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Unkai Terrace

Unkai Terrace in Hokkaido offers a stunning sea of clouds at 1,088 meters above sea level and is a must-visit summer destination.

By Abhijit Sen

Unkai Terrace, located in the heart of Hokkaido, is a breathtaking natural phenomenon that offers an unforgettable experience. Standing at an impressive 1,088 meters above sea level, this mountaintop terrace provides a stunning panoramic view of the sea of clouds. The terrace features seven unique viewing platforms, allowing visitors to marvel at the ethereal sight of clouds rolling in high above the mountains.

Unkai Terrace

Unkai Terrace

Photo by: PIXTA/ ttn3 A view above the clouds.

The word unkai translates to sea of clouds in Japanese, and witnessing this natural wonder truly lives up to its name. Open from mid-May to mid-October, the terrace is a must-visit summer destination. The best time to visit is in the early morning when the sea of clouds typically appears. However, it’s essential to check the weather forecast before planning your visit to ensure optimal viewing conditions.

Visitors must take a 13-minute gondola ride from Hoshino Resorts Tomamu. It’s recommended to arrive early and dress warmly, as morning temperatures can be quite chilly even in the summer months. The gondolas operate during specific hours, so it’s important to plan your visit accordingly.

On the terrace is Kumo Cafe, which offers a selection of teas, coffees, soups and pastries.

A Sea of Clouds

Unkai Terrace

Photo by: PIXTA/ garapagos Start your day with an adventure.

In addition to the awe-inspiring sea of clouds, Unkai Terrace offers several other attractions. The Cloud Walk, a unique deck shaped like a cloud, provides visitors with the sensation of walking amidst the clouds. The Cloud Pool, resembling a giant hammock, offers a relaxing spot to observe the ever-shifting cloud formations. For those seeking a thrilling experience, the observation decks at Unkai Terrace provide an unparalleled perspective of the breathtaking scenery.

The Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, where Unkai Terrace is located, also offers nature walks, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking and hot air balloon rides. Visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of the green season, with opportunities for exploration and adventure.

From the mesmerizing sea of clouds to the unique observation decks and a variety of outdoor activities, Unkai Terrace is a place where nature’s grandeur takes center stage. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, it is sure to leave a lasting impression and create cherished memories.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

The terrace is operational from May 9 to October 15, 2024 

Hours are as follows: June 1 – Aug. 31: 5 P.M. – 8 P.M., Sept. 1 – Sept. 30: 4:30 P.M. – 8 P.M., Oct. 1st to Oct. 15: 5 P.M. – 8 P.M.

Cable car fees: Adults:  ¥1,900, Children (7-11 years old):  ¥1,200, children under seven years old: free

How To Get There


By train

From Shin-Chitose airport station, take the JR Rapid airport train (about 70 minutes by JR limited express) to Minami-Chitose station and then transfer. It takes approximately 70 minutes from Sapporo station and 60 minutes from Obihiro station by JR limited express. Once you arrive at the nearest Tomamu station, you can board a free shuttle bus to the resort.

By bus

It takes around 180 minutes from Sapporo, 120 minutes from New Chitose Airport, 130 minutes from Asahikawa Airport, and 180 minutes from Obihiro Airport.

By car

It takes about 5 minutes from Doto Expressway Tomamu IC.

Where To Stay

Petit Hotel Gracey Tomamu
  • Kamitomamu, Yufutsu-gun Shimukappu-mura, Hokkaido, 079-2205 Japan
  • ¥11,250 - ¥11,250
  • 3.86/5 (141 reviews)
  • 5.5 km

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