Tengendai Kogen (Yonezawa City, Yamagata)

Tengendai Kogen
天元台高原 (山形県 米沢市)
Planned season: Saturday 1st December 2018 until Sunday 12th May 2019
Official snow depth 45cm (15cm) [updated on 14th December 2018]

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Tengendai Kogenis located in the south-western region of Yamagata Prefecture, close to the border with Fukushima. This resort boasts of a very long season and with a high altitude upwards of 1800m, good snow quality makes it quite popular. There is a 3000m long narrow course that goes from the top of the Ropeway station back down to base. Tengendai Kogen has been operating since 1963 and this time round celebrates 55 years.

Yamagata Prefecture is located in the south-west part of Tohoku with the west coast facing the Sea of Japan. The boundaries of Yamagata Prefecture are all mountainous with Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture to the south, Akita Prefecture to the north and Miyagi Prefecture to the east. The ski and snowboard ski hills in Yamagata range from very small one-lift local hills to the biggest individual ski resort in Japan (Zao Onsen) and are spread across the Prefecture.

The Mountain

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Tengendai Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 5cm 35cm 1st - 150cm 1st - 250cm 1st - 320cm
2nd 10cm 35cm 2nd - 150cm 2nd - 250cm 2nd - 300cm
3rd 5cm 35cm 3rd - 150cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 300cm
4th - 35cm 4th - 180cm 4th - 250cm 4th - 300cm
5th - 35cm 5th - 180cm 5th - 250cm 5th - 300cm
6th - 35cm 6th - 180cm 6th - 250cm 6th - 300cm
7th - 35cm 7th - 180cm 7th - 250cm 7th - 290cm
8th - 40cm 8th - 180cm 8th - 250cm 8th - 290cm
9th 30cm 40cm 9th - 170cm 9th - 250cm 9th - 290cm
10th 40cm 45cm 10th - 170cm 10th - 260cm 10th - 250cm
11th 40cm 45cm 11th - 170cm 11th - 270cm 11th - 250cm
12th 30cm 80cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 280cm 12th - 250cm
13th 30cm 80cm 13th - 230cm 13th - 280cm 13th - 250cm
14th 45cm 80cm 14th - 230cm 14th - 290cm 14th - 250cm
15th - 90cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 290cm 15th - 230cm
16th - 90cm 16th - 230cm 16th - 290cm 16th - 230cm
17th - 100cm 17th - 210cm 17th - 290cm 17th - 230cm
18th - 110cm 18th - 210cm 18th - 320cm 18th - 230cm
19th - 110cm 19th - 210cm 19th - 320cm 19th - 230cm
20th - 110cm 20th - 210cm 20th - 320cm 20th - 230cm
21st - 110cm 21st - 210cm 21st - 320cm 21st - 230cm
22nd - 120cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 320cm 22nd - 220cm
23rd - 120cm 23rd - 210cm 23rd - 320cm 23rd - 220cm
24th - 120cm 24th - 210cm 24th - 320cm 24th - 220cm
25th - 110cm 25th - 230cm 25th - 320cm 25th - 220cm
26th - 110cm 26th - 230cm 26th - 320cm 26th - 220cm
27th - 120cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 320cm 27th - 210cm
28th - 150cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 320cm 28th - 210cm
29th - 150cm 29th - 250cm 29th - - 29th - 210cm
30th - 150cm 30th - 250cm 30th 30th - 210cm
31st - 150cm 31st - 250cm 31st 31st - 210cm

Previous Statistics

Tengendai Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tengendai Kogen 
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
There is a 'Family Park' area at the top of the Ropeway (which is effectively the base of the ski hill). 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Tengendai Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Mid May
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 8:20am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
The Ropeway is open from 8:20am until 5:00pm (from 8:00am on weekends and holidays). The lifts are open from 8:30am until 4:00pm (from 8:10am on weekends and holidays).

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Tengendai Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary & Junior High School age
Older Child
Senior High Schoo age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,500 yen 3,300 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 yen
5 Hours 4,100 yen 3,000 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
Season Ticket 52,000 yen 36,000 yen 42,000 yen 42,000 yen
Afternoon Ticket 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
Ropeway return 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Ropeway one-way 800 yen 600 yen 800 yen 800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 350 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Afternoon Ticket is valid from 12 noon.

Children's Day is the third Sunday from December until April on those days elementary school age children can have a lift ticket for free.

Getting to Tengendai Kogen

By public transport
20.2km from Yonezawa Station on the Yamagata Shinkansen line
17.3km from Minami Yonezawa Station on the Yonesaka line
20.2km from Yonezawa Station on the Yonesaka line
Transport Information
Tengendai Kogen is just over 17km from Minami Yonezawa Station on the Yonesaka line.

The Yamagata Shinkansen stops at Yonezawa Station a bit further to the north.

>> More information on the Yamagata Shinkansen train line
A public bus service is available between Yonezawa Station the resort. The journey takes about 40 minutes.
By Car
20.2km from the Yonezawa Hachimanpara IC on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway
53.2km from the Fukushima Iizaka IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 13 (10.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 2
Tengendai Kogen is located in Yoneyama city, to the south of the central city area.

The Yonezawa Hachimanpara IC on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway is just over 25km away.

From the IC exit turn left onto Route 13 and soon at the Family Mart turn left. At the junction you come to quickly turn left and head towards Prefecture Road 2 and then follow that road to the Ropeway base. Note that Prefecture Road 2 continues into Fukushima Prefecture from this point but is closed in the winter months.

>> More information on Tohoku Expressway
There is a car park by the base of the Ropeway.

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