Tanigawadake Tenjindaira (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Early December 2020 until early May 2021
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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 250cm 100cm 1st 300cm 155cm 1st 310cm 210cm
2nd - 15cm 2nd 260cm 110cm 2nd 280cm 160cm 2nd 300cm 210cm
3rd - 15cm 3rd 250cm 115cm 3rd 280cm 160cm 3rd 300cm 205cm
4th 15cm 10cm 4th 240cm 140cm 4th 275cm 160cm 4th 300cm 200cm
5th 20cm 30cm 5th 230cm 150cm 5th 320cm 160cm 5th 290cm 190cm
6th 15cm 50cm 6th 230cm 130cm 6th 300cm 200cm 6th 280cm 250cm
7th 15cm 60cm 7th 230cm 130cm 7th 290cm 200cm 7th 280cm 250cm
8th 15cm 55cm 8th 270cm 125cm 8th 310cm 190cm 8th 280cm 230cm
9th 15cm 50cm 9th 260cm 125cm 9th 370cm 220cm 9th 280cm 220cm
10th 15cm 45cm 10th 250cm 120cm 10th 370cm 220cm 10th 280cm 200cm
11th 13cm 50cm 11th 255cm 120cm 11th 350cm 220cm 11th 280cm 180cm
12th 13cm 35cm 12th 250cm 120cm 12th 320cm 210cm 12th 270cm 190cm
13th 10cm 50cm 13th 240cm 120cm 13th 310cm 190cm 13th 270cm 190cm
14th 15cm 45cm 14th 240cm 120cm 14th 300cm 180cm 14th 270cm 190cm
15th 50cm 55cm 15th 240cm 125cm 15th 300cm 170cm 15th 270cm 190cm
16th 170cm 55cm 16th 230cm 140cm 16th 280cm 160cm 16th 270cm 190cm
17th 280cm 50cm 17th 230cm 140cm 17th 290cm 150cm 17th 270cm 220cm
18th 280cm 45cm 18th 230cm 135cm 18th 320cm 165cm 18th 270cm 210cm
19th 260cm 40cm 19th 240cm 130cm 19th 330cm 170cm 19th 260cm 210cm
20th 260cm 40cm 20th 240cm 125cm 20th 320cm 170cm 20th 260cm 190cm
21st 280cm 40cm 21st 230cm 140cm 21st 300cm 170cm 21st 250cm 200cm
22nd 260cm 40cm 22nd 230cm 145cm 22nd 300cm 170cm 22nd 250cm 190cm
23rd 240cm 50cm 23rd 220cm 130cm 23rd 295cm 160cm 23rd 250cm 185cm
24th 220cm 60cm 24th 225cm 130cm 24th 330cm 190cm 24th 250cm 210cm
25th 220cm 60cm 25th 220cm 130cm 25th 340cm 185cm 25th 250cm 225cm
26th 240cm 55cm 26th 220cm 130cm 26th 320cm 195cm 26th 240cm 215cm
27th 230cm 60cm 27th 220cm 130cm 27th 320cm 200cm 27th 240cm 200cm
28th 220cm 115cm 28th 220cm 135cm 28th 320cm 230cm 28th 230cm 190cm
29th 210cm 100cm 29th 220cm 130cm 29th - 220cm 29th 230cm 210cm
30th 200cm 90cm 30th 290cm 130cm 30th 30th 220cm 200cm
31st 250cm 90cm 31st 300cm 135cm 31st 31st 200cm 200cm

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. 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. (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
Season Ticket (all) 62,000 yen 43,000 yen
Season (weekdays) 43,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 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.

>> 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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