Resort Spotlight: APPI (Iwate)

Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture
Official website :: Full resort details on SnowJapan

Early season Top season Night skiing Spring season
2nd December -
22nd December 2017
23rd December 2017
- 25th March 2018
23rd December 2017
- 17th March 2018
26th March
- 6th May 2018

The Mountain

The highlands of APPI sit right next to the Towada-Hachimantai National Park in northeast Honshu.  Each winter season amazing powder covers all of APPI's 828-meter (2716.5-ft) vertical from peak to base. The 21 trails at APPI are easily and comfortably accessible by two eight-person gondolas and three high-speed, detachable, hooded quad chairs. There's also a lot of variety at APPI Kogen - from beginner bunny slopes to a 5.5-km (3.4-mi) cruiser to steep and deep! APPI is one of the most well-known resorts in Japan and continues to be a mecca for skiers and boarders alike. Come see why by yourself.

Facilities at the ski resort include full rental services, a ski and snowboard school that offers lessons in English, various nature experiences, a snow park, the APPI Happy Snowpark, a kids room and much more.. with other facilities available in the hotels in the base area.

1 Mt.Iwate(2,038m) 2 Mt.Maemori (1,304m) 3 Mt.Nishimori (1,328m) 4 Mogul Terrain
5 Light Powder Run 6 Skiing & Event Use only 7 Skiers only 8 Ski racing only
9 Mogul Practice Terrain 10 SALOMON SNOWPARK 11 Skill-Up Zone 12 APPI Happy Snowpark


A Shirakaba
A wide-open slope in front of APPI Resort Centre for families and beginners.
1,000m 300~70 16~9
B Hayabusa
One of the famous runs with certified giant slalom course. Open for night-time riding.
3,000m 70~30 30~19
C Otaka
The upper steep section is for advanced riders, and the lower section is for beginner lessons.
3,000m 70~30 31~16
D Kakesu
Gradual run divided from Otaka Run. Best for movement analysis.
1,500m 50~35 24~12
E Kakko
Skiing & Ski racing only. There are steep and gradual parts.
2,800m 50~30 28~14
F Kitsutsuki
Skiers only. Enjoy cruising.
2,200m 50~30 28~12
G Yamagara
Ungroomed run located at Mt.Nishimori known as having some of the best snow quality in APPI.
900m 50~20 32~23
H Inuwashi
Groomed first overnight, this run on Mt.Nishimori is a great light powder run.
1,000m 80~25 30~16
I Yamabato
The longest run of 5500m from the peak of Mt.Maemori to the Shirakaba terrain.
Great run for beginners.
5,500m 30~15 20~15
J Sekirei
Enjoyable run even during early and late season.
It is connected from the sailer slopes to the central slopes.
1,600m 80~15 26~10
K Karugamo
Suitable for beginnerfs practice. It is connected to APPI Grand Villa.
1,200m 30~15 15~10
L Sailer Long
Long slope continuing to sailer base of the mountain.
One of APPIfs symbolic runs.
4,000m 80~30 26~14
M First Sailer A
Long run with various vertical changes. One of light powder runs.
2,500m 80~25 22~10
N First Sailer B
Open and even slope with intermediate difficulty.
This run is connected to Sailer Quad Lifts.
1,100m 70~30 18~13
O First Sailer C
Straight run branching off at the Sailer Long Run intersection.
2,700m 65~40 20~11
P Second Sailer A
Challenging popular ungroomed run with powder snow and big bumps.
2,300m 70~30 34~16
Q Second Sailer B
This run leads from Second Slopes to Sailer Long Run.
It is enjoyable with medium to gentle slopes.
2,500m 60~30 26~11
R Second Sailer C
Popular long run with gentle slopes.
2,000m 50~25 25~10
S Second Slopes First
Scenic run for all levels of riders with gradual steepness.
2,500m 100~30 28~13
T Second Slopes Second
Wide open slope with two steep drops on the way.
1,000m 100~50 21~12
U Second Slopes Third
Ungroomed slope on the far-east side of the mountains.
It is a hot spot on a powder day.
800m 55~33 32~13

Number of Runs 21
Total Length of Runs 45,100m
Longest Runs 5,500m
5,500m (From Summit Through Yamabato Run to Shirakaba Run)
Steepest 34°
Level Beginner 30%
Intermediate 40%
Advanced 30%
Number of Lift 11 (2 Gondolas, 3 Quad Lifts, 5 Chair Lifts, 1 T-bar)
Elevation Max Elevation 1,328m
APPI Resort Centre 620m
Sailer Ski Centre 500m
Vertical 828m


