Guests will experience the best of sophisticated Japanese hospitality and breathtaking nature with Tohoku’s premier luxury resort.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, the world’s first and largest luxury hotel brand, continues its legacy of pioneering luxury travel in emerging destinations with the opening of ANA InterContinental Appi Kogen Resort. As the first luxury resort in Tohoku, Japan, the all-club InterContinental resort marks a new era of world-class travel in the region. The Appi Kogen compound is now complete with three IHG Hotels & Resorts properties following the renaming of ANA Crowne Plaza Resort Appi Kogen and ANA Holiday Inn Resort Appi Kogen in December 2021.
Located on stunning snowy landscapes, recognized by locals as the “miraculous silky snow”, Appi Kogen is the largest ski resort in the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan and can be reached in just over two hours. from Tokyo by Shinkansen bullet train. Guests will immerse themselves in the rich beauty of Appi and the nearby Hachimantai area, offering scenic snowscapes in winter and lush greenery and white birch forests in summer.
Introducing the all-new All-Club InterContinental stay experience in Japan
With 75 years of pioneering luxury travel globally, the InterContinental brand will bring an elevated stay experience with high-value service to the all-Club InterContinental resort, including a public space observation deck. Every touchpoint, from arrival to departure, has been carefully curated to evoke a sense of place and a connection to the surrounding nature, including a dark, designer hallway, which represents the start of a journey through a lush forest and leading to ‘Dragon Eye’ – a stunning artwork based on melting snow at Kagami Pond, near the top of Mount Hachimantai. The image illustrates the raw beauty created by nature as it leads guests into the Club Lounge.
Inside the Club Lounge, an impressive work of art features a 400-year-old Japanese beech tree – called the mother tree of the Tsugaru Toge region – and the characteristic basalt columns of the Matsukawa Gorge that overlap and cover the Club Lounge wall. A small fire is lit in the evening and takes pride of place in the center of the Lounge to welcome guests for the ritual of the evening aperitif.
The resort offers 38 all-Club InterContinental guest rooms and suites, each with stunning views of the Appi ski slopes and Hachimantai landscape. Memorable design features include traditional Japanese paper – called Washi – used to adorn the headboards to represent the fluffy elements of cloud or snow, as well as large floor mats with various patterns to represent clouds, glow morning and dragon’s eye pattern. Inside the guest bathrooms, rock and white wood evoke peaceful nature, while large bathroom windows overlook the ski slopes, giving guests the impression of bathing in a spring outdoor hot. On the ground floor, an outdoor space gives a feeling of freedom to sit and relax with a refreshing drink.
The Presidential Suite offers the ultimate in luxury, spanning over 300 square meters and features a corner bay window overlooking the ski slopes. The suite also includes specialty sake, a kitchen, a large dining room that can also be used as a meeting space, a private office and a panoramic terrace.
World-class dining experiences and relaxation facilities
Guests will continue their journey through art in the SHIRATSUYU restaurant, with impressive pieces throughout the interiors. Traditional local handicrafts are displayed throughout SHIRATSUYU, along with fine woodwork wall art (called Nanbu Sazamekumi Monyouzaiku) produced by Japanese artisans, Nagayama Kogei.
The nature-rich qualities of Appi underpin the restaurant and bar experience within the resort. SHIRATSUYU is the signature restaurant with Japanese/French cuisine built on a philosophy of focusing on ingredients. The culinary team takes the ‘farm-to-table’ concept and enhances it by engaging with guests to educate them on the origins of produce – for example, where seafood is caught off Iwate – then asking them how they would like their ingredients prepared, in a Japanese or French style. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring specialties from the Iwate and Tohoku regions.
The Japanese bar, MOCCO, located on the third floor has been designed to evoke a secret refuge above the mountains and is the perfect place to relax with a wide selection of Japanese whiskey and other Japanese spirits.
The resort also houses two traditional Japanese onsen baths, the IWA and the HINOKI. The baths are crafted from rock and cypress, offering a modern bathing ritual exclusively for guests. The onsen baths are located on the third floor, where guests have the option of bathing outdoors as the snow falls lightly around them as they sit in the revitalizing minerals of the onsen. For the ultimate in relaxation, the luxury spa LAVILLA SPA APPI, is available to guests offering treatments ranging from traditional shiatsu massages to facials using Elemis products.
ANA InterContinental Appi Kogen Resort
117 Appikogen, Hachimantai