APPI (Hachimantai Town, Iwate)

(岩手県 八幡平町)
Planned season: Saturday 30th November 2019 until Wednesday 6th May 2020
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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. Note that one Gondola will be operating at APPI this winter season (the Sailer will not be operating) and the Central Number 4 and 6 lifts will normally be closed on weekdays.

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 20cm 1st 95cm 200cm 1st 180cm 245cm 1st 210cm 230cm
2nd 20cm 20cm 2nd 100cm 200cm 2nd 180cm 255cm 2nd 210cm 230cm
3rd 20cm 20cm 3rd 120cm 200cm 3rd 180cm 255cm 3rd 225cm 230cm
4th 20cm 15cm 4th 120cm 200cm 4th 180cm 255cm 4th 225cm 230cm
5th 70cm 10cm 5th 120cm 205cm 5th 205cm 245cm 5th 225cm 215cm
6th 85cm 10cm 6th 120cm 215cm 6th 215cm 250cm 6th 230cm 210cm
7th 85cm 15cm 7th 120cm 220cm 7th 215cm 250cm 7th 230cm 210cm
8th 85cm 20cm 8th 130cm 220cm 8th 220cm 255cm 8th 230cm 210cm
9th 85cm 50cm 9th 150cm 220cm 9th 225cm 255cm 9th 230cm 210cm
10th 85cm 65cm 10th 150cm 220cm 10th 230cm 255cm 10th 210cm 210cm
11th 85cm 70cm 11th 150cm 220cm 11th 230cm 255cm 11th 195cm 210cm
12th 45cm 80cm 12th 150cm 220cm 12th 230cm 255cm 12th 195cm 200cm
13th 65cm 80cm 13th 150cm 220cm 13th 230cm 255cm 13th 195cm 200cm
14th 65cm 90cm 14th 150cm 200cm 14th 230cm 255cm 14th 195cm 215cm
15th 75cm 90cm 15th 150cm 200cm 15th 220cm 255cm 15th 190cm 230cm
16th 75cm 90cm 16th 150cm 200cm 16th 210cm 260cm 16th 190cm 230cm
17th 75cm 95cm 17th 155cm 205cm 17th 220cm 260cm 17th 195cm 230cm
18th 75cm 100cm 18th 155cm 215cm 18th 200cm 260cm 18th 195cm 220cm
19th 60cm 120cm 19th 155cm 220cm 19th 200cm 250cm 19th 195cm 220cm
20th 60cm 130cm 20th 160cm 220cm 20th 205cm 250cm 20th 195cm 220cm
21st 60cm 130cm 21st 170cm 220cm 21st 205cm 250cm 21st 195cm 210cm
22nd 65cm 130cm 22nd 170cm 230cm 22nd 205cm 250cm 22nd 180cm 210cm
23rd 65cm 130cm 23rd 170cm 230cm 23rd 205cm 250cm 23rd 180cm 210cm
24th 70cm 140cm 24th 170cm 235cm 24th 210cm 240cm 24th 180cm 210cm
25th 70cm 140cm 25th 170cm 235cm 25th 210cm 240cm 25th 180cm 210cm
26th 70cm 140cm 26th 170cm 235cm 26th 210cm 240cm 26th 170cm 205cm
27th 70cm 150cm 27th 170cm 235cm 27th 210cm 240cm 27th 170cm 205cm
28th 90cm 160cm 28th 170cm 235cm 28th 210cm 230cm 28th 170cm 205cm
29th 90cm 170cm 29th 180cm 235cm 29th 210cm - 29th 170cm 210cm
30th 90cm 190cm 30th 180cm 235cm 30th 30th 160cm 210cm
31st 90cm 200cm 31st 180cm 235cm 31st 31st 160cm 220cm

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 Happy Snowpark' is located near the base of the resort and open from 14th December 2019 until 31st March 2020. There is a 800 yen entry charge for those with valid lift tickets, otherwise 1,000 yen.

A 'Yuki Asobi Land' family area season ticket is available for 3,000 yen.

The 'Kids Room' child-care service is in Appi Plaza on the 2nd Floor - reservations required. 
Park Information
Park information
There 'Salomon Snow Park' offers a range of items and plans to be open from 14th December 2019 until 31st March 2020, 10:00am until 4:00pm. Entry with a valid lift pass. From 1st April it will be open as 'APPI Spring Park'. There is also a skill-up zone with waves and banks and a mogul practice run.

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.

Nighta is from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

The 'early season' is until 13th December 2019.
The 'spring season' is from 1st April 2020.

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 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

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

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 13th December 2019.
The 'spring season' is from 1st April 2020.

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 that 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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