APPI (Hachimantai City, Iwate)

(岩手県 八幡平市)
Planned season: Saturday 28th November 2020 until Wednesday 5th May 2021
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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 significantly expanded the 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.

The official vertical of APPI has changed since the Sailer gondola has been rested - it was previously 805m, but is now effectively 620m.

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 1st 160cm 95cm 1st 240cm 180cm 1st 250cm 210cm
2nd - 20cm 2nd 165cm 100cm 2nd 240cm 180cm 2nd 220cm 210cm
3rd - 20cm 3rd 170cm 120cm 3rd 240cm 180cm 3rd 200cm 225cm
4th 30cm 20cm 4th 180cm 120cm 4th 240cm 180cm 4th 200cm 225cm
5th 30cm 70cm 5th 10cm 120cm 5th 240cm 205cm 5th 200cm 225cm
6th 30cm 85cm 6th 185cm 120cm 6th 240cm 215cm 6th 190cm 230cm
7th 15cm 85cm 7th 190cm 120cm 7th 240cm 215cm 7th 190cm 230cm
8th 20cm 85cm 8th 210cm 130cm 8th 240cm 220cm 8th 190cm 230cm
9th 20cm 85cm 9th 210cm 150cm 9th 240cm 225cm 9th 190cm 230cm
10th 20cm 85cm 10th 215cm 150cm 10th 260cm 230cm 10th 190cm 210cm
11th 20cm 85cm 11th 215cm 150cm 11th 260cm 230cm 11th 190cm 195cm
12th 15cm 45cm 12th 215cm 150cm 12th 260cm 230cm 12th 190cm 195cm
13th 15cm 65cm 13th 215cm 150cm 13th 260cm 230cm 13th 190cm 195cm
14th 30cm 65cm 14th 215cm 150cm 14th 260cm 230cm 14th 190cm 195cm
15th 80cm 75cm 15th 220cm 150cm 15th 240cm 220cm 15th 190cm 190cm
16th 85cm 75cm 16th 220cm 150cm 16th 240cm 210cm 16th 185cm 190cm
17th 95cm 75cm 17th 220cm 155cm 17th 240cm 220cm 17th 185cm 195cm
18th 95cm 75cm 18th 220cm 155cm 18th 250cm 200cm 18th 185cm 195cm
19th 110cm 60cm 19th 230cm 155cm 19th 250cm 200cm 19th 180cm 195cm
20th 120cm 60cm 20th 230cm 160cm 20th 250cm 205cm 20th 180cm 195cm
21st 120cm 60cm 21st 230cm 170cm 21st 250cm 205cm 21st 180cm 195cm
22nd 120cm 65cm 22nd 230cm 170cm 22nd 240cm 205cm 22nd 180cm 180cm
23rd 120cm 65cm 23rd 220cm 170cm 23rd 240cm 205cm 23rd 180cm 180cm
24th 110cm 70cm 24th 220cm 170cm 24th 240cm 210cm 24th 180cm 180cm
25th 100cm 70cm 25th 220cm 170cm 25th 240cm 210cm 25th 175cm 180cm
26th 110cm 70cm 26th 220cm 170cm 26th 245cm 210cm 26th 175cm 170cm
27th 130cm 70cm 27th 220cm 170cm 27th 250cm 210cm 27th 175cm 170cm
28th 130cm 90cm 28th 210cm 170cm 28th 250cm 210cm 28th 170cm 170cm
29th 130cm 90cm 29th 210cm 180cm 29th - 210cm 29th 160cm 170cm
30th 5cm 90cm 30th 230cm 180cm 30th 30th 160cm 160cm
31st 150cm 90cm 31st 240cm 180cm 31st 31st 140cm 160cm

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 Snow Play Land' is located near the base of the resort and open from 12th December 2020 until 21st March 2021. There is a 800 yen entry charge for those with valid lift tickets, otherwise 1,000 yen. 
Park Information
Park information
Various official Backcountry Tours are available at the resort. 

APPI Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November 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.

Night skiing is from 4:00pm until 8:00pm on the following dates:

December 2020: 27th-31st
January 2021: 1st-3rd, 10th
February 2021: 11th-12th, 21st-22nd

The 'early season' is until 11th December 2020.
The 'spring season' is from Monday 22nd April 2021.

APPI Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Under 6 years old
Older Child
School age (6-18 years)
60 years & over
5 Hours 5,300 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,600 yen
1 Day 5,600 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen 3,900 yen
Shirakaba Pass 3,100 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,300 yen
2 Days 10,900 yen 6,300 yen 6,300 yen 7,500 yen
3 Days 16,200 yen 9,300 yen 11,100 yen 11,100 yen
Nighta (4pm-8pm) 2,200 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 550 yen 550 yen 550 yen 550 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,500 yen 5,500 yen 5,500 yen 5,500 yen
Gondola (1 ride) 1,650 yen 1,650 yen 1,650 yen 1,650 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

Tickets that do not include riding the gondola are also available - 4,600 yen for one day; 4,300 yen for 5 hours.

The Shirakaba ticket is a special ticket for beginners. It is valid until 4:30pm on the Central quad lift and Central pair lifts only.

The 'early season' is until 11th December 2020.
The 'spring season' is from Monday 22nd April 2021.

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 the 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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