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. I was very reassured by the friendly feel of the lodge area at the back of Tokinosumika resort. Probably augmented by the “Welcome Friends” sign in English as we approached … 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, Gotemba, Shizuoka

Hotel Tokinosumika of the Tokinosumika Resort Written July 30, 2012, briefly updated August 2016 Our first visit to Hotel Tokinosumika with kids was May 2012. At the time my son was 2 and my daughter 15 months old. The room was ideal for them. It was a 10 tatami room with built in bunk beds, AND … Continue reading Hotel Tokinosumika, Gotemba, Shizuoka

Peter Rabbit lodgings during Golden Week trip

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

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

Shizuoka, Gotemba. Family resort with Accommodation, Hot springs, Dining, Shopping, Sports & Much much more

The Tokinosumika Resort in Gotemba, Shizuoka This post was first written in 2012 and has been updated on a number of occasions to reflect the changes in the resort, which is always modifying and upgrading. Highlights A wide variety of accommodation choices with babies and toddlers free A number of different types of eateries, both … Continue reading Shizuoka, Gotemba. Family resort with Accommodation, Hot springs, Dining, Shopping, Sports & Much much more