What to do and see in Gotemba, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

December 31, 2017 Renato Branum

Discover the best top things to do in Gotemba, Japan including Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, Pola Museum of Art, Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park, Ashigara Service Area Outbound Line, Ashigara Service Area Upline, Chichibunomiya Memorial Park, Fujisan Juku no Mori, Komakado Kazaana Cave, Otainai Seikoen, Lalique Museum Hakone.
Restaurants in Gotemba

1. Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika

719 Koyama, Gotemba 412-0033, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 550-87-3700
Excellent
26%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 231 reviews

Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika

Reviewed By Sonascu - Susono, Japan

Excellent way of enjoying views of Mt Fuji, whilst having a hot bath. Facilities are a bit old, you can see it from the entrance. The establishment needs a thorough renovation, but overall it is a nice place to spend a rainy day.

2. Pola Museum of Art

1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0631, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 460-84-2111
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 616 reviews

Pola Museum of Art

Reviewed By W7927SH_

Enjoyed the rich collection of artworks.
100 paintings to demonstrate the 100+ years.
Not just the history, it shows beauty of the paintings also.
Got impressed by many of them.
Thank you very much.
Around the museum, there is a walking path in the forest.
Walked about 10 minutes.
I would recommend this also.

3. Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park

3422 Higashitanaka, Gotemba 412-0026, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 550-82-0350
Excellent
27%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park

Reviewed By RageW - New York City, New York

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NAME: Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park (Gotemba Peace Park)

LOCATION: Gotemba, Japan

TIME OF YEAR: March 13

RATING: 5/5

PRICE: n/a

RESERVATION: n/a

QUALITY: Peaceful

LENGTH: 45 minutes

RAVE: Beautiful greenery and shrines and views

RAGE: Cherry blossoms lacking and Mt. Fuji blocked by clouds

LOWDOWN: This was part of our week long Golden Route Cherry Blossom tour with All Japan Tours. There are supposed to be great views of Mt. Fuji from Gotemba Peace Park but this day it was obstructed by clouds. The park is supposed to be magnificent to see during this time year (late March) when cherry blossoms should be in full bloom. We counted exactly zero bloomed cherry blossoms (you can't predict mother nature though). Despite my tone, this was actually a peaceful visit. Beautiful greenery/shrubbery and Buddhist shrines and statues. I oddly felt quite calm strolling around this park...this peace park. Great scenic views as well.

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4. Ashigara Service Area Outbound Line

599 Kuwagi, Oyama-cho, Sunto-gun 410-1315, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 550-83-1842
Excellent
13%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Ashigara Service Area Outbound Line

Reviewed By グローバルホープ G - Nagoya, Japan

It's not only a service area on a highway but a great attraction. It is themed with Evangelion, featuring lots of sold-only-here goods.
You'll be surprised by the toilets being spotlessly clean and futuristic.
Mt Fuji can be viewed most beautifully around here.
Definitely worth a trip!

5. Ashigara Service Area Upline

1792 Fukasawa, Gotemba 412-0023, Shizuoka Prefecture
Excellent
14%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

Ashigara Service Area Upline

Reviewed By ぷっちょん - Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

そんなに大きくないですが、トイレ、お土産物屋、コンビニ、フォードコート、コーヒーチェーン店などドライブ中に必要なものをそろえるのに便利な店が入っています。

6. Chichibunomiya Memorial Park

1507-7 Higashitanaka, Gotemba 412-0026, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 550-82-5110
Excellent
30%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Chichibunomiya Memorial Park

Reviewed By Jess317 - Jakarta, Indonesia

The site is a villa belongs to late Highnesses Prince and Princesses Chichibunomiya but now it is open for public. Entrance fee is Y300 but foreign visitor can get discount (become Y250).
The garden is not big but there are lots of seasonal flowers there. Spring-Autumn is the best time to visit this site. You can enter the villa building and read some history about Prince and Princesses Chichibunomiya there. They also provide hot tea there.
To go here you can use free shuttle bus or using bus. The free shuttle bus stop is located at the east exit of JR Gotenba station, just in front of the public toilet.
Take the bus at: 9:50, 11:10, 12:20 or 13:50.
Then go back to Gotenba station at: 11:50. 13:20, 14:20 or 16:10.

7. Fujisan Juku no Mori

1380-15, Inno, Gotemba 412-0008, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 550-80-3776
Excellent
23%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 46 reviews

Fujisan Juku no Mori

Reviewed By Kate A

Interesting place, would be good for families to visit and better in the summer. Not the best experience as we don't speak or read Japanese. There was very little English on the exhibits and spoken by the staff.

8. Komakado Kazaana Cave

Komakado, Gotemba 412-0038, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 550-87-3965
Excellent
23%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Komakado Kazaana Cave

Reviewed By May from Oz W - Sydney, Australia

It's a nice little adventure to walk down into the moss covered rocky opening, and stoop around inside in the semi-darkness. Not something you would go out of your way for though. It's a bit hard to find without specific instructions (but once you know the way the online instructions make sense), the station guys weren't even sure what we were talking about, I had to show them the romanji name on my phone and eventually they gave us a brochure and map in Japanese, which did not have specific instructions from the station. Funnily enough, I was pronouncing it the same way as them. I'm quite good with languages and intonation, and couldn't hear any difference in pronounciation. Anyways. Combining the online instructions from other bloggers helped us on our way to the river, and fortuitously bumping into a construction worker who spoke excellent English and escorted us over the building works on the river up to the main road helped us the rest of the way. Will post pictures with instructions when I get them off my camera.

9. Otainai Seikoen

1382-1 Inno, Gotemba 412-0008, Shizuoka Prefecture +81 550-89-4398
Excellent
31%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Otainai Seikoen

Reviewed By hidetaro - Numazu, Japan

雨の中、両親・義両親と訪れました。3年程前に訪れたときは何の明かりもなく真っ暗でしたが、誘導灯が設置されだいぶ明るく・進みやすくなりました。御胎内洞窟というだけあって、本当に胎内に入ったような異次元空間です!かがんでしゃがんでやっと進める空間だからこその神秘さと冒険感を兼ね揃えています。一周10分弱の大して大きくない洞窟ですが、ドキドキ感と神秘さを味わうならピカイチ。両親もとても喜んでくれ、大満足でした。
ただ、頭頂部に毛がない父が天井部の岩に頭をぶつけ、軽く負傷してしまいました。頭頂部の毛髪に自身のない方は帽子などの着用をオススメします。

10. Lalique Museum Hakone

186-1 Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0631, Kanagawa Prefecture +81 460-84-2255
Excellent
37%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 232 reviews

Lalique Museum Hakone

Reviewed By laura w - Zurich, Switzerland

Fantastic museum
I love every piece, especially the perfume section with original bottles.
We had a short private tour by one of the guides at the museum. It was very helpful. She chose her favourite pieces and elaborated on them.
We also met a lovely French lady, tour guide outside that help us a lot to go around and made our trip much easier.
Thank you all again!

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