Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa offers deluxe Japow

snow action team 24.05.2019

Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa enjoys a privileged natural setting beneath iconic Mt Iwate. The 2000m peak dominates the skyline for miles, gives the surrounding Prefecture it’s name, and attracts every passing storm system to drop more #hachipow on the Hachimantai ski areas and back country.

Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa winter view toward Mt Iwate
Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa sits alone in the forests with ski slopes running up mighty Mt Iwate © hachimantai resort

Hachimantai Panorama Resort is right outside the hotel for ski in/ski out convenience. The cruisy family friendly terrain runs up the lower slopes of the mountain. Panorama is perfect for families with small children, or intermediate cruisers who like crowd free slopes.

If you are more of a powder junkie, and especially if you love tree skiing, then hop on the hotel’s free shuttle bus for the 10 minute trip around to Hachimantai Shimokura instead. This is where the #hachipow tagline “Why share if you don’t have to?” is really evident. You can be the only one lapping the big beech tree zone on the upper half or the mountain – for more on the skiing there check our feature.

For more uncrowded powder check out Hachimantai Cat Skiing as well – they will pick you up from the hotel for the short 15 minutes or so ride to their cat ski base.

Cat skiing just 15 minutes away from Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa
Hachimantai Cat Tours Ski Guide Junya Kuragane leads the way © Boss Kuragane

So whatever your level or style of skier or boarder your are well catered for.

The quality facilities, rooms and superb cuisine make the Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa a year round escape destination.

The hotel is the only on site accommodation, a self-contained oasis in the snowy forest.

Choose from a range of spacious rooms and suites.

Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa room
Spacious rooms and suites

The cuisine is outstanding, from the exceptional quality breakfast buffet to the magnificent dinners featuring local delicacies from the stone oven or grill. The buffet selection at dinner goes for quality not quantity too – a great array of exquisitely crafted small dishes so take your time and take a few trips back and forwards. They have a very decent international wine list too.

Being a geothermal hotspot the Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa onsen are the real deal too, either the in house ones or riding the 1968 bus to Matsukawa Gorge.

Onsen Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa

Sure, there’s no nightlife, but for couples, friends and families with younger kids that won’t matter.

The value for money is exceptional – you could, and we certainly have, pay more for a lot less in Japan, and way more for comparable ski in/ski out quality accommodation in North America or Europe.

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Getting to Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa

Morioka is the main access point. The fastest of all the shinkansen, the mighty 320kph Hayabusa, whisks you up from Tokyo in 146 minutes or down from Hakodate in Hokkaido in 135 minutes.

That makes it a perfect linking option for 2 island trips, using JR Tohoku & South Hokkaido passes, or using the Tohoku Pass for a host of other great options including nearby Iwate ones like Shizukuishi and Geto Kogen.

Flight options into Hanamaki Airport are increasing – including international flights from Shanghai. Internally fly there from Hokkaido, Osaka or Nagoya.

Self drive is a good idea in this region generally – empty roads make it pretty easy, apart from the regular blizzards! 

Hop off the Tohoku Expressway at IC 45 Matsuo-Hachimantai and it’s around 15 minutes from there.

Map showing how to get to Hachimantai Mountain Hotel & Spa by air, road and rail