Hachimantai CAT Tour

Hachimantai CAT Tours from Appi Kogen

Among JAPOW, “Hachimantai Powder” is attractive for its dry snow that is created when crossing Ou Mountains. This winter, CAT (snowcat) tour, which will take you to slide down to the finest Hachimantai powder off-piste without hiking up, is full-scale operation. Please feel the magnificent mountains view with deep snow from Hachimantai to Appi Kogen.

Features of Appi Hachimantai CAT Tour

  1. Since it is accessed by CAT, even those who are not confident in their physical strength can fully enjoy off-piste.
  2. The tour guide will guide you through a suitable gliding area for participants’ level.
  3. We will take pictures during the glide and give you as a present. * Please bring a memory card.
  4. With transportation service to and from the hotel.

CAT & Ride Tour (1DAY CAT TOUR & 1/2 CAT TOUR)

We will climb up the former Hachimantai ski resort (Okuromori) with a total length of 2.5 km by CAT, then slide down.

Gliding area

Former Hachimantai ski area

Period 2023
9th,14th,25th,31st January
5th,6th,14th,21st,25th, 28th February
Schedule 8:00 Reception (IHATOV Appi Kogen Nature Schooj in Appi Resort Center)
8:15 Guidance (explanation of tour precautions)
8:30 Depart from Appi Resort Center
9:15 Arrive at Gozaisho parking lot
9:30 Tour start

* For half a day
Arrive at Appi Resort Center at 12:30 pm (*planned)

* For one day
Arrive at Appi Resort Center at 4:00 pm (*planned)
Price (tax included) 1 DAY CAT TOUR 29,500 yen (1 person)
CAT 4 times *in case of 2 participants, 55,000 yen per person

1/2 DAY CAT TOUR 26,500 yen (1 person)
CAT 2 times * In case of 2 participants, 39,750 yen per person

*Basically, the tour is for 1-day. Please contact us for a half-day tour.
Capacity 3-8 people (2 guides)
* In the case of 2 participants, 1 guide
Application deadline Until 17:00 3 days before the event

Hachimantai CAT & hike tour

It is a tour where you can enjoy the backcountry of the Chausu-dake area with CAT & hike. You can enjoy hike up 1.5 km from Ebisu Mori, and long cruising 3 km from there.

Gliding area

Hachimantai Chausu-dake area

Event date 2023
13th,22th January
15th,18th,22th,24th February
Schedule 7:00 Reception (IHATOV Appi Kogen Nature Schooj in Appi Resort Center)
7:15 Guidance (explanation of tour precautions)
7:30 Depart from Appi Resort Center
8:30 Tour start
-Arrive at CAT Okuromori / Ebisumori saddle

-Hike up
Arrive at Appi Resort Center at 4:00 pm (*planned)

* Schedule is subject to change depending on the weather and participants’ conditions.
Price (tax included) 19,000JPY
* In case of 2 participants, 23,000 yen per person
Capacity 3-8 people (2 guides)
* In the case of 2 participants, 1 guide
Application deadline Until 17:00 3 days before the event

Private CAT tour

Only for those who want to glide on powder freely using CAT or for groups. Please use it for special tours and events you can fully enjoy Hachimantai powder.

Gliding area

Former Hachimantai ski area

Event date 2023
Middle January to early March
Please contact us when making a reservation.
Price (tax included) 1 DAY 290,000JPY
1/2 DAY 160,000JPY
Capacity Up to 8 people (2 guides)
Application deadline Until 17:00 3 days before the event
Equipment required
Skating equipment (double board or telemark double board or single board for powder skiing) ・Snow shoes ・Trip poles (with netted poles and telescopic poles) ・Helmet ・Backpack ・Shovel ・Avalanche walkie-talkie (search and rescue device) ・Probe ・Mobile food ・Drink
※CAT & Mt.Chausu Backcountry Tour participants, skid straps (single board with hiking snowshoes)

Cancellation charge

  • If you cancel after the tour is confirmed, you will be charged a cancellation fee.
  • If the event is cancelled by the judgement of the guide or Hachimantai CAT Tours, no cancellation fee will be charged.
  • For cancellation after applying for the tour, the following cancellation fee will be charged from the tour price.
    7 to 2 days before the departure date … 30%
    From the day before the departure date to the day before the travel start date … 40%
    From the day before the departure date, after the start of the trip, or no-show … 100%
    In case of cancellation, please call us.
  • About changes
    There is no change fee for adding the number of people.
    A cancellation fee will be charged for reducing the number of people.
    A cancellation fee will be charged for changing the schedule.

