Gotemba Kogen / Tokinosumika night illumination – Hikarinosumika
We have been visiting the Tokinosumika resort annually for years. At first the illumination at the resort wasn’t that well known although its always been an elaborate display. In recent years, it has received the acclaim it deserves.
Tokinosumika (sometimes written Toki no sumika) is also known as Gotemba Kogen. It is located in Gotemba City in Shizuoka. This visit we split our stay between the Blueberry Lodges and the Hotel Tokinosumika. They are just two of several accommodation choices available at this activity and attraction packed resort.
They have had illumination for years, from at least 2008. Furthermore, you can see illumination most of the year. They only take a break for a few weeks in spring and autumn to change the displays. This year, as always, the summer night illumination was stunning and the fountain show, which originated in Tokinosumika, was as breathtaking as ever.
This year the central walkway that links the Blueberry Lodges to the village area, have the lights done like the Milky Way. Among the lights are windchimes and also tanabata wishes written on prayer plaques.
Furthermore, there are night illumination displays in many other areas of the resort. My favorite view was the view of the Blueberry Lodges set behind the merry-go-round:
Water Fountain Show
Tokinosumika / Gotemba Kogen was the first place in the world to create a fountain performance using light and projection mapping, set to music. You can see the show three times a night on weekends . It is on twice a night on weekdays. The show is on beside the Bell of Love at the Big Bang Playground. This year the show started out like fireworks. At one point the water shoots 70 meters into the air.
You won’t read much about Tokinosumika in guide books in Japanese or English, as they have such a regular custom from loyal customers they have little need for print advertisement. Most of their custom comes from word of mouth.
There is a range of accommodation available at Tokinosumika. Moreover, there is a broad choice of activities that there is something for everyone. For more detail please see the general blog post on it: Shizuoka, Gotemba. Family resort with Accommodation, Hot springs, Dining, Shopping, Sports and Much much more.