Appi Kogen Snowboarding
The 21st most popular snowboarding destination in Japan.
Wednesday 10 August 2016 06:26 GMT
North of Tokyo and northwest of Morioka in the western Iwate prefecture, the Appi Kogen ski area has 21 courses spread over 282 hectares totaling 45km that are served by 18 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 828m. The Appi Kogen ski area is spread across two mountains. Appi Kogen is a superior, high-end ski resort that some riders consider to the be the best overall in Japan, but it can be very crowded on the weekends.
The Appi Kogen ski area has an average annual snowfall of 8m, which is known for low-moisture content and powder-like conditions. While it has plenty of powder-filled glades and some tasty off-piste terrain, both are off-limits. In addition, the groomed courses are not known to be particularly steep. If you do catch a good powder day, there is a legal engrossed run off the Nishimori Lift.
The Appi Kogen ski resort offers only very limited nightlife.
To reach the snowboarding at Appi Kogen from Tokyo, take the train to the Morioka train station. From the Morioka train station, take the train to the Appi Kogen train station. Finally, there is a 10 minute bus west up to the ski area. Overall, it is located about 580km north of Tokyo.
If you are flying from Sapporo, head to Iwate Hanamaki. Then, take a shuttle bus to Appi Kogen. When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Appi Kogen is the 21st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 22 snowboarding resorts in Japan.