Food & Nightlife
Appi Kogen Restaurants
There is a large range of high quality Appi Kogen Resort restaurants for evening dining and they all have English menus so you won’t be left pointing at food models. For those staying in Appi Resort accommodation, restaurant meals can be purchased separately or can be included in accommodation packages via a coupon system.
At the Appi Grand Hotel
there are five restaurants: Japanese; Chinese; French; Korean BBQ; and a buffet restaurant with a variety of cuisines (which is also fabulous for breakfast and lunch). Interestingly the hotel has “investigated the concept of anti-aging dishes and applied it for dinner menu in hotel restaurants since 2006. Seasonal and local ingredients are used and cooked as anti-aging dishes at Japanese”! Whilst it’s questionable as to whether the food makes you younger, the meals are definitely delicious!
A highlight of the Appi Grand Hotel dining is Nanashigure, the Japanese restaurant. Here they serve a large range of superb cuisine in a restaurant setting or in private dining rooms. It’s possible to order set meals or a la carte.
The Appi Grand Villas and the Appi Grand Annex also have various restaurants which tend to be a little less expensive than those at the Appi Grand Hotel.
Appi Kogen has a large range of eateries and restaurants for lunch. See the facilities and services
page for more information.
If you’re staying at one of the inns or pensions in the Appi pension village, meals can be included as part of a half board package, or you can pay as you go (but meals generally need to be pre-booked). Some of the pensions such as the Appi Rocky Inn
open up their restaurant and bar to non-guests as well.
Bars & Nightlife
The nightlife is fairly sedate at Appi Kogen Resort, which is pretty usual for a Japanese ski resort. The resort organises live music on some nights in an effort to make the nightlife more vibrant (but not sure if they succeed!).
The resort tries to encourage some apres ‘appiness at the Tea Lounge “Sassari” with happy hour discounts on beers and cocktails from 4:00-6pm.
The Appi Grand Hotel has a couple of bars that open from 8pm until midnight, but there is some potential that the bars may be deserted if you don’t take your own crew. Bar Po is a charming cocktail style lounge which is beautiful for a quiet drink, whilst the San Remo Pool Bar has a more casual atmosphere to partake in some drinks, appetizers and a game of pool.
It seems apt whilst in Japan to get into the culture of karaoke, and the cheesier the song the better! For a small fee you can book out the karaoke box if you have a small group, or if you really want to party on you can book out the large karaoke room.
It’s also possible to head into the town of Hachimantai for dinner at one of the many authentic Japanese restaurants. The resort runs a bus into town every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (except over New Year’s period).