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- The Hachimantai Aspite Line opens on April 15, and closes again in early November every year. In April there are enormous walls of snow towering on either side of the road forming the famous snow corridor.
In the summertime it's great for visiting the summit to hike with beautiful views of the mountains along the way.
In the fall the view of the autumn leaves is unrivaled! Really a great road to drive for the entire period that it's open.Written December 3, 2019
- The summit area of Mt. Hachimantai has a network of very well-maintained trails that are mostly stone or wood, so even in wet weather you don't have to worry about mud. The trails circle a number of pristine ponds and allow you to explore an alpine wetland.
I've been up here dozens of times and love it. If you go in the early spring it's still covered in snow and you can walk around in snow shoes or boots. In the summer there are all kinds of flowers blooming, and in the fall you get all the beauty of the fall colors. (The road up to the summit closes for the winter, making it basically inaccessible until April 15th when it opens again for the spring.)Written October 28, 2019
- We chose Appi Kogen to ski as it was a bit off the beaten path from Nagano but still a Shinkansen ride from Tokyo (plus a bus/train shuttle). We wanted a bit more local Japan feel than Sapporo as well, and Appi certainly feels more Japanese than places like Niseko.
For those seeking powder of the off-piste kind, this is a good option. Plus there's partial groomed and ungroomed trails for those just trying out powder but not wanting to go head first into trees. The trails were challenging but manageable.
There are tons of lifts but the wind can pick up and shut down areas of the mountain, so make hay while the wind is calm.
The high rise hotel at the base of the mountain is convenient, roomy, and pretty affordable compared to other places. We didn't get a room with a view since we just wanted to ski, not look out the window. The onsen on-site is pretty bad, but the onsen that's a 5 minute shuttle bus is really nice - it has both indoor and outdoor soaks - and has beer in the vending machine for after.
This is not a night-life seeking type of place by any stretch, but really good restaurants at the hotel with drinks at the bar and on the hill for apres ski, but best go somewhere else if that's your main goal. If you want really nice powder, a chance for off-piste that's not super hard, and a bit of a true Japanese resort style stay, come here.Written August 9, 2020
- This area right at the foot of Mt. Iwate marks where a volcanic eruption covered the area in magma 300 years ago. If you're not used to volcanoes, it's pretty impressive. There is a walkway that goes through the center of the volcanic rocks and takes you to some nice observation decks.
There's also a trailhead to hike up to the summit of Mt. Iwate here, as well as public bathrooms and a car camp area.Written December 3, 2019
- Fudo Falls is a decent-sized waterfall hiding behind Sakuramatsu Shrine in Hachimantai. The shrine itself is worth a visit and has a structure built into the side of a cliff that is really beautiful.
The iconic red bridge in front of the waterfall is quite picturesque. Also, as a site of Shugendo, a sort of Buddhist-Shinto hybrid religion, many people find a mysterious quality about the entire area. It's great for a visit!Written December 3, 2019
- Fantastic little resort with excellent runs and great snow, friendly staff and a great restaurant, enjoyed it that much we went twice! Great for all level of skiing and snowboarding abilities. The ticket covers Panorama resort with a free shuttle bus between which makes for a great days skiing. If we go back to the region we would definitely consider staying at the Hachimantai Hotel on the slope at Panorama-it looks greatWritten January 27, 2019
- This bridge boasts some of the best views around for fall colors during the autumn. Most people drive right over it without stopping for most of the year, but in October when the trees turn orange, red, and yellow, people come from all around to gaze in wonder and take photos in all directions.Written December 6, 2019
- This combined facility is both a farmer's market and a restaurant where you can eat lunch. The farmer's market is great for all kinds of local items and is pretty affordable.
The restaurant serves some interesting dishes including noodles made with spinach and a wild blueberry soft serve ice cream.Written December 6, 2019
- This area is most popular in June when a variety of local flowers are in bloom, but really worth hiking any time of year during the open season of the Hachimantai Aspite Line. The path is well-maintained with wooden boardwalks across much of it, making for a great family-friendly hiking area.Written December 6, 2019
- The Hachimantai Nature Observation Trail runs a circuit of this pristine pond. In the spring it's completely covered in snow and invisible- you can walk right over it! But in the summer and fall it is quite beautiful.Written October 28, 2019
- This is the forth oldest geothermal power plant in the world. Also this is proud of its excellent quality of steam with no impurities.
The steam is used for dyeing at Geothermal Dyeing Studio where you can try the dyeing.
There are three long-run onsen and Japanese hotels around it.Written November 20, 2017
- We just found an old SL car on the way to Aspite Line, Hachimantai, Japan.
It was just next to the Matsuo Mine Museum.
You can see so many stuff to know the old people's life here.
No English Signs and Guides, but you will be able to enjoy this spot for sure.
If you really want an English brochure, ask the staff. They'll make a copy for you.
Cold in winter even they put the heater in it.
Wear warmer clothes :)Written December 21, 2017
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