Tanigawadake Tenjindaira (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Early December 2021 until early May 2022
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Latest report posted at 10:07am on Wednesday 16th December 2020
Official snow depth 340cm (40cm) [updated on 21st January 2022]

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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. Various local companies offer related services. The ski area itself is actually rather small. A Ropeway goes up to what is effectively the base, and from that point the official runs are serviced by four fairly short pair lifts. There is also a long downhill course back to base, but that is not always open (best to check about that on any given day).

On a clear day, the mountain scenery from Tenjin is truly spectacular. The Ropeway operates throughout the year for sightseeing and is particularly 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 town's central region. Minakami is a popular year-round destination offering a wide range of outdoor sports and activities. The onsen hot springs are popular too.

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 240cm 250cm 1st - 300cm 1st - 310cm
2nd 40cm - 2nd 230cm 260cm 2nd - 280cm 2nd - 300cm
3rd 40cm - 3rd 230cm 250cm 3rd - 280cm 3rd - 300cm
4th 40cm 15cm 4th 230cm 240cm 4th - 275cm 4th - 300cm
5th 50cm 20cm 5th 270cm 230cm 5th - 320cm 5th - 290cm
6th 50cm 15cm 6th 250cm 230cm 6th - 300cm 6th - 280cm
7th 40cm 15cm 7th 240cm 230cm 7th - 290cm 7th - 280cm
8th 40cm 15cm 8th 230cm 270cm 8th - 310cm 8th - 280cm
9th 30cm 15cm 9th 220cm 260cm 9th - 370cm 9th - 280cm
10th 30cm 15cm 10th 215cm 250cm 10th - 370cm 10th - 280cm
11th 25cm 13cm 11th 210cm 255cm 11th - 350cm 11th - 280cm
12th 20cm 13cm 12th 240cm 250cm 12th - 320cm 12th - 270cm
13th 30cm 10cm 13th 235cm 240cm 13th - 310cm 13th - 270cm
14th 50cm 15cm 14th 300cm 240cm 14th - 300cm 14th - 270cm
15th 50cm 50cm 15th 270cm 240cm 15th - 300cm 15th - 270cm
16th 45cm 170cm 16th 270cm 230cm 16th - 280cm 16th - 270cm
17th 45cm 280cm 17th 260cm 230cm 17th - 290cm 17th - 270cm
18th 110cm 280cm 18th 290cm 230cm 18th - 320cm 18th - 270cm
19th 120cm 260cm 19th 320cm 240cm 19th - 330cm 19th - 260cm
20th 120cm 260cm 20th 300cm 240cm 20th - 320cm 20th - 260cm
21st 120cm 280cm 21st 340cm 230cm 21st - 300cm 21st - 250cm
22nd 100cm 260cm 22nd - 230cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 250cm
23rd 100cm 240cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 295cm 23rd - 250cm
24th 90cm 220cm 24th - 225cm 24th - 330cm 24th - 250cm
25th 85cm 220cm 25th - 220cm 25th - 340cm 25th - 250cm
26th 130cm 240cm 26th - 220cm 26th - 320cm 26th - 240cm
27th 180cm 230cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 320cm 27th - 240cm
28th 240cm 220cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 320cm 28th - 230cm
29th 220cm 210cm 29th - 220cm 29th - - 29th - 230cm
30th 190cm 200cm 30th - 290cm 30th 30th - 220cm
31st 230cm 250cm 31st - 300cm 31st 31st - 200cm

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 & wear rental is 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. The last lift is 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, with the last lift at 4:30pm.

There is no night skiing at this area.

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
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

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.
There are private bus services that go to Tanigawa Ropeway from both Jomo Kogen Station (about 50 minutes) and Minakami Station (about 25 minutes).
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 base station 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.
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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