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Active Life Madarao

11492-175 Iiyama, Iiyama 389-2257 Nagano Prefecture
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#1 of 45 Japanese pensions 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)
Hot bath
Bar / lounge
Game room
Ski rentals
Books, DVDs, music for children
Indoor play area for children
Wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Vending machine
Ski school
Skiing
Darts
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Bottled water
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai

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11492-175 Iiyama, Iiyama 389-2257 Nagano Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Active Life Madarao
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DebJeppo wrote a review 19 Feb
Canberra, Australia19 contributions1 helpful vote
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Our first trip to Madarao and this hotel was in the perfect location to ski some beautiful runs. Just a short walk to the lift to hit the slopes. The rooms were clean and spacious and with great views. We had meals included which were tasty especially the apple pie! On Valentines Day the staff went to a big effort decorating and serving a special meal 👏🏼. Staff were welcoming and attentive and had a great sense of humour. Special mention to Sean for great barista skills. That coffee art is pure class! Vanessa, thanks for the hot tips for dinner locations. Guests should take notes as all were perfect choices. If you want great ski or board hire you can’t go past stopping to see Casey and Dan. Our demo skis hit the mark thank you. Although I have it on good authority that Josh and Georgia are great too! If you want great drinks at the bar then Harry can help you. The bar is a good area to hang out and we can’t wait to see the completed renovations in that area of the hotel which will make it a good apres ski spot for guests and others. And not to forget great hospitality from Yannis and Joaquin. If you have spare time then take a trip to see the snow monkeys. It’s well worth the trip and the team can help organise transport. And of course a big thanks to management Lisa and Stuart for your enthusiasm for making the hotel a home away from home. Busy planning our next trip!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Cheryl L wrote a review 15 Feb
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We chose this based on good ratings and proximity to ski lifts. The place is really sweet, cosy and comes equipped with everything our family needed. Our kids were so sad to leave. We liked: - Very friendly and informative staff. Shout out to Lisa and everyone else there the week do Feb 12! - clean and spacious rooms - simple and filling breakfast included each morning - onsite place to store ski gear - onsite hot chocolate and vending machine - small mini onsen hot bath area - small kids play area plus foozeball and pool table Only suggestion: fix the dryer (hard to dry washed) clothes. Highly recommend if you looking for a cozier, personal feel that's super close to the ski lifts.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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sosullivan wrote a review 9 Feb
Rossland, Canada2 contributions
My family and I stayed at Active Life for a week in Jan/Feb 2024 and loved it. Lisa and the team are very accommodating, going out of their way to make our stay comfortable. The location is great, short walk to get to the ski hill and close to all the restaurants. Super comfortable beds and generous sized rooms. Breakfast was great, hot options cooked fresh every morning. Highly recommend active life if you are visiting Madarao
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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EB wrote a review 4 Feb
Perth, Australia18 contributions3 helpful votes
I booked a 4-person family room for 4 nights in Jan and we had a great time. Lisa (the manager) and her staff went over and above to accommodate our every need, including transfers to/from the station up the mountain, specialised meals to accommodate my husband's seafood allergy, a takeaway meal for our son when he was sick, getting our laundry out of the dryer when our son got lost on the mountain, even a special treat for my son 16th birthday etc, etc, etc. Amazing hospitality - highly recommend! Additional benefits - super comfy beds, cosy bar with great cocktails, fabulous outdoor hot baths (and spacious showers), pool table, laundry, ski hire nearby, very few queues on the slopes, lots of restaurant options in the area. We look forward to returning in the near future.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Jacob G wrote a review Feb 2023
Queenscliff, Australia5 contributions4 helpful votes
Lisa, Stuart and the rest of the staff were fantastic. We had a few issues on the trip and they were so professional and helpful. Great rooms, comfortable beds, toilet and shower in each room, breakfast was nice and the location is excellent. Would highly recommend and hopefully get back there one day.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Faye D wrote a review Jan 2023
13 contributions1 helpful vote
