Tomamu Ski Resort

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

Tomamu Ski Resort

Readers Ratings


Tomamu4 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
The Tomamu Ski Resort in Hokkaido has lots of bells and whistles that make it incredibly family friendly, yet the Hoshino Resort Tomamu is also a treasure for powder hounds.

Tomamu is one of 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 aren't that many people to share the famous Hokkaido powder with, and off-piste skiing is not prohibited at Tomamu.

Pros and Cons of Tomamu Japan

  • 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 resort hotel 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. Or for the ultimate in family friendliness you can stay at Club Med Tomamu. We've rated it as the best family friendly ski resort in Japan.
  • 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).
  • 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.

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 124 hectares in size (which probably only refers to the piste) with 29 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.

Shuttles to Tomamu:

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.

Club Med Tomamu is another option for well heeled holiday makers. The Tomamu Club Med provides deluxe Tomamu accommodation as part of all-inclusive packages, with meals, alcohol, ski and snowboard lessons, and child care.

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.
Tours That May Include Tomamu

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Hokkaido Storm Chaser
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Ski Areas
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Otaru area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder. Share
Price p/p Base/invoice currency is in yen not including 8% consumption tax for 2021 season.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,914
View Details
 Early bird special: 10% off listed prices until Aug 31
The Powder Triangle Tour
8 Nights | 7 Days Guided Skiing/Riding
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
The Powder Triangle is a budget oriented adventure for those who want an amazing Hokkaido Mountain Experience! 2 tour options: advanced/expert riders that want fast riding, & powder seeking; or powder progression for intermediates.
Price p/p From price is based on quad-share
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inclusive of tax
*Display price may vary slightly due to fluctuation in exchange rates.
USD 2,435
View Details
Powder Road Trip
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Journey into central Hokkaido to visit ski areas such as Furano, Tomamu, & Asahidake. Ideally suited to those who mostly want to ride lift accessed powder at the ski areas and also have the option to do a bit of touring or a full day of touring at Tokachi-dake.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for most tour dates 2020.
Base/invoice currency is in yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,008
View Details
See all Safari (Road Trip) tours that visit Tomamu here

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Central Hokkaido Tour
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Avoid the crowds and revel in the renowned high quality Central Hokkaido powder at Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, and hidden gems such as Pippu, Sahoro and Tomamu. Mostly lift accessed powder hunting, plus the option to do a little hiking to get more goods. Share
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share group option for 2021 last 2 tours per person.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,914
View Details
 Super early bird: 10% off listed prices for Dec 27, Jan 6, Feb 15 & 25, Mar 7 tours
Furano/Central Hokkaido Experience
7 Nights | 5 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 5 Ski Areas
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Experience the best powder that Furano & the Central Hokkaido region has to offer. Venture off-piste in Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro & Asahidake with local guides. It’s their passion to show you great skiing/boarding, relaxing onsens & the enjoyment of dining at their favourite local restaurants where few tourists go.
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc. taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,077
View Details
Central Hokkaido Guided Tours
PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Furano with a group and want fresh tracks, head out with a Furano ski guide (or snowboard guide) at Furano or at one of the nearby ski areas or go backcountry touring with a guide. PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group.
Price p/p From price based on PER PERSON rate for PRIVATE GROUP of 6 in peak season. Full rate is 78,000 yen for group of up to 6.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 122
View Details
See all Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area tours that visit Tomamu here

Backcountry Skiing Tours

Backcountry Delights
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Journey into Central Hokkaido on this incredible backcountry tour. Some days will include a little lift access otherwise you earn your turns at Tomamu backcountry, Yubari Range, Furano, Kitami Pass and Kurodake.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share accommodation for group tour 2020.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,008
View Details
Powder Belt Backcountry Tour
8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing/Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Explore Central Hokkaido's endless backcountry under your own steam as well as using the lifts. Perfect for those that don't want to hike all day and/or those relatively new to backcountry touring. Based in Furano, explore different ski areas each day.
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share option for 2020 season. Min 4 guests required to run tour.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,867
View Details
Powder Extravaganza
18 Days | 17 Nights | 5+ ski areas
Ability: Advanced to 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. By the end of this 17 day trip you will have had your annual powder fix & will be ready for a tropical holiday!
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share for 2020 tour.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 5,170
View Details
See all Backcountry Skiing tours that visit Tomamu here