Located around 3.5hrs by bullet train and bus is Tohoku’s largest resort of Appi Kogen and is considered one of the best quality ski resorts in Japan. The 282 hectare resort’s north facing slopes keep the snow in top condition throughout the season. On average, more than 8 metres of dry powder snow falls each season. The resort is renowned for its quality grooming and there are plenty of runs left ungroomed for those who love powder.


3.5hrs from Narita Airport

1,328m above sea level

8m annual snow fall

16 lifts

Terrain: ○ 30%,
□ 40%, ◇ 30%

Park & pipe facilities

Night skiing available

Ski Season:
December – April

Top 4 reasons to choose Appi

  • Family friendly facilities and activities
  • Ski-in ski-out accommodations
  • Good for novices and intermediate skiers
  • Japanese hospitality

Appi Accommodation

Accommodation in Appi is in the three main and very well appointed hotels, with either Ski in/ Ski out access or within metres of the ski lifts and all with fantastic facilities, services and dining options.

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Appi Kogen

Hotel Appi Grand – Main Building

Impressive hotel with great facilities

Appi Kogen

Hotel Appi Grand – Tower

Impressive hotel with great facilities

Getting to Appi

Appi is a medium sized resort, located on Mt. Maemori and Mt. Nishimori in the Hachimantai National Park and offers a good variety of terrain for all levels, especially kids, beginners and intermediates. Advanced riders will love the resort on powder days, but may want to explore the back- country with a local guide for more challenging steeps.

Lift Passes / Night Skiing

Appi lift passes can be purchased once you arrive in resort and arranged through your accommodation hosts. One pass provides lift access to all resort areas with the choice of hourly passes, day passes or multi day passes. Night Skiing is available on the lower slopes.

Off-Piste Skiing

There is no in-bounds off-piste skiing in Appi and the ski patrol is very strict. There is some legally accessible side country and back country terrain, however services of a certified local guide is required.

Snowsports School

English speaking Instructors are limited and only available for private lessons. Advanced bookings required. All group lessons are conducted in Japanese.

Equipment Rental

There are a few rental shops in the Appi area and the Hotel Appi Grand carries the latest in performance equipment and a wide range of sizes that best cater for foreign guests. They have a large fleet of modern, quality equipment for all levels and style of snow riding and also have English speaking staff.

Appi comprises of a few lodges and hotels centred at the base of the mountain, with most restaurants, services and facilities situated within hotels. Accessing the village on foot is easy as all amenities, services, accommodations, and ski lifts are a short walk away. There is a local bus and taxi service for those wanting to explore outside of the village and nearby Morioka.

Dining & Nightlife

There are a couple of bars within the hotels open till midnight, and private Karaoke rooms are available for hire, however the town is quite small and quiet.

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Appi Activities & Tours

Winter Kids Park

Winter Kids Park

Visit the snow playground and enjoy the snow and sled games. This is the best place to play for little children.



Explore the mountains with a bit more power! Snow mobile tours available for all skill levels.

Cat Skiing

Cat Skiing

Access the freshest lines in Japan with a cat skiing tour



Explore the pristine landscape up close with a snowshoeing tour - great for photographers!

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