Mt Takao with children, Mt Takao cable car, Autumn Leaves Mt Takao and Mt Takao New Year Information Mt Takao Hachioji Mt Takao Autumn Leaves Navigating Mt Takao with children Mt Takao Cable Car Things to do at Mt Takao with children Food on Mt Takao Takaoson through the seasonsRead More →

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,Read More →

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 aRead More →

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, toRead More →

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 forRead More →

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 inRead More →

Awashima, Numazu, Shizuoka Awashima (Awa Island) is on the North West coast of the Izu Peninsula. It is a very small island and you can easily walk the perimeter in less than an hour.   Awa island is home to my toddler’s favourite aquarium, Awashima Marine Park, and an exclusive hotel that the Emperor has stayedRead More →

The Tokinosumika Resort aka Gotemba Kogen in Gotemba, Shizuoka is a one stop resort for Accommodation, Hot springs, Dining, Shopping, Sports, Fuji views & Much much more. This post was first written in 2012 and has been updated on several occasions to reflect the changes in the resort, which isRead More →

Gotemba is one of the four “5th station”s of Mt Fuji. The following attractions are either in Gotemba city or within commutable distance. Tokinosumika A one stop resort for accommodation, play, eating and HOT SPRINGS. It has night illumination most of the year. It also houses the Kogen Brewery.  ThereRead More →