Photo By: iStock/ goodze
Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Shizuoka
Population
3,767,427

Gotemba

A quaint city offering premium shopping and unbeatable views of Mount Fuji.

By Cassandra Lord

Gotemba is a friendly city in Shizuoka Prefecture well known for its outlet mall and stunning views of Mount Fuji. It’s easily accessible by highway bus from Shibuya or Tokyo stations in under two hours, making it a great place for an overnight trip or a stop on the way to the Fuji Five Lakes.

Gotemba Premium Outlets

Photo by: WikiCommons/ Jungle Shop for your favorite brands with Mount Fuji as the backdrop.

One of the main things Gotemba is famous for is the Gotemba Premium Outlets. The mall has around 300 stores and restaurants, as well as a hotel and onsen (public bath) with views of the mountain. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a Ferris wheel to take in the view at a leisurely pace.

Photo by: WikiCommons/ Jungle Be wary of weekend crowds.

Gotemba Premium Outlets is a very popular shopping spot, so there are often long lines of cars on the road waiting to get in, particularly on public holidays. Make sure to allow extra time for your shopping trip.

Another great thing about Gotemba is its easy access to Mount Fuji and the gorgeous mountain views that can be found all over the city. Driving around, you’ll find plenty of places to stop for a scenic photo.

Local attractions

Photo by: iStock/ Catalin Daniel Ciolca Niihashisengen Shrine in Gotemba is a famous shrine for couples.

In Gotemba you’ll also find various small shrines and temples. Next to Gotemba is Susuno, the neighboring city home to the Fuji Safari Park. The safari park allows you to enter with your own car or by on-site bus and has a separate area to explore on foot.

If you’re looking to climb the mountain or get a little closer, Gotemba is also home to the Gotemba 5th Station, one of the entrances to the Mount Fuji hiking trails. You can reach the 5th station by car, which is 50% of the way up the mountain in terms of height and you can either stop there to take pictures or start your hiking journey. Make sure you are fully prepared for the hike, as it is not suitable for complete beginners.

Gotemba Soba

Photo by: iStock/ isa-7777 A regional specialty.

As for food, Gotemba is famous for handmade soba, a buckwheat noodle usually served with soup. The wider area of Shizuoka is also famous for its juicy hambaagu (Hamburger Steaks) served at the Shizuoka-exclusive chain restaurant Sawayaka. Look out for these tasty spots on your Gotemba trip, or bring back some soba noodles to try at home.

Things To Know

Going Shopping

The Gotemba Premium Outlets are very popular on weekends and national holidays, causing traffic delays in the surrounding area. It can sometimes cause delays getting onto the highway, so allow extra time during busy periods.

How To Get There

Address

By train

The quickest route to Gotemba is to take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen, then change to the Surugadaira Bus, followed by the Gotemba Line. This takes about 1.5 hours.

The most direct route is to take the Ueno-Tokyo Line and change to the Gotemba Line. This takes about 2 hours.

By bus

Take the JR Bus Kanto service from Tokyo Yaesu or Shinjuku directly to Gotemba Premium Outlets (¥1,800 and 2-3 hours depending on traffic conditions). Alternatively, take the bus to the Tomei Gotemba stop for a shorter and cheaper ride (¥1,660 and approximately 2 hours).

Where To Stay

Hotel Route-Inn Gotemba Ekiminami
  • 628-16 Kawashimata, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka, 412-0045 Japan
  • ¥9,500 - ¥54,900
  • 4.09/5 (968 reviews)
  • 0.4 km
The Gotembakan
  • 1988 Niihashi, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka, 412-0043 Japan
  • ¥8,700 - ¥8,700
  • 3.64/5 (737 reviews)
  • 0.6 km
Hotel Kunimi Gotenba
  • 40-8 Nimaibashi, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka, 412-0021 Japan
  • ¥7,000 - ¥15,600
  • 4.21/5 (587 reviews)
  • 0.9 km
Hotel Select Inn Fujisan Gotemba
  • 41-1 Nimaibashi, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka, 412-0021 Japan
  • ¥6,220 - ¥12,710
  • 3.61/5 (789 reviews)
  • 0.9 km
Hotel Route-Inn New Gotemba Interchange Route 246
  • 71-1 Hagiwara, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka, 412-0042 Japan
  • ¥7,900 - ¥39,300
  • 4.1/5 (1,383 reviews)
  • 1.4 km