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“Excellent snow, unique hotel”

Hoshino Resort Tomamu
Reviewed 14 January 2014

I recently travelled to Tomamu for some great powder (in March).

The great appeal of Tomamu is the proximity to Chitose Airport; as one of the closest big size resorts to Chitose/Sapporo, the bus liner can have you on the snow within 1130am if you catch the 930 bus (which works really well flying in from Bangkok arriving 8am). Book all that in advance.

The resort itself, the tower hotel is a little dated, but the rooms are nice and the ski resort delivers some outstanding runs, although the lift layout in 2013 was a little flat in places for a snowboard, this is something the resort has been changing and I look forward to returning in 2014 with the NEW lift layout where they have corrected some of the placement of stations and reduced the total number of lifts while increasing the runs. This is not unusual in Japan, quite a few resorts have some fairly funky lift placement!

The views from a 30 storey hotel are extraordinary, and it is worth taking a book, as the TV only plays Japanese stations - ok as they had the world baseball classic on while I was there, but maybe not so good if you only watch gameshows.

The resort itself is a great place to go for all levels of skier/snowboarder, and with the new lift layout is probably even better than when I was there. On the left hand side looking up, there are some really nice groomers for carving, the centre zone has good tree skiing and powder, then the right hand side directly above the Towers is entry level good groomers for beginners/intermediates. The gondola is seemingly the quickest way to the top, but like a lot of Japanese resorts this is a volcano type mountain, so it is very steep at the top, ok in the middle, and very flat at the bottom; meaning if you want steeper terrain you are maybe better to stick to the upper chairs.

The snow quality here is a bit better than Niseko/coastal resorts, while there are more blue sky days also. Unlike Furano they are quite ok here with riding offpiste in bounds, provided you register (I think you need a mobile phone for this plus a bib); the trees are a lot better spaced than Furano also, in that respect it is like Sahoro, but with a bigger resort area to play on.

One nice thing is the bus leaving tomamu there is a late bus so you could more easily ride here a few days than almost any other resort, since you can get more than a halfday the first day, and ride a full day until 5pm (from memory) on the last day.

Be aware that this is a fully enclosed resort, so while there are a few places to eat and a massive wave pool thing to check out, this is not a proper town unlike Furano or Niseko, and so perhaps a little less lively than some other places. Coupled with lack of English TV, I suggest taking a good book or computer to play endless games of Minecraft or similar ;-)

Tomamu seems to be one of the few resorts that is currently investing in their ski resort with changing around their lifts and hopefully they will open up more terrain on the mountain in the future - the location really makes this a great place to visit.

5  Thank Kipsan B
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

We just got back from Tomamu a few days ago. We went for 4D/3N, got a room on the 32nd floor. The view is breathtaking! On the first morning, it was -22C! It snowed a lot when we were there. We had great fun snowboarding and skiing, although we are no advanced boarders or skiers, the slopes were great for us. The snow was fantastically fluffy and fine! It was kinda different from Sapporo and Alpensia.

The Indoor Beach was interesting: you swam as if you were on a tropical beach, but just looking outside the full-length windows, you saw thick snow everywhere! The outdoor hotbath, access through the same building, was nice to experience: body is in hot water, probably 35~40C, while the head is feeling the freezing winds and falling snow!

The Ice Village and Polar Village were not open when we were there, unfortunately.
Apart from the main dinning place, other restaurants were so-so.
Staff are courteous and polite. English is adequate, there are Chinese speaking staff as well.

Ski and board rentals, lift etc are expensive, especially, when the sun sets as early as 3:30pm, :-)

Overall, we liked it very much!

2  Thank UTQ1
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

Great groomers, but the resort thaws a bit because of the south facing aspects, plenty of terrain and no one there!

Thank Peety117
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

Have been here twice with the family skiing and had a lovely time. The snow and service is amazing with some cute eating options. Hotel is a bit tired but really appreciated the efforts of the staff. Go off season to get some excellent value.

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