Hokkaido city to promote camping resort as "workation" base

Photo shows the inside of a cottage at Auto Resort Tomakomai Arten.

The city of Tomakomai in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island, plans to promote a local camping resort for teleworkers interested in “workations” that combine work and vacations.

The municipal office is eyeing a budget of 40 million yen to provide high-speed internet access in the cottages and meeting rooms at Auto Resort Tomakomai Arten, a popular resort owned by the city close to New Chitose airport.

Located at the foot of Mt. Tarumae, Auto Resort Tomakomai Arten has more than 200 camping spots, in addition to leisure facilities including horse and canoe riding areas and hot springs.

The resort is open throughout the year and had around 49,000 visitors last year. Workations are drawing attention with the growth of remote working amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Office equipment such as white boards, desks and chairs will be rented out.

Tomakomai is facing a population decline and hopes its efforts will attract teleworkers to counter the trend, a city official said.


Auto Resort Tomakomai Arten