Appi Kogen Travel Guide - By car

Appi Kogen by car

Appi Kogen is a resort area in the north west region of Iwate Prefecture, northern Honshu.

Located on Mt. Maemori and Mt. Nishimori in the Hachimantai National Parkabout 50km north of Morioka City, Appi Kogen is a popular resort area throughout the year.

Most importantly for us, it is also one of the largest and well-known ski and snowboard resorts in the Tohoku region of Japan.

A few smaller ski resorts are located in the northern region of Iwate Prefecture.

Appi Kogen by road
Town map
Getting from Appi to nearby resorts
Additional Appi resources on SnowJapan
Appi Kogen by public transport
Go to our guide for getting to the Appi Kogen area using public transport


 

Getting to the Appi Kogen area by car

  Main expressway and exits:  

  Tohoku Expressway (toll road) 東北自動車道
  Matsuo Hachimantai IC 松尾八幡平IC
  Ashiro IC 安代IC
  Main roads:  
  Route 282 国道282号

Approaching from the south

Appi Kogen is about 14km to the north west of the Matsuo Hachimantai IC on the Tohoku Expressway.

From the northern Tokyo region, take the Tohoku Expressway north until Matsuo Hachimantai IC. Exit the expressway at Matsuo Hachimantai IC and 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.

Approaching from the north

Appi Kogen is about 15km to the south of the Ashiro IC exit on the Tohoku Expressway.

From the Ashiro IC exit, 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.

Kawaguchi JCT to Matsuo Hachimantai IC (Tohoku) about 540km 11,810 yen
Morioka IC to Matsuo Hachimantai IC (Tohoku) about 52km 1,560 yen
Aomori IC to Ashiro IC (Tohoku) about 115km 3,120 yen

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Tohoku Expressway
Tohoku Expressway exits from Kawaguchi JCT to Matsuo Hachimantai and beyond
>> Full Tohoku Expressway details
>> Diagram showing regional expressway connections
Exit name   Prefecture Distance from Kawaguchi JCT Connections
Kawaguchi JCT 川口JCT Saitama - Tokyo Gaikan Expressway
Morioka IC 盛岡IC Iwate 512.1km  
Matsuo Hachimantai IC 松尾八幡平IC Iwate 541.7km Exit coming from the south
Ashiro IC 安代IC Iwate 564..6km Exit coming from the north
Aomori IC 青森IC Aomori 679.5km  

See also:

>> This map alongside googlemaps
>> Tohoku Expressway
>> Hanawa-sen train line
>> On the above map click on the resort name, train line and expressway name for more details.

 

Getting from Appi Kogen to other resorts

Region Approximate distace by road General directions
Appi Kogen to Hachimantai Resort About 25km From Appi Kogen head back to Route 282 and turn right onto that road heading south for about 8km. Turn right onto Prefecture Road 45 heading towards the Matsuo Hachimantai IC of the Tohoku Expressway. Continue under the expressway and past the IC exit for a further 6km until reaching the Prefecture Road 23 junction (signposted as Matsukawa and Hachimantai). Turn left onto Road 23 and then after the traffic lights turn onto Prefecture Road 212 and follow the road to either the Shimokura or Panorama resort.
Appi Kogen to Shizukuishi About 68km From Appi Kogen head back to Route 282 and turn right onto that road heading south for about 8km. Turn right onto Prefecture Road 45 heading towards the Matsuo Hachimantai IC of the Tohoku Expressway. Join the expressway heading south until reaching the Morioka IC after around 31km. Exit the expressway at Morioka IC and keep on the right side lane signposted as Akita and Shizukuishi. Head west on Route 46 for 13km. Turn right onto Prefecture Road 212 and continue on that road for about 6.5km until reaching a sign for the resort and turn off to the left. Turn left here and follow the signs up to Shizukushi resort base.

 

Additional Appi Kogen resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to Appi Kogen by train and public transport, please go to this section.

Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Hachimantai
Resort Spotlights Appi Kogen
Accommodation Accommodation Spotlights - Appi Kogen
Online booking for accommodation in Hachimantai

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