Appi Kogen Travel Guide - By public transport

Appi Kogen by public transport

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 public transport
Town Map
Bus, Airport Liner & Taxi
Getting from Appi Kogen to nearby region
Additional Appi Kogen resources
Appi Kogen by car
Go to our guide for getting to the Appi Kogen area by car

Getting to Appi Kogen by train

  Shinkansen bullet train:  

  Tohoku Shinkansen 東北新幹線
  Morioka Station 盛岡駅
  Local trains:  
  Hanawa-sen 花輪線
  Appi Kogen Station 安比高原駅

The closest station to Appi Kogen is Appi Kogen Station. To get to that station from Morioka Station take the Hanawa-sen direct. Bus services are also available from Morioka Station, Sendai Station and Hanamaki Airport (see below for more information).

Getting to Morioka Station from the Tokyo region

Take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Morioka Station.

Getting to Morioka Station from Sendai Airport

Take the Sendai Airport Line train into Sendai Station (about 7km) and then transfer to the Tohoku Shinkansen to Morioka Station. * A shuttle bus directly from Sendai Airport to Appi Kogen is available for guests staying at the resort hotel - a journey that takes around 3 hours.

Getting from Morioka Station to Appi Kogen Station

From Morioka Station take the Hanawa line to Appi Kogen Station. The Hanawa line is a JR line that links Koma Station in Morioka and travels further north into Akita Prefecture. Trains from Morioka Station to Koma Station actually operate on the Iwata Ginga Tetsudo-sen (IGR) lines... but run striaght through from Morioka Station to Appi Kogen Station without the need for a transfer. The journey from Morioka Station to Appi Kogen Station takes around 1 hour.

From   To Train line
Tokyo Station > Morioka Station Tohoku Shinkansen
Morioka Station > Appi Kogen Station Hanawa-sen

This journey from Tokyo Station to Appi Kogen Station is around 602km and usually takes around 200 minutes.

Getting from Appi Kogen Station to Appi Kogen resort

A shuttle bus is available running between Appi Kogen Station and Appi Kogen resort. The bus service is free for guests staying at the resort hotel and costs 210 yen for other guests. Note that Appi Kogen Station is a small, unmanned train station with no rental car or taxi rank facilities. More bus information can be found below.

Tokyo Station to Morioka Station about 2 hours 15 minutes
Morioka Station to Appi Kogen Station about 1 hour

Tohoku Shinkansen
Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station
>> Full Tohoku Shinkansen details
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Tokyo Station
Tokyo 東京駅 Tokyo >>>
Morioka 盛岡駅 Iwate 535.3km
Shin Aomori 新青森駅 Aomori 713.7km
Hanawa-sen & Iwate Ginga Tetsudo-sen
Hanawa-sen to Appi Kogen
>> Full Hanawa-sen details
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Morioka Station
Iwate Ginga Tetsudo-sen      
Morioka 盛岡駅 Iwate >>>
Koma 好摩駅 Iwate 21.3km
Hanawa line      
Higashi Obuke 東大更駅 Iwate 26.2km
Appi Kogen 安比高原駅 Iwate 46.3km
(train continues north into Akita)

See also:

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

Bus, Airport Liner & Taxi

A bus service is available that operates direct from Morioka Station to Appi Kogen. Services run daily and the journey takes around 45 minutes. The charge is 1,130 yen for adults and 570 yen for children (Friday night service slightly more expensive).

The APPI Airport Liner and Taxi from Hanamaki Airport operates from 9:50am daily in the main season and costs 2,260 yen one way.

A bus also operates from Sendai Station during most of the peak season leaving the station at 9am. This bus is free for Appi Hotel guests. Reservations are required four days before check-in.


Getting from Appi Kogen to Shizukuishi

The times shown below are simple guidelines to indicate the train journey times between the stations mentioned and may vary depending on the trains and connections used. The lower number indicates travel time, the higher number indicates a sample journey including connecting times. Times from stations to ski resort areas are not included. Please check for specifics.

Region Approximate journey time The journey
Appi Kogen to Shizukuishi 75-100 minutes By train:
Hanawa-sen from Appi Kogen to Morioka Station
Tazawako-sen (Akita Shinkansen) from Morioka Station to Shizukuishi Station
Shizukuishi is about 13.5km from Shizukuishi Station



Additional Appi Kogen resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to Appi Kogen by car, 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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