Situated close to the Hidaka National Park and only a short way from Sahoro and Sapporo and sporting an expansive ski area as well as some luxury accommodation, Tomamu is a ski-lover’s paradise, with plenty of fantastic runs, great activities and situated in a convenient and close location. Not only are there a range of great family-friendly activities available, with sled parks and snowshoe tours, there’s also some fantastic advanced and legal off-piste runs, cross country skiing and backcountry tours to keep the adrenaline pumping. Most of the fun takes place between November and early April, with many of the facilities closed throughout the warmer months.
The town itself is quite small with only a few hotels, all owned by the same company. This means that everything has been fantastically designed to be close together, easily accessible and with outstanding facilities. The two largest hotels are located within walking distance of one another, and almost all of the activities and restaurants are all accessible via undercover walkways. If not, there’s a dedicated complimentary loop shuttle bus for travellers to take advantage of.
The facilities are great – but the skiing is what you’re really looking for, and Tomamu provides. Not only are there three fantastic rental stores, there’s also a large school and plenty of light, dry snow divided over two large mountains. There are two base areas, both connected via runs and a chair, with one more suited to beginners and the other slightly more advanced. Off-piste skiing is regulated but allowed, with two designated areas open to those brave enough, with skiers needing to register, listen to a talk about the conditions and are provided with a map, with the resort going to good lengths to protect the rider. While these might take up some time – they’re definitely well worth it.
Tomamu also has many characteristics that make it a unique and enjoyable resort – there’s an ice town with its own ice skating rink and ice bar and even an ice chapel where you can choose to marry if you so fancy. There’s also a second chapel on the water, providing a slightly warmer environment for the ceremony. Tomamu is also home to one of the country’s largest indoor wave pools, and there’s plenty of spas scattered throughout the town, too.