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Introducing Japan’s first ski-in/ ski-out shopping precinct

December 6, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

Japan’s first ski-in/ski-out shopping precinct ‘hotalu street’ is set to open on 19th December 2017 at one of Hokkaido’s largest snow resorts, ‘Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU’. 

Australians are being invited to the grand opening of the new ‘ski-thru’ shopping complex where snow-bound travellers will be able to ski directly from their hotel doorsteps and into their favourite ramen restaurant.

Conveniently situated right on the slopes, ‘hotalu street’ offers 9 specialty shops and restaurants stretching along its 160m, all connected by a wooden deck promenade. Ski or snowboard right in and after enjoying a bite to eat and some shopping you can easily head straight back out onto the slopes. It’s also easily accessible to those not skiing or snowboarding as it is located only a 5-minute walk from Tomamu The Tower and RISONARE Tomamu. This provides a great new way for skiers and non-skiers alike to enjoy the slopes together.

The desire behind opening ‘hotalu street’
Our resorts are founded on the basis of “Contributing to developing a culture of enjoying the winter mountains”. Giving to all guests, whether they ski/snowboard or not, the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and magical enchantment of winter. We made ‘hotalu street’ in the hope of providing a way to enable the slopes to be a place where “Everyone can experience the joy of winter on the mountain to the fullest, not only by skiing and snowboarding but also through dining and shopping”. We hope to continue to further develop this culture of enjoying the wonder of winter.

Features of ‘hotalu street’
1. Japan’s first ski-in/ski-out facility
Located right on the slopes, the area makes use of the natural gentle decline to enable easy ski-in access. After a bite to eat or some shopping, it’s easy to glide straight back onto the slopes. Unlike other ski areas around Japan, which have their shopping and dining areas located at the base of the trails, ‘hotalu street’ offers Japan’s very first centre-of-the-mountain shopping and eating precinct. Also, for those not skiing or snowboarding, ‘hotalu street’ is an easy walk along the undercover walkway from either Tomamu The Tower or RISONARE Tomamu. This means that both skiers and non-skiers alike can enjoy time together on the slopes.

2. Enjoy eating and shopping surrounded by the snowy landscape
Among the 9 stores will be Hoshino Resorts first ever ‘tukino’ cafe & bar and ‘yukino’ sweets. There will also be a ramen noodle shop and a rice bowl restaurant. Cafe & Bar ‘tukino’ will offer not only coffee but also drinks made from Hokkaido’s famous local milk such as the ‘Buttermilk Latte’ as well as alcoholic beverages. Sweets ‘yukino’ will offer a variety of 15 original ‘Coupe’ sweets. Coupe is the French word for a type of dish in which desserts are served. At Tomamu, desserts are sold in cylindrical containers measuring 5cm in diameter and 8cm in height, filled with cream and delicious fruits such as honeyberry and melon. You can either take it home as a souvenir or sit and enjoy it by the fireplace on the wood deck outside the store, a great way to relax and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery.

Shop list (TBC)
1 Cafe & Bar “tukino”
2. Sweets “yukino”
3. Ramen “AFURI”
5. Soup Curry “GARAKU”
6. Hokkaido Italian “ALTEZZA TOMAMU”
7. Bowl House “Eni”
8. Party Deli “Green Package”
9. Outdoor Pro Shop “FULLMARKS TOMAMU”


The Origin of the Name ‘hotalu street’
At our resorts, we are always conscious to remain actively engaged in the restoration and preservation of nature. The area where ‘hotalu street’ is situated is originally a place where fireflies gathered. ‘Hotalu’ is the Japanese word for firefly. Through small but significant steps, we hope to revive the original landscape and enable visitors to enjoy the nature of the area. Therefore, we chose the name of ‘hotelu street’.

‘hotalu street’ Overview
Opening period: 19 December 2017 – 3 April 2018
Opening times: 11am – 11pm *may vary for some stores
Location: Centre of the slopes at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Cost: Free entry *may vary for some stores
Open to both overnight and day guests
Reservations not required

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