Tanigawadake Tenjindaira (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Early December 2018 until early May 2019
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Latest report posted at 8:48am on Thursday 13th December 2018
Official snow depth 40cm (-5cm) [updated on 13th December 2018]

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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. 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 - 170cm 1st - 280cm 1st - 305cm
2nd - - 2nd - 200cm 2nd - 290cm 2nd - 300cm
3rd - - 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 280cm 3rd - 310cm
4th 3cm - 4th - 260cm 4th - 270cm 4th - 300cm
5th 0cm - 5th - 260cm 5th - 310cm 5th - 290cm
6th 0cm 25cm 6th - 240cm 6th - 300cm 6th - 280cm
7th 0cm 25cm 7th - 230cm 7th - 280cm 7th - 270cm
8th 0cm - 8th - 230cm 8th - 270cm 8th - 270cm
9th 20cm 30cm 9th - 210cm 9th - 290cm 9th - 260cm
10th 45cm 30cm 10th - 200cm 10th - 280cm 10th - 270cm
11th 45cm 20cm 11th - 200cm 11th - 260cm 11th - 270cm
12th 40cm 25cm 12th - 195cm 12th - 270cm 12th - 275cm
13th 40cm 40cm 13th - 190cm 13th - 270cm 13th - 270cm
14th - 110cm 14th - 210cm 14th - 280cm 14th - 260cm
15th - 90cm 15th - 210cm 15th - 270cm 15th - 260cm
16th - 80cm 16th - 200cm 16th - 280cm 16th - 250cm
17th - 80cm 17th - 190cm 17th - 270cm 17th - 250cm
18th - 140cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 350cm 18th - 250cm
19th - 140cm 19th - 190cm 19th - 350cm 19th - 240cm
20th - 140cm 20th - 190cm 20th - 330cm 20th - 240cm
21st - 110cm 21st - 185cm 21st - 340cm 21st - 240cm
22nd - 100cm 22nd - 190cm 22nd - 340cm 22nd - 240cm
23rd - 100cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 330cm 23rd - 240cm
24th - 100cm 24th - 235cm 24th - 320cm 24th - 250cm
25th - 90cm 25th - 270cm 25th - 330cm 25th - 245cm
26th - 110cm 26th - 290cm 26th - 320cm 26th - 240cm
27th - 110cm 27th - 320cm 27th - 310cm 27th - 240cm
28th - 250cm 28th - 295cm 28th - 310cm 28th - 230cm
29th - 190cm 29th - 280cm 29th - - 29th - 230cm
30th - 200cm 30th - 300cm 30th 30th - 220cm
31st - 180cm 31st - 300cm 31st 31st - 220cm

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 specific facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no specific snow park. 

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 7:00am until 5:00pm on weekends and holidays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm 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 & over
1 Day 3,500 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 2,500 yen
Season Ticket (all) 65,000 yen 45,000 yen
Season (weekdays) 45,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information A point card is available.

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 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays.

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