A full day at Tomamu. Nobody wanted to take ski lessons so we took our time to explore the resort and just chill.
First things first, breakfast. Those with a huge appetite or who like a wide variety of food can choose to have buffet at HAL or Nininupri. The other option is breakfast set at selected restaurants at Foresta Mall like Grill King.My group chose buffet so we took the Sky Walk path to Nininupri.The food stations were all centralised near the entrance of the restaurant. A few steps down and it’s the seating area. We were early so managed to get window seats overlooking snow capped pine trees.
The buffet spread was not as lavish as HAPO at Lake Akan. Nonetheless, we had a satisfying breakfast. And since the weather was quite clear, we cut short our chit chat to visit Unkai Terrace or Terrace of Frost Trees (雲海平台). We caught the shuttle bus outside Nininupri (bus stop I) and alighted at bus stop B, which was the Resort Centre (度假村中心). To get to the terrace, we needed to take a gondola that cost 2,200 yen per adult for a two-way ride.Four could fit into one gondola and up we went.It was freezing cold standing on the viewing platform at the top of Mount Tomamu. I managed to take one last photo before my iphone 6 went dead. This was the second time my phone switched off by itself even though there was sufficient battery. It’s definitely the weather because it was also awfully cold when it happened the first time at Sounkyo. At first we thought the platform was it. But I recalled seeing a circular structure protruding out of the mountain. So we went in search for it despite feeling almost frozen. And ta-da…The view from the platform was spectacular. We could see our hotel, the Tower, and almost the entire resort. The clouds were clearing when we took the gondola back down. One lesson I’ve learnt from this trip is that the weather in Hokkaido can change real fast. From the Resort Centre, we took the shuttle bus to Mina-Mina Beach (bus stop C), one stop away. It wasn’t opened yet but a very kind staff member let us in so we could be out of the cold. It’s basically a huge indoor heated swimming complex. And somewhere within the building there’s also an onsen pool. We weren’t really looking to swim. Just wanted to see what the place was like.
We hopped onto the next shuttle bus that brought us back to the hotel. And right at the lobby was the reindeer petting area. The reindeer sleigh wasn’t in operation so all we could do was to take photos with the reindeer.See the glass covered walkway in the picture above? That’s Sky Walk leading to Foresta Mall, where we had our lunch. This time we tried Menya Miyabi.How was the ramen?Good to the very last drop of soup. Rarely does my girl slurp down an entire bowl of ramen. The rest of the day was spent tobogganing at the child sled course situated at the back of the hotel. It’s free. Just pick up any of the plastic sled on the ground and whiz down the rather gentle slope. Dinner was back at Menya Miyabi but this time we tried the curry rice. Not too bad but their ramen was definitely better.