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Tomamu Ski Resort Japan
Tomamu Ski Resort Japan
Tomamu Resort Hokkaido
Tomamu Resort Hokkaido
Tomamu Powder Skiing
Tomamu Powder Skiing
Tomamu Japan
Tomamu Japan
The Tomamu Towers
The Tomamu Towers
Tomamu Skiing
Tomamu Skiing
Hokkaido Snow
Hokkaido Snow
Powder hound bliss!
Powder hound bliss!
Tomamu Ski Resort
Tomamu Ski Resort
Hoshino Resort Tomamu
Hoshino Resort Tomamu
Tomamu Ski Resort Hokkaido
Tomamu Ski Resort Hokkaido
Tomamu Japan
Tomamu Japan
Tomamu Tower Hotel
Tomamu Tower Hotel
Tomamu Ski Resort Japan
Tomamu Ski Resort Japan
The OTT wave pool
The OTT wave pool
Tomamu backcountry
Tomamu backcountry
Tomamu skiing off-piste
Tomamu skiing off-piste
Tomamu Hokkaido
Tomamu Hokkaido
Tomamu Ski Resort Japan
Tomamu Ski Resort Japan
Powder on tap!
Powder on tap!

Tomamu

The Tomamu Ski Resort in Hokkaido has lots of bells and whistles that make it incredibly family friendly, yet for powder hounds the Hoshino Resort Tomamu is still somewhat of a hidden treasure.

Tomamu is the most extravagant of the Hokkaido ski resorts (and also rather kitsch!). With a 50 metre wave pool, glamorous restaurants and peculiar looking sky-scraper hotel towers, one could be mistaken for thinking that Tomamu is a glitzy and busy ski area that powder hounds should avoid. Think again! At Tomamu there are very few people to share the famous Hokkaido powder with, and off-piste skiing is not prohibited at Tomamu.

Tomamu Ski and Snowboard Terrain

When you see the size of the hotel towers at the base, you’d think that the Tomamu ski area must be the size of Whistler Blackcomb. Then you remember you’re in Japan where the ski resorts are only small to medium sized and Tomamu Ski Resort is no exception. Officially the ski resort is 145 hectares in size (which probably only refers to the piste) with 28 courses (ie trails) and a vertical drop of 699 metres (540-1,239m).

The Hoshino Resort Tomamu ski area offers a variety of terrain including a great beginner area, various groomers for intermediates, and a couple of advanced mogul runs. The "expert" courses and off-piste skiing are certainly a drawcard for the advanced skier and snowboarder, whilst the sidecountry and backcountry areas around Tomamu are a major bonus. As is somewhat 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 Tomamu ski resort also caters really well to families and the young at heart, with an adventure terrain park and a kids-specific park.

Tomamu Snow

Tomamu Ski Resort receives about 8 to 10 metres of snowfall on average per season, and in typical central Hokkaido fashion, the powder falls very light and dry. The Tomamu snow is often well maintained thanks to low temps and high elevation, however a downside of the resort is that many of the slopes are south facing, so the off-piste slopes can become a bit crusty when it’s sunny. Conversely, some of the sidecountry slopes are north facing and the powder can be absolutely delicious!

Where is Tomamu Hokkaido?

Tomamu Japan is situated in central Hokkaido, 150km east of Sapporo close to the Hidaka National Park. It is only an hour train ride away from the Sapporo International Airport. Nearby ski resorts include Sahoro, Furano, and Yubari.

Tomamu Accommodation

Tomamu accommodation is primarily in the “sky-scrapers”; the aptly named Tower Hotel and the upscale Risonare Hotel. The Tomamu hotels are western-style and are conveniently ski-in ski-out. The Tomamu hotels break the mould of Japan hotel rooms being small and pokey, with rooms ranging from very generously sized to massive.

Facilities & Activities

Tomamu Resort was purpose-built during the bubble era at a cost of around US$1Billion. With no expense spared, the resort continues to develop and has substantial infrastructure and amenities.

The resort has a range of facilities including souvenir shops, lots of restaurants, child care, ski and snowboard rentals, ski school, and little shops selling sundries. It lacks some fundamentals such as a bar (except an ice bar where you'll last 5 minutes), however in true Japanese style there are plenty of vending machines if you need a drink.

