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.
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.
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
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.
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