Tomamu Ski Resort

Tomamu Ski Resort
Tomamu Ski Resort - off-piste skiing is allowed
Tomamu Ski Resort - has some reasonable lift infrastructure
Tomamu Ski Resort - has some very good ski-in-ski-out accommodation
Tomamu Ski Resort - back bowls have some of the best snow in Japan
Tomamu Ski Resort gondola & off-piste terrain
Tomamu Ski Resort - blower powder in the backbowls
Tomamu Ski Resort
Tomamu Ski Resort - has great terrain for all levels
Tomamu Ski Resort - Ice Village is a great activity at night
Tomamu Ski Resort - Club Med is a recent addition
Tomamu Ski Resort - has one of the most amazing indoor wave pool & spa centres in Japan
Tomamu Ski Resort - ski-in-ski-out Risonare towers
Tomamu Ski Resort - off-piste skiing in the resort
Tomamu Ski Resort - nice cruisy beginner & intermediate terrain
Tomamu Ski Resort - Club Med is the ideal spot for families
Tomamu Ski Resort - Risonare foyer
Tomamu Ski Resort - some of the best powder you will ever ski
Tomamu Ski Resort - the base area is relatively simple
Tomamu Ski Resort - Club Med is directly opposite the wave pool

Tomamu Ski Resort

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Tomamu

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Tomamu4 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
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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

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 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).
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.

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.

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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
GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
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.
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USD 2,914
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 Early bird special: 10% off listed prices until Aug 31
Hokkaido Backcountry Powder Quest
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR | 7 Nights / 8 Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Jump on the Hokkaido Backcountry Powder Quest tour & experience the magical powder wonderland Hokkaido is famous for along with its rich culture & incredible cuisine. Join as a solo, couple or small group; max 6 guests per tour & guaranteed departures. Share
Price p/p Price based on per person twin-share.
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$600 deposit is fully refundable no questions asked until October 27, 2020. Tour requires min 4 guests to proceed.
USD 3,699
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 Book by May 31, 2020 & take US$200 off the displayed price.
The Powder Triangle Tour
POWDER CHASER or PROGRESSION
8 Nights | 7 Days Guided Skiing/Riding
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Powder Triangle is an adventure for those who want an amazing Hokkaido Mountain Experience that explores 3 zones of Hokkaido: Otaru, Furano & the vibrant city of Asahikawa.
Price p/p From price is based on quad-share
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inclusive of tax
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USD 3,187
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Central Hokkaido Tour
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED 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
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 Super early bird special: 10% off listed prices if you book before June 30. Full refund if travel ban or quarantine is in-force. See T&Cs.
Furano/Central Hokkaido Experience
LOCAL GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
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
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Central Hokkaido Guided Tours
GUIDED DAY TRIPS AT/FROM FURANO
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. Share
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
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 Super early bird special: 10% off listed prices if you book before June 30. Full refund if travel ban or quarantine is in-force. See T&Cs.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Powder Belt Backcountry Tour
BACKCOUNTRY TOURING WITH LIFT ASSIST
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. Share
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share option for 2021 season. Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,961
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 Super early bird special: 10% off listed prices if you book before June 30. Full refund if travel ban or quarantine is in-force. See T&Cs.
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