The room was serviced and linen changed regularly. The included breakfast was a most welcome feature. One down side I has, is room 306 being just off the lobby, it was quite noisy at times. The bar and restaurant were good also, staff were quite friendly and helpful. If i stay in Madarao again I would have no issue staying here.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Josh J wrote a review Feb. 2020
3 contributions
Fantastic hotel! Awesome staff. Right next to the slopes. We have been coming to Madarao the last couple years and it by far our favorite place to stay. The staff is very accommodating. We love that it’s not a traditional Japanese hotel in japan. The shared onsen that is tattoo friendly is amazing after a long day of snowboarding.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Greg wrote a review Feb. 2020
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This was our first-year skiing in Madarao, and we were lucky to get some snow when we were there. We had a family room, which was nice. There is an onsite public bath that we did not have time to try. The onsite restaurant ( Fat Chef ) is really good, but they do need signage as more than once I helped people looking for the restaurant. Their burgers were pretty good. There is also a hamburger place across the road. There are a few other places nearby, but we did not get to try many of them in the four days we were there. The people working at Active Life were all very nice and friendly, mostly Australians and Kiwis. Finally, and MOST importantly, I cannot say enough good things about Ploy. She made the visit special for us. Active Life may not have been a five-star hotel, but Ploy made it feel like one.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Check out the shuttle to other resorts in the area
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USD 98 - USD 241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Laforet Champia
JapanChubuKoshinetsuNagano PrefectureIiyama
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Frequently Asked Questions about Active Life Madarao
Which popular attractions are close to Active Life Madarao?
Nearby attractions include Madarao Mountain Resort (0.2 km) and Madarao Art Museum of Children Books (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Active Life Madarao?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Active Life Madarao?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Active Life Madarao?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Active Life Madarao?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Active Life Madarao?
Conveniently located restaurants include Aki's Pub&Cafe, Restaurant Rudolf, and Jazzy.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Active Life Madarao?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Active Life Madarao?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Active Life Madarao?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.
Are there any historical sites close to Active Life Madarao?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shojuan (5.7 km).
Does Active Life Madarao have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.