Resort Spotlight: APPI (Iwate)

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

Early season Top season Night skiing Spring season
Open -
11th December 2020
12th December 2020
- 21st March 2021
19th December 2020
- 20th March 2021
(details below)
22nd March 2021
- 5th May 2021

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 expanded the tree run zone from 5 hectares to around 60 hectares in 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 43,100m
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



Due to COVID-19, we have changed the business contents of Snow Play Land since January 18th. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding. In addition, sleds and sled area is available for free.



APPI QUEST PARK is a world-class, safe and highly efficient snow park not only for expert riders but also for beginners to intermediates.

Grand Opening: February 18, 2021 (planned)
Business hours: 10:00-16:00
PRO LINE (paid area):
Shirakaba slope (between gondola and 1st pair lift)
PUBLIC PARK (free area):
Shirakaba slope (the side of Hotel Appi Grand, the right side of Central Quad lift)



Lift Tickets (2020-2021 Season)

  Adults (19-59) Seniors (60+) Children (6-18)
5 Hours (lift + gondola) 3,600 yen 2,700 yen 2,300 yen
1 Day (lift + gondola) 3,900 yen 3,000 yen 2,600 yen
5 Hours Ticket lift 4,300 yen 3,400 yen 2,700 yen
lift + gondola 5,300 yen 3,600 yen 3,000 yen
1 Day Pass lift 4,600 yen 3,700 yen 3,000 yen
lift + gondola 5,600 yen 3,900 yen 3,300 yen
Shirakaba Pass   3,100 yen 2,300 yen 2,000 yen
2 Days Pass lift 8,900 yen 7,100 yen 5,700 yen
lift + gondola 10,900 yen 7,500 yen 6,300 yen
3 Days Pass lift 13,200 yen 10,500 yen 8,400 yen
lift + gondola 16,200 yen 11,100 yen 9,300 yen
The Shirakaba Pass is a lift ticket for beginners which is available for the Central Quad and Central Number 2 lift, until 4:00pm on the day of purchase.
NOTE: Children age 5 and below are free but must be accompanied by guardians.
Night Skiing   2,200 yen 1,700 yen 1,500 yen

Night skiing is on Saturdays and also on the following dates:
27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st December 2020
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 10th January 2021
11th, 12th, 21st, 22nd February 2021


Rental Station


Age5 hours1 day2 days3 days4 days
(each day)
Ski rental
Ski Set
(Ski, Boots and Poles)
+13 4,700yen 5,500yen 10,200yen 14,900yen 4,700yen
-12 3,400yen 3,900yen 7,300yen 10,700yen 3,400yen
Skis +13 3,400yen 3,900yen 7,300yen 10,700yen 3,400yen
-12 2,400yen 2,900yen 5,300yen 7,700yen 2,400yen
Short Ski +13 3,400yen 3,900yen 7,300yen 10,700yen 3,400yen
Ski Boots +13 2,400yen 2,900yen 5,300yen 7,700yen 2,400yen
-12 1,600yen 1,900yen 3,500yen 5,100yen 1,600yen
Snowboard rental
Board Set
(Board and Boots)
+13 4,700yen 5,500yen 10,200yen 14,900yen 4,700yen
-12 3,400yen 3,900yen 7,300yen 10,700yen 3,400yen
Board Boots +13 2,400yen 2,900yen 5,300yen 7,700yen 2,400yen
-12 1,600yen 1,900yen 3,500yen 5,100yen 1,600yen
Wear and accessory rental
Wear +13 3,900yen 4,400yen 8,300yen 12,200yen 3,900yen
-12 2,600yen 3,100yen 5,700yen 8,300yen 2,600yen
Poles +13 - 1,300yen 2,600yen 3,900yen 1,300yen
-12 - 1,000yen 2,000yen 3,000yen 1,000yen
Helmet +13 - 1,600yen 3,200yen 4,800yen 1,600yen
-12 - 1,100yen 2,200yen 3,300yen 1,100yen

Discounted rates are available for staying hotel guests.

