Hachimantai Panorama

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Hachimantai Panorama

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Japan Ski Tour Tohoku Area
Hachimantai Resort Panorama is the sister and neighbouring resort of Hachimantai Resort Shimokura. The two ski resorts share a common lift ticket, and whilst they are located adjacent to each other, the slopes are not interconnected. Whilst the tree skiing at Shimokura can be a bit of fun, the Panorama Ski Resort isn’t really a powder hound spot because it’s incredibly mellow. Hachimantai Panorama is ideal for families and beginners who won’t need ski or snowboard lessons.

Pros and Cons of Hachimantai Panorama Ski Resort

Pros 
  • The Hachimantai Panorama Ski Resort is ideal for beginners and the slopes are uncrowded, so novices can learn in peace without the fear of crashing into other skiers or snowboarders.
  • A high-speed quad chair lift allows fit beginners to get lots of laps in.
  • The snow is usually of high quality.
  • The Hachimantai Mountain Hotel and Spa is located at the base area and has lovely onsen baths and offers a nice Japanese cultural experience. This hotel could be used as a base to explore various nearby ski resorts.
  • The Panorama ski area is reasonably protected from the elements compared to some other Iwate ski resorts.
  • You can go snowcat skiing with nearby Hachimantai Cat Skiing.
Cons
  • There is negligible terrain on offer for riders other than beginners and low-end intermediates.
  • The ski resort is tiny (which is not that unusual for a Japanese ski resort).
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • The resort is very child friendly with mellow slopes and lots of family activities, however without international ski school and other English niceties, it’s unlikely to attract too many western families (with the exception of the Misawa air base folks).

Hachimantai Panorama Ski & Snowboard Terrain

The Panorama side of the Hachimantai Resort has 7 courses, 460 metres of vertical (540 - 1,000m) and 4 lifts, including a high speed hooded quad chair lift.

The trail stats specify a spread of terrain for different ability levels (40% beginner, 40% intermediate and 20% advanced), but they are not indicative of reality. There are no advanced runs, and the supposed red runs are best described as beginner slopes. As an indication of how mellow Panorama ski resort is, the steepest point of the “steepest” run is only 20 degrees and the average gradient is 12 degrees.

Where is Hachimantai Resort Panorama?

Panorama is located at the foot of the imposing Mt Iwate, 12.5km southwest of the town of Hachimantai in the northern part of the Iwate Prefecture (Tohoku Region, Honshu), and 39km northwest of the Morioka train station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line.

Hachimantai Resort Panorama is very close to its counterpart Hachimantai Shimokura Ski Resort, which is only 2.3km by road to the west. Free shuttles interconnect the two ski resorts.

Hachimantai Panorama Accommodation

Right at the base of the ski resort is the ski-in ski-out Hachimantai Mountain Hotel and Spa. This reasonably deluxe resort hotel has lovely indoor and outdoor onsen baths, sauna and massage services. It’s also rather family friendly. The Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa offers western twin rooms with private bathroom; some with a tatami sitting area where additional guests can sleep.

Other options include Hachimantai hotels or Appi accommodation.

Iwate Accommodation Listings

Facilities

The Panorama ski area has OK ski resort facilities such as a little cafeteria and rest area, or you can retreat to the hotel for lunch. Panorama also offers family friendly activities such as tobogganing, nature walk tours, snow tubing, banana boating and snowmobiling.
Tours That May Include Hachimantai Panorama

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Central Iwate looking at Amihari & Iwate Kogen from Shizukuishi
IWATE SKI & SNOWBOARDING TRIPS
PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are heading to the Iwate & Akita regions these PRIVATE guiding trips will maximise your Tohoku powder experience. Minimum 4 days. In-resort powder hunting, lift-access sidecountry & backcountry touring options. Resorts include Shizukuishi, Geto Kogen, Tazawako, Ani, Hachimantai, Amihari & Appi Kogen.
Price p/p Displayed based on 4 days per person if 3 in a group 1-3 People: ¥55,000JPY flat rate per day plus tax 4-5 People: ¥65,000JPY flat rate per day plus tax 4-6 People: ¥55,000JPY flat rate per day plus tax
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
*Displayed price may vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
USD 704
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Shizukuishi Cat Powder Adventure
SHIZUKUISHI CAT + BACKCOUNTRY DAY TRIP
PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY up to 6 guests
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This fantastic PRIVATE GROUP day-tour includes 3 epic cat skiing runs at a disused ski area plus up to 3 adventurous powder runs in the backcountry of Shizukuishi ski resort. Grab up to 5 other friends & enjoy what is sure to be one of the most memorable days you will have skiing in Japan.
Price p/p Price is per person based on 6 in group for 3 cat runs
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
*Displayed price may vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
USD 203
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Cat Skiing Tours

Hachimantai Cat Ski Trips
2 DAYS CAT SKIING, 2 NIGHTS LODGING
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Score yourself some Hachipow with 2 days of Hachimantai cat skiing. Share the cat skiing slopes with only 7 others! Add a couple of days of Hachimantai cat skiing to your Iwate itinerary or make it your main reason to head to the region.
Price p/p Price per person for 2 days cat skiing & 2 nights at Mountain Hotel twin-share accommodation. Base currency in Japanese yen.
USD 1,440
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