One of the best resorts in Iwate for a family trip, and for beginners. All runs are essentially green (some are rated "intermediate", but they are on the easy end of the intermediate scale at best). High-speed quad, wide open runs and uncrowded conditions make it a great place to bring kids. Lots of fun things for kids to do, and the high speed lift means they will get lots of "laps" in on easy, uncrowded terrain.
Ok, so Hachimantai Resort is not to me the ultimate picture of skiing in Japan. I have been there a few times over the past few years, mostly to accompany skiing comrades who were still novices, or to teach classes in skiing at the schools where I work at.
For that purpose, Hachimantai Resort is quite good. I have been there many times and seen large groups of ski students, usually from schools, to get their ski lessons. The large groups