[Tohoku Destination Campaign (DC) Special Event] "Sea of Clouds Gondola" & "Sky Night Gondola" at Appi Kogen (Iwate Hotel and Resort K.K., Appi Kogen Ski Resort)

Enjoy the sea of clouds and starry sky from Mount Maemori of Appi Kogen!

It takes about 15 minutes to board the gondola at Appi Kogen. From the summit station of the gondola, follow the promenade to the top of Mount Maemori, which is 1,304 meters above sea level.

From the summit, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the secondary beech forest, Mount Iwate, Hachimantai, Mount Nanashigure, Mount Himekami, and more below. 

Sometimes, a wondrous sea of clouds can be seen from the summit.

(1) Sea of Clouds Gondola (planned for July-September)

You can enjoy the view of Mt. Iwate floating in the sea of clouds. 

When the temperature rises from night to morning, it is the best time to see the sea of clouds.

The gondola will be operated earlier so that visitors can see the sea of clouds.

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*On weekends from July to September and during summer vacation, the gondola will be operated early from 6:00!

(2) Sky Night Gondola (planned for July-September)

Why don't you take a night gondola ride and enjoy the star-filled night sky?

You can see the many amazingly bright stars in the night sky at Appi Kogen. 

The Milky Way, which can be seen clearly with the naked eye, is also impressive and will surely be a good memory of your visit to Appi Kogen.

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Up: Every 20 minutes from 19:10 to 20:30

Down: Every 20 minutes from 19:30 to 21:10

General Information

Adults (13 years old and up) 1,650 yen (including tax), children (6-12 years old) 800 yen (including tax)
Opening Times
9:00-18:00 (reservation center)
*Gondola operating hours are as written in the introduction
[By Shinkansen] (Tohoku Shinkansen)
Tokyo Station→Morioka Station (about 2 hours and 10 minutes)
Sendai Station→Morioka Station (about 40 minutes)
[By non-shinkansen train line] (JR Hanawa Line)
Morioka Station→Appi-Kogen Station (about 1 hour)   
[By car]
The nearest IC is the Ashiro IC from Aomori, and the Matsuo-Hachimantai IC from Morioka, which both take about 20 minutes
Car Park
3,000 spots
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The summit area is planted with more than 100 varieties of alpine plants, both domestic and foreign, including species native to Hachimantai and Appi Kogen

This season, you will be able to see the rare Himalayan blue poppy (estimated to bloom in mid-June), which is also known as the "phantom flower" and "sky fairy." You can also see the Himesayuri lily (estimated to bloom from early to mid-July), which is native to Japan and can only be seen in nature in some alpine zones
[This information is current as of May 1, 2020]


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