At the foot of Mount Fuji lies the city of Gotemba. Home to Japan's most popular outlet shopping mall, a safari park and unmatched views of Mount Fuji, this is the perfect place to explore while you're in the Fuji Area.
Gotemba Station can be easily accessed from Tokyo Station and Shinjuku Station.
A short bus ride from Gotemba Station will take you to Gotemba Premium Outlets and the Fuji Safari Park.
From Tokyo take the JR Tokaido Line to Kozu then the Gotemba Line to Gotemba. Altogether it takes just over two hours. Alternatively, the Odakyu Line from Shinjuku will get you there in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The Gotemba Premium Outlets has over 200 Japanese and International brand name stores
Fuji Safari Park is one of the largest safari parks in Japan
Due to its elevation, Gotemba is a favorite escape from the summer heat of Tokyo
Take a short bus ride from Gotemba Station to find yourself in the company of elephants, giraffes, and lions, roaming free in Fuji Safari park. Drive through the park and enjoy watching these animals in action. There is also an area for feeding and playing with animals.
Gotemba City attracts many visitors who use it as a base to explore Mt Fuji and the five lakes region. However, the most well-known attraction is the Chelsea Premium Outlets shopping zone. Featuring over 200 famous brands from Japan and abroad, serious shoppers may need more than a day to explore the outlet fully. Weekends and holidays are perhaps not the best times to go – it's not unusual for all 5000 parking spaces to be filled.
A far more peaceful way to pass the time in Gotemba is the Chichibu-no-miya Memorial Park. Once a summer home for the royal family, this park features a 280-year-old house and a number of cherry blossom trees. The house and grounds are open to the public.