Hokkaido, known for its wintry climate, is among the world’s best places to ski. Beyond that, the family-friendly Hoshino Resorts Tomamu highlights how it’s simultaneously a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors with luxury accommodation as your base.
Hoshino Resorts has a long pedigree in creating exquisite retreats built around the beauty of the landscape. Established in the early 20th century, it specialised in ryokan and nature-focused tourism almost from the outset, making efforts at energy self-sufficiency as early as the 1920s. Today, it operates a range of delightful boutique hotels and spa resorts throughout Japan, many of them exploring the idea of how the country might have modernised without Western influence.
Risonare Tomamu, a modern, five-star highland hotel, is the centrepiece of Hoshino Resorts Tomamu. Suites of an expansive 100 square metres and up, each furnished with a private sauna and bath and incredible views of mountain scenery, offer ample room for families to spread out and relax. Hoshino Resorts Tomamu The Tower also offers another ski-in-ski-out accommodation option, with an innovative facade that seems to melt into the surrounding foliage.
Facilities at the resort include more than 25 restaurants and cafes, four relaxation spas and Mina-Mina Beach, Japan’s largest indoor wave pool. During winter, the Ice Village is a particularly magical experience, presenting a world where nearly everything, from furniture to cocktail glasses, musical instruments and even a wedding chapel, is carved from pure, translucent ice.
Mt Tomamu itself is 1,239m tall, creating ski fields with five lifts and 29 trails among other attractions on 123.9 hectares of skiable terrain, suitable for beginning, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. But that’s just the beginning: winter pursuits extend to a range of pastimes for the whole family, such as snowmobile rides, seasonal craft and cooking workshops, ice fishing, snow camping and the sport of curling. Throughout the year, activities include river rafting, golf, balloon rides, the 210 degree panorama of the Cloud Walk, and morning views wreathed in a cloud pool at the Unkai Terrace.
The resort occupies a central position in the Hokkaido Powder Belt, which consists of seven mountains and ski resorts, including those at nearby Furano and Sahoro. That makes Hoshino Resorts Tomamu an ideal starting point for exploring the region, returning each time to an atmosphere that is at once spacious, cosy and comfortable.
Extending their adventure, guests also have the option of going north to Hoshino Resorts Omo7 Asahikawa, in Hokkaido’s second-largest city and near the backcountry haven of Mt Asahidake. Omo7 Asahikawa is a hotel that inspires, introducing visitors to nearby attractions like the Asahikawa Zoo, which is always a hit with kids.
Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is the closest full-scale resort to Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport, which can be reached via both domestic and international flights. Take the JR Rapid Airport train service to Minami-Chitose Station, and change there to board the Super Ozora express to Tomamu Station, a journey of around 1 hour and 15 minutes. From there, the resort is just five minutes by taxi.