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Hachimantai Panorama Resort
Hachimantai Panorama Resort
Hachimantai Panorama
Hachimantai Panorama
Hachimantai Mountain Hotel and Spa
Hachimantai Mountain Hotel and Spa
Lovely onsen at the hotel
Lovely onsen at the hotel

Hachimantai Panorama

Hachimantai Resort Panorama is the sister and neighbouring resort of Hachimantai Resort Shimokura. The two ski resorts share a common lift ticket, and whilst they are located adjacent to each other, the slopes are not interconnected. The tree skiing at Shimokura can be a bit of fun, but powder hounds can probably give the Panorama Ski Resort a miss as it’s incredibly mellow.

Summary of Pros and Cons of Hachimantai Panorama Ski Resort

Pros
  • The Panorama Ski Resort is ideal for beginners and the slopes are uncrowded, so novices can learn in peace without the fear of crashing into other skiers or snowboarders.
  • A high-speed quad chair lift allows fit beginners to get lots of laps in.
  • The Hachimantai Mountain Hotel and Spa is located at the base area and has lovely onsen baths. This hotel could be used as a base to explore various nearby ski resorts.
  • The ski area is reasonably protected from the elements compared to some other Iwate ski resorts.
Cons
  • There is negligible terrain on offer for riders other than beginners and low-end intermediates.
  • The ski resort is not very big (which is not unusual for a Japanese ski resort).
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • The resort is very child friendly with mellow slopes and lots of family activities, however without international ski school and other English niceties, it’s unlikely to attract too many western families (with the exception of the Misawa air base folks).

Hachimantai Panorama Ski & Snowboard Terrain

The Panorama side of the Hachimantai Ski Resort has 7 courses, 460 metres of vertical (540 - 1,000m) and 4 lifts, including a high speed quad chair lift.

The trail stats specify a spread of terrain for different ability levels (40% beginner, 40% intermediate and 20% advanced), but they are not indicative of reality. The terrain is very gentle and is best suited to beginners and low-end intermediates, the supposed red runs are best described as beginner slopes, and there doesn’t even appear to be a black run. As an indication, the steepest point of the “steepest” run is only 20 degrees.

Panorama Hachimantai Snow

The statistic for the annual snowfall volume is unknown, although it’s likely to be quite respectable, not that the beginners would probably care how many powder days they might score! The top elevation is reasonable and slopes are mostly north-facing, so the snow quality tends to stay top notch.

Where is Hachimantai Resort Panorama?

Panorama is located at the foot of the imposing Mt Iwate, 12.5km southwest of the town of Hachimantai in the northern part of the Iwate Prefecture (Tohoku Region, Honshu), and 39km northwest of Morioka train station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line. Hachimantai Resort Panorama is very close to its counterpart Hachimantai Shimokura Ski Resort, which is only 2.3km by road to the west. Free shuttles interconnect the two ski resorts.

Other ski resorts nearby include: Driving to Panorama will provide the most flexibility to also visit other Iwate ski resorts, and the telephone number for GPS navigation is 0195-78-2577.

Or if just visiting Hachimantai Resort Panorama, you can get a bullet train to Morioka then transfer to the Hanawa train line to go to Obuke Station (see Hyperdia for routes, fares and timetables). From Obuke train station there are buses that take 30 minutes to get to Panorama.

Hachimantai Panorama Accommodation

Right at the base of the ski resort is the ski-in ski-out Hachimantai Mountain Hotel and Spa. This reasonably deluxe resort hotel has lovely indoor and outdoor onsen baths, sauna and massage services. It’s also rather family friendly. The Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa offers western twin rooms with private bathroom; some with a tatami sitting area where additional guests can sleep.  

Other options include Hachimantai hotels or Appi Kogen accommodation.

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Facilities

The Panorama ski area has reasonably good ski resort facilities and also offers family friendly activities such as tobogganing, nature walk tours, snow tubing, banana boating and snowmobiling.
Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Iwate Package DETAILS
AMIHARI + SHIZUKUISHI + IWATE KOGEN + CAT
6 Nights Customisable
Sample price is based on 6 night package, twin-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Price may vary slightly to actual due to exchange rate fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,178
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
This 6 night tour offers skiers & boarders the opportunity to access ski areas less frequented by westerners; Shizukuishi, Amihari & Iwate Kogen plus a 3-run cat skiing morning at a deserted ski area. Tours can be customised & start any day from mid December to March with a minimum of only 2 people required to run.
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