Appi Kogen Snowboarding
The 20th most popular snowboarding destination in Japan.
Monday 14 January 2019 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.
Overall, Appi Kogen is the 20th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 21 snowboarding resorts in Japan.