Hokkaido adventures: Exploring the skiing gems of northern Japan #2


Discover the Simple Pleasures of Skiing at Tohma Town’ Tiny Ski Area

While large ski resorts offer an array of amenities and facilities, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and enjoy the simpler things in life. Tucked away in the northern countryside of Asahikawa lies the tiny ski area of Tohma town, a contrast to the bustling large ski resorts. Local residents gather here to enjoy the simple pleasures of skiing, and the best part? It’s completely free! Though the facilities may be limited, with only one line of pony lift, which is a lift which is usually smaller and slower than the chairlifts. Though the pony lift may tire out your legs, it’s hard for you to complain because it is completely free.

Experience the Charm of a Small Ski Area with Pony Lift

So if you are in the mood for just an hour of skiing, Touma Town is the place to be. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or just starting out, the small and laid-back atmosphere of this ski area is sure to provide a memorable experience. And with no cost to enjoy the slopes, it’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. However, you may be probably wondering why I haven’t included a map or directions in this post… The reason is simple – this ski area is meant for locals, not tourists. I know it sounds weird, but I really want to keep this place kind of a secret. However, I understand I have no right to stop you curiousity. If you do happen to find this spot and you’re feeling adventurous in the sunny morning, give this little ski area a short try. It’s free, and I’m sure it’s a great way to start your day.

Toma Town’s Hidden Bakery Gems

Oh, don’t leave Tohma Town without stopping by local bakeries. Although it is a small town, there are several unique bakeries. My personal favorite is boulangerie Mawarimichi, where you can find the most delicious crispy baguettes.

Boulangerie Mawarimichi