The Tokinosumika Resort aka Gotemba Kogen 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.
- A wide variety of accommodation choices with babies and toddlers free
- A number of different types of eateries, both Japanese and Western
- A selection of hot springs including ones that are toddler friendly
- An abundance of sports facilities and sporting options. Some require booking in advance
- Swimming pool and paddling pool in the summer
- Activities and Crafts for people of all ages
- Games room
- Playground with mountain trampoline, bouncing castles, carousel
- Indoor play area with goldfish aquarium, projection mapping, wooden toys
- Events such as seasonal illumination, travelling exhibitions and Gotemba Kogen Fireworks Display in August
- A water, light and projection mapping show in the evenings
- Segways & bikes available for rent
- A pet hotel
- Coin Laundry and Vending Machines
- Free parking and free shuttle bus from station
- A doctor and clinic on the grounds (seasonal)
- A multitude of Fuji Views 🙂
The Tokinosumika resort is one of the few places I know in Japan that has a huge selection of things to do and see all available in the same complex. It also has great views of Mt Fuji. It is an ideal location to travel with family. It has plenty to do for a day out, and even more available to patrons of it’s accommodation, but please note there are charges for some facilities and activities. They are a very child friendly establishment with a huge selection of attractions some of which are listed below. It is also pet friendly and has a pet hotel on the premises. They have self catering accommodation as well as a choice of hotels.
The first time we stayed in Tokinosumika, also known as Gotemba Kogen, was when I was pregnant with my eldest. We had never heard of the resort; we just came across it by Providence when looking for somewhere to stay to break up a journey. It was the best accidental find ever! We arrived at night and the resort had quite a romantic feel thanks to the illuminations. We chose not to have dinner included in our stay and thankfully were in time to try out some of the restaurants on site, which, due to the family friendly focus of the resort, close quite early. We had a light dinner in the Grand Table followed by dessert in the Books and Cafe only a short walk away. The Books and Cafe is home to an Art Aquarium since 2015. On subsequent visits we have dined in the hotels and in some of the other restaurants on site. On each visit we have had our breakfast included and all the breakfast restaurants are buffet style. If you opt to stay in the self catering Blueberry lodges (which have a cooker, microwave, and fridge) or Slow House villas you can still avail of a buffet style breakfast in a delegated breakfast hall.
The cheapest accommodation option within the resort are the tepees. The tepees have futons, but nothing else, and sleep up to 6 people. There are toilet and bathing facilities for people who stay in the tepees, and you can rent/buy necessities (e.g toothbrush, facecloth) from the reception. (2015 Teepees no longer available for private hire). A list of the hotels and accommodation options are listed below.
The initial highlight for me when we stumbled across this resort was the hotsprings. On that first visit to the Gotemba Kogen Hotel in 2009 (update 2014 now divided into two hotels; Gotemba Kogen Bu Hotel and Hotel Brush Up) we visited the hot springs in the hotel. These particular hot springs are only available to guests staying at the hotel, but there are other hot springs in the resort which are open to the general public. The hot springs in the Gotemba Kogen Hotel are okay (they may have improved when the hotel split into 2), but not as nice as the springs in the neighbouring hotel Hotel Tokinosumika. The springs in this hotel are larger and are toddler friendly. They have a number of relaxation services, such as massage and body care, that you can pay for as well as free relaxation rooms with TVs and reclining chairs. There are other spas on the resort which we hope to try out on our next visit!
The list of activities available a the Tokinosumika resort is impressive. On our first visit we enjoyed a travelling exhibition that was been shown at the Sakura Temple. We walked through the nature trails enjoying the number of water features in the resort. We visited the Giant Bell, observed some tennis games and soccer matches, relaxed in the Wood and Tree Museum and stopped in to watch potters at work. With the kids, as they were only toddlers, they were just happy to play outdoors and go for walks. There are playgrounds and a playroom available for guests of the resort. There are also a number of sports facilities available such as tennis, basketball and badminton courts. They also have fishing, a mountain trampoline, some shops and in the summer you can use the outdoor pool. You can rent segways or bikes. You can pay to try your hand at pottery or pitch and putt or even ice skating. They even have a doctor and clinic on the premises during certain times. I’ve tried to summarise their facilities below.
Facilities and Sightseeing
Activities, Sports, Points of Interest, Nature
- Big Bang Playground
- Carousel / Merry go round (2016: part of playground)
- Segways available for rent
- Bikes available for rent
- Pitch & Putt
- Art aquarium (external site City-cost.com)
- Candle making
- Games room
- Mountain trampoline (2016: now part of “BIG BANG” super playground)
- Cooking class
- Beach Volleyball
- Outdoor swimming pool (Seasonal)
- Paddling pool (Seasonal)
- Swan lake skate rink (Seasonal)
- Water features; rivers, waterfalls, fountains
- Bell tower
- Softball ground
- Soccer pitch
- Tennis Court
- Badminton courts
- Basketball court
- 3D Theatre
- Statue Mountain; home to 1800 buddhist statues
- Wood & tree museum (2016 now part of the art museum)
- Sakura temple which is used for shows and travelling exhibitions
- Gardening shop
- Night light, water and projection mapping show
- Free Shuttle bus from / to Mishima and Gotemba Stations
- Hotel Tokinosumika (Please click to be brought to more information in English)
- Blueberry Lodge (please click to be brought to more information in English)
- Slowhouse Villa which are themed yurts.
Tepee (please click to be brought to more information)2015 not available for private hire
- Bhutan House (official website)
- Pet Hotel
If you are coming by train there is a free shuttle bus you can get from Mishima and Gotemba Stations. If you have a group of more 15 you can request the bus pick you up from neighbouring cities. You will need to organise that with the resort.
The timetable for the free shuttle bus (2016):
For further information on this hotel and all the hotels and self catering options in Tokinosumika please visit one of these websites below;
The Japanese website is http://www.tokinosumika.com/ and you can find detailed information and booking services in English here http://www.gotembakogenresort.jp/accommodations.html (I have no affiliation to either of these sites)
For more information on what else is on offer in the Gotemba area please go here;