Club Med Tomamu in Hokkaido, Japan is famous for its snow activities. When Club Med open Tomamu for summer, I made a trip to find out what is there to do in the mountains.
Club Med Tomamu offers the all-inclusive package similar like other Club Med resorts worldwide. The price that you pay includes accommodation, gourmet meals, open bar, sports activities, childcare, entertainment, wifi and travel insurance.
Club Med Tomamu rooms size are much larger than many other Japanese hotels. The lowest category, Superior Room is 38 sqm. Each room comes with a large flat screen TV, USB sockets, iron & board, bath tub, bath robes, tea/coffee making facilities and more.
Club Med Tomamu activities are not as extensive as other resorts in Asia. Activities available are mountain biking, walking / hiking, flying trapeze, archery, tennis and fitness classes.
Mountain biking is one of the must do activities in Club Med Tomamu. There are two levels of mountain biking activity – intermediate and advance.
I missed the intermediate session, so I went for the advance session. The cycling path was scenic. It goes down hill through a rocky track, passing the tennis court, golf course before reaching the rest point. The final part of the activity was the toughest, we had to cycle uphill back to Club Med Tomamu, which made most participants out of breath. Cycling was pleasant in Tomamu due to the cool mountain weather.
At Club Med Tomamu, guests can enjoy a wide variety of international and Japanese dishes at Itara, the resort’s main buffet restaurant. The Haku specialty restaurant, serves barbecued fresh seafood and meats in Japanese Yakiniku style. Hokkaido is also known for its dairy products, so don’t miss their soft serve dessert as well.
The Nest is an adults only zen bar. Surrounded by forest it sells and serves quality whiskies and sake (not included in the Club Med package price).
Indoor Wave Pool
The Mina Mina Beach is Japan’s largest indoor wave pool and its located just opposite the Club Med Tomamu entrance. The pool operated by Hoshino Resorts, charges an entrance fee. Good news! Club Med guest can enter free, just show the locker card at the entrance.
Lockers for the wave pool are located below the wave pool. Select a vacant locker and slot in the locker card to use.
Besides the large wave pool, there is also an onsen available on the right side of the building. You go in to onsen, the same way you came into this world – naked.
Separate lockers are available at the Onsen. You will need to remove all your clothes, keep in the locker before heading to the shower. There is an outdoor hot spring, sauna, steam bath and indoor cold tub.
Sea of Clouds
Club Med Tomamu is located next to the cable car to the Unkai Terrace. Experience the mesmerising natural phenomenon of clouds rising over the mountains, which is also known as the “Sea of Clouds”. There is a small cafe at the Unkai Terrace, where you can enjoy a hot drink while admiring the amazing views.
The Unkai is subject to weather conditions. It is highly recommend to check the Unkai forecast official website if the cable car is operating and if the Unkai is occurring.
The cable car cost 1900 yen for adults and 1200 yen for child. Tickets can be purchased from the Club Med Tomamu reception. Should you be unable to use the cable car, return the tickets in good condition for a refund.
My first try to see the Unkai failed as it was closed due to rain. My second try was a success. I had to wake up at 4am and start queuing at 4.30am. The queue gets really long when it’s almost 5am.
The cable car operates from 4.30am or 5am till about 8am. Best to go as early as possible as it gets warm and crowded in the later hours.
The famous Farm Tomita in Furano is approx 1.5 hours by car from Club Med Tomamu. The farm is about 20 hectares with 12 flower fields.
The traditional lavender field is a slope completely covered in lavender. The lavender will start blooming from late June to mid August and is said to be Japan’s oldest lavender field.
Must Try – Soft serve ice cream that comes in milk, lavender and melon flavours. Cup 250 yen, Cone 300 yen.
Must Buy – lavender products from essential oils to soap and pillows.
This activity is a half-day excursion. Cost is 9000 yen per person (adult/child).
The Bear Mountain is located nearby Club Med Sahoro. Travel time is approx. 35 minutes from Club Med Tomamu. The 15-hectare facility allows visitors to observe the brown bear in the natural surroundings.
The tour includes a ride in a bus like vehicle that brings you around to see the brown bears roaming in the park. The ride ends at a glass observatory that lets you be right next to a brown bear.
This excursion includes a stop at Kuttari Onsen.
This activity is a half-day excursion. Cost is 8500 yen per adult and 8000 yen per child.
Would I recommend going to Club Med Tomamu? Definitely! It’s a totally difference experience as compared to other Club Med resorts in Asia. To make your visit better, I recommend going on an excursion or two as there is so much to see and do in Hokkaido. Check out the latest Club Med Tomamu Summer deals here.