Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

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Tomamu Resort Japan
Tomamu Resort Japan
Tomamu powder skiing
Tomamu powder skiing
If you
If you've got the budget you can stay at Club Med Tomamu
Tomamu Resort in Hokkaido
Tomamu Resort in Hokkaido
Tomamu Ski Resort is good for powder hounds
Tomamu Ski Resort is good for powder hounds
The gondola at Tomamu Japan
The gondola at Tomamu Japan
Club Med Tomamu - all-inclusive packages
Club Med Tomamu - all-inclusive packages
Risonare is an all-suite ski-in ski-out hotel
Risonare is an all-suite ski-in ski-out hotel
Hoshino Resort Tomamu
Hoshino Resort Tomamu
The wave pool is opposite Club Med Tomamu
The wave pool is opposite Club Med Tomamu
Face shots at Tomamu
Face shots at Tomamu
Nininupuri is a large buffet restaurant overlooking the forest
Nininupuri is a large buffet restaurant overlooking the forest
Club Med Tomamu
Club Med Tomamu
Tomamu Ski Resort Japan
Tomamu Ski Resort Japan
Tomamu is very family friendly
Tomamu is very family friendly
Mina Mina Beach - the Tomamu wave pool
Mina Mina Beach - the Tomamu wave pool
Deluxe accommodation at Tomamu
Deluxe accommodation at Tomamu
Hotalu Street Tomamu
Hotalu Street Tomamu
Tomamu ice bar
Tomamu ice bar
Tomamu The Tower - ski-in ski-out accommodation
Tomamu The Tower - ski-in ski-out accommodation

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

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Tomamu

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Hoshino Resort Tomamu Japan

Tomamu Ski Resort in Hokkaido Japan has lots of bells and whistles that make it incredibly family friendly. Tomamu is very upmarket for a Japanese ski area and the resort includes an 80 by 30 metre wave pool, glamorous restaurants, and peculiar looking hotel towers. One could be mistaken for thinking that Tomamu is a glitzy and busy ski area that powder hounds should avoid. Think again! The Hoshino Resort Tomamu is a treasure trove for powder hounds. There aren't that many people to share the famous Hokkaido powder with, especially when it comes to sidecountry and backcountry skiing and riding.

Tomamu is great for a day trip if you’re staying in Furano and it’s also good enough to warrant a multi-night stay in Tomamu accommodation. Like its neighbour Sahoro, Tomamu Japan offers very different experiences depending on whether you stay at the all-inclusive Club Med Tomamu, one of the deluxe Tomamu Resort hotels, or go no-frills in the pension village.

Pros and Cons of Tomamu Japan

Pros 
  • Tomamu is incredibly child friendly and has an array of kids’ activities, plenty of beginner slopes, and group ski lessons in English for small children. Or for the ultimate in family friendliness, you can stay at Club Med Tomamu. We've rated Tomamu as the best family friendly ski resort in Japan.
  • Powder days provide some good in-bounds skiing and snowboarding for advanced riders, plus great sidecountry and backcountry.
  • The Tomamu Resort hotels are ski-in ski-out and provide a high standard of accommodation.
  • Tomamu is close to other Central Hokkaido ski resorts, so it’s great to visit on a multi-resort powder chasing tour.
  • The amenities are modern, especially by Japan ski resort standards.
  • It’s a reasonably short transfer to Tomamu from the New Chitose Airport.
Cons
  • There is zero nightlife at Tomamu, which is quite common at Japanese ski resorts.
  • Some of the lifts and the gondola are very old and poorly maintained, and they have a very low threshold for going on wind hold.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • The south facing aspect of the resort might be nice for beginners who like the sun, but it’s not so good for the in-bounds snow quality a few days after snowfall. On the plus side, low temperatures aid in snow quality retention, and the aspect of some of the backcountry zones is very favourable for immaculate powder.
  • There is no little charming village or town at Tomamu. The resort is a resort in the truest sense and is very curated. The towering hotels seem somewhat out of place at the base of a ski resort and a few of the activities are classically Asian kitsch.
  • Tomamu Hokkaido offers an opportunity to get away from the major western crowds as most international guests are Asians. There are enough English speaking staff to make your stay easy.
  • If you’ve got the budget for it, Club Med Tomamu is another Tomamu accommodation option. It provides a very stress-free snow experience along with negligible Japanese culture.

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 585 metres (586 - 1,171m).

The Hoshino Resort Tomamu ski area offers a variety of terrain including great beginner areas, a handful of groomers for intermediates, and a few advanced mogul runs. The off-piste skiing is certainly a drawcard for the advanced skier and snowboarder, whilst the sidecountry and backcountry areas around Tomamu are a bonus, although more so for skiers than snowboarders considering the amount of traversing or trudging. 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.

See the Tomamu Resort skiing page for more information on the terrain.

