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Hoshino Resorts Tomamu: the Best Family Ski Resort in Japan

With dry powder snow, an enchanting ice village (complete with ice slippery slides!) and a huge indoor pool, this could be the perfect destination for your next family holiday

Kids tobogganing in the sled park at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Kids tobogganing in the sled park at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

Japan is a dream destination for many snow-loving families, but with more than 500 resorts spread across the country, it can be hard to decide which one to choose. Look no further than Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU! Located on the southern slopes of Mt Tomamu along the famous Hokkaido Powder Belt, its cold, dry climate means the snow that falls here remains fluffy and light. And when we say fall, we mean FALL! With consistent monthly averages of 150cm, you are pretty much guaranteed some powder days during your stay.

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

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. As well as being fantastic value, it offers heaps of activities and adventures to keep children of all ages entertained. Here are some ideas for different age groups.

Toddlers

The indoor pool Mina Mina Beach at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
The indoor pool Mina-Mina Beach at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU doesn’t just have one of the best ski areas in Japan – it also has the biggest indoor beach in the country! Mina-Mina Beach also boasts Japan’s largest wave-making pool. The 30m x 80m pool is the ideal place for young kids to splash about, and there’s also a separate shallow children’s pool. And while the temperature can dip as low as -30°C outside, the indoor temperature is consistently 30°C or warmer, meaning you can always get a taste of summer in winter.

Pre-schoolers

Kids riding the banana boat at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Kids riding the banana boat at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Little ones will love tobogganing down the dedicated snow sledding slope and riding the banana boat on skis across the slopes. Kids as young as three can take part in private ski lessons.

Baking Baumkuchen – a type of German split cake that is a popular dessert in Japan – over a fire in a tent is also sure to be a hit with this age group. The rings that appear in the cake slices resemble the rings of a tree, giving the treat its name, which translates to ‘tree cake’.

Young kids

Children marvel at the Ice Village at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Children marvel at the Ice Village at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

With an ice bar where staff serve drinks in carved ice glasses, an ice-skating rink and a slippery dip made of ice, young children will get a huge kick out of Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU’s ice village. They will also want to stay awake for the spectacular fireworks show that lights up the sky every night from mid-December to mid-March.

Children aged six and over can also take part in a 3.5-hour snowshoe tour or a Snow Forest Family Adventure with Donkoro Outdoor School, in which they will cross a frozen river and look out for signs of wildlife, including animal paw prints in the snow, bears’ claw marks and marks left by black woodpeckers on trees. Also expect plenty of snow angel fun!

Tweens and teens

A snowboarder enjoying the powder at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
A snowboarder enjoying the powder at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

As the kids get bigger and their skills improve, they can hit the TOMAMU Slope Style Park — the only park in Hokkaido with lanes separated by levels. Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU’s terrain park is also one of the largest on the island. The most advanced park is even used as home ground for a former Olympian.

Older kids will also enjoy taking the 13-minute ride on the Unkai Gondola from the mid-mountain resort area to the Terrace of the Forest Tree observation deck (also known as the Cloud Walk and Unkai Terrace during summer), to watch low-lying clouds drift across the magnificent Hidaka Mountains. When the temperature is below freezing, water vapour in the air attaches onto tree branches, causing them to glisten white. You can also lie on the large hammock-like ‘Cloud Pool’ and feel like you are floating on air. Afterwards, grab a coffee or hot chocolate from KUMO Café.

The cloud bar at Unkai Terrace at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
The cloud bar at Unkai Terrace at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Going horse-riding through the snow is another delightful winter activity for families at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, while those with kids aged nine and over can ride in a snow cat to Mt Karifuri Peak to take in the beautiful view.

Plan your perfect family holiday at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu!

Getting there

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU is easily accessible by both train and bus from New Chitose Airport and the city of Sapporo. It takes around 85 minutes from the airport by bus and 70 minutes by train.

When to go

The ski season runs from early December until early April.

Where to stay

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU has two sets of ski-in, ski-out high rise towers. RISONARE Tomamu has large, luxurious suites with a courtyard with a fire pit, a ski and snowboard rental shop and an indoor playground beside the lobby where kids can play while their parents check in. Close to the centre of the resort, Tomamu The Tower has a range of rooms to choose from, including specially-designed baby and toddler-friendly rooms. It has direct access via a Skywalk corridor to Hotalu Street, which abounds with restaurants offering everything from traditional Japanese cuisine like sushi, ramen and yakitori to steak, soup curry and pizza.

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