First Tracks Madarao
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First Tracks Madarao

1101-81 Madarao Tarumoto, Myoko 389-2261 Niigata Prefecture
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#1 of 4 limited service properties in Myoko
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A cosy lodge 600 mts from ski lifts in magical Madarao. Pubs, cafes, restaurants 200 meters, hot springs 100 mts) amazing powder, tree skiing. Great bar and cafe, warm soft beds, heated floors. Near Nozawa,Shiga, Arai & Hakuba, Monkey onsens. hot springs, sake and art - come and stay!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Restaurant
Shuttle bus service

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1101-81 Madarao Tarumoto, Myoko 389-2261 Niigata Prefecture
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Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 71 out of 100
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Jens A wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently stayed at First Tracks in Madarao for 6 nights, I was very lucky as it snowed for 5 of the 7 days I was there, lots of powder and an awesome resort. Nick and Corina made my stay, the perfect hosts, we had lots of laughs and many ales shared over some great in house dinners. The day would start with a great breakfast and lots of stories with the other guests about the skiing and fun we were all having. The lodge is in a perfect location with a public onsen just down the road in a large Hotel, rarely had to wait and a must do experience in Japan. The ski area is a short walk up the road and often Nick would give us a lift up or pick us up in the afternoon. We went to a few restaurants in the village but probably enjoyed our in house dinners and mixing with the other guests and hosts more, not to mention our firecracker nights in the field across the road from First Tracks. Madarao should definetly be on your must do Japan ski (or board if you must) list and First Tracks will not disappoint.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All rooms looked great but some have ensuites others share.
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Maria S wrote a review Jan 2020
Northville, Michigan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This winter lodge is so much more than a place to stay--It’s a home with a whole lotta heart.
The warm atmosphere with welcoming group spaces on the ground floor and the inviting music made it feel upbeat and well, groovy!

Coming back to First Tracks after skiing or snowboarding feels like coming home. The folks running the lodge are always so eager to help you plan what’s best for your family and serve as awesome resources to help you with any logistics you might need.

The rooms are well-laid out, (more spacious than we’d expected coming to Japan!) and you can even find warmed toilet seats (with fun chopsticks do’s and do not’s on the walls for your leisure reading.) If returning to Madarao, no doubt, we’d definitely stay at this winter oasis again!
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Joseph D wrote a review Feb 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
February 2024
I’ll Start off by saying what an awesome time I had a First Tracks Madarao. My sister’s boyfriend and I stayed for 5 days in this amazing location. First Tracks was very clean and gave a friendly cozy vibe which was exactly what we needed after snowboarding all day on the mountain. Nick and Corina were very down to earth people with a good sense of humour making them easy to approach no matter our situation. And let me tell you, they were always there to lend a helping hand. Their friendly and helpful nature made our stay even more enjoyable. For a couple young 20 year old blokes there was nothing more we could have asked for.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Julie H wrote a review Jan 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024
My family stayed stayed 4 nights at First Tracks lodge in Madarao
Corina and Nick are excellent hosts with help with booking restaurants and getting us around the village.
Bonus points for cosy kids tv room, spacious rooms and warm floors.
The Allen’s helped us with info about snow monkeys and ski rental, no questions too hard and went out of their way to help whenever possible.
10/10 # Thank you !
Julie Honeychurch
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tom G wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here last year and again this week.
Nothing has changed. Friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Nick and Corina are great hosts! thanks guys.
Comfortable cosy rooms. Excellent drying area for ski/board gear at the end of the day.
10 minute walk to snow or 2 minute ride in lodge shuttle. Great breakfast. Ate in for dinner a few nights - good value. Close to a bunch of good bars and restaurants.
Highly recommended
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Donna V wrote a review Jan 2019
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a booking at another hotel which turned out to be still under construction and were the luckiest people ever to have found First Tracks who rescued us and made our stay very special . Jen and Richard manage a cozy lodge where you feel totally at home and spoilt. We then went and stayed 2 nights at first tracks apartment close by for the remainder of our ski trip. You could not get better hosts. They totally managed everything for us , shuttled us around , gave us all the info for skiing and restaurants. We have skied in many places in Japan but have to say this has been one of our most memorable thanks to first tracks and Jen and Richard. What originally looked like a bit of a disaster turned into a great stay. So lucky - we will be back. Their lodge is very convenient to restaurants and bars and a short few minute shuttle to the lifts. The apartment is ski in out lovely outlook
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sethcre8s wrote a review Jan 2019
Hanapepe, Hawaii
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are so happy we chose First Tracks as accommodation for our honeymoon. They went above and beyond anything we would have expected to make us feel right at home. Aside from a wonderful place to stay, we were also helped to find all the right amenities for food and fun.
We loved our time so much that we did not want to leave!
Thank you First Tracks! We’ll see you again!
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rob Y wrote a review Jan 2019
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned after 9 nights at this wonderful lodge. Richard and Jennifer went way above our expectations and we left feeling that we were part of the family. Shared evenings with guests from around the world over a sake or beer or mulled wine. Rooms were warm and comfortable, the beds especially so. Enjoyed the hot showers after a hard day on the slopes. Breakfast was filling and loved the muesli, Miso soup, rice and Japanese salad. Conveniently near the lifts and driven to and from daily was a bonus. Organised cheaper lift tickets and ski hire at Chill. Jennifer was never short on meal options at nearby restaurants and booked these well in advance. Ate at Ikoi, Jazzys and the Lodge café which were all great. Extremely appreciative of the First Tracks lodge and their helpers Ben, Paula and Yuka. They have developed a very close team in such a short time, done up an old building tastefully and treated all guests warmly. Special treats were the sake tasting, mulled apple dessert and the stories around the table. Would recommend highly and hope to return.
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Date of stay: January 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: One with an ensuite is our preference.
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Ciric C wrote a review Jan 2019
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jennifer, Richard, Paula and Ben are all great personalities. The attention to details on every aspect and their hospitalties are truly amazing. Jennifer’s dessert dishes and the sake tasting presentation by Paula will keep us sweet and warm for a long long time.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jayden Wells wrote a review Jan 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved First Tracks Madarao; Richard and Jen were amazing hosts and went out of their way to take great care of us. The accommodation itself has been excellently refurbished (lots of cool traditional decoration), making for a cosy and homely stay. The breakfasts were large and tasty, and the lodge was within walking distance of many bars and restaurants. We would definitely stay here again!
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Date of stay: December 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jens A wrote a tip Feb 2020
Brisbane42 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms looked great but some have ensuites others share."
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Rob Y wrote a tip Jan 2019
Melbourne, Australia46 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"One with an ensuite is our preference."
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PRICE RANGE
$204 - $352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanChubuKoshinetsuNiigata PrefectureMyoko
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about First Tracks Madarao
Which popular attractions are close to First Tracks Madarao?
Nearby attractions include Madarao Mountain Resort (0.4 km) and Madarao Art Museum of Children Books (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at First Tracks Madarao?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at First Tracks Madarao?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at First Tracks Madarao?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to First Tracks Madarao?
Conveniently located restaurants include Aki's Pub&Cafe, Drop Off Bar, and Restaurant Rudolf.
Does First Tracks Madarao have airport transportation?
Yes, First Tracks Madarao offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to First Tracks Madarao?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shojuan (5.5 km).
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