After Tokaido line(Gotemba line) have started operating at Gotemba/Susono area in 1889, it became famous among Mount Fuji climbers and summer resort for tourists. There are many tourist point such as campsite, ski resort, and huge suspension bridge to look over Mount Fuji. There is even one of the biggest outlet mall in Gotemba area called “Gotemba Premium Outletmall”. Moreover, the path in Gotemba is also known for “Fuji Tozan Ekiden” which is a road relay held every year in new year season.
- 1. Spot Ranking
- 5th. Komakado Kazaana Cave
- 4th. Chichibunomiya Memorial Park
- 3rd. Jurigi Kogen Observation Deck
- 2nd. Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika
- 1st. Suyamasengen Shrine
- 2. Getting in
- 3. Other Area List
1. Spot ranking in Gotemba – Susono area
5th. Komakado Kazaana Cave
Komakado Kazaana Cave is a lava tube that was made 10 thousand years ago after Mount Fuji eruption. The total length is about 409 meter and compared to the other caves near Mount Fuji, here is the largest and the oldest of all. There are two holes in this cave, “Hon-Ana(291 meter long)” and “Eda-Ana”(110 meter long). You can enjoy seeing stalactites made from lava and marks of lava flow. The cave stays costant of 13 degrees all year. Near the enterance, there is water which is infiltrated and comes directly from Mount Fuji. It is also designated as a natural treasure and you can actually drink the water. Interesting fact about the cave, the insects inside the cave, their eyes are all degenerated. So try to find it and see it for your self.
It is open from 9:00-17:00(from December to February, the closing time will be 16:00.)
The enterance fee is 200JPY/Adult, 150JPY/Junior&Highschool students, 100JPY/Child.
To get to the cave, take the train from Gotemba station (JR Gotemba line) and get off at “Fujioka station”. It is about 20 minutes walk from the station.
4th. Chichibunomiya Memorial Park
Chichibunomiya Memorial Park is a park, but used to be a villa where the loyal Chichibunomiya family have lived. You can enjoy the flowers each season; ume blossom and weeping cherry in Spring, cotton rose and crape myrtle in Summer, autumn leaves and fragrant olives in Autumn). There are many cherished objects exhibited that the loyal families have actually used inside the profound feeling thatched memorial hall which the building is more than 280 years old.
It is open from 9:00-16:30(Last entry is 16:00). On April it changes to 9:00-17:00(Last entry is 16:30). From June to August it changes to 9:00-17:30(Last entry is 17:00). Every 3rd Monday (If it is a national holiday it will close the next day) will be closed. The entry fee is 300JPY/Adult and 150JPY/6-15 years old.
To get to Chichibunomiya Memorial Park, take a free shuttle bus that bounds for “Gotemba-Onsen-Kaikan” from bus stop 7 at JR Gotemba station and get off at “Chichibunomiya-Kinnen-Koen”. It is about 10 minutes to get there.
3rd. Jurigi Kogen Observation Deck
Jurigi Kogen Observation Deck is 1099 meter high observation deck where you can see the beautiful Mount Fuji. You have to climb up the stair case which is just on the edge of the parking lot. It takes 5 minutes to reach the top if you’re an adult but probably takes abou 10 minutes for children. As you reach to the top, on your way you can see Mount Ashitaka, south alps and of course Mount Fuji.
Long time ago, there used to be path that connected Fujinomiya and Hakone-Takenoshita, and there was a barrier in between. However, nowadays the land have developed greatly and it turned into a leisure resort that has a camping area and an amusement park.
To get here,take a local train that bounds for “Numadsu” from Gotemba station(Gootemba line) and get off at “Susono station”. Transfer to Fujikyu City bus and get off at “Jurigi”. It is a 10 minute walk to Jurigi Kogen Observation Deck.
2nd. Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika
Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika is a leisure resort with many facilities such as hotel, hot spring, restaurant, sport facilities and liesure facilities. It is placed in side the nature of Gotemba city, and it is also famous for it’s beautiful illumination that can be seen during winter season. The illumination called “Hikaru-no-Sumika”can be seen in October through March. If you want to stay longer in Gotemba area and feel the nature a little bit more, here is the best place to stay.
To get here take a train from Gotemba station(Gootemba line) and get off at “Iwanami station”. Then take a taxi which is only 5 minutes to reach Gotemba Kogen Toki No Sumika.
1th. Suyamasengen Shrine
Suyamasengen Shrine was listed as a world heritage at the same time when Mount Fuji was designated. There are several climbing trails to enter Mount Fuji and here in Suyamasengen is one of the starting point. From long time ago, many people started from this point when climbing up Mount Fuji so they can make their good luck wishes at this shrine before starting their adventure. Inside the shrine there are many large cedar tree which you can feel the spiritual power of Mount Fuji and the long history of this place.
The main shrine was re-built in year 1823 but according to the shrine’s biography, the main shrine was actually built way long ago which leads to the time in Japanese mythology. It is believed that it was made in year 1524 at the latest. On the right side of the main shrine, there is a shrine called “Komiya-Shrine”. From the name and the appearance(such as shape) it was built in the 17th century and used to be the main shrine of Suyamasengen..
To get here ride the Fujikyu Bus from Gotemba station and get off at “Sengen-Jinjya-Iriguchi”.
2. Getting to Susono Station from Gotemba Station
From Gotemba station take a local train(Gotemba line) bound for Numadsu and get off at “Susono” station. It is about 18 minutes and costs 320JPY.
Getting to Gotemba station from Tokyo
3. Other Area list
Lake Ymanakako and Oshino
Lake Kawaguchiko and Fujiyoshida
Fuji City – Fujinomiya
Gotemba – Susono