Overall Rating

Tenjindaira Backcountry Tours

Tenjindaira Backcountry Tours4.5/523
Tenjindaira Backcountry Tours4.5 out of 5 based on 23 reviews
  • Recommend
    96%
  • Would Revisit
    96%
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Tenjindaira Backcountry Tours - Reviews

Tenjindaira Backcountry Tours - Reviews

Great introduction to the backcountry!

David King
11/02/2024
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Great introduction to the backcountry!

David King
11/02/2024
Kieren & the crew at Tenjin Lodge openned my eyes to where the really awesome snowboarding is in Japan. The guides were very professional and welcoming with a focus on being safe in the mountains. Exceeded my expectations, looking forward to returning to Tenjindaira.
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Paradise for Powerhounds

Joachim
03/12/2023
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Paradise for Powerhounds

Joachim
03/12/2023
I’ve ridden a lot of mountains and there’s no better place for powerhounds. Massive long runs, epic powder, very few/well spaced trees. There is awesome snow everywhere in Japan but I’ve never seen runs as long or as untouched as Tenjin.

I’d give the fun factor and guiding 6 stars if I could.

Kieren is a fantastic guide with invaluable experience. We had a pro snowboarder in our group one day. Even boarders or skiers who are experts can still benefit from knowing where it’s safe and where it’s not when you’re ridding a big mountain like Tenjin.

All of the runs (except the summit) involve a 2-20 minute walk. This is a small price to pay for runs you would normally have to take a helicopter to.

Not for beginners. Paradise for powerhounds. Highly recommend the guiding.
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Tenjin Guides a must do

19/03/2023

Ryan

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

Ryan

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    2

Tenjin Guides a must do

19/03/2023
Had a couple of days guiding with Kieren.
First day was perfect sunny weather which we used to get to the peak which I recommend. Although snow was a bit slushy especially down low, Kieren still managed to find the best spots and his experience of the mountain and guiding itself is top notch.
Second day weather was a bit hit n miss but tried to make the most of it anyway and finished off with a trip to the local outdoor Onsen.
Can’t recommend Kieren and Tenjin highly enough, but come prepared in skill level and equipment.
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For the lines.

Greg
24/02/2023
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

For the lines.

Greg
24/02/2023
This is one for those who want to have a chance to get the amazing lines.

Dinner at the lodge is not why you stay there.

Coffee at the lodge is not why you stay there.

Slack country runs that blow your mind are why you stay there.

The people involved also make it a fantastic journey.
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Epic tours at Tenjin!

Josh
15/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Epic tours at Tenjin!

Josh
15/02/2020
Kieran and his guides provided for an epic 3 days guiding around Tenjin. Highlight was summiting and scoring epic lines on Tanigawadake! Fantastic rooms, food, staff and service at his lodge also.
Highly recommend for experienced boarders.
Can’t wait to visit again next year!
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epic late season day

Alex
19/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Russia
  • Month:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    3

epic late season day

Alex
19/03/2019
I am a regular visitor - this is not my first time at Tenjin, and it won't be my last. I've seen Tenjin on snowier days, but despite the warm weather and the relative lack of fresh snow (by Tenjin standards), we found pockets of great untouched powder, all within easy access from the backcountry gate. Tanigawadake is a dangerous mountain, but Kieren knows the area extremely well and plans his routes in great detail, with lots of attention given to safety. Every tour I've ever been at in Tenjin was safe, enjoyanble, and fascinating enough to want to come back. I certainly will, and I can't recommend this place enough.
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Brilliant guide, amazing tour, great lodge!

Jack Blatter
03/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    July
  • Admin Rating
    4

Brilliant guide, amazing tour, great lodge!

Jack Blatter
03/03/2019
We had 3 days of this....
Kieren was an excellent guide, very patient, safety was his top priority while trying to get us the best lines with the deepest pow. He has a great knowledge of the area and I will be coming back to test it some more.

The lodge is a comfortable, relaxed, social environment that has everything that you need. It isn't luxurious but has everything that you need.

I definitely recommend Kieren's guiding and the lodge. I will be back!
See our video here

Late Feb/Early Mar 2019 trip

Steve
03/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    4

Late Feb/Early Mar 2019 trip

Steve
03/03/2019
We booked a week of private guiding with Kieren and stayed at Tenjin Lodge. We were a group of 4 experienced skiers.

We were hoping for epic pow, but unfortunately got epic sunshine and bluebird the whole week. Of some comfort, albeit little, the whole of Japan was the same and no new snow fell anywhere this same week. So just unlucky.

Despite this, Kieren was excellent as a guide and proactively looking to find us the best conditions. Each night and morning he presented various options for us to choose. He was/is extremely knowledgeable about the area surrounding Tenjin Lodge and this made our stay and the lack of pow still a fantastic trip.

As Tenjin is reknown for it’s steep terrain (which is very true!) and tendency to avalanche, it was very important to us that Kieren’s knowledge of the mountains and his mountain safety were up to scratch. From the initial contact to enquire about the trip through to the daily guiding and in situ activity, we thought Kieren was excellent. He’s a safe and diligent operator who also has a great sense of humour and great guy/guide to have with us. We were very appreciative by his manner even in less than ideal conditions (read ice, crud, slush etc) as he never showed any lack of enthusiasm and was always willing to ‘go’.

Having been a Japanese snow guide myself in previous years, I know first hand when lack of motivation hits in poor conditions and after weeks on the snow guiding various people, it can be very hard to get up and out every day especially when it’s sun and icy. Kieren looked at every day optimistically and never pressured or tried to steer us in a direction that would make his life easier.

All up, I can highly recommend Kieren and his team at Tenjin Lodge for their professionalism, commitment, value and all round good attitude/vibes.

Looking forward to getting back.....with some deep deep pow!
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Tenjin 2019

Doug
24/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Tenjin 2019

Doug
24/02/2019
Tanigawadake
Spent three day's on a guided Backcountry tour with Kieran at Tenjin and wish I'd stayed longer!
Great lodge, friendly atmosphere and epic skiing.
Will definitely be back!
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The best resort for advanced powderhounds!

Fritz Weise
16/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Germany
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

The best resort for advanced powderhounds!

Fritz Weise
16/02/2019
We booked the Tenjin package really short-term after we spent a week skiing in northern Honshu, because of the really good reviews on this website.
Overall we can confirm the recommendation as a powder heaven with steep and wide mountains.
Unfortunately it was raining on our day of arrival everywere in Japan, even on the high mountains. It was the first rainy day of the season! So all powder was gone and the snow was covered with ice.
Our two guides, Brandon and Kieren, the owner of the lodge, did everything to find the best spots in this conditions so we still had beautiful days of skiing. It was slightly harder with variing snow, but we could see the amazing potential of this resort, so we have to come back one day!

The lodge and staff was really nice and a very international powder community. It was a refreshing mix of ryokan and hot bath with international food and guests to sit together after a long day of skiing.

Many other guests have been there multiple times and we can understand why.
Surely we get better conditions next time as the mountain is a real powder magnet. Kieren found a good spot for his lodge and knows how to make your trip unforgettable.
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