Tokinosumika Night Illumination Summer 2016 | SHIZUOKA

Recently, we paid our annual summer visit to the Tokinosumika resort, also known as Gotemba Kogen, in Shizuoka. This visit we split our stay between the Blueberry Lodges and the Hotel Tokinosumika, just two of the accommodation choices available at this activity and attraction packed resort. This year, as always, the night illumination was stunning and … Continue reading Tokinosumika Night Illumination Summer 2016 | SHIZUOKA

“Books and Cafe” at Tokinosumika, Gotemba

 BRIEF UPDATE 2016: “Books and cafe” has undergone some changes and it is no longer free in. More details to come in the coming days. There is a lovely cafe in the Tokinosumika resort, aptly called “Books & Cafe”! It’s one of my favourite spaces actually, due to the ambience and wooden structure. It’s a … Continue reading “Books and Cafe” at Tokinosumika, Gotemba

The bell of love! Japan’s 2nd heaviest bell. Tokinosumika

We went to Tokinosumika in Gotemba, Shizuoka, this past Golden Week. To be honest, I love discovering new places, but with 4 young children it is easier just to go somewhere we are familiar with. Tokinosumika never disappoints and each year they have something new there. Something that is not new and is somewhat of … Continue reading The bell of love! Japan’s 2nd heaviest bell. Tokinosumika

Blueberry Lodge at Tokinosumika, Shizuoka (And Shaun the Sheep!)

On our most recent visit to Tokinosumika we tried the self catering (with breakfast buffet included) option, for the first time, in the Blueberry Lodges. The Blueberry Lodges are one floor houses essentially. There are four to a block. Each lodge has a Western bedroom, a Japanese bedroom, a toilet, bathroom, vanity unit, dining room … Continue reading Blueberry Lodge at Tokinosumika, Shizuoka (And Shaun the Sheep!)

Teepees at Tokinosumika, Gotemba, Shizuoka

2015 – 2016 THE TEEPEES ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE HIRE Are you looking for unique accommodation in Japan? Ever thought of staying in a teepee (tipi / tepee / wigwam)? If you like the outdoors and want to try something different, the tepee site in Gotemba is a cheap, fun and alternative place … Continue reading Teepees at Tokinosumika, Gotemba, Shizuoka

The playground at Tokinosumika, Gotemba, Shizuoka

Updated in summer 2015: The playground at Tokinosumika has undergone some changes and is no longer free for everyone, but they have added lots of attractions including bouncing castles and other equipment. The playground remains free for children under 7.  It costs 800 yen for adults and 500 yen for children 7 and over, but guests … Continue reading The playground at Tokinosumika, Gotemba, Shizuoka

Hotel Tokinosumika and Kirakubo Hot Spring, Gotemba | SHIZUOKA

View from Hotel Tokinosumika of the Tokinosumika Resort Our first visit to Hotel Tokinosumika with kids was May 2012. (We had stayed in other accommodation in the Tokinosumika resort before and after that). At the time my son was 2 and my daughter 15 months old. The room was ideal for them. It was a 10 … Continue reading Hotel Tokinosumika and Kirakubo Hot Spring, Gotemba | SHIZUOKA

Family Friendly Nagatoro Autocamp | CHICHIBU

We used to spend almost every weekend each August in the Chichibu area, mainly Yokoze and Nagatoro, before we had kids. It is one of my favourite areas in Saitama due to the abundance of nature. It is a very beautiful part of Saitama, and indeed the Kanto area. And due to its accessibility from … Continue reading Family Friendly Nagatoro Autocamp | CHICHIBU

Peter Rabbit lodgings during Golden Week trip | SHIZUOKA

For the last 7 years we’ve been going to a resort in Gotemba every Golden Week.  The resort has a choice of accommodation ranging from hotel rooms to self catering lodges. This year we stayed in the “slow house villa” area in a yurt or パオ (Pao) as they are called in Japanese.  The yurts in … Continue reading Peter Rabbit lodgings during Golden Week trip | SHIZUOKA

Peter Rabbit Lodgings in Japan

There are lots of themed museums, parks, restaurants and hotels throughout Japan. Some are more famous than others, such as Disney Land and Sea in Chiba or Universal Studios in Osaka. However, it is not unusual to discover that an unexpected character has a place and a following somewhere in Japan. Previously, I have written … Continue reading Peter Rabbit Lodgings in Japan