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.
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.
Madarao Mountain Ski Resort is best for families.
Stay at Madarao Kogen with younger kids.
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.
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Kamakura Village is rebuilt in liyama every year.
Stay at family friendly Togari Cabin in liyama
Togari Onsen Motoyashiki is more than accommodation.
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.
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