Could Tomamu ski resort be Hokkaido’s hidden treasure?
Tomamu (Alpha Resort Tomamu) is the most lavish of the Hokkaido resorts and is marketed towards the affluent skier. With a 50 metre wave pool, glamorous restaurants and peculiar looking sky-scraping towers, one could be mistaken for thinking that Tomamu is a glitzy and busy ski area that powderhounds should avoid. Think again! At Tomamu there are very few people with which you have to share the famous Hokkaido powder, and off-piste skiing is not
prohibited at Tomamu. To top off the powderhound bliss there's also cat skiing.
Tomamu Ski and Snowboard Terrain
The official size of the ski terrain at Tomamu is only 145 hectares, but this must just refer to the piste as it certainly feels like a decent sized resort. The ski area offers a variety of terrain including a good beginner area and lots of groomers for intermediates. The recently opened up "expert" courses and off-piste skiing are certainly a bonus for the advanced skier and snowboarder. As is typical of Japan there are no super steep pitches, but with such great powder and awesome tree skiing, experts don't seem to mind.
The ski area also caters really well to families and the young at heart, with an adventure terrain park and a kids-specific park.
Where is the Tomamu Ski Resort?
Tomamu lies near Sahoro and is situated 150km east of Sapporo close to the Hidaka National Park. It's only an hour train ride away from the Sapporo International Airport.
Tomamu Accommodation and Facilities
Tomamu was purpose-built approximately 20 years ago at a cost of around US$1Billion. With no expense spared, the resort has substantial infrastructure and first class facilities. Tomamu accommodation
is in the aptly named sky-scrapers, the Tower Hotel and the Galleria Tower Suite Hotel. There is also the Villa Sport Hotel which is particularly well suited to families. All the accommodations are Western-style and are conveniently ski-in ski-out. If you're game you can even stay in the ice hotel!
Tomamu has a range of facilities including souvenir shops, restaurants, child care, ski and snowboard hire, and ski school, but it lacks some fundamentals such as bars (except an ice bar where you'll last 5 minutes), a convenience store, supermarket or liquor store. However in true Japanese style there are plenty of vending machines if you're desperate for a drink.
Tomamu has a major "resort" feel to it so there's the risk of catching "cabin fever". However like a cruise ship, Tomamu has a plethora of activities on offer to keep you entertained including heli-skiing, cat skiing, tubing, ice-hole fishing, dog-sledding, hot air balloon rides, and the over-the-top wave pool.
Why Go On a Tomamu Ski Holiday?
The staff at Tomamu are some of the friendliest people you will meet anywhere and this resort offers the opportunity to get away from Western crowds. If you are looking for a quality resort that has something for everyone including families, then we would highly recommend a week or so in Tomamu. It's incredibly well suited to powderhounds and ski animals (but not party animals).
Don’t delay in getting to Tomamu as it's becoming one of Japan’s hottest ski destinations. Get the powder all to yourself whilst you still can!
Tours that include Tomamu
Hosted & Guided Off-Piste Ski & Snowboard Safaris
Honshu & Hokkaido Guided Ski & Snowboard Tours