Points of Interest & Landmarks • Geologic Formations
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- 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, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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 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
- Easy and wide runs will make you feel easy to take up ski.
The shuttle bus is running between Panorama and Shimokura ski resort.
They also have a relaxing hotel renovated only a few years ago.Written November 20, 2017
- Gozaisho numa and Akanuma are right next to each other, but it’s Akanuma (also known as Goshiki-numa, or 5-colored pond) that is the main attraction. This volcanic lake never freezes, and due to the mineral and volcanic content, changes color throughout the year. During the spring it’s a milky blue. In the summer it because a bright clear azure. In the fall it terns green, and in the winter it’s apparently a brown-ish red (though I have yet to visit during the winter).
It’s about a 15-minute walk from the parking lot, but very well worth it. The path is mostly wide wood planks raised up over wetlands, so you can go in normal shoes. (Just be careful not to slip and fall on the smooth red clay that surrounds the lake.) There’s a little gazebo structure next to the lakes, so it’s a perfect spot for lunch or a snack. Don’t forget your bear bell – or at least be sure to make noise and talk with a friend while you’re on the train, as it is bear territory!Written December 3, 2019
- Very peaceful nature walk located here alongside the spring. There is an information board at the end of the walk explaining the history of the spring. How many spelling errors can you find on it?
The trout farm here is cool to see. I've seen similar farms in my home country and it was interesting to see the methods used here.Written December 21, 2017