Tomamu – A gem in North Japan


Tomamu is a destination in Hokkaido, North Japan, and the Hoshino Ski Resorts located at the base of the mountain is really unlike any other.

To get to Tomamu from Sydney, travellers must fly to Tokyo Narita International Airport, and from there take a domestic transfer to Sapporo in the North of Japan.

From Sapporo it is either a one hour train trip or a 90 minute car journey to the ski resort, I recommend the drive however, as you drive through local towns and they are an awesome way to experience new cultures.

At Tomamu there are two hotels, both operated by Hoshino Resorts, and the two hotels consist of four, very large towers.

The symbolic two towers located at the center of Tomamu’s resort area is the hotel called The Tower, and this hotel provides very easy access to all that the resort has to offer and it really is the perfect accommodation for families and groups.

The other hotel at the ski resort is called Risonare Tomamu and it sits atop a hill at the very end of the resort area, it is a quiet, luxurious resort, quite different from The Tower.

At Risonaire Tomamu there are only 4 rooms in one floor, and all the rooms are over 100 square meters in size, each fitted out with an in-room sauna and of course a spa bath overlooking the snow fields.

Now every snow resort needs a solid set of snow fields to back it up, and Tomamu is definitely a solid snow field, boasting 6 gondola lifts with 25 runs down the mountain.

The mountain is fun for first timers and children, and also caters for powder hunters as there are 5 Most Difficult runs available, truly everybody would be happy at Tomamu.


Other than skiing, Tomamu offers a variety of other fun activities in the snow, there are more than 20 activities to fully enjoy the vast snow fields.

Some of the most popular activities include the Snow Shoe Walk, Snow Mobile Ride, Banana Boat Snow Rafting, and the Snow Sled Park, all of these activities can be found at the Polar Village.

Alongside the snow fields, Tomamu has an indoor wave pool called Mina Mina Beach, quite a strange addition to a ski resort, however the wave pool is one of Japan’s largest being 30 metres wide and 80 metres long.

The most mystical place at Tomamu, and a personal favourite, is the Ice Village, which is village where everything is made of ice.

There are ice slides for the children, an Ice Café, an Ice School, an Ice Bar, an Ice Hotel, and the centerpiece of the village is the ice skating arena.

The ski resort really does have everything to cater for everyone, and that is what makes it unlike any other.

Tomamu is a special place, with aesthetic views everywhere you look, it should be on the must see list for every traveler headed for Japan.


This trip was organized by The Doq, on behalf of Hoshino Resorts Tomamu. Special thanks to JAL Airlines for supplying air tickets, Miss Kim for being a fantastic host, Mr Kanbayashi for showing me around the slopes, and to Ryota Iwasaki and The Doq for setting up a great itinerary.

Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
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