Peter Rabbit English Garden to Open at Mount Fuji in Spring 2022

23.April.2021 | SPOT

Fujimoto Lake Biwa Resort is set to welcome the new Peter Rabbit™ English Garden in Spring 2022 which will be themed entirely around English writer Beatrix Potter’s fictional animal character Peter Rabbit.

The garden will open as the biggest English-style garden in Japan. Fujimoto Lake Biwa Resort is located right beside Mount Fuji and is known for the Fuji Shibazakura Festival, an annual springtime cherry blossom event. This means the garden will be opening during the perfect season at the site. It will bring to life a magical recreation of the Lake District where the Peter Rabbit stories are set. There will be lots of photo opportunities, a menu themed on the characters, a museum, a shop selling original merchandise, and more. British garden designer Mark Chapman is helping to create this English-style garden.

 

Not only can visitors enjoy the spring and summer flowers when the garden opens, but the gorgeous hues of autumn too, and all with Mount Fuji in the background.

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    Enjoy the sight and sound of the rainfall in the Rainy Domes

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    Times: 11:00-16:00
    Price: Free

    Location: Green Pepper Avenue

     

    Snap some photos in the rain wearing a Fure Fure Poncho

    Inside the activity centre, visitors can rent their very own Fure Fure Poncho. This means they can head out in the rain and enjoy the sounds of the rain hitting their poncho, which is available in three different colours and all sizes for the family.

     

    Times: 9:00-18:00

    Price: Free

    Location: Activity centre

    Notes: Exclusive to Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake guests

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