APPI (Hachimantai Town, Iwate)

安比 (岩手県 八幡平町)
Planned season: Saturday 1st December 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019
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APPI 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. In recent years, the resort has rebranded as just 'APPI' - until then it was know as 'Appi Kogen'. APPI has been operating since 1981.

APPI has significantly expanded tree run zones for the 2018-2019 season. There are now five zones - Bravo, Cruise 1 and 2, Dragon Tail and Attack over on Mt Nishimori. Note that one Gondola will be operating at APPI this winter season (the Sailer will not be operating) and the Central Number 4 and 6 lifts will normally be closed on weekdays.

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.

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The Mountain

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APPI Course Map

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APPI Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 20cm 60cm 1st 200cm 185cm 1st 245cm 225cm 1st 230cm 300cm
2nd 20cm 70cm 2nd 200cm 185cm 2nd 255cm 225cm 2nd 230cm 300cm
3rd 20cm 70cm 3rd 200cm 190cm 3rd 255cm 225cm 3rd 230cm 320cm
4th 15cm 70cm 4th 200cm 190cm 4th 255cm 235cm 4th 230cm 320cm
5th 10cm 70cm 5th 205cm 190cm 5th 245cm 240cm 5th 215cm 320cm
6th 10cm 70cm 6th 215cm 190cm 6th 250cm 250cm 6th 210cm 325cm
7th 15cm 70cm 7th 220cm 190cm 7th 250cm 250cm 7th 210cm 325cm
8th 20cm 70cm 8th 220cm 190cm 8th 255cm 250cm 8th 210cm 325cm
9th 50cm 90cm 9th 220cm 190cm 9th 255cm 250cm 9th 210cm 310cm
10th 65cm 90cm 10th 220cm 190cm 10th 255cm 250cm 10th 210cm 310cm
11th 70cm 90cm 11th 220cm 190cm 11th 255cm 250cm 11th 210cm 290cm
12th 80cm 110cm 12th 220cm 190cm 12th 255cm 260cm 12th 200cm 290cm
13th 80cm 110cm 13th 220cm 190cm 13th 255cm 260cm 13th 200cm 290cm
14th 90cm 135cm 14th 200cm 190cm 14th 255cm 265cm 14th 215cm 290cm
15th 90cm 135cm 15th 200cm 190cm 15th 255cm 280cm 15th 230cm 290cm
16th 90cm 135cm 16th 200cm 190cm 16th 260cm 280cm 16th 230cm 270cm
17th 95cm 135cm 17th 205cm 190cm 17th 260cm 280cm 17th 230cm 260cm
18th 100cm 135cm 18th 215cm 190cm 18th 260cm 280cm 18th 220cm 260cm
19th 120cm 135cm 19th 220cm 195cm 19th 250cm 290cm 19th 220cm 260cm
20th 130cm 150cm 20th 220cm 195cm 20th 250cm 290cm 20th 220cm 260cm
21st 130cm 150cm 21st 220cm 195cm 21st 250cm 295cm 21st 210cm 260cm
22nd 130cm 150cm 22nd 230cm 195cm 22nd 250cm 295cm 22nd 210cm 260cm
23rd 130cm 150cm 23rd 230cm 195cm 23rd 250cm 295cm 23rd 210cm 280cm
24th 140cm 150cm 24th 235cm 200cm 24th 240cm 295cm 24th 210cm 280cm
25th 140cm 150cm 25th 235cm 210cm 25th 240cm 295cm 25th 210cm 280cm
26th 140cm 165cm 26th 235cm 210cm 26th 240cm 295cm 26th 205cm 270cm
27th 150cm 175cm 27th 235cm 215cm 27th 240cm 295cm 27th 205cm 270cm
28th 160cm 185cm 28th 235cm 215cm 28th 230cm 300cm 28th 205cm 270cm
29th 170cm 185cm 29th 235cm 220cm 29th - - 29th 210cm 260cm
30th 190cm 185cm 30th 235cm 215cm 30th 30th 210cm 260cm
31st 200cm 185cm 31st 235cm 220cm 31st 31st 220cm 260cm

Previous Statistics

APPI Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at APPI. Please see our Lessons in English page for more info
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 Happy Snowpark' is located near the base of the resort. There is a 650 yen entry charge for those with valid lift tickets, otherwise 1,000 yen.

The 'Kids Room' child-care service is in Appi Plaza on the 2nd Floor - reservations required. 
Park Information
Park information
There 'Salomon Snow Park' offers a range of items and plans to be open from 23rd December 2017 until 1st April 2018. Entry with a valid lift pass. There is also a skill-up zone with waves and banks and a mogul practice run. 

APPI 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 is open from 8:30am until 3:40pm on weekdays and Saturdays and from 8:00am until 3:40pm on holidays in the daytime.

Nighta is from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

The 'early season' is 1st December until 14th December 2018.
The 'spring season' is 25th March until 6th May 2019.

APPI 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 season' is 1st December until 14th December 2018.
The 'spring season' is 25th March until 6th May 2019.

Getting to APPI

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 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 APPI 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 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 7,000 vehicles close to the base of APPI.

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