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Located up on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido’s largest accommodation complex; Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, is home to a view that can only be described as witnessing heaven on earth – the unkai – or as it translates into English ‘a Sea of Clouds’.
This phenomenon can only be seen under certain atmospheric conditions, and with the resort’s viewing platforms, known as the ‘Unkai Terrace’, being placed at an elevation of 1088 meters, it makes for the perfect location to watch the clouds roll over the Japanese mountains like an endless heavenly wave.
Before the terrace opened, Tomamu’s unkai was only a familiar sight to the summer gondola maintenance staff, but after opening in 2006, Hoshino Resort Tomamu’s Unkai Terrace has become an extremely popular attraction in the area. During the fall of last year alone, 1.2 million people came to the resort for the view from Unkai Terrace.
As it’s popularity continues to grow, Hoshino Resort Tomamu has decided to renew the ‘Minato viewing deck’ with the aim of bringing the dynamic sea of clouds closer than ever before.
The renewal will see the deck protrude out into the clouds more than ever. It will make you feel as though you are floating in the air, and riding upon a sea of clouds that is flowing so close that you could simply reach out and touch it.
The deck will also play the base to a three story building, which the top floor, with a height of 12m, will give an even wider view of the unkai, the Hidaka Mountains and the morning sunshine.
Inside, a glass-enclosed cafe will welcome visitors with their signature ‘Unkai Coffee’ topped with cloud shaped marshmallows, and their ‘Unkai Soda’ which is covered in fluffy cloud-like cotton candy.
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