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Appi Kogen: Insider Ski & Snowboard Tips
Appi boasts a particularly long ski season, largely thanks to its north facing slopes which keep the snow in excellent condition. The season impressively runs from December to May – around 160 days, meaning it’s possible to time your trip outside of the peak times and still capture some quality snow.
Appi Kogen: Access
Appi Kogen is located near the northern end of Honshu, Japan’s main island. From Tokyo the easiest way to travel to Appi is via Bullet Train (2 hours) to Morioka Station and then catch the bus directly to Appi resort (40 minutes).
Appi Kogen: Accommodation
Appi Grand Hotel is undoubtedly the flagship accommodation provider at the resort and is entirely self-sufficient when it comes to providing you will meals, an après scene and an array of non-skiing options detailed more below. It’s also just a snowballs throw from the chairlifts.
However, more casual accommodation is also available as is a pension village that’s only one kilometre from the hill.
Appi Kogen: Restaurants & Apres
Appi boasts just a few lodges and hotels at the base of its resort, meaning the restaurant and après scene is fairly concentrated around these. Within the Appi Grand Hotel there’s a range of cuisines on offer: Japanese, French, Chinese, Korean BBQ and even a buffet.
The nightlife leaves a lot to be desired in Appi, which could be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it! That said, there are a few bars within the hotels that stay open until midnight. If you’re feeling particularly rowdy, there are even private karaoke rooms available for hire.
Appi Kogen: Non-Skiing Activities
Appi is certainly an attraction thanks to the superb skiing on offer, however should you or the family require a day off the hill, there are a number of activities around to keep you busy. The Appi Family Park is popular with the kids with its play equipment, tubing and tobogganing options. The aforementioned grand hotel also offers an array of physical non-snow based activities such as the swimming pool, climbing wall or squash courts.
After working up a sweat at one of these venues, we recommend relaxing in Appi’s public onsen or taking a trip to nearby Matsukawa Onsen near Mt Iwate.
The hotel is dated, somewhat clean. i ask to change room because mine smells like old carpet. But they are very hard to talk to and not willing to do anything about it. Instead, they brought in room refresher. :( What a miss opportunity. It could be a Top notch resort with such amazing snow and good views from each room. If they can only update the furnish a little bit. I am more than happy to offer them free design services to exchange family ski vacation. I have 20 years of architecture/ interior design practice in New York. Transform this place is so easy and inexpensive because the bone is good. Bar is in wrong location, no wonder there is no one there. Another miss opportunity to create business and provide social place.
Restaurants are decent. Although they listed many options, lots of food are coming from the same place. So variety is not so great.
Outdoor onsen is really nice and beautiful. You will have view of mountain in front of you. Water is good with no smell.
Ski runs are supper nice. I love the black diamond that stretch to red and green in one straight shot-3km. You can go so fast, so fun. Tree runs are good, but trees are not so big like other resort. However, powder is so good that beats anything.
Free shuttle from airport is also amazing. I can’t believe they sent a 20 person shuttle bus just for me. So overall, it’s excellent and I definitely coming back.