【Beginner climber】You can climb Mt.tanigawa.


Mt.Tanigawa, called “A good mountain near from Tokyo,” attracts people with its proximity to central Tokyo, 3,000-meter Japan Alps-level views, and a treasure trove of alpine flower. It is truly a world-class excellent mountain. “Can a beginner climb Mt.Tanigawa?” “I want to climb Mt. Tanigawa, but I wonder if it is safe.” This article is for those who are concerned about such questions.

In conclusion, it is possible.

However, with the following conditions

(1) To select a season from late July to late October
(2) To climb Tenjin Ridge using the ropeway
(3) To ride ropeway by 9:00 a.m. at the latest
(4) To develop physical fitness by jogging or other activities in daily life
(5) To prepare the minimum necessary equipment
(6) To check the weather conditions
(7) To know the common sense of mountaineering 
(8) To know mountaineering manners
(9) To find out the minimum necessary information on mountain climbing
(10)To motivate additional mountain enjoyment (1), (2)

(1) To select a season from late July to late October

Mt.Tanigawa is a snow season from November to May.

Since snow remains around top of the peak in June as well, the best time to climb is from mid-July after the rainy season until the fall season in late October. Although there are only three months, it is recommended to make plans for this season.

After the rainy season, there is a high probability of clear skies, but as the altitude is not so high (2000 m), be careful of sunstroke and heatstroke on summer days. In October, the mornings and evenings are chilly, and it can get quite cold when the wind blows. The first snowfall is from mid-October to early November.

(2) To climb Tenjin Ridge using the ropeway

There are three routes to climb Mt.Tanigawa. Beginners should choose Tenjin ridge by ropeway.Also, use the lift to Tenjin Toge. From Tenjin Toge, you can see the top of Mt. Tanigawa. If you know the goal at the start of the climb, you will be psychologically motivated to do your best.

(3) To ride ropeway by 9:00 a.m. at the latest

Let’s ride the ropeway at 9:00 a.m. at the latest. The weather in the mountains becomes unstable in the afternoon, and there is a risk of thunderstorms. Tenjin Ridge is a very popular route, and on weekends, there are so many people that traffic jams occur on the mountain.

If you come by train, the first train below is just in time. You can get lunch at station convenience store.

By Shinkansen from Tokyo

Tokyo Station ========= Jomo Kogen Station
6:36 Departure: Tanigawa #401 7:52 Arrival

Jomo Kogen Station ======= Mt.Tanigawa Ropeway
8:05 Departure: Kanetsu Bus 8:50 Arrival

By regular train from Tokyo

Ueno Station ====== Takasaki Station ====== Minakami Station
Departure: 5:13 Arrival: 6:55 – 7:11 Arrival: 8:17

Minakami Station======= Mt.Tanigawa Ropeway
8:30 Departure: Kanetsu Bus 8:50 Arrival

If you are driving, there is a 7-Eleven (24 hours) and a Family Mart (24 hours) after exiting the Minakami Interchange. After passing the Family Mart, there are no convenience stores, so please be careful when traveling.

(4) To develop physical fitness by jogging or other activities in daily life

While mountain climbers can pick up their pace as they get used to it, beginners should start with a light jog to get their body in shape. Aerobic exercise is effective. Even if it is slow, jog for 30 minutes to an hour every day. Also, let’s challenge to avoid using elevators and escalators on a daily life.

(5) To prepare the minimum necessary equipment

The following is a list of equipment for summer mountaineering. The general rule is to carry as little extra gear as possible and to keep it as light as possible.

rain Wear lunch
towel backpacking food
fleece emergency food
long-sleeved shirt insurance
jersey plan of climb
cap light
glove map
socks watch
T-shirt pen
water(over 2L) camera
backpack  □ telephone

(6) To check the weather conditions

Mt.Tanigawa, the weather is changeable, with weather from the Sea of Japan side clashing with that from the Pacific Ocean side. The wind blows especially hard on the ridge line.

If the forecast is rain, do not hesitate to postpone climbing. Take it easy and look for the next sunny day. For beginners, climbing Mt.Tanigawa in a rainstorm is very hard work.

