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Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika - Slow House Villa - Family Cottages near Mount Fuji in Japan - Bumble Bee Mum

When visiting the Mount Fuji region, gaijins (non-Japanese people) typically stay at Hakone or Kawaguchiko or one of the other Fuji Five Lakes.  This was my third trip to the region, so I decided to join the locals Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika, a resort popular among the Japanese.

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On a clear day, a pretty much unobstructed view of Mount Fuji could be seen from the resort grounds.   There were seven (!!) accommodation options at Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika:

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We decided to stay at Slow House Villa because it looked the most unique.  And it looked great for families, because some of their villas could accommodate up to 6 people.  When we were there, we saw many families with young children, so this was a popular choice among the local families!

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Reservation / Room Rates

You can get the accommodation rates for the various options at Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika at a glance on their English website >HERE<.

To make a reservation, you need to fill up the form on >THIS PAGE<.    An English-speaking staff will follow up with you via email to confirm the rates and you just need to confirm your reservation with them over email and you’re set to go!

Slow House Villa Review

Parking / Checking-in

Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika is a pretty big resort.  If you are staying at Slow House Villa and driving, you should park at the carpark in front of Blueberry Lodge.

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To check-in, you need to go to the Front Desk at Blueberry Lodge.  After collecting your keys, make your way across the small bridge to where the villas are.

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Once you cross the bridge, there is a map showing the layout of the villas so orientate yourselves and don’t go to the wrong villa.

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The Little Prince House

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Some of the villas had a Little Prince theme.  Since we didn’t book a Little Prince villa, I have no idea what the interior was like and could only take photos of the exterior.

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Peter Rabbit House

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Another section of the villa was dedicated to the Peter Rabbit theme.

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Kuma (Bear) Room

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Our room was the kuma room with a bear theme.  This was a new addition to Slow House Villa, introduced in November 2015 just before we our stay in December.

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Since it was a new addition, I assumed that giant teddy bear was new and clean.  I’m not sure I would let my kids get so cozy with the bear one year down the road.

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There were bear-themed mattress cover, curtains, cups etc.

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We were also given cute hand towels that were folded into the shape of a bear!

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Our villa could sleep 5 people comfortably.  There were 3 single beds on the ground floor.

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And there were futon for another 2 people in the attic.

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Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika was a pretty dated resort, which was evident from the furnishing.  The air-con, TV, fridge etc were so old-school!

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It is not hard to notice the signs of aging around the villa.  But I always say this in my blog: In Japan, there are largely two types of resorts: The super old-school ones and the super new and modern ones.  The new ones can easily cost 2-3 times the price of the old-school ones. I usually stay in the more dated resorts to save money.   Hence no complaints about the old-school furnishing.

Rest House & Onsen

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There was a rest house in the middle of the villas, which I didn’t go because we rested in our own room.  And there was also an onsen for guests of the Slow House Villa.  Oops, forgot to take a photo, but you can see the steam from the onsen coming out at the back in this photo:

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Breakfast

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Buffet breakfast was included in our stay.  While the food was pretty so-so, it was the view from the breakfast venue that made it memorable.

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Oh yeah… That’s the way to start your day in the Mount Fuji region.

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Illumination

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You see those little blue lights at the top of each villa? They are not always available.  You can find them during the illumination period, which is typically November to March.  As a reference, the dates for the illumination last winter was 31 Oct 2015 to 21 March 2016.  Toki No Sumika’s illumination is one of the largest illumination event in Japan, boasting 5 million light bulbs across the resort.

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One of the highlights of the illumination at Toki No Sumika was the fountain show.

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There was an admission fee of 1000yen (adult) / 200yen (child) to go up to where the fountain was for front row seats to watch the fountain show.  However, we could actually watch the fountain show from the Show House Villa.

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In the end, we still paid to go up to see see look look.  I mean, we had travelled all the way there, might as well go up for front row seats. And well, we got a nice aerial view of the Slow House Villas from up there.

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Big Bang Playground

In the daytime, kids can have fun at the Big Bang playground.  It cost 800yen (Adult) / 500yen (Child) to access the playground.

In Summary…

Our stay at Slow House Villa at Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika was a very unique experience.  It felt like an enchanted forest with little mushroom huts!

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While the resort may seem a tad old and run-down, the price was pretty reasonable especially if you are looking for an accommodation that could fit a family of, say, 6 people.  For 6 people sharing a villa, prices start at 5000yen per pax, inclusive of breakfast.

I recommend staying here during the illumination season.  So if you are planning a trip to the Mount Fuji region at the end of the year, KIV this resort to get off the touristy track and mingle with the locals!

Information on Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika:

Address: 719, Koyama Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka-ken 412-0033, Japan

Map: Click here for Google Map location

Map Code (What is this?): 50 561 138

Tel (for GPS): 0550875500

Getting There by public transport:  There is a shuttle bus between the resort and Gotemba station / Mishima Station.  Visit >This Page< for details regarding the shuttle bus.

Official Websites: Homepage | Facebook Page

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  1. Lydia C. Lee says:

    WOW I may have to go and stay in the Little Prince one (if you read my other blog you’ll know why…My Little Prince loves to be photographed 😉 How cute (and kooky)
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      I slightly regretted not requesting for a Little Prince room. I am really curious if there are any Little Prince stuff inside, or it’s just the pictures on the exterior. If you do stay there, let me know!

