Tainai (Tainai City, Niigata)

(新潟県 胎内市)
Planned season: Sunday 21st December 2019 until late March 2020
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Tainai is located in Tainai city to the north east of both Shibata city and Niigata city, in the northern region of Niigata Prefecture. It has been operating since 1965. This region does not always get lucky with snowfall and so the season can be unpredictable. New LED lighting is being used for the floodlit night operations which for the 2019-2020 season will be on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

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Tainai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 50cm 1st - 148cm 1st - 100cm
2nd - - 2nd - 50cm 2nd - 165cm 2nd - 100cm
3rd - - 3rd - 45cm 3rd - 170cm 3rd - 100cm
4th - - 4th - 45cm 4th - 150cm 4th - 100cm
5th - - 5th 15cm 45cm 5th - 135cm 5th - 45cm
6th - - 6th 15cm 50cm 6th 10cm 125cm 6th - 40cm
7th - - 7th 10cm 50cm 7th 14cm 120cm 7th - -
8th - - 8th 10cm 50cm 8th - 115cm 8th - -
9th - - 9th - 70cm 9th - 135cm 9th - -
10th - - 10th - 90cm 10th 28cm 135cm 10th - -
11th - - 11th - 90cm 11th 34cm 145cm 11th - -
12th - - 12th - 90cm 12th 30cm 140cm 12th - -
13th - - 13th - 85cm 13th - 145cm 13th - -
14th - - 14th - 85cm 14th - 175cm 14th - -
15th - - 15th - 85cm 15th - 175cm 15th - -
16th - - 16th - 80cm 16th - 165cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th - 90cm 17th - 165cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th - 100cm 18th - 165cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 100cm 19th - 155cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 100cm 20th - 145cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 100cm 21st - 125cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 105cm 22nd - 125cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd - 115cm 23rd - 120cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th - 115cm 24th - 120cm 24th - -
25th - 10cm 25th - 135cm 25th - 120cm 25th - -
26th - 5cm 26th - 135cm 26th - 115cm 26th - -
27th - 5cm 27th - 135cm 27th - 110cm 27th - -
28th - 5cm 28th - 135cm 28th - 110cm 28th - -
29th - 30cm 29th - 153cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 5cm 35cm 30th - 158cm 30th 30th - -
31st 5cm 40cm 31st - 150cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Tainai Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tainai. 
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
The 'Chibbiko Park' and beginners slope are located near the base area. 150 yen to use the 81m snow escalator; 700 yen for the day. 
Park Information
Park information

Tainai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Tainai is normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays; from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Sundays. (No scheduled nighta on other days of the week).

Tainai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
50 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm) 4,000 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
4 Hours 3,200 yen 2,700 yen 2,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,000 yen
22 Lift Coupons 7,000 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 2,200 yen 1,500 yen
Season Ticket 40,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen
Family Ticket 50,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from the time of purchase.

Super Senior tickets are also available for those 70 years and over.

Various 1 day family tickets are available:

Family A: 1 adult + 1 child = 6,000 yen
Family B: 1 adults + 2 children = 8,500 yen
Family C: 2 adults + 1 child = 9,000 yen
Family D: 2 adults + 2 children = 11,000 yen

Children's Day is every Sunday when young children can ticket for 0 yen.

Getting to Tainai

By public transport
51.8km from Niigata Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
14.7km from Nakajo Station on the Uetsu Honsen Line
27.4km from Shibata Station on the Uetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Tainai is under 15km from Nakajo Station on the Uetsu Honsen line.

>> More information on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line
There is a free shuttle bus from Royal Tainai Park Hotel (10 minutes) - normally operating only on weekends and holidays.

A taxi from the station also takes about 20 minutes.
By Car
16.7km from the Arakawa Tainai IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
18.4km from the Nakajo IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
25.6km from the Seiro Shibata IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 290 (3.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 53
Tainai is about 17km from the Arakawa Tainai IC and 18.5km from the Nakajo IC exits on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway.

Approach the ski hill using Route 290 and then Prefecture Road 53.

>> More information on Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway

About 60 minutes from Niigata city.
About 30 minutes from Shibata city.
About 100 minutes from Nagaoka city.
About 50 minutes from Oguni town (Yamagata Prefecture).
Car parking is available at the base of Tainai. Parking is free every day of the season.

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