Tainai (Tainai City, Niigata)

Tainai
胎内
(新潟県 胎内市)
Planned season: Saturday 26th December 2020 until late March 2021
Official snow depth --- [updated on 22nd April 2021]

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Tainai is located in Tainai city to the north east of both Shibata city and Niigata city, in the northern region of Niigata Prefecture. It has been operating since 1965. This region does not always get lucky with snowfall and so the season can be unpredictable. New LED lighting is being used for the floodlit night operations which for the 2019-2020 season will be on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Tainai was not able to open during the 2019-2020 winter season due to a lack of snow. There was some drama during 2020 including a crowd funding effort, and at one point it looked like the Tainai would not be opening for 2020-2021. The good news is that Tainai does plan to open for 2020-2021 and if weather co-operates the season is due to begin on Saturday 26th December 2020.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

700m
560m
140m
35"
14
3000m
8
10%
70%
20%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 0 0 0 8 0 0

Tainai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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19/20
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20/21
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20/21
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1st - - 1st 40cm - 1st 180cm - 1st 155cm -
2nd - - 2nd 55cm - 2nd 170cm - 2nd 147cm -
3rd - - 3rd 60cm - 3rd 190cm - 3rd 145cm -
4th - - 4th 60cm - 4th 205cm - 4th 150cm -
5th - - 5th 160cm 15cm 5th 205cm - 5th 150cm -
6th - - 6th 135cm 15cm 6th 232cm 10cm 6th 140cm -
7th - - 7th 125cm 10cm 7th 205cm 14cm 7th 137cm -
8th - - 8th 125cm 10cm 8th 205cm - 8th 137cm -
9th - - 9th 140cm - 9th 190cm - 9th 135cm -
10th - - 10th 190cm - 10th 190cm 28cm 10th 85cm -
11th - - 11th 190cm - 11th 183cm 34cm 11th 85cm -
12th - - 12th 245cm - 12th 183cm 30cm 12th 85cm -
13th - - 13th 245cm - 13th 180cm - 13th 75cm -
14th - - 14th 220cm - 14th 175cm - 14th 70cm -
15th - - 15th 200cm - 15th 175cm - 15th - -
16th - - 16th 185cm - 16th 167cm - 16th - -
17th - - 17th 175cm - 17th 167cm - 17th - -
18th - - 18th 175cm - 18th 190cm - 18th - -
19th - - 19th 175cm - 19th 197cm - 19th - -
20th - - 20th 215cm - 20th 200cm - 20th - -
21st - - 21st 230cm - 21st 180cm - 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd 230cm - 22nd 165cm - 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd 190cm - 23rd 165cm - 23rd - -
24th - - 24th 182cm - 24th 150cm - 24th - -
25th - - 25th 175cm - 25th 165cm - 25th - -
26th 20cm - 26th 175cm - 26th 150cm - 26th - -
27th 20cm - 27th 160cm - 27th 150cm - 27th - -
28th 15cm - 28th 160cm - 28th 150cm - 28th - -
29th 15cm - 29th 160cm - 29th - - 29th - -
30th 10cm 5cm 30th 160cm - 30th 30th - -
31st 25cm 5cm 31st 165cm - 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Tainai Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tainai. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Chibbiko Park' and beginners slope are located near the base area. 150 yen to use the 81m snow escalator; 700 yen for the day. 
Park Information
Park information
 

Tainai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Tainai is normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Night skiing is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays; from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Sundays. (No scheduled night skiing on other days of the week).

Tainai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
50 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm) 4,000 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
4 Hours 3,200 yen 2,700 yen 2,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,000 yen
22 Lift Coupons 7,000 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 2,200 yen 1,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from the time of purchase.

Super Senior tickets are also available for those 70 years and over.

Children's Day is every Sunday when young children can ticket for 0 yen.

Getting to Tainai

By public transport
Train
Train
51.8km from Niigata Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
14.7km from Nakajo Station on the Uetsu Honsen Line
27.4km from Shibata Station on the Uetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
Tainai is under 15km from Nakajo Station on the Uetsu Honsen line.

>> More information on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line
bus
Bus
There is a free shuttle bus from Royal Tainai Park Hotel (10 minutes) - normally operating only on weekends and holidays.

A taxi from the station also takes about 20 minutes.
By Car
Car
16.7km from the Arakawa Tainai IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
18.4km from the Nakajo IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
25.6km from the Seiro Shibata IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 290 (3.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 53
Direction
Direction
Tainai is about 17km from the Arakawa Tainai IC and 18.5km from the Nakajo IC exits on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway.

Approach the ski hill using Route 290 and then Prefecture Road 53.

>> More information on Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway

About 60 minutes from Niigata city.
About 30 minutes from Shibata city.
About 100 minutes from Nagaoka city.
About 50 minutes from Oguni town (Yamagata Prefecture).
Parking
Parking
Car parking is available at the base of Tainai. Parking is free every day of the season.

More Information

Visit official website
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Address
Address
Atsutazaka 881-166
Tainai-shi
Niigata-ken
959-2823
Telephone
Telephone
0254-48-3002
2020-2021 UPDATES
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