For weather forecast, ”Windy” is recommended. To enter “Mt.Tanigawa” in the search function, you can get a pinpoint (actual mountain elevation) forecast of the weather and wind speed.

Windy.com  Windy.com

(7) To know the common sense of mountaineering

Keep this in mind!

(1) Safety, not fun, is the most important.
(2) Don’t push yourself too hard. Tell yourself that you will climb again.
(3) Time is life. 
(4) Don’t forget mountain equipment. Forgetting one piece of equipment can be fatal.
(5) Refrain from going alone as much as possible.
(6) If you are climbing with friends, never split up.
(7) If you do not reach  Mt. Tanigawa by 12:00 p.m., go back down the mountain.
(8)If you get lost, go back to the place you know.

(8) To know mountaineering manners

(1) To greet everyone you meet on the mountain.
(2) To take trash home with you. Don’t take flowers home just to look at them, and don’t step on them.
(4) To give way for climber going up.
(5) When resting, don’t get in the way.
(6) When you drop a stone, shout “Raku”(meaning fallen rocks) .

(9) To find out the minimum necessary information on mountain climbing

Do not leave it to others, but get information about the route, course time, and outline of the climb yourself from the Internet and books. Nowadays, you can get a lot of information on the Internet.

The course time from Tenjin-daira to the top is about 2 hours and 10 minutes (not including rest time) for the ascent and about 1 hour and 45 minutes for the descent.

Please consider the course time as a rough estimate. If you do not reach the top by 12:00 p.m., you should dismount. In the afternoon, thunderstorms are likely to occur.

Map of Mt.Tanigawa >>>

(10)To motivate additional mountain enjoyment (1)

That is, without a doubt, beer and hot springs after climbing. There is no doubt about it. If you go by train, it will be a hassle to get to the hot springs after getting off the ropeway, and if you go by car, you will have to worry about not being able to drink alcohol.

The following two facilities are recommended.

1) Tanigawa Onsen Yu-terume Tanigawa

[Address] 514-12, Tanigawa, Minakami, Tone-gun, Gunma
[Fee] [Adults] 570 yen [Children] 260 yen
[Amenity goods] Shampoo, conditioner, body soap, and towels are available for a fee.
[Business hours] [July – October] 9:00 – 20:30 [November – June] 10:00 – 20:30
  [Closed] on the 3rd Thursday of the month (open on national holidays, closed the following day)
[Open-air bath] Yes
[Sauna] No sauna
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(2)  Hotokeiwa Onsen Suzumori no Yu
[Address] 1009-2, Anogawa, Minakami, Tone-gun, Gunma
[Rates] [Adults] 750 yen, [Elementary school students] 500 yen, [Infants] 400 yen *2 hours, bath tax
[Amenity goods] Bath towels 200 yen (rental), face towels 150 yen (on sale)
[Business hours] 10:00 – 21:00 (last admission at 20:00)
[Closed] The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month *The 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of the month in July and December (open every day in August)
[Open air bath] Yes
[Sauna] Yes
  [HP] https://suzumorinoyu.com/

(10)To motivate additional mountain enjoyment (2)

To climb mountain is study. We learn a lot of things through the mountains.
That is why “climbers are noble.”

(1) Geography: Mountain topography, maps, mountain names
(2) Meteorology: Mountain weather, climate change
(3) Botany: Mountain plants
(4) Biology: mountain animals
(5) Astronomy: Stars seen from the mountains tourism
(6) Volcanology:Tourism, Health tourism
(7) Volcanology:Mountains of active volcanoes
(8) Seismology:Volcanoes and earthquakes
(9) Emergency Life Saving:Cardiac Massage, Hemostasis, First Aid
(10) Radio Engineering:Radio, Beacon
(11) Humanities: Mountain writers, poetry, history
(12) Lifestyle Science: Power of living, wisdom of living, mountain food
(13) Organizational science: Management skills, leadership
(14) Sports and health science: Walking, breathing techniques

I hope that many people will discover the attraction of the Mt. Tanigawa. Have a safe and enjoyable climb! And continue to grow throughout your life through the mountains! We are sure that you will be able to open up a wonderful life from Mt. Tanigawa, a world-class excellent mountain.