Food & Nightlife
There is a good selection of Tomamu restaurants ranging from traditional Japanese to French-Italian fusion.
A major hub of restaurants and eateries is at the Foresta Mall which is accessed from the Tomamu Tower Hotel
via the Skywalk, a glass walled corridor.
Some of the Tomamu restaurants are buffets, so it’s a great place to over-indulge. You can eat a HUGE selection of Western food and other Japanese delicacies, and hopefully plenty of sushi and sashimi. You'll need to prepare to put on a few kilos whilst at Tomamu! Alternatively you'll have to ski or board really, really hard to work off the calories. The food is too irresistible to knock back, so this is not a place for those with low will-power!
For up-market diners, there is a very nice silver-service restaurant located in the Risonare Hotel. The food is exquisite with French/Italian inspired cuisine, the service is impeccable and there are magnificent views overlooking the flood-lit ski runs.
And if you get a bit tired of buffets or you’ve got cabin fever, you can easily escape from the resort and travel to the town of Shintoku. To get there, take the complimentary shuttle bus from your hotel to the train station, and then it’s a 20 minute train trip to Shintoku. Shintoku is only a small town but it has some very nice little traditional Japanese restaurants (including some with karaoke rooms!) only a few minutes walk from the station.
Tomamu Bars and Nightlife
Ha! Tomamu doesn’t have any après ski festivities or nightlife, unless your definition of nightlife is having dinner or going to the wave pool!
Unfortunately the lack of nightlife is one of the drawbacks of Tomamu (although this is common to all non-westernised Japanese ski resorts). There is not a bar anywhere in the resort to have a drink after skiing or snowboarding. The only exception is the ice bar in the ice village (if it’s open), but it is so cold in there that you'll only last one drink.
There are plenty of vending machines throughout the resort so it is easy to get a drink 24x7, however the only place available to gather is back in your hotel room (luckily the rooms are big!). Take-away drinks from the vending machines or the souvenir shops are not particularly cheap, so stock up before you arrive.