Tomamu is situated in central Hokkaido and while it may not receive as much snow as coastal destinations like Niseko, its snow quality is better and there are fewer people there to track it out. The end result is you can still find fresh, pristine powder a week after a storm. Tomamu has a little bit of everything – good night riding, halfpipe and park and good lone runs provided you know where to look.
The resort has been likened to staying at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU and as a destination resort, it definitely doesn’t feel like that. There are plenty of restaurants and off snow activities to keep you occupied from the Ice Village to the indoor wave pool. Tomamu is definitely work a look and is a good destination for a few days to a week. It offers a different perspective compared to more crowded resorts closer to Sapporo with all of its facilities and lack of crowds.
From Sapporo International Airport
BY TRAIN – Tomamu is a very comfortable 1 hour express train from Minami Chitose Station which can be accessed via the Sapporo International Airport (New Chitose) Station (one stop away). The train travels directly to Tomamu Station which is only a 5 minute bus ride from the resort.
BY CAR – Take the Do-oh and Do-to expressways from the Sapporo IC to the Yubari IC via the Chitose-Eniwa JCT. Take National Route 274 for Obihiro and then follow directions as above. The drive takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
BY BUS – The bus runs everyday during the snow season, and it takes 2 hours to the resort.
Getting around the accommodation and restaurant areas is very easy. The entire village is linked together by very an efficient, regular shuttle bus service that stops at the hotels, resort centre and spa centre every 15 minutes.
On top of all the snow activities, it has wealth of non-snow facilities including Mina-Mina Beach, Japan’s largest indoor wave pool. It also has ‘Adventure Mountain’, a giant snow amusement park with a variety of games and skill-testing activities to keep kids occupied. Tomamu is also famous for its Ice Village which only appears during the ski season. Here you can enjoy a casual drink at the ice bar or indulge in Hokkaido cheese fondue.