A holiday in the snow is always great fun for the kids and grown-ups alike, but it’s also nice to pop the children in day care every now and then and experience some deep powder skiing! Here are two ways to enjoy a day at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU in Japan – one with kids and one without
Hit the slopes at Nipo Town
Start the day at Nipo Town, a free children’s area within the ski area of Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU. Nipo is an original character of the area — a woodland fairy who lives in the forest of Tomamu. With free use and rental of play equipment, here small children can enjoy their first full snow play to full-scale ski/snowboard lessons with bilingual staff members. There are some gentle slopes in this dedicated kids’ area that allow them to get used to the snow, and even a designated lift. Nipo Town also has a stamp relay for kids to get excited about, setting them on a scavenger hunt to collect all the stamps scattered throughout Nipo Town.
Ride the waves at Mina-Mina Beach
Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU is also home to Mina-Mina Beach, Japan’s largest indoor wave pool which is set at a pleasant 30°C year-round. Spas and an open-air bath also overlook the forest of Tomamu. The wave pool is 80m long and 30m wide, providing an open area for all to enjoy. There is also a separate, safe, 30cm-deep pool filled with coloured balls for smaller kids to play in.
Revel in the magic of the Ice Village
End the day at one of Hoshino Resort TOMAMU’s most iconic winter attractions. The Ice Village is open from mid-December to mid-March, featuring a variety of facilities including an ice-skating rink and an Ice Hotel. Each night in this winter wonderland is topped off by a brilliant display of fireworks against the snowy, night landscape.
Gear up for a backcountry cat-skiing tour
After checking your kids into the GAO Nursery and Snow Play centre, parents can finally get their gear ready to experience some of the best runs in Hokkaido. Around 30 per cent of the terrain at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU is suitable for expert skiers. In addition to the backcountry experts-only powder area, which can be accessed only upon registration, there is also ample access to tree skiing within the area bounds for those seeking a thrill. Advanced skiers can also Indulge their adventurous side with cat service tours and guided backcountry skiing/snowboarding tours that take you through pristine, untracked powder snow, stunning mountain landscapes and beautiful Japanese wilderness.
Chill out at the Ice Bar
The Ice Village is home to a bar made completely from ice! This fully-fledged bar is decked out with over 50 types of alcohol, and the bar counter and seats are all made from blocks of clear ice. The newest addition to the cocktail menu is the Lemon Ice Cocktail, which turns pink when mixed. All drinks at the ice bar can be served in glasses made of ice – completing the scene.
Enjoy the flavours of Hokkaido at OTTO SETTE TOMAMU
Sitting on the 31st floor of RISONARE Tomamu, OTTO SETTE TOMAMU is one of the main eateries at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU. This full course restaurant opened in 2019, serving Italian cuisine using ingredients unique to Hokkaido. These vary throughout the year, with the restaurant focusing on choosing ingredients that match the season. Diners with children aged between two and six can take advantage of the restaurant’s childcare service that allows parents to really relish the dining experience, while their children are cared for and enjoy their own specially designed kids’ menu.
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