Today will be the play day for the kids since we visited Hoshino Ski Resort Tomamu. We will play the whole day at this ski resort. We departed from Sapporo at 7.45 am and we reached Tomamu 2 hrs later.
Tomamu station is open space train station and this train station is very quiet and nobody seen on the train station. Shuttle bus from Hoshino Resort Tomamu was already on standby when visitors arrived by train.
After alighting out from the train, we quickly went into the shuttle bus and we arrived at the ski resort 10 minutes later.
Hoshino resort is a big ski resort in Tomamu which offer not only accomodation and ski facilities, but also various other activities within their premises. Official website of Hoshino Resort Tomamu can be found here: https://www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/en/
Hoshino Resort Tomamu also welcomes day trip visitors. However, certain activities like Ice Village and Mina Mina beach can be accesses for free only for in-house guest.
Since we were day trip visitors, we decided to do outdoor activities in Hoshino Resort Tomamu. They allocated special area for snow outdoor activities name as GAO outdoor centre. There are a lof ot outdoor activities offered by GAO outdoor centre like snow mobile ride, banana boat, snow rafting, sledding, snow shoe tour, cross country etc. I must admit that the price of the activities are quite expensive.
For the first actvity, we decided to do Banana boat. The price is 1,800 yen for adults and 900 yen for kids. The ride itself was fun since this is our first time having banana boat on snow. Moreover, the view on this outdoor area was superb and extraordinary. We were like in the white dessert area and all are covered with white snow.
The banana boat were also skidded several times which makes it very fun for the kids. The officer was also made a few stops and allow us to take pictures.
After completed banana boat play, we went for lunch at Green Kitchen near GAO Outdoor Center. Website: https://www.snowtomamu.jp/summer/en/restaurant/greenkitchen.php
Green kitchen mostly serve Western cuisine. Although the price is a bit steep, the food taste is very good and nice.
After lunch, it’s time to play again. The kids chose to do snow sledding. The kids can play snow sledding until 4pm and the cost per children is 1,100 yen. The kids really enjoyed the sledding and there are various sled they can choose. When they bored with the sled, they can exhange with other sled.
It was very cold (around -13 degree Celcius) but the cold weather could not stop the kids for playing sled. Since their face turned to red, we asked them to stop for a while and we went back to Green Kitchen again.
We ordered French Toast and Hot chocolate this time to make our body warm. It was a good short break to escape from the cold weather.
After the break, the kids played sledding again until 4pm and they need to return back the sled.
Our next stop was Ice Village. However, in order to protect the kids, my hubby suggested for us to go for dinner first. We definitely need hot food so we decided to have Japanese ramen at Noodles Miyabi at Foresta Mall. Website: https://www.snowtomamu.jp/summer/en/restaurant/miyabi.php
The ice village appears at Tomamu in winter only. Fantastic scenery expands in front of you, which is possible only in the environment of Tomamu where the temperature reaches -20°C. Website: http://www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/en/icevillage/
When you visit Hoshino Resort Tomamu, please 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 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.
At around 8pm, we took the shuttle bus again back to Tomamu JR station to catch our train back to Sapporo. Our train was at 8.20 pm will reach Sapporo around 10.20pm.
At Sapporo, we visited again Kinotoya Bake at Stellar Place and we bought again their freshly baked cheese tart. The cheese tart price is 183 yen per pc or 1080 yen per box (6 pcs).
The Kinotoya bake store located inside JR Stellar Place Sapporo, nearby Sapporo JR station.
The kids were very happy plus exhausted today because they played almost whole day in ski resort. They slept straight away once we reached Ibis Sapporo hotel.