The powder is on ice in Japan’s coldest place
In the centre of Japan’s skier and boarder holy ground, Hokkaido, is Tomamu, a small mountainous area unlike any other. Tomamu belongs to the village town of Shimukappu, known as the coldest place in Japan, and in winter, the skiers and boarders alike all head to the apex of the village, Mt Tomamu to chase after a thrilling ride. Over 90% of Shimukappu (including Tomamu) is woodland, rich with nature and wildlife like deers, foxes and river trouts. Accommodation in Tomamu is surrounded by the woods, with both Japanese style inns and Western style lodges emanating a homely, small town charm. Local produces like deer meat, trout and Nameko mushrooms are a must-try when in Tomamu, but there’s plenty of options in restaurants, especially at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, located at the foot of the mountain.
Tomamu can go down to -30ºC on a cold day, but this extremely cold climate is the secret of Tomamu’s attraction. The secret is that the cold climate provides the perfect environment for snow to remain in great shape for days on end, not to mention the super dry powder that falls in this area. Weaving through the foresty Mt Tomamu feeling the powder snow beneath, is a thrilling ride you can’t resist.
How close is Tomamu to?
New Chitose Airport: 1 hr 10 min (train)
Sapporo: 1 hr 35 min (train)
Obihiro: 1 hr 15 min (train)