Tanigawadake Tenjindaira (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Early December 2016 until early May 2017
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira - known by many as simply 'Tenjin' - is well known and popular with people interested in backcountry hiking and riding. The ski hill itself is actually rather small. A Ropeway goes up to the base and the official courses are serviced by three fairly short pair lifts. There is also a long downhill course, but that is not always open - best to check. On a clear day the mountain scenery from Tenjin is truly spectacular. The Ropeway operates throughout the year for sightseeing and is particular popular in the peak autumn foliage season.

Minakami town is separated from Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture to the north by the impressive Tanigawa mountain range. The nine separate ski and snowboard resorts in Minakami are quite spread out throughout the central region of the town. These maps show all of the ski and snowboard resorts in the Minakami area together. Minakami is a popular year-round destination offering a wide range of outdoor sports and activities... and the onsen hot springs are very popular too.

Gunma Prefecture is located in the north west area of Kanto region on the main island of Honshu and shares borders with Niigata Prefecture to the north and Nagano Prefecture to the west. There are over 20 ski and snowboard resorts in Gunma Prefecture and they are mainly concentrated in the northern regions of Minakami and Katashina and the western region of the Prefecture.

The Mountain

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 130cm 110cm 1st 305cm 150cm 1st 390cm 185cm
2nd - - 2nd 110cm 100cm 2nd 350cm 150cm 2nd 380cm 190cm
3rd - - 3rd 120cm 90cm 3rd 360cm 160cm 3rd 400cm 190cm
4th - - 4th 110cm 80cm 4th 330cm 160cm 4th 400cm 190cm
5th - - 5th 140cm 75cm 5th 320cm 150cm 5th 400cm 170cm
6th - - 6th 180cm 80cm 6th 310cm 150cm 6th 390cm 160cm
7th - - 7th 155cm 80cm 7th 350cm 150cm 7th 410cm 155cm
8th - - 8th 155cm 100cm 8th 350cm 150cm 8th 420cm 140cm
9th - - 9th 150cm 100cm 9th 380cm 150cm 9th 410cm 130cm
10th - - 10th 155cm 100cm 10th 380cm 210cm 10th 410cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 190cm 105cm 11th 385cm 210cm 11th 420cm 130cm
12th - - 12th 200cm 105cm 12th 400cm 190cm 12th 420cm 130cm
13th - - 13th 200cm 110cm 13th 420cm 185cm 13th 410cm 130cm
14th - - 14th 210cm 100cm 14th 420cm 140cm 14th 400cm 130cm
15th 110cm 0cm 15th 280cm 100cm 15th 430cm 160cm 15th 405cm 150cm
16th 110cm 0cm 16th 320cm 100cm 16th 410cm 170cm 16th 400cm 150cm
17th 115cm 0cm 17th 280cm 100cm 17th 400cm 170cm 17th 410cm 150cm
18th 120cm 40cm 18th 290cm 100cm 18th 370cm 190cm 18th 410cm 140cm
19th 110cm 40cm 19th 290cm 105cm 19th 390cm 175cm 19th 415cm 130cm
20th 90cm 40cm 20th 280cm 105cm 20th 380cm 160cm 20th 430cm 130cm
21st 90cm 40cm 21st 270cm 140cm 21st 440cm 150cm 21st 420cm 120cm
22nd 90cm 60cm 22nd 270cm 145cm 22nd 460cm 155cm 22nd 455cm 120cm
23rd 90cm 60cm 23rd 310cm 150cm 23rd 450cm 150cm 23rd 470cm 130cm
24th 100cm 50cm 24th 340cm 140cm 24th 430cm 165cm 24th 480cm 130cm
25th 100cm 50cm 25th 385cm 160cm 25th 420cm 170cm 25th 490cm 150cm
26th 100cm 60cm 26th 355cm 175cm 26th 420cm 180cm 26th 470cm 155cm
27th 90cm 80cm 27th 340cm 160cm 27th 400cm 170cm 27th 490cm 140cm
28th 90cm 100cm 28th 330cm 150cm 28th 400cm 160cm 28th 495cm 140cm
29th 90cm 130cm 29th 320cm 150cm 29th - 160cm 29th 500cm 140cm
30th 130cm 120cm 30th 300cm 160cm 30th 30th 490cm 125cm
31st 130cm 120cm 31st 300cm 155cm 31st 31st 470cm 120cm

Previous Statistics

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
There is no ski school at Tanigawadake Tenjindaira, but various local ski schools offer lessons and tours here. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Not available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
The park area is around the central pair lift at the base of the ski hill itself close to the top Gondola station. 

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day from December until the end March. (Last lift at 4pm). In the late season it opens from 7am until 5pm on weekends and holidays and from 8am until 5pm on weekdays. (Last lift at 4:30pm).

There is no nighta at this resort.

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
50 years & ove
1 Day 3,500 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 2,500 yen
Family (1 Adult & 1 child) 4,500 yen
Season Ticket (all) 65,000 yen 45,000 yen
Season (weekdays) 45,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The resort normally opens at 8am on weekdays, but on weekdays during the period from mid January until mid March the gondola opens from 9am.
On weekends the resort opens at 7am.

Getting to Tanigawadake Tenjindaira

By public transport
20.7km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.3km from Doai Station on the Joetsu Line
9.5km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The closest train station to the base of Tenjindaira is Doai Station on the Joetsu line. This station is unique in that you need to go down about 500 steps to get to one of the platforms... worth a look even if you do not intend to use the trains! Doai Station is just over 1km from the Ropeway.

The larger Minakami Station on the same line is about 9.5km away (25 minutes by bus), while Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is 20km from Tenjindaira.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
There are private bus services that go to Tanigawa Ropeway from both Jomo Kogen Station and Minakami Station.
By Car
13.6km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
24.4km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (0km away)
The base of Tanigawadake Tenjindaira - the bottom of the Ropeway - is just over 13.5km from the Minakami IC of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 291 and then turn left at the first traffic lights (1.3km) to continue on Route 291. At the Oana traffic lights continue straight on to head up to Tanigawadake Ropeway.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car

Indoor parking is available in the base Ropeway station building. Parking is free on weekdays and 1000 yen on weekends and holidays.

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At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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