I was there on 23 Dec 2012. I took the Shinkansen (Max Tanigawa) from Ueno at 810am to Echigo Yuzawa and transferred to a local train (Joetsu line) to Doai station. The whole journey took 2h 6mins and was coverd by the JR pass. Tenjin Lodge is strategically located. It is 5 mins away from JR Doai station & just infront of the entrance to the snowshoe trekking. The owner offered pick-up from Doai or Minakami station. This region has lots of snow fall and you can enjoy snow sports as early as December.
The owner is very familar with the terrain and mountains around, hence you could really count on him to show you around the mountainous region. He speaks English very well so you don't have to worry about language problem. I did a 5 hour snowshoe trek and was shown a splendid view of the mountains. The snowshoe trek was different from most snowshoe experiences as we were not just walking around to have a feel of how to walk in a pair of snowshoe but really explore the nature to enjoy its beauty.
The Lodge has big tatami room with toilet and shower room (only cold shower). It also has a common bathroom (hot shower). The room, toilet and bathroom were clean. The Lodge has a communal living room and dinning space where you could mingle with the rest of the people staying there as well as the owner and his family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a full service mountain lodge situated deep in the Joetsu-kogen National Park at the base of Tenjindaira Ski resort and Tanigawadake Ropeway. Ski-in during Winter, rafting and canyoning next door during the Summer, dozens of hiking trails in the mountains surrounding the lodge, onsens nearby and only 180km from Tokyo. We are family owned and run and look forward to offering you a memorable, Japanese mountain experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tenjin Lodge Minakami-Machi, Japan - Gunma