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About Night Cruising into the SkyDreamy performance by a world-famous artist with
stars in the sky over a world-recognized
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
What Minakami Town Is Like
Situated in the northernmost of Gunma Prefecture,
Minakami Town, home to the headwaters of the Tone River,
was designated in 2017 as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve,
a model where nature and humans live together.
Minakami is a town rich in nature, where people can enjoy
four seasons, such as alpine plants coloring mountains
with cherry blossoms in spring, burning red foliage in
autumn, and quiet snow landscape in winter.
Minakami also has its unique 18 hot springs. Minakami, as a town of water sources, offers water activities in the rivers
as well as other various activities in the mountains and on
You can enjoy watching stars
in the sky and riding ropeway
at Tanigawadake (Mt. Tanigawa), one of the
100 top mountains in Japan!
A great number of people use Tanigawadake Ropeway to
come to this ski resort in winter, and to climb and trek
across Tanigawadake in summer.
The ropeway mountain top, at an altitude of 1,319 meters,
is a paradise under the stars, where colorful flowers come out each season.
What Night Cruising
into the Sky Is Like
From early summer to autumn, the tour “Night Cruising into the Sky” is held by running the ropeway specially at night,
so you can experience Tanigawadake Tenjindaira, which looks different than it looks in the daytime.
In the “2021 Autumn Night Cruising into the Sky”,
Mr. Akira Hasegawa, a world-famous spatial lighting artist, offers you an extraordinary starry night experience,
as he did last year, by using D-K
In addition, we are happy to inform you that, last year, he was going to have a joint performance with “MIRROR BOWLER”,
an artist group that creates space of lights and reflections by using mirror balls.
Digital Light Show with
Stars in the Sky
What D-K (Digital Kakejiku) Is Like
Digital Kakejiku is a “hanging scroll” that is digitally
created through projectors installed at the venue,
which shows geometric patterns, like colorful abstract
paintings, by using natural things at hand, buildings, and
pedestrians as canvases. Projected picture patterns
change slowly at the same speed at which the earth
The landscape you have just seen with your own eyes
changes every moment into a completely different one.
An artist group that creates spatial works of lights and ref-
lections by using mirror balls. This group, which began its
artistic activities in 2000, consists of members from various fields, such as graphic designers, photographers, artists,
and lighting technicians. It aims to create lights that reso-
nate with everybody regardless of their language, race, reli-
gion, etc. seeks to express its own unique view of the uni-
verse and mysterious world, and shows fantastic space ra-
diating countless numbers of lights.
The 2021 Spring Night Cruising into the Sky – to be held 20 times in total
April 16 (Fri), 17(Sat), 18(Sun) , 24(Sat), 25(Sun), 29(Thu, National Holiday), 30(Fri)
May 1(Sat) , 2 (Sun), 3 (Mon, National Holiday) , 4(Tue, National Holiday),
5(Wed, National Holiday), 8(Sat), 9(Sun), 14(Fri), 15(Sat), 16(Sun), 22(Sat), 23(Sun)
and 26(Wed, lunar eclipse)
7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
(Ropeway Operation Time: 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.)
*Rain or shine event / Cancelled in case of strong wind *Indoor events may vary from day to day.
Drive a SUBARU to come on
Night Cruising into the Sky!
If you come in a Subaru car on opening days for Night
Cruising into the Sky,
the parking fee is free from 6:30p.m. – until 9:30p.m..
Parking fee is free
for those who
drive a SUBARU
Night Walking into the Sky
Minakami Town is registered as a UNESCO
Biosphere Reserve. And the starry sky is
extraordinarily beautiful when seen from
Tanigawadake, one of the 100 top mountains in Japan.☆
Starry Sky Tour Guides
Local volunteers, members of “Minakami Starry Sky Club”, tell you about stars in a gentle and enjoyable way. This is a group of professionals wearing a yellow vest, mainly consisting of guides with the first-grade certificate of of starry knowledge, and advanced guides certified as a sommelier of stars.
Tanigawadake Ropeway, a large gondola with a capacity of 22 people, takes about 15 minutes to travel the entire length of 2,300 meters with its passengers listening to fantastic music. Riding Tanigawadake Ropeway during the spring twilight gives you the experience of riding in a fantastic atmosphere. At the very moment you launch into the darkness of the night, you feel like launching into space.
View Terrace Tenjin
Hot drinks like coffee and cocoa are sold.
Starry Sky Over
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
The star-viewing party, which started in 2010 as part of Gunma Destination Campaign, was originally aimed to show a lot of people the starry sky over Tanigawadake. It was an event preceding the renamed current starry-sky- viewing party, carried down to the present day, in hope of inspiring people. When the weather is fine, you can see the Milky Way with your naked eyes. We do hope you will see this amazing starry sky.☆
Be sure to buy tickets in advance when you come here.
（including junior and senior high school students）
Per Elementary School Child
(Free for pre-school children)
If you stay at one of our partner
hotels, you can buy a ticket
for \3,000 per adult and
for \1,500 per elementary school child,
and your parking fee is free.
If you buy a ticket at a partner hotel, you can ride Ropeway without having to wait in line at the ticket counter.
*When making your reservation, tell the hotel staff that you want to buy tickets.
*You can ride Ropeway until 20:00.
- *No refund is available.
- *This tour may be cancelled in the event of stormy weather. In this case, you will receive a full refund of the purchase price.
- *Please note that we cannot compensate for the fees of your transportation to this venue and your accommodation, when the ropeway operation is suspended.
- *The ticket price includes round-trip fare on the ropeway.
- *You will separately have to pay \500 for the parking fee at Tanigawadake Ropeway.
- *If you stay at a partner hotel, please be sure to purchase your ticket in advance at your hotel. When you show your ticket, the parking fee will be free.
Traffic Information to the Venue
*by Takasaki Line from Ueno to Takasaki
Sightseeing and Accommodation Information
If you stay at a partner hotel located in Minakami Town, you can buy
your ticket for the ropeway in advance at your hotel.
If you show your ticket at the Tanigawadake Ropeway Parking Lot
your parking fee will be free.
Frequently Asked Questions
The average temperature in May in Tanigawadake Tenjindaira is 3℃ to 5℃.
The average temperature between September and November is 0℃ to 10℃.
It is rather cold at night, so bring clothes for protection against cold (such as a down jacket).
You are on the mountaintop, so you should bring a pair of sneakers to walk around and a picnic sheet and a blanket to watch stars.
Due to the weather and other factors, this tour may be cancelled or end at an earlier time than scheduled.
Cancellation will be notified in advance at the websites of Tanigawadake Ropeway and Minakami Tourism Association.
We are awfully sorry to tell you that no pets are allowed on this tour.
We have provided the dedicated passage and area for wheelchair users. There is a 15-meter wheelchair ramp outside Tenjindaira Station. However, the surface on the (skiing) slope is covered with grass and gravel. After getting off the gondola, you have to use stairs to get to the indoor facility. It is very difficult for you to come to the facility when you have your helper with you. Please note that we cannot provide a complete helping service for you when you participate in this tour.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions and concerns.
1774-1 Tsukiyono, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma, 379-1313, Japan