Iwate Area Accommodation

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Amahiri Ski Resort Accommodation

Amihari accommodation consists of the slopeside Amihari Onsen hotel at the base of the Amihari ski resort as well as a pension village down the road that officially is part of Iwate Kogen. Amihari is a central place to stay to access other nearby ski resorts:
Iwate Kogen - 3 km (5 mins drive); Shizukuishi - 17 km (30 mins drive); Shimokura - 40 km (5o mins drive); Panorama - 39km (50 mins drive); Tazawako - 55km (1 hour drive); Appi Kogen - 55 km (1 hour drive); and Geto Kogen - 100km (1:30 drive).

Appi Kogen Accommodation

Appi Kogen is the largest of the Iwate ski resort and it has a good selection of hotels & pensions. At the resort there are several large ski-in/out hotels, and just a few minutes shuttle from the resort there is a fairly substantial pension village.

The benefit of staying at Appi Kogen in the Hachimantai area is that you have a fairly large ski area that can entertain you for a few days, however one potential disadvantage is that it is at the northern end of Iwate so it is not as central as Shizukuishi.

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Geto Kogen Accommodation

There’s no village at Geto Kogen, just the ski resort facilities buildings and the simple Getokogen lodge. Nearby there are a few options for Geto Kogen lodgings and you’ll want to have a car.

Geto Kogen accommodation is ideal for skiing and snowboarding at Geto Kogen, but considering the distances to other Iwate ski resorts, you probably wouldn’t use it as a base for exploring the region.

Hachimantai Accommodation

Some of the Hachimantai hotels are located at or close to the Hachimantai Ski Resorts of Shimokura and Panorama. There are also inexpensive Hachimantai accommodation options such as pension. You can look at Hachimantai accommodation below.

Iwateyama Pension Village

Iwateyama is a small pension village located about 2km from the Iwate Kogen ski area and 2km from the Amihari Ski Resort and within easy reach of 6 other ski areas. Even Geto Kogen is doable as a day trip from this location. There is no public transport to ski areas or to the village from the station, so you will need to have your own vehicle to stay in this area. Whilst the pensions provide meals, the only downside of this area is you have to drive 15 to 30 mins to access other restaurants.

Iwate Kogen - 1-2 km (2 mins drive); Amihari - 2-3 km (5 mins drive); Shizukuishi - 15 km (30 mins drive); Shimokura - 39 km (5o mins drive); Panorama - 38km (50 mins drive); Tazawako - 53km (1 hour drive); Appi Kogen - 53 km (1 hour drive); Geto Kogen - 100km (1:30 drive).

Morioka City Accommodation

For those looking for a good selection of restaurants, some nightlife and Japanese culture, Morioka City could be the ideal base for an Iwate ski adventure. The city is the largest in Iwate Prefecture with a population of approximately 300,000 people and has some great historical sites such the ruins of the 17-century Morioka castle.

RESORT DRIVE TIMES:  
Iwate Kogen - 30 km (50 mins); Amihari - 32 km (53 mins); Shizukuishi - 28 km (55 mins); Shimokura - 49 km (55 mins); Panorama - 47 km (50 mins); Tazawako - 54 km (1:20); Appi Kogen - 49 km (55 mins); Geto Kogen - 73 km (1:20 drive).

Iwate Area Accommodation Options

There are several places where you could base yourself to explore the various Iwate ski resorts. Staying at or near the ski resorts provides the advantage of easy access to the slopes but it’s typically very quiet in the evenings, whilst staying in Morioka city provides the advantage of a large range of restaurants and some nightlife.

Iwate accommodation is typically more economical than what you’d find at the high profile Japanese ski resorts. Hotels and pensions are the mainstay of Iwate accommodation – don’t expect to find much in the way of self-contained accommodation (typically you only find this at the westernised ski resorts). Onsens also tend to be a common feature at many of the Iwate hotels.

Iwate ski resorts include Appi Kogen, Shizukuishi, Amihari Onsen, Iwate Kogen, Tazawako (in the neighbouring prefecture), Hachimantai Shimokura, Hachimantai Panorama and Geto Kogen (further south than other ski areas).

Shizukuishi Ski Resort Accommodation

Shizukuishi ski resort just has the one accommodation option; that being the Shizukuishi Prince Hotel. The hotel offers simple, comfortable western rooms at a reasonable price and is ski-in/ski out to the second largest ski resort in the area. The Shizukuishi ski resort is a very central location to all of the Iwate area resorts.

