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    Bell of Love

    by taigaa001 Updated Jan 5, 2015

    Tokino-Sumika Tip: The bell called Ai-no-kane, meaning "Bell of Love" is one of the symbols of this resort. It is located at Yorokobiyama Hill where the children's playground is located. It was cast in 2006 to provide relief for disaster victims and the bereaved families by Royal Ejisbouts the bell manufacturer based in Netherlands. It weighs 37.5 metric tons, 3.824 meters in diameter, and 3.724 meters in height. Latin inscription on the bell reads

    VIVOS VOCO
    MORTUOS PLANGO
    FULGURA FRANGO

    During late November through mid March the area around the bell is used for the Illumination Event.

    The Bell is Close to Children's Playground Cast for Disaster Relief Overlooking Mount Fuji
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    Gotemba Kogen Brewery Complex

    by taigaa001 Written Jan 5, 2015

    Tokino Sumika Tip: Tokino Sumika started from Gotemba Kogen Brewery and expanded into a resort with spas, sports facilities and even some children's playgrounds and some nice hills overlooking Mount Fuji. Currently former Gotemba Brewery buildings were occupied by four different types of restaurants.

    GRAND TABLE: Beer restaurant of Gotemba Kogen Beer which made this facility famous worldwide.
    MUGIBATAKE: Buffet style restaurant
    PARTY ROOM PAO: Private rooms with their design based on traditional Mongolian dwelling.
    LEMON GRASS: Chinese restaurant.

    Grand Table, Beer Restaurant
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    Entering Tokino Sumika(Gotemba Kogen Resort)

    by taigaa001 Updated Jan 4, 2015

    Tokino Sumika tip: There are a number of entrance gates to Tokino Sumika also known as Gotemba Kogen Resort. When I went there on March 17, 2013, I found a little bridge crossing the stream from Parking Space for the tour buses inviting so I went into there. Gotemba Kogen Beer complex with a number of different types of restaurants are really close from the bridge. During March, you can enjoy Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms one of the most prevalent early blooming cultivar blooming about one month prior to Somei-Yoshino cultivar, the most prevalent cherry type in Japan.

    Nice Bridge Leads you to Tokino Sumika Entered from the third bridge from the top Kawazu-zakura was nearly in full bloom The Goshawk by Roberto Julio Bessin
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    Tokino-Sumika: Overview

    by taigaa001 Updated Jan 4, 2015

    Other Names: Gotemba Kogen Resort
    Tokino Sumika is a resort complex with some spas, hotels and restaurants including Gotemba Kogen Beer also known as Gotemba Kogen Resort & Brewery. The entire resort area also has a lodging for athletes training at Gotemba and has some hills and walking trails for you to relax such as ARIGATAYAMA、SHIRAKINU WATERFALL, YOROKOBIYAMA hill with the "Bell of Love" and "Bouncing Dome".

    Bell of Love Mapboard of Tokino Sumika Gotemba Kogen Brewery Arigatayama Hill with Thousands of Jizo Statues
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    Komakado Cave

    by taigaa001 Written Mar 18, 2013

    Alternate names: Komakado Kazaana, Komakado Fuketsu, Komakado Kazaana Cave

    Komakado Cave is what volcanologists call a "lava tube" formed by the lava flow caused by Mount Fuji eruption about 10,500 years ago. The lava flow at that time went as far as Mishima and some of the lava mounds can be seen in Mishima area. When the large amount of lava flows newly created lava flow at the center of the flow and after the lava recedes it forms the tunnel-like hollow. Lava rocks trapped inside the cave show various kinds of strange forms. Some look like rib bones, some like stalagmite, or deformed ricecake. Inside the cave is kept almost the same temperature 13 degrees Centigrade(55 degrees Fahrenheit) throuout the year. The cave has two tunnels one is the Main Tunnel and the other is the Second Tunnel shorter than the main tunnel. The cave is dimly lit but it is a bit dark and damp and photographing inside the cave is not easy with usual digital camera. It is better that you have helmet and head lamp for your own safety. It has been used as a religous place since ancient times and you can see torii gate at the entrance and some of the small shrines. It is designated as National Monument.

    Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ( from December to February 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
    Entrance Fee: 200 yen for adults, 150 yen for High and Junior High school students, 100 yen for children 12 or under.

    Entrance of the cave Drinkable spring water if it suits your stomach The cave is part of the shrine It is a bit too dark to take a nice photo
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    Gotemba Premium Outlets: Overview

    by taigaa001 Written Mar 17, 2013

    Gotemba Premium Outlets is one of the most popular outlet malls in Japan with 210 brand shops, a Ferris wheel, rose garden and the great view of Mount Fuji. It consists of three areas West Zone and East Zone connected by the bridge with great Mount Fuji view, and the hill with rose garden and a Ferris Wheel the only thing that reminds old timers that there once was a amusement park.Although most of the visitors are young couples the facility also has some kid's playground, fancy cafes which also fit the taste of middle to senior age group. There are free-of-charge transportation service from Gotemba so it is eco-friendly place as well. Private car owners might have to walk about 10 minutes from the parking space to get to the mall.

    One of the most popular outlet malls in Japan With a Ferris Wheel Kid's playground Rose Garden ...And Great Mount Fuji View
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    West Zone

    by taigaa001 Written Dec 9, 2012

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    When you get off at the bus station of Premium Outlets what you see first is the West Zone area of the shopping mall. You can get the map of the entire Premium Outlets from the stands along the streets there. There is a children's playground near the Yume-no-Ohashi bridge linking West and East zones. The shops there include:

    Burberry
    Gucci
    Edwin
    Triumph
    Dior
    Levi's
    St. John
    Issei Miyake
    Melrose

    Cafes and Dining Spaces
    Cafe 3310
    Fauchon
    Mangia Mangia
    St. Cousair

    Children's Playground
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    Yume-no-Ohashi Bridge

    by taigaa001 Written Nov 2, 2012

    Gotemba Premium Outlets Tip: The bridge linking West and East Zones of Gotemba Premium Outlets is called Yume-no-Ohashi Bridge. It is also known as one of the best lookouts for Mount Fuji in Gotemba. When you cross the bridge from West zone to East zone you can also see a great view of Mount Kintoki, one of the most popular peaks in Hakone outer-peaks.

    Viewing Mount Fuji Viewing Mount Fuji 2 Viewing Hakone Outer-Peaks
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    East Zone

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 24, 2012

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    East Zone of Premium Outlets is situated at the hillside of the area, closer to Living Rose Garden and Kid's park with ferris wheel. To get there you need to cross the bridge noted for the great Mount Fuji view. The zone has a number of places to dine including Numazu Uogashi Zushi, a popular rotary sushi chain, McDonald's, Food Bazaar(a food court). The shops there include:
    Ralph Lauren Factory Store
    Nike
    Addidas
    Armani Factory Store
    Dog Dept
    Reebok
    Regal
    L.L.Bean
    Lego
    Dunhill
    Mezzo Piano

    Viewing Mount Fuji from Main Street East Fountain Near Ralph Lauren Factory Store Food Bazaar McDonald's
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    Living Rose Garden and Kid's Park

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 18, 2012

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    Gotemba Premium Outlets area used to be a large amusement park, Odakyu Family Land. The large ferris wheel which used to be the symbol of the amusement park has still been operating. Living Rose Garden is newer feature of the premium outlets opened in 2009. The biggest lure of this place, however, is the view of Mount Fuji. The hilltop around the ferris wheel is kid's playground with small-scale rides for vehicles, trains and such. I found the throwball targeting game quite interesting. But when I tried to insert the coin there's not enough coins in my wallet(sigh!) But I enjoyed the Mount Fuji and Mount Mikuni views from there.

    Premium Outlets Used to Be an Amusement Park Many of the visitors to Rose garden are... For the great view of Mount Fuji Throw Ball Game at Kid's Park
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    Former Kishi Residence

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 18, 2012

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    Gotemba used to be the popular villa area for politicians and celebrities including Akira Kurosawa who had residence in the Higashiyama Area. Nobusuke Kishi, 56th and 57th Japanese Prime Minister(1957-1960) also loved Gotemba and had a residence at Higashiyama area. Former Kishi Residence with beautiful garden was opened to public in 2009. It is located close to Higashiyama Kannondo and it is adjacent to Toraya Kobo, which has a fancy gate and has a nice place to rest(photo#2). The garden is not that large but it is well designed.

    Viewing Garden From The House Nice Resting Place at Toraya Kobo
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    Higashiyama Kannondo

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 17, 2012

    The small Soto-zen temple adjacent to the community park is best known as the scenic site for viewing cherry blossoms during early to mid April as well as a major landmark for Highshiyama walkers. It was originally built to mourn Nagaemon Osakaya who cultivated Higashiyama area and built Lake Higashiyama about three hundred years ago. Later in Edo period around 19th century it was converted to Soto-zen temple.

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    Lake Higashiyama

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 16, 2012

    Lake Higashiyama is a reservoir built in 1667 by Nagaemon Osakaya for cultivation of the area. He also built a Shrine as a subsidiary of Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture. Today the lake area is best known for fishing area, as well as scenic place for viewing Mount Fuji, Hakone Outer-peaks and Mount Mikuni peaks. To fish in that lake you will have to pay at least 3,000 yen for three hours. During early April this area becomes one of the most popular sites in Gotemba for viewing cherry blossoms.

    Viewing a Hakone Outer-peak from Lake Higashiyama The View of Mount Mikuni Peaks
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    Chichibunomiya Memorial Park

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 16, 2012

    The park around the former villa of Prince Chichibu, little brother of Emperor Hirohito(Emperor Showa) has been open to public since 2003. Prince Chichibu purchased the forner residence of Junnosuke Inoue, 9th and 11th Governnor of Bank of Japan in 1941 for his recuperation. The residence and the garden area was donated to Gotemba Municipal Government by his wife's last will in 1995 and was opened to public in 2003. The biggest lure of the park is main building which has thatched roof. Around the main building, you can enjoy the views of flowers every season of the year.

    Pathway leading to the Main Entrance Pottery Kiln
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    Gotemba Peace Park

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 13, 2012

    Gotemba Peace Park is the private park opened in 1964 best known by the large white pagoda in which the Buddha ashes given by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, are enshrined. Inside the park there is a Nichiren-Buddhist temple, Nipponzan Myohouji Daisanga. It is also known as one of the Mount Fuji view sites in Gotemba. Around the pagoda, various types of guardian statues from India, China, Taiwan and Thai feast your eyes. The park also has Japanese garden, children's playground, Huge Daimoku Monument with lotus sutra mantra inscribed and the promenade of Guanyin(Kannon) statues. You can have a nice view of Mount Fuji near the Bell of Peace area.

    Large Pagoda with four golden buddha statues Viewing Mount Fuji from the park Children's Playground Huge Daimoku Monument Promenade of Guanyin(Kannon) statues
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