Activities Near Tenjindaira

Activities Near Tenjindaira

Tenjindaira Backcountry Tours

Backcountry Tanigawadake

The reason most powder hounds visit Tenjindaira is not necessarily to ski or ride at the little ski area, but rather to hike or tour into the backcountry and climb/descend Mt Tanigawa-dake. To do this you need to be an experienced backcountry skier/boarder as the terrain can be extremely dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. We would highly recommend hiring a guide if you are unfamiliar with this area.

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The Takaragawa Onsen is one of the largest outdoor onsen in Japan. It features a babbling river in the middle with various hot pools on either side, along with traditional architecture and a stunning environment. Most of the baths are mixed. Ladies are provided with a large modesty towel/dress, and unlike most onsen, it’s considered OK to put your modesty towel in the water to fully keep yourself modest. If the ladies don’t want to hang out with the blokes, there is also a ladies-only area. Takaragawa Onsen is not far from the Hodaigi Ski Resort, 27km north of Minakami and 15km (about 25 minutes) from Tenjin Lodge.

There are various other great Minakami onsen options too.

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Ice Climbing

Tanigawa-dake is renowned for climbing but it’s only for the bravest of brave. Commonly called the mountain of death, more than 800 people have died on Tanigawa-dake.

Ichinokura has a vertical rock face with a relief of 1,000m and a year around glacier at the base.


The area is somewhat popular for snowshoeing and you can hike to near the base of Ichinokura and see what the crazy people climb! Tenjin Lodge runs tours from the lodge December through to April, which includes use of their snowshoes.

Doai Train Station

Visiting a train station sounds like an unusual tourist activity, but the very weird Doai train station is worth checking out.

On first inspection you might think it’s an abandoned train station because the building looks a little derelict and there’s condensation dripping from the roof. The northbound platform is way way underground and it looks like a nuclear bomb shelter or something. It’s the deepest train station in Japan, and probably the creepiest. Some ghost hunting tourists even go there in the hope of getting fully creeped out.

To get down to the northbound train platform, you have to head down (and then up) 486 steps which are numbered so you know how much further there is to go. Lord only knows why they didn’t put in some sort of lift system?! Needless to say, you don’t want to arrive there by train with luggage and a board bag in tow!

The Doai train station is 700 metres from Tenjin Lodge and 1.5km from the Tanigawadake Ropeway station.

Other Leisure Activities

Other leisure activities include a visit to the Tanigawadake sake brewery or the Takuminosato craft village.