Appi Kogen is located in Hachimantai city in the north-western region of Iwate Prefecture. It is one of the largest and well-known ski and snowboard resorts in the northern Tohoku region of Japan with slopes on Mt Maemori and Mt Nishimori in Hachimantai National Park. The resort is about 50km north of Morioka City and is popular throughout the year with a golf course and relatively cool temperatures in the summer months. Appi Kogen has been operating since 1981.
Iwate Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of the main island of Honshu. Morioka is the capital city. Most of the ski and snowboard hills in Iwate Prefecture are located in the western mountainous regions, near to the border with Akita Prefecture. Aomori Prefecture is to the north and Miyagi Prefecture is to the south of Iwate.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Appi Kogen.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Appi Family Park' is located near the base of the resort. There is a 550 yen entry charge for those with valid lift tickets, otherwise 900 yen. The 'Kids Room' child-care service is in Appi Plaza on the 2nd Floor - reservations required, 3200 yen for half a day and 4800 yen for a full day.
There 'Salomon Snow Park' offers a range of items and plans to be open from 23rd December 2016 until 26th March 2017. Entry with a valid lift pass. There is also a skill-up zone with waves and banks and a mogul practice run.
Appi Kogen Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early December until Early May
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 3:40pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 3:40pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Appi Kogen is open from 8:30am until 3:40pm on weekdays and Saturdays and from 8am until 3:40pm on holidays in the daytime. Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
Appi Kogen Lift Ticket Charges
Under 6 years old
School age (6-18 years)
60 years & over
1 Day (early & spring)
5 Hours (early & spring)
The 8 Hour ticket is valid for 8 hours from the time of purchase. The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase. The early and spring tickets are valid from 10th December until 22nd December 2016 and also from 27th March until 7th May 2017.
Getting to Appi Kogen
By public transport
44.7km from Morioka Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
10.1km from Appi Kogen Station on the Hanawa Line
30km from Iwate Numakunai Station on the Iwate Gingate Tetsudosen line
Appi Kogen is about 10km from the small Appi Kogen Station on the Hanawa line.
It is just under 45km from Morioka Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line.
Shuttle bus services are available from Morioka Station to the south and that journey takes about 1 hour.
12.6km from the Matsuo Hachimantai IC on the Tohoku Expressway
15.5km from the Ashiro IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 282 (2.3km away)
Appi Kogen is located about 2km off Route 282. The resort is just under 13km from the Matsuo Hachimantai IC exit of the Tohoku Expressway.
From the Matsuo Hachimantai IC exit turn left onto Prefecture Road 45. After just over 200m turn left to continue on Prefecture Road 45. Turn left here and continue for about 3km until reaching the main Route 282 road. Turn left onto Route 282 and continue for about 8km until reaching some traffic lights with a Lawson convenience store on the left hand side. Appi Kogen is signposted at this junction - turn left and follow the signs for a few kilometres up to the Appi Kogen resort base.
From the Ashiro IC to the north, turn right onto Route 282 to head south towards 'Appi Heights' (as it is signposted) and Morioka. Continue on Route 282 for around 13km until reaching the signposted turn for Appi Kogen. Turn right and follow the signs for a few kilometres to the Appi Kogen resort base.
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