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“Great food, nice lodge, excellent skiing”

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Fujio Pension Madarao
Ranked #1 of 104 B&Bs / Inns in Iiyama
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“Great food, nice lodge, excellent skiing”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

We found Madarao by chance just browsing through skiers blogs about skiing in Japan and thought we'd give it a chance. We were super pleased with the accommodation at Fujio Pension, Takeshi speaks great English and makes sure you feel at home and also that you have an excellent day of skiing. Our only concern was that transport may be an issue as Madarao is off the main tourist circuit, but this was no problem at all! The Pension has it's own minivan to take out up to the ski hill and they lend you a cell phone to call when you would like to be picked up again. When we left we took the local bus down the mountain to Iiyama train station. Couldn't have been easier. Make sure you book in to eat dinner at Fujio, it was superb both nights we ate there.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We stayed at Fujio Pension on the basis of the reviews we had read on Tripadvisor.

We certainly weren't disappointed even thou "the bar" had been set quite high,

Takish is an excellent host. Nothing was too much trouble. His English is very good and he has a very good sense of humour. We were lucky enough to spend adorning skiing with him and he even gave me a few hours of ski lessons.

Breakfasts were western style (with eastern influences), the coffee was good too.

The rooms were your typical small Japanese rooms. We has a small ensuite which meant there was little storage room. I saw some rooms without ensuites and they had a lot of storage space.

There is a shower and bath area downstairs which is nice after a days riding.

One of the nicest parts of the pension is the lounge and bar area. It is very comfortable and the bar is open if you want a drink. Takish likes to put on some of his ski DVDs during the evening.

Takish will drive you and from the lifts. It is a short 2min drive. We walked home on a number of days to enjoy the fresh air.

We had dinner out one night and the other two we ate at Fujio. The food is beautiful and prepared y kimmie, Takish's wife.

We loved Madarao, probably helped by the fact that the snow was superb.

We'll definitely be back to stay at Fujio.

Room Tip: The pillows are very tough for us Australians used to fluffy feather pillows
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

Our third visit to Fujio Pension was even more enjoyable and we felt as if we were returning to see old friends. Kimie's cooking is simply fabulous and Takeshi is a wonderful host. Together they make a great team, ensuring their guests are comfortable, happy and well cared for. We're already planning next year's holiday and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Madarao.

Room Tip: A few rooms have a small shower/ toilet cubicle which is very useful.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

My extended family and I stayed at Pension Fujio for 6 nights in late Dec 2012. Takeshi san was the ultimate host and his lovely wife is an Iron Chef contender!! - 5 course Japanese/Western meals each night of the highest quality. The breakfasts were great too!
This pension has been recently renovated and is warm, clean and inviting. Takeshi san is available any time to drive you to and from the Madarao ski area (about 3 minutes up the road but too far to walk in ski boots). The bathrooms are clean and there is nothing better than sitting in a hot ofuro whilst looking out the window at the snow covered trees. We have stayed at many pensions across Japan in ski areas and this is one of the best. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

We stayed 3 nights from 23-26 Dec, and enjoyed the experience tremendously. Owner Kitamura-san was extremely obliging in ensuring we had a comfortable stay, and was very attentive to our needs. The food at breakfast and dinner was really good and very well presented, and we looked forward to the meals ;) The room was not made-up during our stay, which was fine because it meant we were free to access our room anytime. A little incovenient was the bathroom which was 2 floors down, but there are toilets on every level. Our twinshare room also had a little wash basin which was very handy.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

One of six guys who stayed at Fujio pension in February 2012 for 5 nights at Madaroa and Tangram.
Two ski resorts on one mountain pass - fantastic powder snow, lots of terrain and no queues.
Takeshi and his wife Kimie were excellent hosts and the food was brilliant for both breakfast and dinner. Takeshi speaks great English and drops guests to the ski fields about 5 minutes away and picks up at the end of your ski day.
The bath house is great at the end of the days skiing. Free internet access is helpful and the lounge area very relaxing and friendly.
We had twin share rooms which were very comfortable.
The meals and service here are first class and a real highlight.
Thanks Takeshi and Kimie for a very enjoyable and memorable stay

Room Tip: All the rooms were on one level that i could see and looked identical
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

A party of six dads on a skiing holiday from Australia stumbled accross this fantastic place to stay. Being a pension it is operated by the owner, who has been there for many years and loves this work and where he lives. His service and help to us was first class and nothing was to much bother. His wife is the chef there and what a job she does. The food is western based but we had some delightful eastern food as well. Beakfast is provided, which was eggs, a meat, toast,juice and tea or coffee. Diner was a five course meal each night and was worth the cost in itself. There is a comfortable bar area to relax after your Onsen,to recover from a gruling day on the slopes. I would highly recomend this to anyone, from families, groups or singles. Rooms are basic but very comfortable and Takeshi drops and picks you up from the resort in under 2 minutes so there is no waiting around in the cold.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Fujio Pension Madarao
Address: 11492 Madarao Kogen, Iiyama 389-2253, Nagano Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Iiyama
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Ranked #1 of 104 B&Bs / Inns in Iiyama
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Number of rooms: 12
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