Shizukuishi Town Accommodation

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Active Resorts Iwate Hachimantai View More Info

LARGE HOTEL

Lovely onsen baths onsite
Standard: 4 stars Hachimantai
Active Resorts Iwate Hachimantai is 1km from Hachimantai Panorama Ski Resort & 1.8km from Shimokura Ski Resort (the 2 ski areas are connected by shuttle).Western quad rooms with 2 queen beds (plus sofas), large Japanese tatami rooms & combo rooms; all with ensuite. Large onsen facility (indoor & outdoor).
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Hachimantai Mountain Hotel and Spa View More Info

RESORT HOTEL

Base of Panorama ski area
Standard: 3 stars Hachimantai
Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa offers western twin rooms with private bathroom; some with tatami sitting area where additional guests can sleep. Onsen onsite with indoor and outdoor baths. Located at the base of the Hachimantai Resort Panorama Ski Area (not connected with Shimokura).
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Hachimantai Rising Sun Hotel View More Info

HOTEL WITH ONSEN

Lounge with fireplace
Standard: 3 stars Hachimantai
Hachimantai Rising Sun Hotel is 2.7km to Shimokura & 1.5km to Panorama Ski Resort. Western/Japanese combo rooms & Japanese tatami rooms. Rooms sleep up to 5 & include an ensuite. Outdoor onsen baths offer views of Mt Iwate & Hachimantai
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VALUE PENSION

Meals served
Standard: 2 stars Iwateyama
Haiji has western twin rooms with private bathroom, or triple Japanese & western quad rooms that utilise communal bathrooms. 1.8km to Iwate Kogen, 2.2km to Amihari & 11km to Shizukuishi ski area. Freshly prepared meals are served using seasonal produce including Shizukuishi beef.
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Hotel Morinokaze Oshuku View More Info

NICE JAPANESE HOTEL

Lovely indoor & outdoor hotsprings
Standard: 3 stars Shizukuishi Town
Hotel Morinokaze Oshuku is located on the outskirts of Shizukuishi town. Western-style twin rooms or Japanese tatami-style; all with private bathroom.  Lovely indoor & outdoor hot spring (onsen) & restaurant serving western & Japanese cuisine. This hotel would provide a good Japanese cultural experience.
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Hotel Route Inn Morioka Ekimae View More Info

NEXT TO TRAIN STATION

Reasonably priced
Standard: 3 stars Morioka
Hotel Route-Inn Morioka Ekimae offers good value single and twin western rooms with bathroom (smoking or non-smoking). “Ekimae” means “in front of the station” & it’s only 150m from the east exit of Morioka train station. Breakfast buffet included.
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Hotel Taikan View More Info

LAKESIDE RYOKAN

Onsen complex
Standard: 4 stars Shizukuishi Town
Hotel Taikan is a ryokan situated on Lake Gosho and part of the Tsunagi Onsen complex. Rooms for up to 4 guests, all with private bathroom. Japanese/western combo rooms & deluxe Japanese tatami rooms. About 6km from town of Shizukuishi & 17km from Shizukuishi ski area.
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Hotel Uguisu View More Info

JAPANESE RYOKAN

A Traditional Japanese Experience
Standard: 3 stars Shizukuishi Town
Set on the outskirts of Shizukuishi, Hotel Uguisu is a traditional ryokan (Japanese Inn). Rooms are Japanese tatami-style and all use the  onsen for bathing. Meals are Japanese-style and the nightly rate usually includes breakfast & dinner.
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Irihata Onsen Semenoyu View More Info

SIMPLE RYOKAN

Onsen baths
Standard: 2 stars Geto Kogen
Irihata Onsen Semenoyu is a simple ryokan, 8km (15 min drive) from Geto Kogen Ski Resort. Traditional tatami rooms have up to 4 futons. Communal bathrooms inc onsen baths. Meals can be included.
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Lodge Tachibana View More Info

SIMPLE PENSION

Onsen onsite
Standard: 2 stars Shizukuishi Resort
Lodge Takibana is a simple pension that’s in a central location to the 3 ski areas, about 6km to Shizukuishi, Iwate Kogen & Amihari. Triple loft room (2 single beds & futon), Japanese triple room, or twin room with private toilet. All rooms utilise the onsen for bathing.
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Morioka Grand Hotel Annex View More Info

MID RANGE HOTEL

Izakaya district
Standard: 3 stars Morioka
Morioka Grand Hotel Annex offers decent sized western style hotel rooms with twin beds, a seating area, desk and bathroom. 1.km from train station & located in the izakaya district so lots of dining and bar options nearby, & 500m to Sakurayama Shrine. Continental breakfast.
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Onsen Yasumori View More Info

VALUE ACCOMMODATION

Near Hachimantai ski resorts
Standard: 1 star Hachimantai
Onsen Yasumori is a basic Hachimantai pension with simple rooms (twin, triple, family) that utilise communal bathrooms inc small onsen baths. 1.3km to Panorama Ski Resort, 2.4km to Shimokura Ski Resort & 18km to Appi Kogen. Guest microwave & kettles to make simple meals.
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Pension Momiji View More Info

SIMPLE PENSION

Rooms with private bathroom
Standard: 2 stars Iwateyama
Pension Momiji is a simple little pension offering twin western-style rooms; some with private ensuite bathroom & others use the shared onsen facilities. Coffee house & snack bar, free wifi & parking.
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Semi Onsen Yamabuki no hana View More Info

TRADITIONAL RYOKAN

Multiple onsen baths
Standard: 3 stars Geto Kogen
Semi Onsen Yamabuki no hana is a lovely traditional ryokan with twin tatami rooms (2 futons). Bathroom facilities are shared and there are multiple onsen baths indoors & outdoors (including a mixed bathing onsen). Semi Onsen ryokan is 9km east of GetoKogen (20 min drive).
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