APPI Backcountry Tours operate various guided off-piste tours to further enhance your experience in APPI during winter.
If you or your kids look for something else other than skiing/snowboarding, then try one of our walk-in craft programmes inside the hotel.
Joining a backcountry tour in APPI is an excellent way to experience the area’s best snow and terrain. Renowned JAPOW (Japan powder snow) can be also experienced in its best condition during mid-winter.
Participants must have an experience of backcountry skiing/snowboarding to join the tours.
|Operation Period||Dec. 21 to Mar. 1|
|Tour time||9 am – 11:30 am / 1:30 pm – 4 pm|
|Requirement||Must have a backcountry experience who are able to ski/snowboard ungroomed powder, physically fit, and understand possible risks of backcountry skiing/snowboarding.|
|Capacity||2 to 4 persons|
|Fee||Half-Day: 6,700 yen / 1-Day: 12,200 yen
9,850 yen for a half-day or 18,000 yen for a one-day tour should there be only one participant.
Lift tickets need to be purchased separately.
|Reservation||Reservation required by 5 pm the day before|
|Must-have items|| – Mountain skis such as AT(Alpine Tour) ski, telemark ski, snowboard for powder snow
– Skis need to be fitted with climbing skin, snowboarders with snowshoe
– A backpack
– A helmet
– Adjustable tour poles with baskets for powder snow
– Avalanche beacon
Self-guided snowshoeing in powder snow adds an interesting, up-close viewpoint to your experience. It offers something for everyone so that the entire family can enjoy it. Exclusive snowshoeing trail has been made available.
Guided snowshoeing tours are also available. Going up to the top of a mountain to see rime ice or spotting fresh footprints of wild animals left in the snow field is more fun than you imagine. One can enjoy different aspects of the nature that you just cannot experience on-piste. Reservation required for guided snowshoeing tours.
|Open Period||Dec. 14 to Mar. 29|
|Open Hours||9:30 am to 4 pm (Last admission) *Trail closed at 5pm|
|Fees||Trail admission fee: Hotel guests 500 yen / Visitors 1,000 yen
Equipment rental: 1,550 yen (Snowshoes, boots, guide map, binoculars and tea set included)
* Snowshoes rental available for age 5 or above
|Reservation||Not required (*First come first served basis) however participants must register themselves at APPI Nature School in Hotel APPI Grand|
|Must-have items||Ski or snowboard wear, hat, gloves, goggles (or sunglasses)|
|Guided Tours||Tour Hours: 9:30 am to 11:30 am / 1:30 pm to 4 pm
Capacity: 1 to 6 persons
Fee: Age 13 and above: 3,600 yen
Age 5 to 12: 2,600 yen
* Reservation required by 5pm the day before
Our craft programmes cover a wide range of craft from gel candle to kaleidoscope. Whenever you think you want to make something during your stay with us, just walk into our craft studio.
Programmes are exclusive for hotel guests.
|Open dates/time||Dec. 3 to May. 6 / 9:30 am to 5 pm|
|Participants||Hotel guests only|
|Fee||• Gel candle: 1,600 yen
• Natural stone bracelet: 1,250 yen
• Misanga (friendship bracelet): 950 yen
• Resin accessories: 950 yen
• Twig keyring with your name branded: 650 yen
• Kaleidoscope filled with nuts and pressed flowers: 700 yen
• Mini-wreath with dried flowers and nuts: 950 yen
• Perpetual calendar decorated with nuts: 2,600 yen
|Reservation||Not required, just walk into our craft studio at APPI Nature School on the 1st floor, Hotel APPI Grand|
|Remarks||* Number of participants limited for each session.|
Want to try backcountry for the first time in your life or do you fancy something special? Exhilarating backcountry in Hachimantai with your personal guide also can be your choice.
Whatever, please let us know your needs so that we can prepare necessary arrangements to make your experience unforgettable.
|Late Dec. to Mar. 29
Tour can start as early as lifts start operation, following your request.
|Capacity||Basically 1 to 4 people with a guide.
Second guide is a must for a group of 5 and more people.
|Fee||26,000 yen for 3 hours
40,000 yen for 5 hours (1 day)
Additional 20,000 yen for 3 hours for the second guide
Additional 30,000 yen for 5 hours for the second guide.
|Must-have items||Helmet, beacon (rental beacon available)
Ski or snowboard, seal or snowshoe, lunch in case of one day (5 hours) tour.
|Reservation||Reservation required by 5 pm on three days prior to your tour day.|
APPI Nature School offers programmes that can be experienced only off-piste, adding another layer of amusement to your experience.
Spot wonderfully delicate beauty that only Nature can create, wander around to understand tough winter environment for living creatures while feeling Nature with your whole body.
Nature awaits you!