Gotemba Premium Outlets
The Gotemba Premium Outlets are Japan's most popular outlet mall, located in Gotemba City at the base of Mount Fuji, not far from Hakone. The mall features around 300 stores and restaurants, a food court, a 50 meter high Ferris wheel, a hotel and a public hot spring bath.
The stores found at the Premium Outlets are the outlets of internationally known brands of fashion, sports, food, household goods and electronics, and range from everyday items to luxury goods. The prices are not ridiculously cheap, but they are better on average than what you will find at regular retail shops in Japan. Overall it is a nice place for a day of shopping, with a lot of variety and reasonable prices.
Getting there and around
The Gotemba Premium Outlets are located on the outskirts of Gotemba City not far from Hakone. A free shuttle bus operates every 15 minutes between the mall and JR Gotemba Station, stopping at the Tomei-Gotemba IC (interchange or expressway exit) along the way.
Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus operates 1-2 buses per hour from Hakone to Gotemba Station (bus lines V and W), from where you can catch the free shuttle bus to the outlets. Major stops in Hakone include Togendai at the shores of Lake Ashinoko (30 minutes, 1040 yen to Gotemba) and Sengoku (20 minutes 720 yen to Gotemba). Buses are bound for Shinjuku and covered by the Hakone Free Pass between Hakone and Gotemba.
When coming from Hakone-Yumoto, take a Togendai-bound Hakone Tozan Bus on line T to Sengoku (20 minutes, 840 yen, covered by the Hakone Free Pass), where you can transfer to the Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus (see above).
Alternatively, Hakone Tozan Bus operates hourly, direct buses between Yunessun, Gora Station and the Gotemba Premium Outlets (bus lines S, L and M, 45 minutes, 1120 yen from Gora Station, covered by the Hakone Free Pass).
From Tokyo by bus
There are one to six direct buses per day each from Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station and Ueno Station to the outlets. The one way trip takes about 90 minutes and costs around 1800 yen. A round trip ticket is available for around 3300 yen. Note that some of these buses require advance reservations.
Alternatively, frequent buses from Tokyo and Shinjuku Stations in direction of Hakone and Shizuoka stop at the Tomei-Gotemba IC along the way, from where it is a short, free shuttle bus ride to the outlets. The one way trip to Gotemba takes about 100 minutes and costs around 1600-1700 yen. Less frequent buses to Gotemba also depart from Haneda Airport and Narita Airport.
For more detailed bus information, check out the official website. Online reservations for some of the buses can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online.
From Tokyo by train
The fastest method is to take the Mount Fuji Limited Express from Odakyu Shinjuku Station to Gotemba Station and transfer to the free shuttle bus to the outlets. The trip takes around 100 minutes and costs about 3000 yen. Since this train partly travels over non-JR railway tracks, Japan Rail Pass holders must pay a supplement fee when using this train.
Alternatively, from Tokyo or Shinjuku Station take a train on the JR Tokaido Line or JR Shonan Shinjuku Line respectively to Kozu Station and transfer to the JR Gotenba Line to Gotemba Station (about 150 minutes, 1980 yen, fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass). From there take the free shuttle bus to the outlets.
The cheapest method is to take the Odakyu Main Line from Shinjuku Station to Shin-Matsuda Station, walk to nearby JR Matsuda Station, and take the JR Gotemba Line to Gotemba Station (1300 yen, about 2 hours one way). From Gotemba Station use the free shuttle bus to the outlets.
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Hotels around Hakone
Kijitei HoeisoA peaceful ryokan with private outdoor onsen baths. Surrounded by beautiful nature. 10min from Hakone Yumoto Sta by bus. Wi-Fi available. English speaking staff.View siteSponsored
TsukinoyaFeaturing free WiFi, Tsukinoya offers accommodation in Hakone, a 7-minute walk from Hakone Open-Air Museum. Built in 1911, the property is within 3.6 km of Hakone Gora Park, Owakudani Valley and Pola Museum. The ryokan has a hot spring bath and luggage storage space. All guest rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Rooms come with a shared bathroom. The units will provide guests with a fridge. The 3 on-site natural hot spring baths can be reserved for private use. Venetian Glass Museum is 4.4 km from Tsukinoya. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 74 km from the property.View on Booking.com
Onsen Guest House TsutayaFeaturing 2-star accommodation, Onsen Guest House Tsutaya is situated in Hakone, 6.5 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station and 48 km from Fuji-Q Highland. With free WiFi, this 2-star ryokan offers a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk. Private parking is available on site. The ryokan offers 2-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Shuzen-ji Temple is 48 km from Onsen Guest House Tsutaya, while Kowakudani Station is 1.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 86 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
Fujiya HotelOpened in 1878, Fujiya Hotel features Meiji Era architecture set in Hakonefs natural beauty. Just 500 metres from Miyanoshita Station, it offers indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a restaurant in a converted Imperial Villa called Kikka-so Inn. Rooms feature bathtubs with natural hot-spring water. Rooms are divided between 5 different buildings constructed between 1891 and 1960, providing a variety of styles and decors. All rooms are non-smoking, and come with air conditioning and a private bathroom. The Gora area and Hakone-Yumoto Train Station are a 15-minute drive. Hakone-Jinja Shrine and Owakudani Valley are about 10 km away. The hotel offers a free shuttle from nearby Miyanoshita Train Station (call upon arrival at station to use). Public hot-spring baths are on site, and guests can enjoy the hotelfs garden and greenhouse. The hotel has its own shops and museum. Massage services are also offered. The hotel's indoor pool uses natural hot-spring water. Main Dining Room "The Fujiya" serves French cuisine in an elegant space. Restaurant Cascade offers Western dishes, while Kikka-so serves traditional Japanese kaiseki dinners. A bar, lounge and bakery are available.View on Booking.com
