Resort Spotlight: APPI (Iwate)

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

Early season Top season Night skiing Spring season
1st December -
14th December 2018
15th December 2018
- 24th March 2019
15th December 2018
- 16th March 2019
25th March
- 6th May 2019

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. The 21 trails at APPI are easily and comfortably accessible by an eight-person gondola 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.

APPI has expanded the tree run zone from 5 hectares to around 60 hectares for 2018-2019 and there are now 5 areas to challenge - 'Bravo', 'Cruise 1' and 'Cruise 2', 'Dragon Tail', and if you are an advanced skier or snowboarder don't miss the most difficult area 'Attack' which is located in Mt. Nishimori. Enjoy the pleasure of being flapped by Premium Powder Snow!

1 Mt.Iwate(2,038m) 2 Mt.Maemori (1,304m) 3 Mt.Nishimori (1,328m) 4 Mogul Terrain
5 Mogul Practice Terrain 6 SALOMON SNOWPARK 7 Skill-Up Zone 8 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.
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
There are steep and gradual parts. From this season, snowboarding also ok!
2,800m 50~30 28~14
F Kitsutsuki
Enjoy cruising. From this season, snowboarding also ok!
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 Hills Hotel.
1,200m 30~15 15~10
L Sailer Long
Long slope continuing to sailer base of the mountain.
One of APPI's symbolic runs.
3,000m 80~30 26~14
M First Sailer A
Long run with various vertical changes. The upper section is ungroomed.
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.
1,800m 70~30 18~13
O First Sailer C
Straight run branching off at the Sailer Long Run intersection.
1,000m 65~40 20~11
P Second Sailer A
Challenging popular run. From this season half is a powder course.
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.
From this season half is a powder course.
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 10 (1 Gondola, 3 Quad Lifts, 6 Chair Lifts)
Elevation Max Elevation 1,328m
APPI Resort Centre 620m
Vertical 708m


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 15th December 2018 until 31st March 2019
Opening 9:30am – 4:00pm
Fee 1 DAY Pass 1,000 yen / age 3 and over
* Valid lift pass holder: 650 yen

Image is for illustration purposes


Lift Tickets (2018-2019 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
1 Day Pass 5,900 yen 4,200 yen 3,600 yen
2 Days Pass 10,900 yen 7,500 yen 6,300 yen
3 Days Pass 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


Age5 hours1 day2 days3 days4 days
(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 +13 - 1,200yen 2,400yen 3,600yen 1,200yen
-12 - 900yen 1,800yen 2,700yen 900yen
Helmet +13 - 1,500yen 3,000yen 4,500yen 1,500yen




Private Ski and Snowboard Lessons in English

Dates 1st December 2018 until 24th March 2019
Fees Morning (80 minutes): 8:30am until 9:50am
1 student - 13,000 yen
2-3 students - 16,000 yen
4-6 students - 19,000 yen

Private AM (2 hours): 10:00am until 12:30pm
1 student - 22,000 yen [additional fee, 1hrs 32,000 yen]
2-3 students - 27,000 yen [additional fee, 1hrs 37,000 yen]
4-6 students - 32,000 yen [additional fee, 1hrs 42,000 yen]

Private 1 Day (4 hours): From 10:30am, lunch time setting included
1 student - 40,000 yen [additional fee, 1hrs 50,000 yen]
2-3 students - 45,000 yen [additional fee, 1hrs 55,000 yen]
4-6 students - 54,000 yen [additional fee, 1hrs 64,000 yen]

Private PM (2 hours): 1:30pm until 3:30pm
1 student - 20,000 yen [additional fee, 1hrs 28,000 yen]
2-3 students - 23,000 yen [additional fee, 1hrs 31,000 yen]
4-6 students - 28,000 yen [additional fee, 1hrs 36,000 yen]

  Advanced reservations must be made by 5pm the day before.
Please send email to


Fees Standard Program 2-lesson-day 4-lesson-day
2 hours
4 hours
8,000 yen
14,000 yen
8,000 yen
14,000 yen
Private Program 2-lesson-day 4-lesson-day
1 Person (2 hours)
1 Person (4 hours)
25,000 yen
35,000 yen
40,000 yen
55,000 yen
2 Persons (2 hours)
2 Persons (4 hours)
30,000 yen
40,000 yen
45,000 yen
60,000 yen
3 Persons (2 hours)
3 Persons (4 hours)
35,000 yen
45,000 yen
50,000 yen
65,000 yen
Lunch included 16,000 yen 16,000 yen


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.



Hachimantai backcountry has one of the best Japanese powder on offer. Newly open from January to March 2019. The luxurious custom snowcat accommodates a maximum of 8 guests and 2 guides in warmth and comfort for an unforgettable day of cat skiing and snowboarding. Our knowledgeable guide will highlight the best of Hachimantai mountain.

>> For more details please go here



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…



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.



* 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'