How to get to Madarao Mountain area by taxi, bus or train
There are basically two ways for most travellers to get out to Madarao from Tokyo. First there is the bullet train to Iiyama. Second is the Chuo Taxi Service or other similar private shuttle services. If you want convenience and to be quickly on the mountain, then the taxi is best, though it takes a little longer depending on traffic. If you want the fun of the bullet train plus a little extra travel around Nagano and Niigata on the side, then the JR East train pass or the full JR pass are both fantastic options. For travelling between Iiyama station and other ski resorts in the area, there are some great bus services that have been introduced for ski travellers. Be warned, some private taxi travel between resorts can be super expensive. So kick back on a bus once you get here!