Resort Station+
High end and new style models are also available; free exchange during rental period time




Private Ski and Snowboard Lessons in English

  Programs Time Schedule People Lesson Fee
Short Lesson Program Morning 80 8:30am - 9:50pm 1 14,000 yen
2-3 17,000 yen
4-6 20,000 yen
Evening 80
*night skiing days only
4:00pm - 5:20pm 1 14,000 yen
2-3 17,000 yen
4-6 20,000 yen
AM Lesson Program Private
AM 2h
10:30am - 12:30pm 1 23,000 yen
2-3 30,000 yen
4-6 35,000 yen
AM 3h
9:30am - 12:30pm 1 33,000 yen
2-3 40,000 yen
4-6 45,000 yen
PM Lesson Program Private
PM 2h
1:30pm - 3:30pm 1 21,000 yen
2-3 26,000 yen
4-6 31,000 yen
PM 3h
*night skiing days only
1:30pm - 4:30pm 1 31,000 yen
2-3 36,000 yen
4-6 41,000 yen
1 Day Lesson Program Private
1 day 4 hr
10:30am - 12:30pm
1:30pm - 3:30pm
1 42,000 yen
2-3 50,000 yen
4-6 60,000 yen
1 day 5 hr
Flexible time schedule
End by 4:00pm, except on night skiing days
1 52,000 yen
2-3 60,000 yen
4-6 70,000 yen
1 day 6 hr
Flexible time schedule
End by 4:00pm, except on night skiing days
1 64,000 yen
2-3 76,000 yen
4-6 85,000 yen

With qualified foreign instructors or Japanese instructors who speak English
Lessons for skiing or snowboarding
Ages 4 and above
For lessons with 7 people or more, 2 instructors will be required
Lift ticket and rental fees are charged separately

Continuous Discounts

  Private AM 2h 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
AM Lesson Program 1 person 23,000 yen 45,000 yen 67,000 yen 87,000 yen
2-3 people 30,000 yen 59,000 yen 87,000 yen 114,000 yen
4-6 people 35,000 yen 69,000 yen 102,000 yen 133,000 yen
Private AM 3h 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
1 person 33,000 yen 65,000 yen 97,000 yen 127,000 yen
2-3 people 40,000 yen 79,000 yen 177,000 yen 154,000 yen
4-6 people 45,000 yen 89,000 yen 132,000 yen 173,000 yen
1 Day Lesson Program Private 1 Day 4h 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
1 person 42,000 yen 82,000 yen 122,000 yen 160,000 yen
2-3 people 50,000 yen 98,000 yen 145,000 yen 190,000 yen
4-6 people 60,000 yen 118,000 yen 175,000 yen 228,000 yen
Private 1 Day 5h 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
1 person 52,000 yen 102,000 yen 152,000 yen 200,000 yen
2-3 people 60,000 yen 118,000 yen 175,000 yen 230,000 yen
4-6 people 70,000 yen 138,000 yen 205,000 yen 268,000 yen
Private 1 Day 6h 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days
1 person 64,000 yen 127,000 yen 190,000 yen 251,000 yen
2-3 people 76,000 yen 151,000 yen 225,000 yen 298,000 yen
4-6 people 85,000 yen 169,000 yen 251,000 yen 333,000 yen

Payment is required on the first lesson day
If you ask for a cancellation due to your reason after making a payment, refunds are not available.
Continuous discount is not applicable for Short lesson and PM lesson programs.




  Regular Rate New Year's holiday season
27th December 2020 - 3rd January 2021
Group Lesson
  2 Hours 4 Hours 2 Hours 4 Hours
  8,500 yen 14,500 yen 10,500 yen 17,500 yen
Private Lesson
1 person 26,000 yen 36,000 yen 45,000 yen 60,000 yen
2 people 31,000 yen 41,000 yen 50,000 yen 65,000 yen
3 people 36,000 yen 46,000 yen 55,000 yen 70,000 yen

Lesson Schedule
Reception Time:
8:30am until 1:30pm
AM: 10:00am until 12:00pm
PM: 1:00pm until 3:30pm

Age: 3-12 years old (available in Japanese, English and Chinese)
Opening: 12th December 2020 until 28th March 2021
What to bring: ski wear, hats, gloves and long socks


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'