Comfortable mountain lodge, excellent base for skiing. Friendly staff managed by an Australian couple, everyone knew our names after about 2 days. Warm, clean rooms, solid food, beer on tap, well equipped ski shop, unlimited free beginner lessons, 100m walk till you can put your skis on, bus stop directly adjacent the hotel. It’s not The Ritz but it’s perfect
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Scott W wrote a review Jan 2023
Moab, Utah
This is my second time staying at one of the Active Life lodges and loved it both times. I will continue to stay with them when skiing in Japan! Lisa, Stewart and their staff are the most friendly and accommodating people to book a stay with. The walk to the lift is 5 minutes. There are several restaurants very close by. Lisa made sure the bar remained open until we had our fill. The 3 dinners we had at Active Life Madarao place were excellent and the breakfast fueled you for the day on the slopes! What really makes the stay is the extra warmth received from Lisa and Stewart. The guests all feed off of them and it makes it like a huge family environment! I will definitely be staying with them again! Lisa is truly the Host with the Most!! Scott A.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Glitteratti wrote a review Jan 2023
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A pleasant stay at a simple, cozy and very friendly place. Lisa and Stewart, as well as all the other international staff made us feel so welcomed and well taken care of. The location is unbeatable with quite a few restaurants to choose from literally just across the street. Make sure you bring some cash as some places (such as Jazzy Restaurant) doesn’t take credit cards. Active Life is also a 5-min walk to the ski rental building. You can store you skis and poles there, but will need to insert 100 yen into the metal locker thingy every time so make sure you have some spare change. Otherwise, you can also bring everything back to the lodge - they have a dry room with a separate entrance. There are no actual lockers, but open spaces marked with your room number to put your equipment. Japan is a high trust society so there is usually no issues at all. The room size was modest with a separate bathroom. It was a bit challenging to walk around the room if you’ve two suitcases opened but we didn’t mind as we mostly spent our time outside the room. The room was also well equipped with amenities including a blow dryer, hand soap, body soap, shampoo, conditioner and towels. Rooms were not cleaned everyday as this is not a hotel - more like a lodge and the vibe is casual…felt like staying at your grandparents’ home. So if you’re looking for a hotel, this is not the place for you - the front desk is also closed at night. We noticed mostly families with young children aged between 4-10 staying here. So you would see kids lounging around the public spaces and the pool table which we thought was nice and made the place feel homey. There is also a kids area with some toy cars, coloring pencils, board games, TV and some books next to the open dining area. Breakfast was modest with corn flakes, granola, milk, toast, coffee and tea. You are offered a hot breakfast every morning (fried eggs os scrambled eggs with sausages, or eggs benedict/fritata/pancakes). Temperature of the hot breakfast can be a hit and miss (sometimes lukewarm), and the coffee was watered down on the last two days we were there but that didn’t bother us much. You can also sign up for free skiing lessons 9am-12pm, the price was “included” when we got our room. If you’ve no one else signing up, you basically get a private lesson. My instructor, Max, was absolutely fantastic - very patient, pleasant and professional. He would always analyze your moves and give good tips on how you could further improve. We will definitely be back! Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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leish_leish wrote a review Jan 2023
Nice, France14 contributions10 helpful votes
I have never been made to feel more welcome in my life! Thank you Lisa and Stewart! They made everything so easy and wonderful. Also, hands down, that was the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in!! Truly, a wonderful stay! I couldn’t recommend this place more!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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jeff G wrote a review Jan 2023
Perfectly located , a short walk to the slopes each morning, walking distance to numerous restaurants, or dine in for a hot pot at night after a long day on the slopes and a relaxing ensen. Lisa and Stewart are fantastic hosts who look after everything you need. Our 3 teenage boys stayed in one of the family rooms, and my wife and I in a deluxe room. The beds are super comfortable, the facilities are great for young kids or teenagers, and the bar is a hit for the adults. Couldn't recommend it highly enough, we had a fantastic stay.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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AU$177 - AU$518 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
JapanChubuKoshinetsuNagano PrefectureIiyama
NUMBER OF ROOMS
23
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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, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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, Drop Off Bar, and Restaurant Rudolf.
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.