Gotemba Premium Outlet is located in Shizuoka Prefecture, 1.5 hours away from Tokyo by either bus or train. If you are in the Hakone area, Gotemba Premium Outlet is also a favorite destination for shopping just an hour away. We went to the outlet by bus – thinking that it might be a bit difficult to find the Odakyu Line “Romance Car” in the vast Shinjuku West Station. In reality, finding the bus stop going to Gotemba took us a while too.
We managed to buy the bus tickets at the counter, but it took us a while to find the exact bus stop in which the bus leaves for Gotemba. And at last, it is bus stop number 35 amongst hundreds of bus stops there!! Here is more on public transportation to Gotemba Outlet on their official website, from various places including the airport, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Hakone and Yokohama.
Whether you arrive the outlet via bus or train, there will be shuttles from both stations that will bring you to the outlet. Take note of the last shuttle that brings you from the outlet to the station because it is easy to get carried away shopping!
The outlet setup is typical of an American outlet; it is very similar to the one in Woodberry in New York. It is one of the most scenic outlets I’ve been to with beautiful Mount Fuji as a backdrop.
A few stores which we spent quite a lot of time in include Gap, Levis, Nike, Addidas, Salvatore Ferragamo and Brooks Brothers. While I like the Ballerina shoes selection at Salvatore Ferragamo at a much reduced price of around RM900 – RM 1200 per pair (USD 300 – USD 400), some shoes were only available in bigger sizes from size 6 onwards, while some others seem to be special editions made for the Japanese market with the typical ballerina shoe in a slender design. But anyway, I managed to get what I want!
If you are a shopaholic, one day may not be enough for you. Other stores at Gotemba Outlet includes Vivienne Westwood (a rarity in outlets), Coach, Anna Sui, Armani and find out more on their Store Listings here.
Here is the little bus stop where you would wait for the Gotemba shuttle bus to come pick you up. Enjoy your shopping!
Gotemba Premium Outlet Official Website