The Hoshino Resort 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 cat skiing, tubing, kids parks, fishing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and the over-the-top wave pool.

Summary of Pros and Cons of Tomamu Japan

Pros

  • Tomamu Hokkaido offers an opportunity to get away from the major western crowds, and there are enough English speaking staff to make your stay easy.
  • Powder days provide some of the best in-bounds powder skiing in Hokkaido. And if you head off-piste you won’t get chased by a whistle-blowing patroller.
  • The towering hotels seem somewhat out of place at the base of a ski resort and the resort looks might fancy (and very OTT), but surprisingly the hotels provide great value for money considering they’re ski-in ski-out and the high standard of accommodation.
  • Tomamu is incredibly child friendly with an array of kids activities and plenty of beginner slopes. And there are group ski lessons for kids with an English speaking instructor.
  • There are also lots of activities for adults.
  • Tomamu is close to other central Hokkaido ski resorts, so it’s great to visit on a multi-resort powder chasing tour (see below).

Cons

  • There is zero nightlife at Tomamu (this is quite common at Japanese ski resorts).
  • The south facing aspect of the resort might be nice for beginners who like the sun, but it’s not so good for the snow quality a few days after a snowfall.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • There is no cute little Japanese traditional village at Tomamu. The resort is a resort in the truest sense and it provides modern (kitsch) Japanese culture at its best.

Tours That May Include Tomamu

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Central Hokkaido Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 6 Ski Areas
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USD 2,364
$AU100 off for 27 Dec, 6 Jan, 16 Jan, 25 Feb, & 7 Mar tour dates. Book by 30th Sept.
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Avoid the crowds and come and play at some of Hokkaido's hidden gems including Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, Sahoro, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
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Price p/p
USD 3,397
$AU100 off for 18th Feb tour if booked prior to Sept 30 2016
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Based in Niseko Hirafu, then Furano, then Otaru, chase the best conditions and snowfall at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Powder Road Trip DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
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USD 2,435
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Journey into the heart of Hokkaido with a tour/guiding company that has been running Hokkaido ski tours since 1984. Visit ski areas such as Furano, Tomamu, Asahidake, Kamui with backcountry options to Tokachi and other gems...
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Le Grand Ultimate Powder Tour DETAILS
GUIDED & HOSTED POWDER TOUR
9 Nights | 8 Ski Days | 5+ Resorts
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USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Chase the powder in & around the Furano area with qualified guides for 8 epic days. The package also includes quality accommodation with daily breakfast located in the heart of the Furano ski area village plus all lift tickets at up to 5+ ski areas, all private ground transport & welcome & farewell dinners.
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Furano Guided Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS IN/FROM FURANO
For PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests
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USD 81
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
If you are in Furano, you can't go past a guided ski or snowboard day tour in Furano or at one of the nearby ski areas such as Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro, Yubari & more. Tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Backcountry Delights DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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USD 2,501
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Journey into the heart of Hokkaido with a tour/guiding company that has been running Hokkaido ski tours since 1984. This incredible backcountry tour takes in Tomamu backcountry, Yubari Range, Furano, Kitami Pass and Kurodake.
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Powder Extravaganza DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY & OFF-PISTE TOUR
18 Days | 17 Nights
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USD 4,359
Ability: Advanced, Expert
The aptly named Powder Extravaganza Tour offers a mix of pure backcountry skiing at Asahidake & Tokachidake combined with lift-accessed piste & off-piste skiing at ski areas like Tomamu, Furano, & Kamui.
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The Powder Room DETAILS
CHICKS ONLY POWDER CHASING TOUR
8 Nights | 7 Guided Ski Days
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USD 2,191
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com booking form by midnight Oct 31, 2016 to qualify. Payment of deposit required by Nov 15, 2016 to retain discounted rate.
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Enter the powder room! This ADVANCED LADIES ONLY ski and snowboard tour starts in the NISEKO AREA then heads to CENTRAL HOKKAIDO and finishes around the SAPPORO ski areas. The tour includes some ski touring / split boarding (or snow shoeing) but you don't necessarily need any experience in this area.
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