Gotemba Travel Guide

  • Bell of Love
    Bell of Love
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  • Komakado Cave, A Lava Cave of Mount Fuji
    Komakado Cave, A Lava Cave of Mount Fuji
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  • Christ Roi Church in Gotemba, owns the hospital
    Christ Roi Church in Gotemba, owns the...
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Gotemba Things to Do

  • Tokino-Sumika: Overview

    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...

  • Komakado Cave

    Alternate names: Komakado Kazaana, Komakado Fuketsu, Komakado Kazaana CaveKomakado 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...

  • Gotemba Premium Outlets: Overview

    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...

  • West Zone

    Gotemba Premium Outlets Tip: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...

  • Yume-no-Ohashi Bridge

    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...

  • East Zone

    Gotemba Premium Outlets Tip: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,...

  • Living Rose Garden and Kid's Park

    Gotemba Premium Outlets Tip: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...

  • Former Kishi Residence

    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...

  • Higashiyama Kannondo

    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...

  • Lake Higashiyama

    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...

  • Chichibunomiya Memorial Park

    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...

  • Gotemba Peace Park

    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...

  • Halloween time

    It was halloween at the outletIf you wish to go to the outlet, from SHIZUOKA or TOKYO..and also go to Mt fuji from the Outlet..then look at the site below...


    The outlet is a big outdoor mall, with lots of high fashion some reasonable prices..Just look well and you will be able to find some good bargains...I did..:))Becasue Gotemba is at a higher elevation, bring a jacket, it may feel a little cooler..How to get to the outlet, look at this...


    Well, we stayed longer than we thought..:))..and I got a nice picture of the light pumpkin..

  • Singing mouse

    In the food bazaar seating area there are some singing moose...They sing every 30 minutes. for about 5 minutes..Country music ..ofcourse...:)

  • Sony plaza

    sony plaza , is just a store with lots of imported little things, like candy, and seasonal decorations, halloween, to go into when you miss things from home..:)

  • Open air

    the stores are all line side by side, outdoors style......In the winter dress warm.....Openjune to october ....10am to 8pmjuly to august......10am to 9pmnovember to may.....10am to 7pm..( and during golden week they open until 8pm


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Gotemba Restaurants

  • Popular Cafe in Premium Outlets

    Premium Outlets is also a popular goal for Ninooka-Higashiyama walkers because of nice cafe restaurants in that huge shopping malls. Cafe 3310 is one of the most popular cafe restaurants in Gotemba Premium Outlets. It is located at the southwestern corner of West Zone. I ordered espresso macchiato(single). Single is a serving of 30 ml. for 310 yen...

  • The food bazar

    There is a food bazaar on the east side but there is only chinese food, a deli, ice a very big sitting area.....There are many little kioskos selling, hot dogs , crepes, ice cream on your way walking around the mall...I think they are a better buy...because at the food bazaar prices are outrageous...:(...Just grab something quick and...

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Gotemba Transportation

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    Limited Express Asagiri Bound for Shinjuku

    by taigaa001 Written Oct 14, 2012

    One of the most popular transportation services to Gotemba is by Limited Express Train Asagiri from Shinjuku. It is run three times in weekdays and four times in weekends(Saturdays and Sundays). Its fee is more than 1,000 yen higher than that of bus services from Shinjuku but it takes only one and a half hours to get there. The train fee is 2,720 yen from Shinjuku.

    It is also a popular transportation for Tokyo residents for the ways to return to Tokyo because it is free of traffic jams.

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Gotemba Off The Beaten Path

  • Koyama Memorial Hall

    Koyama Memorial Hall is former main building for the Koyama Fukusei Hospital founded by Father Germain Léger Testvuide in 1883 as a hospital for leprosy patients. The building had been used as the main building for the hospital until 2002 and in 2006 it was reopened as a museum displaying documents and artifacts related to directors of the...

  • Itsukushima Shrine

    The shrine which shares the same deity of Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima was founded by Nagaemon Osakaya during late 17th century right by the reservoir lake Higashiyama-ko. The serene shrine grounds are used as one of the locations for Akira Kurosawa's Sanjuro. Located about 100 meters east of Lake Higashiyama. Note: There are about...

  • Nino-oka Shrine

    Nino-oka Shrine is located at the villa houses area close to Peace Park. It is best known by the locations for samurai dramas such as Sanjuro, Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa and Zatoichi by Takeshi Kitano. The shrine has old stone lantern erected in 1429, the oldest in eastern part of Shizuoka prefecture. Cedar woods around the shrine is really...


Gotemba Sports & Outdoors

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    A Cyclist climbing up slope to Otome Pass.

    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 16, 2012

    Gotemba area is popular among bicycle riders. Particularly crossing Otome Pass to Sengokubara area of Hakone is often tried. It is surely a challenging bike tour but it may worth it. After visiting Hakone they often visit Odawara and some even venture to Kamakura, Yokosuka or Yokohama area from there.

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