Appi Kogen Ski Resort
Appi Kogen Ski Resort
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APPI is located in latitude 40° N whereworld'sfamous ski resorts such as Austria's Arlbergand USA's Aspen are located. Enjoy outdoor leisure activity in magnificent nature. There are the various items for families and couples. In the case of bad weather, APPI resort also has a lot of enjoyable indoor items for children and adults!
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Benjamin
Paris, France289 contributions
Feb. 2023
The snow was good, the slopes were well maintained, and all services provided were excellent. In short, a perfect place to enjoy skiing and winter sport, not too crowded although this was probably due to the moment in the season that was off-peak. The number of slopes is maybe a bit small for a full week of skiing activities. However, I was only there for a few days, so it was fine.

My first ski experience since COVID was then a great success! I will come back!
Written 1 March 2023
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John A
Ann Arbor, MI445 contributions
Jan. 2020
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 9 August 2020
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Niles, IL28 contributions
Feb. 2020
I stayed for seven days of skiing, the room and services was truly excellent. With plenty of amenities and stuff to do beside skiing. The hotels foods and gifts shops is the best that I have ever seen for a Japanese ski resort. Their outdoor onsen which is a short bus ride away is a must. Their central food court is highly recommended if you are on a budget.
Unfortunately this was truly a bad year for snow sports here. The conditions was icy on the lower half of the mountain., due to the warm winter. Hopefully global warming will skip next year. I would definitely come back again.
Please be aware slow chairlift due to a lot of beginners and first time skiers and snowboarders.
Written 1 March 2020
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Jim N
Nozawaonsen-mura, Japan3 contributions
Feb. 2020
Good location spoiled by a lack of grooming, with chopped up runs left to freeze and become unridable.
Written 1 February 2020
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John K
63 contributions
Dec. 2019
This place only fun for those who ski and snowboard want to learn them. You must make sure to have the skill to have this fun not to break any bones. Its food court will be full pack at 12-13.00 and taste so-so
Written 8 January 2020
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t. c.
Hong Kong, China353 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Friends
1. As mentioned in some skiing websites, many slopes are quite long when compared with many other Japan ski resorts
2. even when there was no fresh snow at all during my stay, snow was still relatively dry and powdery
3. there are tree run areas (the resort required to fill in a form and wear an armband)
4. the resort organises side country/ lift side ski tour in Appi, and side country / CAT skiing in another resort close to it (Hachimantai ski resort)
5. the food in the food court is reasonable, whilst there is a lunch restaurant (forgot the name but its a purple house) that offers very delicious food
6. ski school has local/foreign instructors. I had taken one day class with an ski instructor from UK, friendly and with positive attitude.
7. small mountain animals seem common. We saw a rabbit when skiing the tree run.
8. there are a few children play rooms.
9. there is a poor reptile kept in a small transparent container right outside the playroom in the mall of the resort.
Written 5 March 2019
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Michelle D
Pacific Pines, Australia75 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Family
Appi Kogen has great snow and excellent runs unfortunately with only one gondola working and a number of chairlifts not working we felt a bit underwhelmed, we stayed in the pension village (which was excellent) for a week and decided after two days that with what Appi had to offer the region had many other ski resorts to explore. We hired some skis and a snow board from the rental station and though expensive the gear was great. The majority of staff were very friendly. On a side note the website could do with updating as a lot of information is outdated.
Written 26 January 2019
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Thank you very much for your message. We will use your feedback for future reference. We are looking forward to seeing you again.
Written 27 January 2019
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Yen Leng
1 contribution
Dec. 2018 • Family
I was totally impressed with the ski resort. The ski facilities are comprehensive. With 21 ski slopes to choose from, you will be spoilt with choices. The ski coaches are very professional and caring. They made my family feel safe and confident when we learned skiing. Translators were available should you need one. We did not use translator as the Japanese coaches spoke good English.

The outdoor onsen were excellent. The view was beautiful and guests need not fear the cold because the walkway is well designed. The bath facilities were clean and well-managed.

The restaurants in Appi grand were great. They have sushi, teppanyaki, yakiniku etc. They also served Chinese and French cuisine. The cold noodles in the barbecue restaurant tasted refreshing and exceptional. For cheaper options, the food court which is linked to the ski resort served good standard ramen and rice sets.

The supermarket, though small in size sells an array of sakes, snacks etc. Prices are also reasonable. The milk and cheese is from the local source and my kids love it.

We love the ski resort and will return this year!
Written 7 January 2019
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Thank you very much for visit and review. We are looking forward to seeing you again.
Written 22 January 2019
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Tony Roberts
Paris, France28 contributions
Mar. 2018 • Couples
We had a week at Appi Kogen and really enjoyed the skiing. With two Gondolas, it is easy to get from bottom to top quickly. Slopes are well groomed.
Written 4 March 2018
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mattred74
Sydney, Australia159 contributions
Jan. 2018 • Family
Great skiing. The snow was fantastic and the crowds low, even on Sunday!! Fresh tracks still available at 2pm!! well worth a few days skiing. Reasonably big by Japanese standards. Ski school had English speaking staff. Lots of luck choices, prices OK.
Written 26 January 2018
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