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Peter Rabbit lodgings during Golden Week trip | SHIZUOKA

A welcome sign in English "Welcome Friends Slowly Smiling"
A welcome sign in English “Welcome Friends Slowly Smiling”

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 the complex are designed on a theme. Our room was one of the Peter Rabbit themed lodgings.

The Peter Rabbit influence may well have gone beyond the interior of the yurts, as the slow house villa area is reminiscent of a rabbit’s burrow. It was great fun for the kids to find their way around the maze like paths. Management makes good use out of the design too, laying out a scavenger hunt challenge of sorts for guests of the slow house villas. The kids followed clues to find letters which, when all were discovered, spelled out a word. On presenting the word to reception they got a prize of Peter Rabbit stickers. Another treat for guests of these particular lodgings is a fluffy bunny rabbit (soft toy) hidden in the room – if you find it, you get to bring it home. (You can also borrow teddy bears and soft toys from reception to keep in your room during your stay).

The view of the maze of Peter Rabbit lodgings taken from the Big Bang playground, with Mt Fuji in the background
The view of the burrow of Peter Rabbit lodgings, taken from the Big Bang playground, with Mt Fuji in the background

The yurt itself was also a great source of excitement for the kids. They aren’t the most practical, but between the Peter Rabbit paraphernalia and the spacious loft, it was a dream come true for the kids to stay there. They are also the lodgings closest to the big playground, which turned out very convenient for us. They have a hot spring in the villa area (one of many in the resort) and it is where the pet hotel is too. This is also the area with the resort’s badminton court, games room (billiards and table tennis), reception for some activities (such as fishing and segways) and where they have the magnificent night time water, illumination and projection mapping show.  The breakfast hall is a little bit far away, but it is a nice walk, with some great views of Mt Fuji.

While I enjoyed the novelty, I did think the room was quite dingy, dark and hard to regulate temperature. I did enjoy staying there and the kids certainly did, but once was enough for me. There are other accommodations within the resort that are more practical for big families and people with young children. My top two in the resort are the Blueberry Lodges and the Western/Eastern fusion room in the Tokinosumika hotel.  For anyone who is interested in more information about the resort it is linked below the photos from the playground.

The Resort

Information about accommodations and attractions: –
Shizuoka, Gotemba. Family resort with Accommodation, Hot springs, Dining, Shopping, Sports & Much much more

One of the hotels within the resort

Hotel Tokinosumika, Gotemba, Shizuoka

Lodges within the resort

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

Some of the attractions within the resort

Peter Rabbit Slow House Villa Tokinosumika

 

 

Easter in Saitama | Saitama Children’s zoo

Easter at Saitama Childrens zoo (4)My first Easter in Japan in 2001 the only place we could buy Easter eggs was on an American base. Last year, 2015, I could buy them in a local shop. This year they are even selling plastic eggs in the Daiso 100 yen shop. Like many of the Western holidays with marketing value, Japan has embraced the commercialism of Easter, without the customs and traditions. However, when my eldest was a baby, I happened upon one place with an Easter feel relatively close to us in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama. It became our custom to celebrate Easter there with the kids.

Peter Rabbit and Easter Egg

Saitama Children’s zoo has a Beatrix Potter museum, which you pay extra to view. However, beside it there is a small Peter Rabbit playground, which doesn’t cost extra. There isn’t much equipment in it, but the garden is nice and they have some Peter Rabbit statues and there is also a squirrel run. At Easter, they decorate the small play area with a basket of eggs in the treehouse slide and large Easter eggs beside the statues. With the rabbits and the eggs, and the baby chicks and rabbits you can visit nearby in the petting zoo, this became our favourite place to have Easter in our own way. The Peter Rabbit playground is kind of tucked out of view and with so much else to do in Saitama children’s zoo, it’s never really that busy. We’ve been able to have a few Easter egg hunts in that playground. The area isn’t too large and there are lots of places to hide eggs.Easter at Saitama Childrens Zoo (2)

In previous years, the children’s zoo actually had official egg hunts, and Peter Rabbit and friends popped in to help out. Unfortunately, they seem to have dropped that annual event in more recent years. There are some other places that usually host Easter events in Saitama, but they aren’t scheduled yet for 2016. I will add them to the calendar when the dates have been confirmed: http://insaitama.com/events/ . There are already events scheduled in many parts of Tokyo, a Google search in Japanese will bring them up, but Disneyland is probably still the best place to enjoy a more authentic type Easter holiday in the Kanto area.
Do you celebrate Easter? Where is your favourite place and what do you do?

Easter at Saitama Childrens zoo (3)INFORMATION

URL: http://www.parks.or.jp/sczoo/

PHONE: 0493-35-1234 

ADDRESS:  554 Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture 355-0065

HOURS: 9.30am to 5pm March to October, to 4.30pm from November 15th to February 10th. CLOSED ON MONDAYS 

COSTS:  Children free until primary school grade 1. Please see website for up-to-date costs.

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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 about the Moomin themed park in Hanno, Saitama and the Moomin cafe and Bakery in Tokyo Dome City. Another surprising find a few years ago was a Peter Rabbit area (Beatrix Potter Reading Library, Peter Rabbit Gift shop and playground) in Saitama Children’s Zoo (Takasaka). Shortly after that discovery I stayed in a resort with Peter Rabbit lodgings in it. I recently revisited that resort and got a few quick photos of the lodgings while playing with the kids in the playground beside the lodgings.

Peter Rabbit Houses, Tokinosumika Resort, Gotemba, Shizuoka
Tokinosumika have a number of different lodgings including the Peter Rabbit houses in their “Slow House Villa” section, with great views of Mt. Fuji.

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Do you know of any other Peter Rabbit themed locations in Japan?