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, backcountry tours, cross country skiing, paraskiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. Lessons are available for beginner skiers and snowboarders, and there is a large kid's snow park to entertain smaller children with ski lessons, a snow playground, sledding and snow boat rides.
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, modern hot spring facilities, spa and massage services and several nice restaurants. Free shuttle buses provide transportation between the resort's different areas.
In the evenings, pay a visit to Tomamu's illuminated Ice Village, a collection of domes constructed entirely of snow and ice. The domes house a restaurant, bar, shop, a wedding chapel and a workshop run in conjunction with Hokkaido University where you can learn about snow and ice. A small cafe and free activities such as ice skating and a snow slide are also found around the village.
Hourly JR limited express trains run between Sapporo and Tomamu Stations. The trip takes around 90-100 minutes, costs about 5000 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass. 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.
During most of the ski season, ski buses connect Tomamu directly with Sapporo's Shin-Chitose Airport (120 minutes, 4100 yen one way, reservations required, departures every 1-2 hours). Less frequent ski buses connect Tomamu directly to central Sapporo, Niseko, Rusutsu, Furano, Asahikawa Airport and Obihiro Airport.