[Travel planning / implementation]

Appi Travel Co., Ltd. Iwate Prefecture Governor Registered Travel Business No. 2-235 117-1, Appi kogen, Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture Travel business handling manager Mikiko Ono
Domestic recruitment type travel transaction conditions
Recruitment type planned travel contract

Reservation / Inquiry

Appi back country tour guide
(IHATOV Appi Kogen Nature Schooj in Appi Resort Center)

Please check and fill out the questionnaire in advance before applying.

Precautions for participating in backcountry tours

Participation is conditional on those who agreed with all of the following contents.

  • Advanced skiers and snowboarders who can ski on non-compacted snow slopes.
  • Experienced people with backcountry. * Inexperienced people will be asked to take a lesson for BC beginners in advance and will be judged to participate in the CAT tour.
  • Those who fully understand the risks of behaviour outside the controlled area of snowy mountains.
  • There are Japanese and English speaking member in the group.
  • It is possible to control speed, slide and stop safely on any non-compacted snow slopes or snow condition.
  • You can stand up by yourself even if you fall down to deep snow.
  • Please follow the guide's instructions during the tour as it is a group activity.
  • If you have been injured or ill in the past, please let us know in advance.
  • Please note that if there is a difference in skill or physical strength in the party, we will adjust the level.
  • If the guide determines that the level is insufficient, the person will be asked to leave the tour. (No refund)
  • Appi Backcountry Tours will not be responsible for the accidents caused by carelessness during the program. (No refund)
  • Those who have no problem with their health. If you suspect you have a cold or illness on the day, please decline to participate.
  • If you damaged or lost the rental items, you will be asked to compensate for them.
  • Please strictly adhere to the meeting time.
  • This program is held outside the controlled area. Please understand that there are various dangers are involved unlike the maintained areas.
  • Participants are requested to enroll insurance in advance such as mountain insurance, which covers mountain climbing activities.
  • Minors must be accompanied by a guardian.

Rental items

①Alpine tour ski full-set 3 hours 7,000 yen
5 hours 8,500 yen
1 day 9,500 yen
②Alpine tour ski set (ski, seal, pole 3-piece set) 3 hours 6,300 yen
1 day 7,650 yen
③Alpine tour ski 3 hours 3,600 yen
5 hours 5,500 yen
1 day 6,000 yen
④Alpine tour boots 3 hours 3,000 yen
5 hours 4,500 yen
1 day 5,000 yen
⑤Backcountry tour pole 1,550 yen  
⑥Climbing skin (seal) 1,250 yen  
⑦Telemark set (ski, boots, stock, seal) 4,600 yen  
⑧Soft telemark set (ski, boots, stock) 3,550 yen  
⑨Telemark ski (seal) 3,050 yen  
⑩Telemark ski (step cut) 2,550 yen  
⑪Telemark hard boots 2,050 yen  
⑫Telemark soft boots 1,550 yen  
⑬BC snowshoes 3,300 yen  
⑭Cross country ski set (13 yrs and above) 3,300 yen  
⑮Cross country ski set (7-12 yrs) 2,200 yen  
⑯Helmet rental 1,100 yen Tour participants only
⑰Beacon (tracker) 2,550 yen Tour participants 1,100 yen
⑱Shovel 1,550 yen Tour participants 1,100 yen
⑲Probe 1,550 yen Tour participants 1,100 yen
⑳Rucksack (single item) 1,550 yen  
㉑Snowboard 3-piece set (BC snowshoes, poles, backpack) 3 hours 4,500 yen
1 day 5,500 yen

* The price is for one day (1 tour or 8 hours).

Rental items

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Salomon rental gears started from this season.


At backcountry tours & lessons

  • Every morning, staffs will check thier health condition by taking body temperature and disinfect.
  • For guide and reception staffs, they will wear masks or neck warmers.
  • Please keep a certain distance and line up at the reception.
  • Please wear a mask when you apply for the program.
  • Participants should wear neck warmers or something to cover mouths during the lesson.
  • Contactless payment is recommended.
  • Participants are requested to come to the reception to take body temperature.
  • We will refuse to join the program if your body temperature is 37.5℃ or over.
  • For lift rides, we will follow the guidelines set by ski resorts.