Getting To Appi Kogen

Getting To Appi Kogen

Where is Appi Kogen?

The Appi Ski Resort is situated on Mt Maemori and Mt Nishimori in the Hachimantai National Park. Appi Kogen is located at latitude 40 degrees north in the western part of the Iwate Prefecture in the northern part of Honshu (Tohoku), about 580km north of Tokyo. Appi Kogen is 50km northwest of the city of Morioka, the capital city of the Iwate Prefecture.

The closest town to Appi Kogen is Hachimantai, which is 14km to the southeast. The Appi Kogen train station (Hanawa line) is 3.5km away from the ski resort.

Travel to Appi Kogen

In addition to the information below, you can contact the Appi English Concierge for information on travelling to Appi (e.g. bus timetables). Email

Driving to Appi Kogen
Driving to Appi Kogen is pretty easy because it’s just off the Tohoku Expressway. The Appi phone number for GPS navigation is 195-73-6401.

If Appi Kogen is your only destination you don’t need a car, but if you want to visit various resorts in the northern Tohoku area, having a car is necessary unless you’re on a multi-resort tour.

There are car rental outlets adjacent to Morioka station, and thankfully they have rental cars with navigation systems in English.

Flying to Appi Kogen
The gateway airport for Appi is Iwate Hanamaki with flights originating from Sapporo (55 minute flight) or Osaka Itami (1:25 hour flight). For Appi hotel guests, there are a couple of Hanamaki Airport shuttles to Appi Kogen that line up with flight times. Otherwise it’s possible to get a taxi or limousine from the airport to Appi.

The other option is Sendai Airport and for Appi hotel guests, there are 4 scheduled shuttles per day between Sendai Airport and Appi Kogen.

Train to Morioka
From Tokyo (or the Haneda or Narita airports) the easiest way to travel to Appi is via train, and the Tohoku Shinkansen Express bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka Station takes only 2 to 2.5 hours! Check Hyperdia for train timetables as well as fares, although in most cases the JR Rail Pass will be the most economical option.

Getting from Morioka to Appi
From Morioka train station there’s a bus to Appi Kogen that takes about 50 -60 minutes and leaves from the west exit bus terminal. There are about 5 schedules per weekday and 7 per day on weekends and holidays.

The other option is to catch a train from Morioka to Appi Kogen station on the JR Hanawa Line, which takes about one hour. The train has only about 9 services a day. Check timetables on Hyperdia. From Appi Kogen station there’s a very cheap connecting shuttle bus that takes 10 minutes, or if you’re staying at one of the Appi pensions you can pre-arrange a station pick-up.

Getting Around Appi Kogen

There is a very regular resort shuttle bus that travels between the Hotel Appi Grand, the Resort Centre, the onsen patio, and the villas. If you’re staying in the pension village, the walk to the ski resort takes about 15 minutes. However most pension owners will provide transport to and from the ski resort.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Hachimantai Ski Resort is a half hour drive away and is made up of two zones; Panorama ski area and Shimokura ski area. The ski resort has high speed lifts servicing mainly beginner and intermediate slopes. Hachimantai Shimokura is 21km to the south and if you don’t have your own wheels, Appi Kogen has shuttle buses to Shimokura one day per week that also go to Matsukawa Onsen.

Tazawako is 92km southwest of Appi and Geto Kogen is 118km to the south – both are ski areas that are great for powder hounds.

Hakkoda, the amazing backcountry-type ski area that is serviced by a ropeway, is a fraction further afield (135km to the north). The Appi resort offers 1-way or return transfers between Appi and Hakkoda on Sundays and Thursdays, from early January to early March. The bus from Appi arrives at Hakkoda at 10am.

The imposing Mt Iwate is about 20km south of Appi Kogen, and is popular for its backcountry skiing opportunities.

Other nearby ski resorts: