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The Illumination at Toki no Sumika at Gotemba Kogen Resort: Video Introduction

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This video shows the winter illumination at Toki no Sumika, a hotel at Gotemba Kogen Resort, located in Gotemba, Shizuoka in Japan's Tokai region, as well as Suichu Rakuen Aquarium (水中楽園アクアリウム, The Aquarium of Underwater Paradise), one of the largest aquariums for goldfish in Japan.

The illumination, which began with the simple "Tunnel of Light," has grown in scale and popularity to the point that it is now a winter tradition at Gotemba Kogen. Before you visit this shining attraction and surrender yourself to a maze of lights, be sure to check out the video to see what it's actually like!

Toki no Sumika – Attractions of the Facility at Gotemba Kogen Resort

Image of Slow House Twinkle, Toki no Sumika
Photo:Slow House Twinkle, Toki no Sumika

Toki no Sumika is located about 10 minutes by car from the Susono Interchange on the Tomei Expressway at Gotemba Kogen Resort. The grand, open-air site, with a total area of approximately 82 acres (about 7 Tokyo Domes), is fully equipped with natural hot springs, lodging facilities, a variety of restaurants, stores, and sports facilities. It's a resort complex with a variety of activities for guests to enjoy. The winter illumination is especially popular, and many bus tours are available as well. If you're staying at the resort, you can receive a coupon for booking early.

There is a wide variety of ways to have fun and spend time at Gotemba Kogen Resort's Toki no Sumika, including fountain illuminations, the Bell of Love, a mini-futsal court, bouldering (reservations required), and the meditation hall (reservations required). It's a great place for day trips and one-night stays. It's also a destination that we recommend for family trips, holiday trips with a loved one, or an enjoyable athletic trip with friends, as you can choose from different types of lodges to suit your needs.

Image of goldfish

Among the many photogenic spots at Toki no Sumika, we recommend Suichu Rakuen Aquarium, one of the largest goldfish aquariums in Japan. This fantasy space decorated with lights is open until 7:00 p.m., so guests can relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing around Mt. Fuji.
[Video] 2:12 - Suichu Rakuen Aquarium, Goldfish Town

In the museum there are a number of interesting aquariums where visitors can view the goldfish. The various aquariums allow visitors to enjoy a unique atmosphere. Admiring the individuality of each aquarium is sure to make for a memorable time.

We also recommend visiting Tree Forest (ツリーの森, Tsuri no Mori), where events in which visitors can participate are held. Visitors write their wishes on the leaves provided and tie them to the tree, in a winter version of the Tanabata Festival. Many visitors enjoy the illuminations while writing their wishes on the leaves.

Highlights of the Toki no Sumika Illumination and the Fountain Show

Image of the tunnel of lights at Toki no Sumika
Photo:The tunnel of lights at Toki no Sumika

The 2023-2024 Gotemba Highland Resort Tokinosu Illumination "Hikari no Sumika" will be substantially renewed under the theme of the power and blessings embraced by the sacred mountain Mt! The event is scheduled to run from October 6, 2023 to March 10, 2024.

One of the reasons why Tokinosu illumination "Hikari no Sumika" is so popular is that you can see it for free without staying at "Gotemba Highland Resort Tokinosu."There are many things to see in the free area, such as "Lantern Tree" with beautiful orange lanterns and blue illuminations and "Light Tunnel" with the theme of Mt. Fuji in each season.
In addition, there is a participatory illumination called "Message Tree Forest" in which each person's wishes are displayed in drops reminiscent of Mt. Fuji's water.Why don't you participate while thinking about the divine Mt. Fuji?

Tokinosu Illumination, paid area "Royal Palace Hill" is worth seeing!

Image of the fountain show at Toki no Sumika
Photo:The fountain show at Toki no Sumika

Japan's No. 1 fountain laser show, which will be held in the paid area "Royal Palace Hill" fountain square, has a maximum reach of 150 meters, the highest in Japan.A typical building is said to be about three meters high on the first floor, so it's equivalent to 50 floors of a building.The most powerful thing in Japan! The fountain show, which glitters like a blinding light, is like an illusion.The ever-changing splendor sometimes bounces and dances, and the beauty of the splashes of water moving in the colorful light continues to attract viewers.
[Video] 4:38 - The Dazzling Fountain Show

The fountain shows are held every 20 minutes and may be cancelled or rescheduled depending on weather conditions, such as strong winds, etc. It's recommended to check the schedule before visiting in case of inclement weather. If you're aiming to take some photos for Instagram, we recommend leaving some distance between yourself and the fountains to capture the entirety of the show.

Summary of Toki no Sumika, a Gotemba Kogen Resort Illumination

Image of Toki no Sumika, Gotemba Kogen Resort
Photo:Toki no Sumika, Gotemba Kogen Resort

Gotemba Kogen Resort Toki no Sumika, a resort offering a spectacular view of the World Heritage Site Mt. Fuji, has tons of activities for guests to enjoy. Because of the vast area where it's located, many dog lovers enjoy coming here with their pets. Do keep in mind that dogs are not allowed in the restaurants, hot spring facilities, and other buildings, but you can rent cages (available for a fee, even for day trip guests) or stay at a pet-friendly hotel, so you can have a good time with your best friend.

The Toki no Sumika Illumination is a fantastic sight that can only be seen during the winter months in Gotemba, Shizuoka. It's a place where you can forget about the chill in the air and enjoy gazing at the illuminations for as long as you like. Be sure to add it to your winter travel plans and enjoy some time with your loved ones. It's an experience you won't regret!

◆ Gotemba Highland Resort Tokinosu Illumination "Hikari no Sumika"◆

[Address] Gotemba Highland Tokinosu, Kamiyama 719 Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture [Period] 2023/10/6~2024/3/10
[Lighting time]
(Period 1) 10/6~1/8 16:30~22:00
(Second period) 1/9~3/10 17:00~21:30
[Traffic access]
[Train] About 5 minutes by taxi from JR Iwanami Station.About 50 minutes by free shuttle bus from JR Mishima Station
[Car] Approximately 10 minutes from Tomei Expressway Susuno IC
Parking: Yes
Admission: Free (partial paid area)

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Last Updated : Jan. 24, 2024
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Toki no Sumika – Enjoy the Winter Illumination in Shizuoka, Japan via Video! Experience an Incredible Display of Lights at the Photogenic 'Hikari No Sumika'!
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