Peter Rabbit Themed Accommodation in Gotemba, Shizuoka
For many years we have been visiting the Tokinosumika 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.
Peter Rabbit Slow House Villas
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. Moreover, 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 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. These yurts 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.
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
- “Books and Cafe” at Tokinosumika, Gotemba
- The playground at Tokinosumika, Gotemba, Shizuoka
- The bell of love! Japan’s 2nd heaviest bell. Tokinosumika
Peter Rabbit fan? We also have a Peter Rabbit attraction in Saitama Prefecture. At the Beatrix Potter Museum at the Saitama Children’s Zoo.
It sounds like a really cool idea. I’ve always loved Peter Rabbit. I think the things they did sound super cute, but I’d probably stay somewhere else, as you suggested.
Yes, it was nice to try it, but I think comfort is more important for that type of holiday.
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My kids love Peter Rabbit’s stories. I am sure they would love this cool place. It seemed you had a wonderful time there.
I was quite surprised to discover Peter rabbit themed accommodation in Japan and there’s a Beatrix Potter museum near our house and it has a Peter Rabbit playground. ???? It’s nice to have things that I grew up with here in Japan. Thank you so much for commenting ????
Me too. ☺ And there’s a song we used to sing “Little Peter rabbit had a fly upon his head” which I taught the kids and it became our theme song for the holiday ????
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How cute is this?! I loved Beatrix Potter as a kid. This would be so much fun!