Japan gets a lot of snow, but few places get snow as light and dry as Hachimantai’s “Aspirin Powder.” It’s all thanks to the uniquely dry climate of northern Tohoku far from the west coast.
Welcome to Hachimantai, the heart of northern Tohoku, at the foot of mighty Mt. Iwate with great powder snow and plenty of space for the whole family. There’s something for everyone at Hachimantai, from insanely good tree skiing to immaculately groomed trails including some long, nearly empty beginner runs. Beyond the resorts, embark on breathtaking backcountry snow adventures with guides and snowcats. There is also a variety of luxury hotels to friendly unique lodges.
APPI: Japan’s Biggest Powder Zone
Appi Snow Mountain Resort is a world-class ski resort and arguably Japan’s largest resort. Powder snow season starts in the middle of December and lasts till the end of March. Appi offers 75 hectares of fantastic Tree Run Zones plus 50 hectares of ungroomed runs, boasting the most “Japow” terrain in Japan.
Make sure you have the best gear to rock the terrain and snow at the Salomon Station Rental. Powder skis and boards and family and beginner-friendly gear are available. Book ahead online to avoid wasting time on arrival.
Panorama & Shimokura: Family Powder Fun
Hachimantai Resort Panorama & Shimokura is a great place for both families and powder hounds.
At Panorama, go banana-boat sledding, ride mini snowmobiles and toboggans. The best part? It’s all right outside the Mountain Resort & Spa Hotel.
Or head to Shimokura for epic powder riding. There are also wide beginner slopes up to nearly three kilometers long. Don’t miss the scenic snowshoe tour through the forest to the massive 30-meter-high frozen Nanataki Falls.