Enjoying winter in Tomamu トマムの冬を楽しむ
Ski resort in central Hokkaido
Winter in Tomamu, enjoy the cold and the heat! Located in the center of the island of Hokkaido, Tomamu makes you enjoy various activities in the winter season: skiing, nature walks, ice village and even...beach!
Winter sports and snow fun
Easily accessible from the rest of the country, Tomamu is a charming little resort nestled in a natural setting. Ideally located, it is the starting point for many excursions . The resort and its surroundings have many surprises in store for you, whatever the season.
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For ski and snowboard enthusiasts, the 29 ski slopes are open to the public from December to April. For more experienced skiers, what do you think of trying the "snowcat tour" experience? From January to March, the resort guides will be happy to guide you through the off-piste areas of Tomamu.
Apart from skiing and snowboarding, it is possible to enjoy the pleasures of snow through many activities , such as snowmobile excursions, snow-rafting, snowshoe walks , curling, fishing with the Wakasagi technique and Baumkuchen tailoring workshops.
Ice Village "Ice Village"
In the heart of winter, the temperature drops to -30°C in Tomamu! You will then see the village of igloos, "Ice Village", rising from the ground. Like a miniature ice festival , discover the ice chapel "Ice chapel" and have a drink at the Bar Icewood. For the less cautious, how about a cool night at the Ice Hotel? The Ice Village is visible from mid-December to mid-March on the Hoshino resort Tomamu area. Admission: 500 yen (4€).
The Terrace of Frosted Trees
Day or night, conquer the heights in complete safety from Tomamu, by taking the "Unkai gondola" cable car. In winter, the landscape from the platform is pure; nature puts on its white coat and you can even observe the phenomenon of " frosted trees ". In spring, the view from the terrace is green. Located at 1,088 meters above sea level, this observatory allows you to see the phenomenon of "Unkai" (the sea of clouds) .
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You will also find a café, the Tenbô café, serving specialties such as the Frost Tree fondant chocolate and the Frost Tree café. Ideal for taking a break from the cold! Finally, note that from December 1 to 25, the terrace is illuminated in the evening .
Winter: cable car open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.; adult prices: 2,200 yen (about €20); child rates (up to 12 years old): 1,300 yen (about 10€)
Mina Mina artificial beach
In Tomamu, it is also possible to spend the winter...warm! The artificial Mina Mina beach of the Hoshino resort complex in Tomamu welcomes you all year round, with temperatures hovering around 30°C. Nothing to do with the exterior, then! This indoor beach with a wave pool is one of the largest in Japan and measures 30 by 80 meters. In addition, within the complex, you will find about twenty restaurants to eat after a day of swimming at the Mountain ! Note: in the Aïnoue language, " mina " means "smile".
Price: Adults 2,500 yen (15€); children 1,000 yen (9€). Free for Hoshino resort guests. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. depending on the period.
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Chapel on the water
Designed by star architect Tadao Ando, this chapel is a must during your stay in Tomamu! Whether it is to unite for life or the time of a visit, the construction welcomes you in a setting linking at the same time different elements of nature : water, light, plants and wind, thanks to a game of transparency separating and uniting the interior from the exterior.
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Finally, know that the Hoshino complex based in Tomamu is ideal for family stays and even offers rooms adapted to the age of your toddlers, for a stay in complete relaxation and safety.
Address, timetable & access
TimetableFrom New Chitose Airport: take the rapid train to Minami-Chitose (3 min) then change to the limited express Super Ozora or Super Tokachi (1h10) to Tomamu. From Sapporo: take the limited express Super Ozora or Super Tokachi to Tomamu station (1h40).