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Appi


The Resorts

Nestled in the decadent landscape of the Tohoku region of Northern Honshu, Appi Kogen is becoming more and more popular with international skiers and snowboarders. Imagine a bright blue spring day at the end of March, the sun radiating a gentle warmth, so warm that you ditch the heavy jacket for a long sleeve shirt whilst you barrel down a long groomer with a few friends or family. The incredible quality and quantity of snowfall gives Appi Kogen the opportunity to operate all the way into early Spring!

Appi Kogen has a little bit of everything and caters for everyone's tastes and fancies. You can take your pick from long, well groomed runs with gentle inclines, or you could get a little bit wild and head into the ungroomed runs of Mt. Nishimori. If you get a little bored of these, there is also a moguls track and a snow park, which feature state of the art rails and boxes.

Resort Facts

  • Start Season: Mid December
  • Season End: End of Mar
  • Night Skiing: Yes, until 8pm
  • Max Elevation (m): 1,328
  • Vertical Rise (m): 828
  • Difficulty (beg/int/adv): 30% / 40% / 30%
  • Longest Course (m): 5,500
  • No. of Courses/Runs: 21
  • No. of Lifts  & Gondolas: 18
  • Max Gradient: 34 degrees







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Getting there

Situated roughly 500km from central Tokyo, Appi Kogen may seem out of the way, however thanks to Japan’s transport network the resort is accessible in a multitude of different ways. From Tokyo, catching a Shinkansen and a bus is the most efficient way of getting to Appi Kogen, and It’s hard to argue against this as it gets you door to door in under 3 hours. We recommend the use of the JR east pass to give you access to the Shinkansen to get you from Tokyo to Morioka and then the use a free shuttle bus from Morioka station to Appi Kogen.

It is also worth noting that there are limited flights that operate into Iwate Hanamaki airport, although going down this avenue starts to inflate costs and doesn’t particularly save you much time. You can self drive to Appi, giving you the opportunity to explore some of the amazing areas in between Tokyo and Appi such as Sendai and Hanamaki. However this has the opposite problem to flying, it takes much longer but is slightly cheaper. Another con for driving is that it can be quite dangerous, we do not recommend this option to anyone but the most skilled and experienced winter drivers.

Narita/Haneda Airport to Tokyo - approx $36 per adult (train, 20 mins-1hr)
Tokyo to Morioka/Shizukuishi - $255 (5 day flexi JR East pass)
Morioka to Appi Kogen by bus or train (1hr)








The Snow

Appi Kogen sits on a latitude of  40° N, putting it in line with some of the all time greatest resorts such as the USA’s Aspen Resort and Austrias Arlberg. Whilst you can take some of the consistent elemental factors from latitude that contribute to both the quality and quantity of snow, there are some stark differences between Appi and it’s Aspen and Arlberg cousins. The biggest difference is its proximity to the sea of Japan, which is a crucial element in Appi’s snow. During the season an easterly wind blows over the sea of Japan, picking up a large quantity of moisture as it does so. As it travels over land, particularly over the tall trees of Zao Onsen, it sheds most of the moisture pick up over the journey and when it reaches Appi, you get some incredibly dry and powdery snow!

Annually Appi Kogen records roughly 8m of snowfall, which is grossly understated. Appi Kogen measure their snowfall after their compactors have done a number on the fresh powder, meaning that their statistics are slightly skew! Another factor that leads to some fantastic snow quality is that many of the runs are north facing, meaning they don't receive as much heat and UV as south facing slopes. There are several south facing slopes at Appi Kogen, often these can get a little dense and icy, so we recommend that you check the conditions everyday before deciding which runs you are going to tackle!




The Food

Aside from Appi Kogen’s immense quality and quantity of snow, another fantastic drawcard is its cuisine. There are many dining options at the combined hotels of Appi Kogen, however the pick of the bunch is at Appi grand Hotel, which boasts 5 restaurants: Chinese, French, Korean BBQ, International Buffet and the most coveted, their Japanese restaurant Nanashigure. The skilled and dedicated chefs at Nanashigure prepare traditional dishes that use some of the finest ingredients from the Sanriku coastline and the Ou mountain ranges. You have the option to order A La Carte or more of a full course set menu style, but this is a must do experience whilst in Appi.

Whilst the dining options provide a range of choice, the provision of après ski are quite limited. There are several well appointed bars the Appi Grand Hotel, however none are well renowned for excellent nightlife beyond a few quiet beverages with friends and family. To experience something slightly different and to interact with a few locals, the town of Hachimantai is nearby and there are plenty of Japanese restaurants available.



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Onsen hot-springFamily

Appi Hills Shirakaba No Mori (Villa 3)

7 nights from $857* per person

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Hotel Appi Grand

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Includes daily breakfast + 6 day lift pass

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