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Tomamu (トマム) is a modern, high-class ski resort in central Hokkaido, about 90 minutes by train south of Sapporo. The resort covers two mountains and has a large selection of trails to choose from. In addition to beginner slopes and groomed trails, Tomamu has courses aimed at enthusiast skiers including expert runs, a well maintained terrain park, and sanctioned tree skiing within resort boundaries.

Tomamu also offers a host of other activities such as snowmobiling, snow rafting, snowshoeing and curling. Lessons are available for beginner skiers and snowboarders, and there is a kid's snow park to entertain smaller children with ski lessons, a snow playground and sledding.

Tomamu is an attractive destination for a multi-day ski trip. It offers multiple accommodation options, including skyscraper hotels by Hoshino Resort and the all-inclusive Club Med Tomamu. The resort also offers a large indoor wave pool, hot spring facilities, spa services and several restaurants. Free shuttle buses provide transportation between the resort's different areas.

In the evenings, pay a visit to Tomamu's illuminated Ice Village (December 10, 2023 to March 14, 2024), a collection of domes constructed entirely of snow and ice. The domes house a bar, shop, wedding chapel, hotel (with one room) and a workshop for ice-related hands-on experiences. There is also an ice skate rink. The village is free to enter for staying resort guests but costs a small admission fee (600 yen) for non-staying visitors.

Tomamu Ski Resort
Tomamu is a modern, but somewhat isolated ski resort in central Hokkaido. It has a big resort feel with lots of attractions for overnight guests. Lift ticket prices are lowered during the early season.
Season*
Early December to early April
(December 1, 2023 to April 1, 2024)
Lifts
6 lifts
Tickets
Full day 7000 yen
Half day 6000 yen
Nighter 5000 yen
Access
Bus/Train 90-100 minutes by hourly limited express trains from Sapporo.
Car 4 kilometers west of Tomamu IC.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

Getting there and around

By train

JR limited express trains run every 2-3 hours between Sapporo and Tomamu stations. The trip takes around 100 minutes, costs 5,550 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Seat reservations are mandatory. When coming from Shin-Chitose Airport, a transfer of trains is required at Minami-Chitose Station. Free shuttle buses operate between the Tomamu Station and the ski resort.

By bus

During most of the ski season, ski buses connect Tomamu directly with Sapporo's Shin-Chitose Airport (120 minutes, 5000 yen one way, reservations required, departures every 2 hours). Less frequent ski buses connect Tomamu directly to central Sapporo, Niseko, Rusutsu, Furano and Asahikawa.