Taranokidai (Tsuruoka City, Yamagata)

Taranokidai
たらのきだい
(山形県 鶴岡市)
Planned season: Usually mid-late December until early March
20-21 season details unconfirmed
Official snow depth --- [updated on 8th March 2021]

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Taranokidai is a small ski area located in Tsuruoka city in the north-western region of Yamagata Prefecture, offering views of the Sea of Japan. On weekdays it is only open between 5:00pm and 9:00pm and is closed during the daytime. On weekends and holidays it opens at 9:00am.

Yamagata Prefecture is located in the south-west part of Tohoku with the west coast facing the Sea of Japan. The boundaries of Yamagata Prefecture are all mountainous with Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture to the south, Akita Prefecture to the north and Miyagi Prefecture to the east. The ski and snowboard ski hills in Yamagata range from very small one-lift local hills to the biggest individual ski resort in Japan (Zao Onsen) and are spread across the Prefecture.

The Mountain

365m
105m
260m
34"
5
1300m
1
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
45%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
55%
0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Taranokidai 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 80cm - 1st 140cm 20cm 1st - 20cm
2nd - - 2nd 95cm - 2nd 130cm 20cm 2nd - -
3rd - - 3rd 125cm - 3rd 140cm 20cm 3rd - -
4th - - 4th 125cm 20cm 4th 190cm 30cm 4th - -
5th - - 5th 180cm 50cm 5th 200cm 25cm 5th - -
6th - - 6th 165cm 50cm 6th 160cm 30cm 6th - -
7th - - 7th 160cm 45cm 7th 140cm 40cm 7th - -
8th - - 8th 160cm 30cm 8th 140cm 50cm 8th - -
9th - - 9th 190cm 20cm 9th 140cm 60cm 9th - -
10th - - 10th 200cm 15cm 10th 140cm 60cm 10th - -
11th - - 11th 220cm - 11th 140cm 75cm 11th - -
12th - - 12th 220cm - 12th 140cm 75cm 12th - -
13th - - 13th 170cm - 13th 140cm 65cm 13th - -
14th - - 14th 170cm 10cm 14th 140cm 50cm 14th - -
15th - - 15th 160cm 10cm 15th 140cm 40cm 15th - -
16th - - 16th 150cm 15cm 16th 120cm 30cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th 150cm 15cm 17th 120cm 20cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th 150cm 15cm 18th 160cm 20cm 18th - -
19th 70cm - 19th 170cm 15cm 19th 160cm 20cm 19th - -
20th 75cm - 20th 180cm 15cm 20th 130cm 20cm 20th - -
21st 80cm 20cm 21st 160cm 15cm 21st 100cm 15cm 21st - -
22nd 90cm 20cm 22nd 150cm 30cm 22nd 100cm 15cm 22nd - -
23rd 80cm 20cm 23rd 140cm 30cm 23rd 90cm 15cm 23rd - -
24th 75cm - 24th 140cm 20cm 24th 90cm 15cm 24th - -
25th 60cm - 25th 130cm 20cm 25th 90cm 15cm 25th - -
26th 60cm 10cm 26th 130cm 20cm 26th 90cm 15cm 26th - -
27th 60cm - 27th 130cm 20cm 27th 90cm 20cm 27th - -
28th 60cm - 28th 120cm 20cm 28th 90cm 30cm 28th - -
29th 50cm - 29th 120cm 20cm 29th - 25cm 29th - -
30th 50cm - 30th 130cm 20cm 30th 30th - -
31st 60cm - 31st 140cm 10cm 31st 31st - -

Taranokidai Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Taranokidai. 
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
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Taranokidai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 5:00pm until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Taranokidai is open from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on weekdays - closed during the daytime.

It opens on weekends and holidays from 9:00am (on those days the lifts are closed between 4:00pm and 5:00pm before night operations).

Taranokidai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Junior High age & under
Senior
1 Day (9am-4:30pm) 2,800 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 210 yen 150 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,100 yen 1,300 yen
Nighta 1,900 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 20,000 yen 10,000 yen

Getting to Taranokidai

By public transport
Train
Train
15.2km from Tsuruoka Station on the Ou Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
Taranokidai is about 15km from Tsuruoka Station on the Ou Honsen line.

>> More information on the Ou Honsen train line
bus
Bus
No shuttle bus service information is available.
By Car
Car
9.9km from the Shounai Asahi IC on the Yamagata Expressway
16.5km from the Tsuruoka IC on the Yamagata Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 112 (8.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 351
Direction
Direction
Taranokidai is about 10km from the Shounai Asahi IC on the Yamagata Expressway.

From the Shounai Asahi IC exit, turn left onto Prefecture Road 44. After just under 7km turn right onto Prefecture Road 350 and head up to the ski hill.

>> More information on Yamagata Expressway

About 30 minutes by car from Tsuruoka Station.
About 10 minutes by car from Shounai Asahi IC.
About 40 minutes by car from Tsuruoka Nishi IC.
Parking
Parking
Parking is available at the base of Taranokidai.

More Information

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Address
Address
Nishino 469-1
Taranokidai
Tsuruoka-shi
Yamagata-ken
997-0303
Telephone
Telephone
0235-57-5470
2020-2021 UPDATES
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We feel for everyone who wanted to be able to visit Japan this winter but are unable to. Please read this message about this season and coronavirus. Stay safe everyone, wherever you are.

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