Family friendly winter activities liyama Japan

updated 11/8/2021
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Be amazed by the winter activities Iiyama offers families. The city's in Nagano. Easy to reach from Tokyo. And one of the best winter destinations in Japan. Find family friendly activities in liyama here. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Japan your essential guide for visiting Japan.

Travelling with family to Iiyama

Iiyama's known as “Little Kyoto of Snow Country”. And most come here for winter sports.

Madarao ski resort is family friendly. And offers kids' ski lessons and play areas.

Look for homely pensions in liyama.

Tokyo's Hokuriku Shinkansen goes to Iiyama City. The Journey's 1.5hrs.

Use taxis and buses to see sights. Or rent a family car.

Visit Iiyama Station Tourist Information Center. It stocks ski equipment.

Sledding at Kamakura Village is one of the winter activities liyama © Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau

Family-friendly winter activities Iiyama style

Hitting liyama slopes is a must

Madarao Mountain Ski Resort is best for families.

  • Northwest Nagano.
  • Relaxed atmosphere.
  • Childcare. Children’s ski lessons. Play areas.
  • Beginner slopes.
  • Advanced skiing.
  • Off-piste skiing.
  • Private ski lessons. English speaking instructors.

Stay at Madarao Kogen with younger kids.

Children’s ski lessons at Madarao Ski Resort © Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau

Stay at a ski resort pension

Japanese pensions are family-run. Large private bedrooms sleep 2–4 guests. And bathrooms are often shared.

There's usually a communal dining room. And expect goodd home cooking.

Madarao has several pensions close to ski slopes.

At Togari Onsen resort bookRefre Inn Fukuzawa.

  • Large, family pension.
  • Run by Fukuzawa family for 60 years.
  • 14 rooms. Rooms sleep up to six.
  • Excellent home cooking.
  • Produce from family farm.

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Home-cooked dinner at Refre Inn Fukuzawa © Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau

Explore Kamakura Village

Kamakura Village is rebuilt in liyama every year.

  • Temporary snow village/restaurant.
  • Near the mountains.
  • Kamakura is Japanese for 'igloo'.
  • Over 20 Kamakura serve local dishes.
  • Big, starry skies. Evening fireworks.
  • Family friendly daytime activities.

Stay at family friendly Togari Cabin in liyama

Kamakura Village igloos © Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau

Soak in an Onsen hot spring

Togari Onsen Motoyashiki is more than accommodation.

  • 19 Japanese style rooms.
  • Excellent food.
  • Onsen hot spring.
  • Natural mineral-rich waters.

Two public onsen are nearby. So you've a choice of relaxation.

The food's healthy. It's also delicious. And kids eat without a fuss.

Relaxing at Motoyashiki onsen is idea after a day's skiing © Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau

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Helen worked as a Senior Travel Editor at Rough Guides and Insight Guides, based in the London office. Among her favourite projects to work on are inspirational guides like Make the most of your time on Earth, the ultimate travel bucket list.

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