Located in Japan’s Tohoku region, you will find Appi Kogen Ski Resort. Appi is the largest ski resort in Tohoku, the resort is an excellent option for families and the snow quality is excellent, as are the resort facilities. One
of the other bonuses of Appi, is that English is used widely around the resort & signs are in multiple languages, this does help with ski lessons, the check in process and navigation. There is no doubt you will be happy in Appi!
Appi offers a great range of accommodation, ski in, ski out options at the base of the ski lifts, as well as some cute, affordable options only a short drive of the main resort area.
For ski in, ski out you cannot beat Hotel Appi Grand, the property has absolutely everything you want during a ski holiday, including ski storage right off the slopes, awesome dining options, Onsen hot pools, gym, heated pool, day
spa, quality rental shop, lots of ski instructors (who speak a range of languages) and karaoke rooms. Some of the facilities are pay per use, so double check with you travel agent what is included in the room rate, you can also pre-book
mean plans, which can be a great way to go. Rooms are very generous in size, especially by Japan standards. Hotel Appi Grand also boasts great family facilities, with a child specific ski area, childcare & a snow play area.
Other options with ski in, ski out access include Appi Hills Shirakaba no Mori which offers a selection of Western and Japanese style rooms. For luxury ANA InterContinental Appi Kogen Resort or ANA Crowne Plaza Resort Appi Kogen
are the best options. If you feel extra fancy, you can even upgrade to a room with its own private onsen at the Crowne and Executive Rooms at the Intercontinental have a large stone tub looking out to the snow.
For a more economical Appi experience, the Appi Kogen Onsen Hotel is perfect. Located about 5-10 minutes from the ski slopes on foot, the main drawcard for this hotel is that it’s attached to the beautiful onsen hot springs (Shirakaba-no-yu)
which is free for guests.
To book your Appi Kogen accommodation, click here.
Tohoku’s largest ski resort, Appi Kogen Ski Resort boasts almost 700 acres of terrain with 10+ lifts which access 21 runs. Japan is known for its light, dry powder and Appi is no exception, while they record an average 8m of snow,
truth is there is more, because as in Appi they measure after grooming.
Terrain is evenly distributed for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders, and Appi offers excellent options for kids with a dedicated ski area. The only downside to Appi is that some of the beginner and intermediate runs require
a short run down something a bit more advanced to get there, but if you are confident, it will be a great way to grow your skills.
Lessons in Appi are awesome, there are lots of international ski instructors and therefore you can easily get a lesson with someone who speaks English & like the rest of Japan everything is very organised. Lessons are done in small
groups (max 6) or you can book a private lesson.
To book your Appi Kogen lift pass, click here.
From Australia, book your flights in Narita or Haneda Airports in Tokyo. Appi Kogen is approximately 580km north of Tokyo, and 50km from Morioka, which is the most common way to get to Appi.
From Tokyo, Morioka is easily accessible by bullet train, which only takes about 2 hours. From the train station there is a bus to Appi Kogen, hire a car, or jump on another train to Appi Kogen station.
Depending where you are staying, almost everything is accessible on foot, on skis or via shuttle. Once you have checked in, its very simple to get around. Rental Hire, ski lockers and most dining options are directly accessible
off the snow.
Appi Kogen is the perfect blend of traditional Japanese culture with world-class amenities and there is plenty to keep you entertained off the slopes. No Japan ski holiday is complete without a loooong soak in an onsen (hot spring).
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