Due to their long and extreme Winters, Iwate in Spring brings a strong contrast, welcoming warmth and happiness.
The symbol of Spring in Japan is the commencement of the Cherry Blossom season, however in the Iwate town of Shizuku-Ishi, the mountains are still snow-covered. One particularly f… Read More
KING OF SNOW
Situated in a beautiful highland area of Iwate Prefecture, a little over three hours north of Tokyo, Geto Kogen Ski Resort is known as the 'King of Snow' for good reason: the snow pack here can reach an enormous four metres.
Open from early December to early May, the resort has… Read More
Last year we held a snow holiday giveaway competition - the Japan Winter Magic Travel Giveaway 2016-2017.
The grand prize of this competition included return flights to Japan for two and resort hotel accommodation in both Appi and Hakkoda, as well as other prizes like Pocket Wi-Fi by Japan Wirel… Read More
The hotels of the Hachimantai resort area lie at the foot of the rugged Mt Iwate (2,038 m), and are a haven for nature lovers throughout the seasons. This complex volcano is one of Japan's 100 famous mountains, and one of the many in Towada-Hachimantai National Park, which encompasses a vast area o… Read More
Morioka Grand Hotel Annex offers convenient access to and from Appi, as well as the heart of Morioka, an historic castle town. The hotel's sharp Western-style single, twin and double rooms all come with Wi-Fi and LAN connections; their selection of four types of pillows for guests shows that this i… Read More
HOTEL APPI GRAND
With ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes, fine-dining restaurants and hot spring baths, Hotel APPI Grand provides its guests with luxury and convenience.
The hotel is a creation of pioneering Japanese designer Yusaku Kamekura, and with an eye-catching lemon-coloured exterior, is… Read More
APPI / HACHIMANTAI SKI AREA 2016-17 - Skiing & Snowboarding Version
Real Japanese deep powder riding on a vast scale
Appi brings a European-style resort ambience to a beautiful natural area of Towada-Hachimantai National Park in Iwate Prefecture.The resort is famous … Read More
HACHIMANTAI-APPI SNOW FESTIVAL
Shovel by shovel, scrape by scrape, snow sculptures take shape for the Hachimantai-Appi Snow Festival in mid-February. The festival program features mid-winter fun for all ages with a night-time sculpture light-up, fireworks at both APPI and Hachimantai's Panoram… Read More
APPI / HACHIMANTAI SKI AREA 2016-17
A deep powder experience for riders of all levels
Enjoying the exceptional quality powder snow that is a signature of resorts in Iwate, Hachimantai Resort lies between the 2,038-metre Mt Iwate, and the volcanic plateau of Hachimantai.
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SNOWSHOE NATURE TRAIL & WINTER MOUNTAIN TREKKING
The snowshoe nature trail allows participants to step off the fast lane, stop and admire the beauty that surrounds them. The forest behind Hotel APPI Grand is host to all kinds of flora, fauna and fluffy snow to play with. Explore yourself o… Read More
APPI, SKI RESORT, JAPAN - 2016-17 Winter Version
Essential resorts, accommodation, food and entertainment
VISIT APPI WITH A JR EAST PASS
The Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train completes the journey to the north-eastern Japanese castle town of Morioka i… Read More
Enter to WIN a snow holiday with return flights for two to Appi-Hachimantai and Hakkoda!
- International departure flight: Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda Airport)
- Domestic air transfer: Haneda Airport to Odate-Noshiro Airport or Aomori Airport
- Bus transfer: Odat… Read More
A FESTIVE WINTER VISIT TO KOIWAI FARM
Iwate's iconic dairy farm has the goods for a fun day out
An easy day trip from Morioka, Koiwai Farm is a delicious stop for dairy lovers on a visit to Iwate. The farm is the source of some of Japan's best milk, butter, cheese, ice cream and gelato, and with … Read More
THE WINTER MYSTIQUE OF GEIBIKEI GORGE AND HIRAIZUMI
Discovering Iwate's World Heritage-listed Buddhist sites, and one of Japan's 100 famous landscapes
Winter cruises on the Satetsu River through Geibikei Gorge depart throughout the day from December to February, and can be… Read More
SNOW HOLIDAYS SOUTH OF MT IWATE
Three great snow resorts just an hour from Morioka
Enjoying picturesque views and abundant snowfall in winter, the Shizukuishi, Amihari and Iwate Kogen areas are all tailor-made for a great snow holiday in Iwate.
They lie to the south of the prefecture's symbolic … Read More
THE CITY OF TREES AND WATER
Exploring Morioka, Iwate's historic castle town
Morioka's famous rock-splitting cherry blossom tree, the "Ishiwari-zakura" is almost as old as the history of the city as a prominent feudal castle town.
This beautiful feature of the local heritage trail is believed to … Read More
Hachimantai is a nature lover's paradise
Make sure you bring an extra SD card when you visit Hachimantai, because chances are you'll find it hard to put your camera away.
The area is dominated by a vast section of Towada-Hachimantai National Park, and puts on a mesmerising disp… Read More
APPI, THE POWDER PALACE OF IWATE
Appi brings a modern sophistication and unspoilt beauty to powder-rich snow holidays in the Tohoku region
It's no mean feat to start out as an extra, and end up stealing the show from lead actors who have been in the role for decades. This is exactly what Appi h… Read More
THE IWATE WINTER BUCKET LIST
The beauty of Iwate in winter has traditionally been kept a secret by heavy snowfall, which cut off access to much of its mountainous interior for extended periods. However, thanks to what is Japan’s highest number of bullet train stations in a single prefecture, vis… Read More