- April 22nd, 2017
[Mt. Tengu-yama in Otaru] One of 3 Major Night Views in Hokkaido Can Be Enjoyed at Sking Resort
Mt. Tengu-yama (天狗山) is a mountain with about 533 m in height in the southwestern part of Otaru city, and is well-known as a symbol of the otaru, and turns into a ski resort in a winter. A ropeway station is built on the mountainside, and Otaru city and Gulf of Ishikari (石狩湾) can be viewed from a rooftop observation deck. A night view from Mt. Tengu-yama is especially famous, and and is one of three major night views in Hokkaido together with Mt. Hakodateyama (函館山) and Mt. Moiwayama (藻岩山). In addition, They got one star rating in Michelin Green Guide Japan, and the view is evaluated by the world.
There are Lookout Restraunt "Tengu (てんぐ)", Otaru Ski Museum (小樽スキー博物館) and Tengu-no-Yakata room (天狗の館) at the ropeway station, and the Otaru Ski Museum and the Tengu-no-Yakata room are available to enter for free. In addition, Tenguzakura Cherry Tree (天狗桜), Chipmunk Park (シマリス公園), Slider and Tenguyama Shinto Shrine (天狗山神社) are close to the ropeway station, and Sarutahiko-no-kami (猿田彦大神) is enshrined. In a spring, the Tengu Cherry Tree that cherry blossoms bloom latest in the Otaru can be enjoyed, the Slider, the Chipmunk and hiking can be enjoyed in a summer, and ski or snowboard can be enjoyed in the winter.
A highway bus "Otaru-go (おたる号)" runs between the Otaru and the Sapporo. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Otaru. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Otaru Station.
Otaru (小樽) that 120,000 people live is the 9th largest port city in Hokkaido, and is located in the northwestern direction of Sapporo city. It takes about 30 minutes from the Sapporo to the Otaru by a train. The Otaru is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 8 million people visit here. It is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 30 slopes with its name, so the Otaru has a lot of slope lands, and has a lot of narrow roads. It is famous as a city with a lot of sushi restaurants, too, and more than 100 sushi restaurants open their businesses. Fresh seafood caught in the Sea of Japan facing the Otaru or caought in various places of the Hokkaido can be enjoyed. As for a climate, the Otaru has calm climate, it is cold in a summer, and it snow hard. The Otaru was called an inaccessible land in the old days because all transportation facilities paralyzed by a heavy snow. Read More
Mt. Tengu-yama in Winter or Summer
In the winter or the summer, the Various things can be enjoyed in the Mt. Tengu-yama.
Winter Mt. Tengu-yama
They have 6 ski courses, Family Course (ファミリーコース), Long Line Corse (ロングラインコース), Bambi Course (バンビコース), Old Course (旧コース), New Course (新コース) and Dynamic Course (ダイナミックコース), and 1 ropeway and 2 ski lifts (Mountaintop Family Lift and Panorama Pair Lift) are built. As for the ropeway, unlike the ordinary ski resorts in Hokkaido, skiers and snowboarders must bring their skis and snowboards with their hands. Of course, ordinary tourists as well as the skiers can use the ropeway.
Tenguyama Ski Resort Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Ropeway fee||One‐way ticket Adult: JPY 680, Child: JPY 340.
Round‐trip ticket Adult: JPY 1020, Child: JPY 520.
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (150 Cars)|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||164 626 140*83|
Summer Mt. Tengu-yama
5 lookout, 1st Lookout (第1展望台), 2nd Lookout (第2展望台), 3rd Lookout (第3展望台), Tenguzakura Lookout (天狗桜展望台) and Rooftop Observation Deck (屋上展望台) are built around the ropeway station on the mountainside. It takes about 4 minutes from the foot of the mountain to the mountainside by the ropeway. There is the restraunt at the ropeway station, so the visitors can enjoy dishes and the view. In the summer, tourists can visit the mountaintop via Otaru City Route Tenguyama Kanko Line (市道天狗山観光線) by their cars. But the road is difference with the road to the ski resort. In addition, the route is closed in the winter.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otaru. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Otaru is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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