Intercontinental Hotels: ANA InterContinental Appi Kogen Resort offers luxury travel in the Tohoku Alpine region

Guests will enjoy the best of sophisticated Japanese hospitality and breathtaking nature with Tohoku’s first 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 around the world, the InterContinental brand will bring an elevated stay experience with great 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 work of art, 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 you into the Club Lounge.

Inside the Club Lounge, an impressive artwork features a 400-year-old Japanese beech tree – called the mother tree of the Tsugaru Toge region and characteristic basalt columns of the Matsukawa Gorge overlapping and covering the wall from the Club Lounge. 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 different 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 feeling of bathing in a hot spring exterior. Downstairs, an outdoor area gives a sense of freedom to sit back and relax with a refreshing drink, while in the winter, make a snow angel and dream of skiing in perfect powder the next day.

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 craftsmanship is on display throughout SHIRATSUYU along with fine woodwork wall art (called Nanbu Sazamekumi Monyouzaiku) produced by Japanese artisans, Nagayama Kogei.

The natural qualities of Appi underpin the restaurant and bar experience within the resort. SHIRATSUYU is the signature restaurant with Japanese/French cuisine and with a philosophy of focusing on ingredients. We take the farm-to-table idea and improve it by telling the customer what’s fresh, whether it’s seafood caught off Iwate or Japanese wagyu beef, and then asking him how he would like his ingredients prepared, in a Japanese restaurant. or French. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring specialties from the Iwate and Tohoku regions.

The Japanese bar, MOCCO, located on the 3rd 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. Warm up with an exotic Japanese drink at the MOCCO Bar.

If you haven’t had enough exercise, hiking in the summer or skiing/snowboarding in the winter, the hotel has a 24-hour fitness center to work out.

The complex 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 3rd floor, where you have the option of bathing outside while the snow falls lightly around you as you sit in the revitalizing minerals of the onsen. In summer, admire the surrounding views while enjoying nature. For the ultimate in relaxation, the luxury spa LAVILLA SPA APPI, is available to guests from traditional shiatsu massage to facials using Elemis products.

For reservations and more information, please visit here.

The opening strengthens the long-term business with ANA and IHG in Japan and joins more than 200 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts worldwide. In Japan, luxury stay experiences include the opening of ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa in 2019, Japan’s first Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant, Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, in October 2020, and the newly built InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 in 2019 .

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