APPI Happy Snowpark

The Happy Snowpark has been renewed with new snow activities! The spaces is wider and it's safe and perfectly suited for young beginners! Kids and families can enjoy playing in the snow with more toys and items, as well as sledding.
Dates 23rd December 2017 until 26th March 2018
Opening 9:30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 4pm
Fee 1 DAY Pass 1,000 yen / age 3 and over
* Valid lift pass holder: 650 yen

Image is for illustration purposes


Lift Tickets (2017-2018 Season)

  Adults (19-59) Seniors (60+) Children (6-18)
5 Hours Ticket 3,600 yen 2,700 yen 2,300 yen
1 Day Ticket 3,900 yen 3,000 yen 2,600 yen
5 Hours Ticket 5,300 yen 3,600 yen 3,000 yen
8 Hours 5,600 yen 3,900 yen 3,300 yen
2 Days 10,900 yen 7,500 yen 6,300 yen
3 Days 16,200 yen 11,100 yen 9,300 yen
Ages 0-6 are free, but children must ride the lifts and gondola with a guardian.
Children age 6 who attend elementary school pay the Children rate.


Rental Station


(each day)
Ski rental
Ski Set
(Ski,Boots and Poles)
+13 4,600yen 5,400yen 10,000yen 14,600yen 4,600yen
-12 3,300yen 3,800yen 7,100yen 10,400yen 3,300yen
Skis +13 3,300yen 3,800yen 7,100yen 10,400yen 3,300yen
-12 2,300yen 2,800yen 5,100yen 7,400yen 2,300yen
Short Ski +13 3,300yen 3,800yen 7,100yen 10,400yen 3,300yen
Ski Boots +13 2,300yen 2,800yen 5,100yen 7,400yen 2,300yen
-12 1,500yen 1,800yen 3,300yen 4,800yen 1,500yen
Snowboard rental
Board Set
(Board and Boots)
+13 4,600yen 5,400yen 10,000yen 14,600yen 4,600yen
-12 3,300yen 3,800yen 7,100yen 10,400yen 3,300yen
Board Boots +13 2,300yen 2,800yen 5,100yen 7,400yen 2,300yen
-12 1,500yen 1,800yen 3,300yen 4,800yen 1,500yen
Wear and accessory rental
Wear +13 3,800yen 4,300yen 8,100yen 11,900yen 3,800yen
-12 2,300yen 2,800yen 5,100yen 7,400yen 2,300yen
Poles, Goggles, Gloves,
Cap, Helmet
+13 - 1,200yen 2,400yen 3,600yen 1,200yen
-12 - 900yen 1,800yen 2,700yen 900yen
Accessory Set
(Goggles, Gloves,
Cap or Helmet)
+13 - 2,800yen 5,600yen 8,400yen 2,800yen
-12 - 1,800yen 3,600yen 5,400yen 1,800yen




Private Ski and Snowboard Lessons in English

Dates 23rd December until 26th March 2017
Fees Half Day (2hrs):
1-3 students 24,000yen
4-6 students 27,000yen
7-9 students 30,000yen
1 Day (4hrs):
1-3 students 39,000yen
4-6 students 44,000yen
7-9 students 49,000yen

Lunch included:
[Age +13] +3,000yen per person
[Age 7-12] +2,500yen per person
[Age 4-6] +2,000yen per person

Reservations Advanced reservations must be made by 5pm the day before.
Notes +6,000yen for additional 1hr
+2,000yen for 28 Dec-3 Jan
In case of the various levels in one group, the private lesson will be adjusted to a person of the lowest ski/snowboard level.


More Options

Shimokura Ski Area Tour

At this resort there is a maximum ski run length of 2,700 meters, a maximum gradient slope of 37 degrees, a vertical drop of 550 meters, 1 triple lift and 2 pair lifts.
This area is suitable for intermediate/advanced-level skiers and for those who like to enjoy fresh snow.

>> For more details please see this


While staying in APPI, you can have a trip to Hachimantai rural town to experience local restaurants and/or shopping at supermarket at night.
Should try and enjoy local Japanese food… Yakitori, Sushi, Sashimi, Katsudon, Ramen, Sake and etc…

>> For more details please see this



Getting to APPI

APPI is located on the centre of Northern Tohoku region and is in latitude 40° N where world's famous ski resorts such as Austria's Arlberg and USA's Aspen are located. Here is the access information so that you can come to APPI by Japan Rail, Air, Bus and Rental Car.

Please take a look for the following access examples from foreign countries during APPI Winter Season.

>> For full access details please visit the official website here



* If you take JR Hanawa Line from Morioka Station, there is FREE shuttle bus between JR APPI Kogen Station and the resort buildings.
**The shuttle bus in APPI resort do not run for early morning and late night trains, please contact or call your hotel to organise pick-up.

'Be Happy in Appi'