Tomamu Snow

Tomamu Ski Resort receives about 8 to 9 metres of snowfall on average per season. In classic Japanese style the resort infers that it only gets 4.8 metres and under sells its finest asset. The powder falls very light and dry and the Tomamu snow is often well maintained thanks to low temps and high elevation. A potential downside 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 and close to the Hidaka National Park. It is just over an hour train ride away from the Sapporo International Airport. Nearby ski resorts include Sahoro, Furano, and Yubari.

Shuttle buses to Tomamu are available from Sapporo City or New Chitose Airport (bookable from Sept/Oct onwards).

Tomamu Accommodation

The resort operated Tomamu accommodation can be found in the towers at the base of Tomamu Resort.

Tomamu The Tower is a deluxe ski-in ski-out western-style hotel contained within two towers. The open plan rooms cater for 2 to 5 guests and most include a living area and 1 or 2 bathrooms. It is particularly popular with families due to the co-location of ski school and child care, and the main beginner lift and slopes are just out the front.

The Risonare is an upscale Tomamu hotel that is also conveniently ski-in ski-out via a beginner trail and contained within two towers. Risonare Tomamu is an all suite hotel with spacious suites of at least 100㎡ with a living area and sleep up to 2-6 guests in separate bedroom/s. All suites include a luxurious bathroom with private sauna and jacuzzi and large floor to ceiling windows.

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

There are also a few pensions in the village about 5 minutes drive from the Tomamu Ski Resort. One example is the Petit Hotel Gracey Tomamu.

Tomamu Accommodation Packages

Facilities & Activities

Tomamu Resort was purpose-built during the bubble era at a cost of around US$1Billion. The base of the resort has been revamped and it has substantial infrastructure and amenities for a Japanese ski resort. The resort has a range of facilities including souvenir shops, lots of restaurants, child care, ski and snowboard rentals, and ski school. It lacks some fundamentals such as a proper bar, except for an ice bar where you'll last 5 minutes.

The Hoshino Resort Tomamu has a major "resort" feel to it so there's the risk of catching "cabin fever" if you stay for a long time. And like a cruise ship, Tomamu has a plethora of activities on offer to keep you entertained including the over-the-top wave pool. Or for a cheesy instagrammable activity, you can look at or stay in the ice hotel, get a drink at the ice bar, or even get married in the ice chapel!
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 Displayed price may cary slightly due to exchange rates fluctuations
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Price includes 13% tax.
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Price includes 13% tax.
USD 2,938
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Hokkaido Backcountry
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.
Price p/p Price per person, based on 2025 group tour
USD 4,499
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Japow Freedom Tour
HOKKAIDO CAMPER VAN TOUR
8 Nights | 7 Days Guiding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Explore Hokkaido in a camper van with the support of your guide & get the maximum exponent of freedom to be in the right place at the right time. The itinerary is completely flexible depending on snow forecasts and your guide can show you the best Japow spots in lift-assisted freeriding zones
Price p/p Based on a group tour for 2025 with a group of 4 people
USD 3,229
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Furano/Central Hokkaido Experience
LOCAL GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
7 Nights | 5 Days Guided | 1 Unguided free day | Furano + 4
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 some local guides for the total Central Hokkaido ski/board adventure. It’s their passion to show you what skiing/riding in Japan is all about!
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share room for 2025 season.
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USD 2,016
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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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share group option for late season 2025 tours per person.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
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USD 3,168
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Furano Area Guiding
CENTRAL HOKKAIDO GUIDED TOURS
For private groups of up to 5
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Off-piste, sidecountry & backcountry guiding for PRIVATE GROUPS for Furano & other Central Hokkaido areas. Day guiding or book 3 days with a 4 day window or 5 days within a 7 day window.
Price p/p
USD 115
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Hidden Hokkaido
INTRO TO POWDER & PROGRESSION
9 Days | 8 Nights
Ability: Advanced
Ideal for advanced skiers & riders as an intro to powder or powder progression. Head to the best of the Hokkaido ski resorts from the bases of Niseko & Furano & get guided to the best lift-accessed powder stashes.
Price p/p Per person rate for 2025 season.
USD 3,328
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Powder Belt Backcountry Tour
BACKCOUNTRY TOURING WITH LIFT ASSIST
9 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 first & last group tour for 2025 season. Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
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USD 3,392
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Summit Ski Furano Day Guiding
GUIDED DAY TOURS FURANO AREA
Private groups of up to 5 guests
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Day guiding for your PRIVATE GROUP of up to 5 people (or more if you add a second guide) for Central Hokkaido such as Furano, Asahidake, Kamui etc. Summit Ski offer instructor/guides for these locations.
Price p/p Price is per person based on a PRIVATE group of 5 for 2025 season for Furano tour.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
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USD 141
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