Category: Shizuoka

Travel locations with toddlers in Shizuoka

Tokinosumika Night Illumination Summer 2016 | SHIZUOKA

Tokinosumika night illumination 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 the fountain show, which […]

Activity packed family beach day destination SHIMODA | SHIZUOKA

I am currently researching places to bring the kids for a short holiday during the summer. During my research I keep coming across places of interest in Shimoda in Minami-Izu. There is a great selection of outdoor seasonal activities in the area, some of which are outlined below. Shimoda is a coastal area in the popular area of Izu, specifically […]

Peter Rabbit lodgings during Golden Week trip | SHIZUOKA

Peter Rabbit Themed Accommodation in Gotemba, 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 […]

Atami Sun beach in onsen town Atami | SHIZUOKA

Atami Sun beach – The lasting impression I got of Atami was that, while it is slowly being rejuvenated, it’s  prime was in a past era.  I wasn’t surprised on reading up on it to learn it has been popular as a hot spring resort since the 8th century.  I was surprised, though, to read that it is ranked as one of Japan’s Three […]

“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 nice place to relax over a coffee […]

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 a symbol of the resort […]

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

Blueberry Lodge, Tokinosumika, Gotemba Shizuoka: 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 […]

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 to rest your head, in […]

The Big Bang playground at Tokinosumika, Gotemba | SHIZUOKA

The Big Bang Playground at Tokinosumika, 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 […]

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 tatami room with built in […]