Appi Kogen (Hachimantai Town, Iwate)

Appi Kogen
安比高原 (岩手県 八幡平町)
Planned season: Saturday 10th December 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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Latest report posted at 9:35am on Saturday 22nd April 2017
Official snow depth 150cm (0cm) [updated on 23rd April 2017]

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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.

The Mountain

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Appi Kogen Course Map

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Appi Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 55cm 40cm 1st 160cm 95cm 1st 195cm 130cm
2nd - - 2nd 55cm 40cm 2nd 160cm 95cm 2nd 195cm 135cm
3rd - - 3rd 55cm 40cm 3rd 195cm 105cm 3rd 195cm 150cm
4th - - 4th 60cm 40cm 4th 195cm 105cm 4th 195cm 150cm
5th - - 5th 60cm 40cm 5th 195cm 110cm 5th 195cm 150cm
6th - - 6th 60cm 45cm 6th 195cm 110cm 6th 195cm 150cm
7th - - 7th 60cm 45cm 7th 195cm 110cm 7th 195cm 150cm
8th - - 8th 60cm 45cm 8th 210cm 110cm 8th 195cm 140cm
9th - - 9th 60cm 45cm 9th 210cm 110cm 9th 205cm 130cm
10th - - 10th 60cm 45cm 10th 210cm 115cm 10th 210cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 70cm 45cm 11th 210cm 115cm 11th 210cm 130cm
12th - - 12th 100cm 45cm 12th 210cm 120cm 12th 210cm 130cm
13th - - 13th 100cm 45cm 13th 210cm 120cm 13th 210cm 130cm
14th - - 14th 110cm 45cm 14th 210cm 110cm 14th 210cm 130cm
15th 30cm 20cm 15th 110cm 50cm 15th 210cm 105cm 15th 210cm 130cm
16th 35cm 20cm 16th 120cm 50cm 16th 210cm 105cm 16th 210cm 130cm
17th 45cm 20cm 17th 120cm 50cm 17th 200cm 105cm 17th 210cm 130cm
18th 45cm 15cm 18th 120cm 50cm 18th 190cm 120cm 18th 210cm 130cm
19th 45cm 15cm 19th 120cm 70cm 19th 190cm 120cm 19th 210cm 120cm
20th 45cm 10cm 20th 120cm 80cm 20th 195cm 120cm 20th 210cm 120cm
21st 45cm 10cm 21st 120cm 80cm 21st 195cm 120cm 21st 210cm 120cm
22nd 45cm 15cm 22nd 120cm 80cm 22nd 195cm 120cm 22nd 210cm 120cm
23rd 35cm 20cm 23rd 130cm 80cm 23rd 195cm 120cm 23rd 210cm 120cm
24th 40cm 20cm 24th 140cm 80cm 24th 195cm 120cm 24th 210cm 120cm
25th 40cm 20cm 25th 140cm 85cm 25th 195cm 120cm 25th 210cm 120cm
26th 40cm 20cm 26th 140cm 85cm 26th 195cm 120cm 26th 210cm 120cm
27th 40cm 30cm 27th 140cm 85cm 27th 195cm 120cm 27th 210cm 120cm
28th 45cm 30cm 28th 140cm 95cm 28th 195cm 120cm 28th 210cm 120cm
29th 45cm 30cm 29th 150cm 95cm 29th - 130cm 29th 210cm 120cm
30th 55cm 40cm 30th 150cm 95cm 30th 30th 210cm 120cm
31st 55cm 40cm 31st 160cm 95cm 31st 31st 210cm 110cm

Previous Statistics

Appi Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Appi Kogen. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
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. 
Park Information
Park information
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
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 3:40pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 3:40pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
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

Adults Child
Under 6 years old
Older Child
School age (6-18 years)
60 years & over
8 Hours 5,600 yen yen 3,300 yen 3,900 yen
5 Hours 5,300 yen yen 3,000 yen 3,600 yen
2 Days 10,900 yen yen 6,300 yen 7,500 yen
3 Days 16,200 yen yen 9,300 yen 11,100 yen
1 Day (early & spring) 3,900 yen yen 2,600 yen 3,000 yen
5 Hours (early & spring) 3,600 yen yen 2,300 yen 2,700 yen
Lift Ticket Information 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
Transport Information
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.

>> More information on getting to Appi Kogen by public transport
Shuttle bus services are available from Morioka Station to the south and that journey takes about 1 hour.
By Car
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.

>> More information on getting to Appi Kogen by car
There is parking for over 7000 vehicles close to the base of Appi Kogen.

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At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

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