Tanigawadake Tenjindaira (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Early December 2019 until early May 2020
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira - known by many as simply 'Tenjin' - is well known and very popular with people interested in backcountry hiking and riding and there are various companies offering such services. 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 back to base, 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 - 230cm 1st - 330cm 1st - 310cm
2nd - - 2nd - 220cm 2nd - 330cm 2nd - 310cm
3rd - - 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 320cm 3rd - 310cm
4th - 3cm 4th - 220cm 4th - 300cm 4th - 310cm
5th - 0cm 5th - 210cm 5th - 310cm 5th - 320cm
6th - 0cm 6th - 200cm 6th - 310cm 6th - 310cm
7th - 0cm 7th - 210cm 7th - 300cm 7th - 310cm
8th - 0cm 8th - 220cm 8th - 320cm 8th - 350cm
9th - 20cm 9th - 240cm 9th - 330cm 9th - 350cm
10th - 45cm 10th - 230cm 10th - 340cm 10th - 330cm
11th - 45cm 11th - 220cm 11th - 350cm 11th - 320cm
12th - 40cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 330cm 12th - 330cm
13th - 50cm 13th - 210cm 13th - 350cm 13th - 330cm
14th - 60cm 14th - 210cm 14th - 340cm 14th - 350cm
15th - 90cm 15th - 210cm 15th - 340cm 15th - 340cm
16th - 95cm 16th - 210cm 16th - 330cm 16th - 330cm
17th - 90cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 370cm 17th - 330cm
18th - 100cm 18th - 240cm 18th - 360cm 18th - 330cm
19th - 110cm 19th - 270cm 19th - 350cm 19th - 330cm
20th - 110cm 20th - 260cm 20th - 340cm 20th - 320cm
21st - 110cm 21st - 280cm 21st - 330cm 21st - 320cm
22nd - 95cm 22nd - 330cm 22nd - 330cm 22nd - 310cm
23rd - 90cm 23rd - 320cm 23rd - 320cm 23rd - 310cm
24th - 100cm 24th - 290cm 24th - 330cm 24th - 310cm
25th - 100cm 25th - 320cm 25th - 320cm 25th - 330cm
26th - 100cm 26th - 300cm 26th - 310cm 26th - 330cm
27th - 90cm 27th - 360cm 27th - 310cm 27th - 320cm
28th - 160cm 28th - 340cm 28th - 310cm 28th - 330cm
29th - 160cm 29th - 370cm 29th - - 29th - 320cm
30th - 260cm 30th - 350cm 30th 30th - 320cm
31st - 270cm 31st - 320cm 31st 31st - 320cm

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 4:00pm). 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 4,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 65,000 yen 45,000 yen
Season (weekdays) 45,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

A 1 day ticket that also includes lunch and a drink is 5,000 yen.

A 'Ladies Ticket' is 3,500 yen.

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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