Driving 1.5 hours in the heavy rain further south of Furano would be where we would be staying over for a night. Hoshino Tomamu Ski Resort, which is famous for their ski resort.
However, the resort is also suitable for summer vacation as there are also alot of activities both for young and old. Some parts of the hotel was pretty run down but the main public areas were all newly renovated.
We booked the family room that can sleep 4 adults with lots of space for 4, as it was the peak summer period so the room rate was around 20000JPY per person. The same room could be booked for around 6500JPY per person for their low season.
The Chapel on the Water was designed by one of the established architects in Japan, Tadao Ando. Nestled in Tomamu where is located in the south area of Hurano, Hokkaido, this chapel was built in 1988, made out of simple materials of stones, woods and glasses, based on the idea of a Japanese christian Kanzo Uchimura.
Kanzo Uchimura thought that the real chapel shouldn’t be caught up with religion, but be based on the principle of non-church. With this idea, the Chapel on the Water was created, that suits to Japanese people who are not fixed on the church style.
You can see concrete walls and huge glass windows facing to the lake. Looking through the window, what you see is the cross and deep forest reflecting in the lake. The 4 concrete Crosses and water on the roof create a fantastic space. Inside of the church looks a form of the non-church style which is quite different from other churches. Tadao Ando did detailed designs for the church including an altar chairs.
In spring, summer and autumn, the huge window will be opened to feel the nature closely. In winter, there will be a lot of snow over the glass windows, and the white view makes this chapel more fantastic one.
In these days the Chapel on the Water is used mainly for marriage. Since its design by Tadao Ando, the chapel gained attractive attention for many people both regionally and nationally to hold a marriage ceremony.
This chapel is really famous in Japan where many Japanese couples would choose to marry here since it was designed by the famous Kanzo Uchimura. The chapel is only opened to the public between 630am – 730am or 9pm -10pm. This is a photo of how it would look like in the day from the hotel poster.