Photo credit: Hoshino Resorts
The hotel skyscrapers' footprint is so small that hundreds of people can stay in comfy rooms while the rest of the land is kept intact. It seems building sky high is not only worth it if the land is as expensive as in Manhattan.
The resort attracts adventure-seeking visitors who like to go skiing, fishing, rafting, canoeing, playing golf, and doing hot-air balloon rides.
There is an ice chapel and a chapel on the water. Whichever unique setting you choose, your wedding will be pretty memorable.
The apparent advantage of a tower is the view you get from the higher floors. Additionally, there are no nearby buildings, so you get an unobstructed view of Hokkaido's mountains and forests.
There are three room types; standard, family, and mamarakuda - a baby-save room for families with small kids.
The cozy living room lets you chill by the floor-to-ceiling windows or even dip in the jacuzzi while having a scenic natural panorama.
Some rooms were created with a wild imagination. The cloud-themed room, for example, has a centrally located hanging cocoon chair and fluffy clouds in all forms and shapes around it.
The on-site wine house has plenty of options to get you tipsy.
The indoor fun starts with a huge, 262 feet (80 meters) long wave pool at Mina-Mina Beach. The bright hangar-like building lets in plenty of light. The whitewashed metal frames give it a slightly industrial feel without being intrusive.
The poolside loungers, where you can slurp on some cold drinks, add to the holiday mood, even during a cold winter day. And the pool is so big that you can rent stand-up paddle boards and go for a ride.
Mina means smile in the Ainu language, and you are sure to have a grin on your face when you see waves coming towards you in an indoor pool, far away from a natural sea.
Kirin-no Yu is an open-air heated pool by the forest. You can soak in this tranquil environment while breathing in the crystal clear air of the Japanese countryside.
Unlike anything you have seen, the sky-high towers are neighboring traditional farms where you can get close to cows, sheep, goats, and horses. In addition, the Tomumu Pond is filled with fish, in case you are into fishing.
Among tree stump chairs, hay bales, and hammocks, you can read your favorite book while goats and sheep are doing their business around you.
Skiing in Tomamu
The Hoshino Resort gets you a free two-day ticket, even if you only stay for a night. So you can ski on the day of your arrival and when you check out. The beautiful ski slope is right by the hotel towers, so you can ski in and ski out.
The spectacular viewing platform at an altitude of 3,570 feet (1,088 meters) on Mt. Tomamu can be reached by a 13-minute ride with the Unkai Gondola. The lift is free if you stay at Resonale Tomamu or The Tower.
The observation deck offers breathtaking views of Hokkaido and sometimes a sea of clouds.
Unkai terrace's viewing platform is a functional art installation. You can climb up on giant chairs to have a better view.
Then there is a hammock imitating panoramic deck that will attract curious crowds. Locals call it the "cloud pool".
And the artistic bridge shaped like a clover leaf lets you walk high above the ground while overlooking the valley below.