  2. Phoebe says:

    Oh My!!! The Slow house villa looks so pretty! I love the little attic on top, it feels like a place my kids will go up and play. The lighting at night is gorgeous! So envy that you can stay in so many different style of accommodation in Japan! It will be my dream someday!

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  3. I felt as if it is a movie set – slow house villa, prince house and even the interiors are so beautiful and can imagine myself there in the winters. Wish I could make it to Japan atleast once.

  4. Michelle says:

    What a cute, idyllic resort. I’m not sure about the bear themed interior but I guess it’s an experience! 🙂
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  5. Indrani says:

    Looks like a palace to me! Wonderful interiors and can win any child’s heart! Love the pictures.
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  6. Lyn Lee says:

    I wonder why it’s called Slow House Villa – is it cos life on holiday is meant to be taken at a particularly slow pace?
    It has a really good view of Mt Fuji and cool that you got such clear views during your stay!

  7. Henry says:

    Hi

    I was looking at this and thinking of staying here instead of hakone.
    Would you recommend this for June hols?

    Regards

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I would prefer to stay here year end when the illumination is on. So if there is a chance you may return to Mount Fuji region during winter, you can KIV this for later. But if you think it’s the only time you will be in the region, you can try it out! It was an interesting enough experience for me for just a night. If I needed a base to explore Hakone for a few days, I would opt to stay in Hakone itself.

  8. Dawn says:

    This accommodation looks MAGICAL! I wanna stay at the Little Prince rooms! Or the Peter Rabbit ones! The Teddy room looks absolutely adorable too 🙂
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      The kids didn’t know Peter Rabbit or Little Prince, so they were pretty happy with this Kuma (bear) room! I did have the lingering feeling that maybe I should have opted for a Little Prince room instead.. oh well…

  9. Cool! the roof illumination looks so enchanting in the evening 🙂
    Love all the different themes, and the view of M Fuji is just awesome.

    cheers, Andy
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  10. Lia says:

    Look at those kawaii big bears!! >_<
    I just returned from Japan 🙂 It was amazing!

  11. Lup Wai says:

    Love your itinerary, the pictures and everything! Everything looks so lovely! Would love to go Japan one day. Definitely come back and check out your blog if am planning to go there! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Susan says:

    The slow house villa looks like magic lighted mushrooms in the night! So so so adorable! You sure know how to look for the cutest and family friendly accommodation.
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      Haha.. So cute right?? I was very tickled when I first came across them. I was actually just surfing around their website for information about the illumination when the mushroom huts caught my eyes!

  13. Shubhada says:

    Japan has so much to do and so much to see! One visit cannot be enough.
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  14. MummyTravels says:

    Wow – what cute places to stay. I know my daughter would love Peter Rabbit (and any bears), but the Little Prince sounds amazing too. Thanks for linking up to #citytripping
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  15. Katy says:

    Oh my gosh, my daughter would be obsessed with the Peter Rabbit house! What a lovely place to stay

  16. These look so cute… The Peter Rabbit one is fab and that teddy bear – how could any kid resist! The view of Mount Fuji is incredible. #citytripping

  17. Those light up roofs are so cool! I’d stay there for those alone. The fountain show looks pretty as well. I’d much rather pay less for a resort like that that’s got some character than shell out for another identikit fancy hotel. It looks so charming!
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, these old school resorts have their own charm. Though some of them (not this one) reek of cigarette smell along the corridors in the room. Years of tatami seeping in the smoke. Oh well.. To save money…

  18. Ai Sakura says:

    The giant kuma is so cute!!! but yes, don’t think I’d want to hug it or touch it even a few months down the road. But then with the Japanese, I’d dare say that they would actually take the time to clean it properly though! 😛
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  19. Mama Herself says:

    Those are very cute huts, and I love they way they are lit up at night. I can see why they are popular with families too, what with the theming. Cool! After all that the mountain view is almost a bonus!

  20. Mandy says:

    That resort looks so adorable! I love the illuminations … and how those houses (?) are based on children’s stories! So cute! Plus that view from the restaurant! So pretty! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
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  21. Japan is just amazing isn’t it, so unique! When I lived in Tokyo (in Tokorozawa) I had a view of Mt Fuji from my bedroom window 🙂 I went there just once and always smile when I see photos of it. Your experience of staying there looks wonderful. My son would love all the themes, especially Peter Rabbit, how amazing! Thanks for joining in with #MyFavouriteTrip
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  22. Cath says:

    hi bumblebee mum,
    do you recommend to stay at this slow house villa ? because they only have 1 night available.
    I saw some review saying it has moldy smell…did u experienced that since you mentioned the room is quite dated.

    you stayed at fujiya hotel before, is it true that we need to climb a flight of stairs before reaching thae hotel? I wonder if we can manage with lugguages and kids..

    appreciate your advise..thanks

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Hmm.. I think so.. Many ryokans in Japan that were built around this era have this murky smell to them.. I have kind of gotten used to it from my numerous Japan trips. But I don’t mind because the newer ryokans cost a lot more than these dated ones.

      I think the staff at Fujiya Hotel should be able to help you with the luggage. They are quite a reputable hotel, I remembered when we arrived, there was an English-speaking staff who brought us around the hotel and showed us the various facilities and to our room. iirc, we didn’t lug our luggage around during that hotel tour so someone must have taken care of it. :p

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