Tanigawadake Tenjindaira (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 30th November 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

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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 100cm 230cm 1st 155cm 330cm 1st 210cm 310cm
2nd 15cm - 2nd 110cm 220cm 2nd 160cm 330cm 2nd 210cm 310cm
3rd 15cm - 3rd 115cm 250cm 3rd 160cm 320cm 3rd 205cm 310cm
4th 10cm 3cm 4th 140cm 220cm 4th 160cm 300cm 4th 200cm 310cm
5th 30cm 0cm 5th 150cm 210cm 5th 160cm 310cm 5th 190cm 320cm
6th 50cm 0cm 6th 130cm 200cm 6th 200cm 310cm 6th 250cm 310cm
7th 60cm 0cm 7th 130cm 210cm 7th 200cm 300cm 7th 250cm 310cm
8th 55cm 0cm 8th 125cm 220cm 8th 190cm 320cm 8th 230cm 350cm
9th 50cm 20cm 9th 125cm 240cm 9th 220cm 330cm 9th 220cm 350cm
10th 45cm 45cm 10th 120cm 230cm 10th 220cm 340cm 10th 200cm 330cm
11th 50cm 45cm 11th 120cm 220cm 11th 220cm 350cm 11th 180cm 320cm
12th 35cm 40cm 12th 120cm 210cm 12th 210cm 330cm 12th 190cm 330cm
13th 50cm 50cm 13th 120cm 210cm 13th 190cm 350cm 13th 190cm 330cm
14th 45cm 60cm 14th 120cm 210cm 14th 180cm 340cm 14th 190cm 350cm
15th 55cm 90cm 15th 125cm 210cm 15th 170cm 340cm 15th 190cm 340cm
16th 55cm 95cm 16th 140cm 210cm 16th 160cm 330cm 16th 190cm 330cm
17th 50cm 90cm 17th 140cm 220cm 17th 150cm 370cm 17th 220cm 330cm
18th 45cm 100cm 18th 135cm 240cm 18th 165cm 360cm 18th 210cm 330cm
19th 40cm 110cm 19th 130cm 270cm 19th 170cm 350cm 19th 210cm 330cm
20th 40cm 110cm 20th 125cm 260cm 20th 170cm 340cm 20th 190cm 320cm
21st 40cm 110cm 21st 140cm 280cm 21st 170cm 330cm 21st 200cm 320cm
22nd 40cm 95cm 22nd 145cm 330cm 22nd 170cm 330cm 22nd 190cm 310cm
23rd 50cm 90cm 23rd 130cm 320cm 23rd 160cm 320cm 23rd 185cm 310cm
24th 60cm 100cm 24th 130cm 290cm 24th 190cm 330cm 24th 210cm 310cm
25th 60cm 100cm 25th 130cm 320cm 25th 185cm 320cm 25th 225cm 330cm
26th 55cm 100cm 26th 130cm 300cm 26th 195cm 310cm 26th 215cm 330cm
27th 60cm 90cm 27th 130cm 360cm 27th 200cm 310cm 27th 200cm 320cm
28th 115cm 160cm 28th 135cm 340cm 28th 230cm 310cm 28th 190cm 330cm
29th 100cm 160cm 29th 130cm 370cm 29th 220cm - 29th 210cm 320cm
30th 90cm 260cm 30th 130cm 350cm 30th 30th 200cm 320cm
31st 90cm 270cm 31st 135cm 320cm 31st 31st 200cm 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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