Facilities & Services

The Tenjindaira ski area has rather basic amenities located in the buildings at the top and bottom of the Tanigawadake Ropeway. These include a ski and snowboard rental department (with some antique equipment) and a retail shop. At the top of the ropeway is a large cafeteria style restaurant that offers spectacular views (when the sun is out).

Tenjin Ski and Snowboard School

Tenjin Lodge offers ski and snowboard lessons with English speaking instructors, for ages 3 and up. Lessons are held in a private format (up to 6 guests per group) for a half or full day. Tenjin Lodge offers complimentary shuttles from Minakami station or Tenjin Lodge to Tenjindaira Ski Resort. As Tenjindaira only has very limited beginner and intermediate terrain, they also offer lessons and shuttles to Minakami Houdaigi Ski Resort.

Tenjindaira Ski and Snowboard Rental

The Tenjindaira ski resort offers ski and snowboard equipment rentals, including a small range of fat skis and some snow clothing.

Tenjin Lodge also rents out ski and snowboard gear, with prices that are about 25% less than that found at the local ski resorts, although most of the gear is very basic. They also rent out avalanche safety equipment.

Facilities for Children

This is not a family oriented ski area so don’t expect child care or sleigh rides.

Eating On Mountain

There is a big cafeteria restaurant at the top of the ropeway (or base of the main ski area), and I can’t imagine you’ll ever have trouble finding a seat! On fine days, the restaurant offers the most amazing views down the valley. The fare on offer is pretty typical of most Japanese ski resorts.

Retail Shop

The shop at the ropeway base building sells the usual confectionary gifts as well as a few Tanigawadake souvenirs such as T-shirts. The shop also sells some very basic ski and snowboard accessories.

Restaurants

There is no village or town at the base of the Tanigawa-dake Ropeway, so you’ll need to head into Minakami for après-ski drinks or dinner. Minakami has lots of cute authentic Japanese restaurants – don’t expect much in the way of English menus or English speaking staff, so take your best Japenglish or sign language (or interpreting app).