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4 of the Best Stays for a Family Snow Holiday in Hokkaido, Japan

Whether you want the convenience of staying on-snow at a ski resort or prefer a more affordable city hotel, there are plenty of options on Hokkaido for your family ski holiday

A family skiing at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
A family skiing at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

1. Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

With an enchanting ice village, the country’s largest indoor beach and activities like banana boating, snow shoeing and horse riding, it’s easy to see why Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU is considered one of Japan’s best ski resorts for families.

Kids in the ice village at Hosino Resorts TOMAMU
Kids in the ice village at Hosino Resorts TOMAMU

Located on the southern slopes of Mt Tomamu along the famous Hokkaido Powder Belt, it averages 150cm of fresh, dry snow each month during winter. Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU has everything from beginner slopes with magic carpets for the kids to learn to ski or snowboard to tree runs and black diamond runs for advanced skiers looking for a challenge. It is easily accessible by both train and bus from New Chitose Airport and the capital city of Sapporo, with two sets of high-rise hotel towers with a range of room types in which to stay and 20 restaurants and cafes offering traditional Japanese and western cuisine.

Meals at Forest Restaurant Nininupuri at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Meals at Forest Restaurant Nininupuri at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

2. OMO7 Asahikawa by Hoshino Resorts

OMO7 Asahikawa by Hoshino Resorts
OMO7 Asahikawa by Hoshino Resorts

Staying in this energetic and vibrant city in central Hokkaido, known as “Ski City”, makes a more affordable base than staying on the snow in a resort — meaning you can book a longer family holiday! As well as taking neighbourhood tours to discover the city’s culture and cuisine, you can get your powder fix at nearby resorts like Kamui Ski Links, Kurodake and Asahidake. Why not choose where you want to go each day based on snowfall and weather conditions? And on days that aren’t suitable for skiing, you can head explore the city. 

A Superior Room at OMO7 Asahikawa by Hoshino Resorts
A Superior Room at OMO7 Asahikawa by Hoshino Resorts

OMO7 Asahikawa has modern features and facilities, including drying rooms and ski rentals. It also offers lift ticket sales, so you don’t have to queue up once you’re there, as well as free shuttle buses for hotel guests to some resorts. You can even buy a ticket that allows you to ski at two resorts in one day! A free shuttle bus also operates to Asahiyama Zoo, which is home to penguins and polar bears.

3. OMO3 Sapporo Susukino by Hoshino Resorts

The Lounge at OMO3 Sapporo Susukino by Hoshino Resorts
The Lounge at OMO3 Sapporo Susukino by Hoshino Resorts

For families who love being close to the action, staying in Hokkaido’s largest city Sapporo is an excellent option. Located in the central shopping district, OMO3 Sapporo Susukino makes a great base to explore the city, which has more than 3,000 restaurants. A large Go-KINJO Map on the wall in the lobby showcases all the best places to check out, as recommended by hotel staff. An OMO Ranger also leads tours at night to visit ryotei (traditional Japanese restaurants) and other hidden gems, like part of the city known as Ramen Alley.

See chefs at work on a KINJO (neighbourhood tour) during a stay at OMO3 Sapporo Susukino by Hoshino Resorts
See chefs at work on a KINJO (neighbourhood tour) during a stay at OMO3 Sapporo Susukino by Hoshino Resorts

There’s also a 24-hour self-service food and drink station on the ground floor, while a gondola that was used at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort has been transformed into a kotatsu – a table with a blanket hanging over it with a heater that keeps the bottom half of your body warm as you dine. A free shuttle bus runs from the hotel to Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort. Other buses also pick up from outside the hotel to take skiers and boarders to Kiroro Snow World, Tomamu and Rusutsu/Niseko.

4. OMO5 Otaru by Hoshino Resorts

A Superior Room (South Wing) at OMO5 Otaru by Hoshino Resorts
A Superior Room (South Wing) at OMO5 Otaru by Hoshino Resorts

Seafood lovers will be in heaven in the port town of Otaru, which is lined with historic buildings from the Meiji era, which extended from 1868 to 1912. OMO5 Otaru provides easy access to one of Hokkaido’s biggest and best slopes, Kiroro Snow World. It’s around a 40-minute drive or one-hour by ski bus, which leaves from the front door. Book in advance to pick up ski equipment and lift tickets at the front desk. Located in the warehouse district, which is dotted with glassworks, artisans’ studios and even a sake brewery, the hotel opened in 2022 and has 92 rooms spread across two buildings, including a renovated heritage building that previously housed the Otaru Chamber of Commerce.

Otaru canal is a great place to visit during a stay at OMO5 Otaru by Hoshino Resorts
Otaru canal is a great place to visit during a stay at OMO5 Otaru by Hoshino Resorts

On a morning stroll around the wharf, you’ll hear the calls of fishermen bringing in the day’s catch of herring that features on the menu at the hotel’s Spanish-style restaurant. It’s also walking distance to the Rin-yu morning market, which is popular among locals who collect sashimi for their kaisendon, a raw seafood rice bowl they enjoy for breakfast. You can also book a cruise on the Otaru Canal, which is a delightful experience. The city is also home to a fairytale-like music box museum, and you can even rent a music box from the bar to take back to your room to play.

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