HakoneHOSTEL1914Situated in Hakone, a 29-minute walk from Hakone Open-Air Museum, HakoneHOSTEL1914 has a shared lounge. The property is around a 36-minute walk from Hakone Gora Park, 7.9 km from Owakudani Valley and 6.1 km from Pola Museum. Venetian Glass Museum is 5.4 km from the property. With a shared bathroom, rooms at the hostel also offer free WiFi. Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands is 7.1 km from HakoneHOSTEL1914, while Hakone Lalique Museum is 6.6 km away. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 73 km from the property.View on Booking.com
FukuzumiroFukuzumiro features an authentic Japanese atmosphere, natural hot spring baths and traditional Japanese-style rooms with garden or river views. It's a 15-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station. Rooms at Fukuzumiro feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. Each guest room is equipped with a Handy Phone so guests can stay connected to WiFi during their entire stay and make international calls to select countries for free. A TV and a refrigerator are also included in rooms. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Guests can relax in public hot spring baths, or enjoy one for private use (subject to availability). Spa hotel Fukuzumiro provides luggage storage, and it offers drink vending machines. Fukuzumiro offers traditional Japanese multi-course dinners with seasonal local dishes. Beverages can be enjoyed at Bar Kikyo. Japanese inn Fukuzumiro is a 30-minute walk from Amida-ji Temple.View on Booking.com
Masutomi RyokanJust a 5-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Train Station, Masutomi Ryokan features open-air hot spring baths, spacious guest rooms and free Wi-Fi. Guests can reserve the rooftop bath at an additional fee. On-site parking is available for free. The ryokan provides Japanese-style rooms with traditional futon bedding and rooms with Western beds and a tatami (woven-straw) seating area. A TV and a telephone are equipped in all rooms, and bathroom is shared with other guests. Drink vending machines can be used. The property is a 25-minute drive from O-wakudani and Lake Ashifs Sightseeing Cruise Pier. Traditional Japanese meals are prepared with organic vegetables and fresh seafood, and served in the on-site Fukuryu-an restaurant.View on Booking.com
HAKONE RETREAT VILLA by Onko ChishinSet in Hakone, 12 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station, HAKONE RETREAT VILLA by Onko Chishin offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. This 4-star ryokan offers a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and free WiFi. Every room is equipped with a balcony with views of the mountain. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a fridge, a minibar, a coffee machine, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. The rooms are equipped with a kettle and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, while certain rooms also offer a kitchenette. At the ryokan every room is fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at HAKONE RETREAT VILLA by Onko Chishin can enjoy an Italian or an Asian breakfast. The accommodation offers 4-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. The area is popular for hiking and cycling, and bike hire is available at this 4-star ryokan. Fuji-Q Highland is 43 km from HAKONE RETREAT VILLA by Onko Chishin, while Shuzen-ji Temple is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 89 km from the ryokan.View on Booking.com
Hakone KyuanRenovated in October 2017, Hakone Kyuan offers chic Japanese-style accommodation in Hakone. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. There is also a refrigerator. Private bathrooms has a hot spring bath and a hairdryer. Some rooms have a mountain view. Extras include a DVD player. At Hakone Kyuan you will find free shuttle service and a 24-hour front desk. Other facilities offered include meeting facilities and a shared lounge. The property offers free parking. The ryokan is 300 m from Hakone Kowakien Yunessun , 600 m from Hakone Museum of Art and 700 m from Hakone Open-air Museum. Haneda Airport is 75 km away.View on Booking.com
Hakone Guest House gaku.Situated in Hakone, a 2-hour train ride from Tokyo, Hakone Guest House gaku. features free WiFi access throughout the entire property. The guest house has a barbecue and sun terrace with mountain views, and guests can enjoy the music and drinks provided at the ground floor lounge. Billiards are also available. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. All rooms feature air conditioning and heating. Guests will find a closet in the room. A shared kitchen includes 2 refrigerators, and a washing machine is available at the property. The 2 bathrooms on each floor are shared among guests. Hakone Open-Air Museum is 900 metres from Hakone Guest House gaku., while Pola Museum is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 74 km from the property.View on Booking.com
MEIBI Hakone YumotoMEIBI Hakone Yumoto has river views, free WiFi and free private parking, situated in Hakone, 800 metres from Hakone-Yumoto Station. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also available, as well as a kettle. If you would like to discover the area, hiking is possible in the surroundings. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is 46 km from the holiday home, while Shuzen-ji Temple is 50 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 80 km from MEIBI Hakone Yumoto.View on Booking.com