Tenjindaira Backcountry Tours Overview
Kieren (owner and operator of Tenjin Lodge) has skied in this region for several years making him a local expert on where to find the secret stashes and how to do it safely. Tenjindaira ski resort is a small ski area located just a couple of minutes drive from Tenjin Lodge. Whilst the in-bounds terrain can be fun (particularly just after a fresh dump of snow), the sidecountry and backcountry is phenomenal! Whilst the majority of skiing and riding will take place in and around the Tenjindaira, there are some other awesome ski areas nearby such as Kagura, Hakkai-san and Hotaka-san. Kieren may elect to take you to one or more of these other areas subject to conditions.
Ability Level & TerrainThis tour is specifically aimed at advanced to expert skiers and boarders who are wanting to ski some of Japan's steepest terrain. You will have your own QUALIFIED guide (max group 6 guests per guide) who will take you into lift-accessed side-country and backcountry terrain that is steep and can be dangerous for those without local knowledge.
Whilst it is possible to access good terrain from the lifts without hiking, some of the best terrain can be found outside of the resort boundaries with relatively short hikes by either s boot pack, snowshoes or skinning.
Tour DurationThese packages are for either
- 3 nights & 3 days commencing on Tuesday nights; or
- 5 nights & 3 days commencing on Sunday nights.
Note: there may be some flexibility here depending on availability. Please enquire to find out if your dates are outside of these times.
Solos and GroupsYou can join a group as a solo traveler or book as a private group. The maximum group size with a guide is 6.
PricingThe "from price" is a guide based on twin share occupancy in a tatami room on a 3-day / 3-night package. Please see other room options under rates & inclusions and enquire for a quote for your group size and duration.
Tenjin Lodge is family and owner operated by Bo, Kieren and daughter Hana (and Lucky the dog) and is located about 2 minutes drive (or a 10 minute walk) from the bottom of the Tenjindaira ropeway.
There are basically 3 room types:
- Twin western rooms
- Twin tatami rooms
- Bunk room
The twin rooms can also be booked as a private room for an additional cost.
All rooms have a private toilet & basin (apart from the bunk room) with cold water and bathroom facilities with hot water (including a bath) are shared.
Facilities include free wifi, a cozy lounge with a bar and large TV, plus a communal dining area.
Included in the package is a cooked breakfast, lunch in the field and dinner for each night you stay.
Bo and Kieren are wonderful hosts and you can't help but feel like you are at home!
.....cozy communal living area
A Tenjin Lodge representative will greet you and pick you up from the Minikami station.
The official check-in time for the hotel is 3:00 pm. After check-in you can relax with a drink from the bar and catch up on how the conditions are looking for the following day.
You will be provided with a cooked meal in the evening at the lodge.
After breakfast, your guide will take you and your group by van up to the Tenjindaira Ropeway where you will be issued with lift passes and head skywards.
A couple of warm-up runs inside the resort boundaries and then it's off to hunt for the steep & deep. How far you enter into the side and backcountry will be determined by the snow conditions and stability of the snowpack each day.
In the afternoon, subject to group consensus your guide might take you to the famous Takaragawa Onsen (which is a mixed onsen right on a river...this is a must do!!)
In the evening you will head back to the lodge where you can sit and have drink and upload brag photos to share with your friends back home at work.
Dinner will be served in the lodge dining area.
This package is general based around skiing around Tenjindaira ski area, however depending on weather and snow conditions, your guide might elect to take you to a different ski area (within an hour drive). There are a few great options for advanced skiers and riders including Kagura, Hakkai-san and Hotaka-san.
On check-out day you can have your bags stored at the lodge until you finish your day of skiing where you will then be dropped back at the station.
If you require a shower before heading onwards (after a day on the slopes), you are welcome to use the hotel's bathroom before departure.
Rates & Inclusions
Please note rates are based on minimum group of 3 guests being guided. Please enquire of you are a solo or group of 2 for pricing
| Package price in Japanese Yen (per person)
| Room Type
|| # Days / Nights
| Twin Tatami
| Single Tatami
| Twin Western
| Single Western
| Bed in Bunk Room
Subject to room types being availability
- Daily breakfasts
- Daily lunches
- Daily dinners including 1 dinner at Daruma in downtown Minikami (drinks not included)
- Daily lift passes
- Daily guiding
- Daily transfers to/from the ski areas
- Down-day activities such as:
- snowshoe trekking to Ichinokura
- Tanigawadake sake brewery tour
- visit to Takuminosato craft village
- Additional nights/days
- Kaiseki Ryori dinner at Hayashi Ryokan - ¥2500
DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT
- Deposit is 20% of full tour price per person.
- All deposits are non-refundable.
- Final balance due: 30 days prior to departure.
- All payments are in Japanese Yen (JPY)
CANCELLATION BY YOU
- more than 30 days prior to departure, full deposit forfeited.
- Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
- Tour operator highly recommends you take out travel insurance at time of sending your deposit.
CANCELLATION BY TENJIN LODGE
Tenjin Lodge reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this case you will receive a full refund. You will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation, damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience.