Gotemba Premium Outlets

Just 30 minutes away from Hakone is the Gotemba Premium Outlets in Shizuoka, Japan.

Like the Mitsui Outlet Park, Gotemba Premium Outlets is also a popular shopping destination in Japan. It has over 210 shops with a few restaurants and food court nearby just in case you get tired from all that shopping.

If coming from Tokyo the easiest and probably fastest way to get to Gotemba is by train. The mall provides free shuttle service that operates every 20 minutes to and from the JR Gotemba Station. This outlet looks pretty much the same compared to other outlets I've been to in Japan.

This may be the only outlet store in Japan that offers European brands.

I've checked the prices and in fairness medyo mura naman siya. :) I remember checking a Gucci bag and the price was around ₱38,000-40,000 which is almost 50% off than SRP of the same bag here in Manila. How I wish we have legit outlet stores din dito noh?

As for the clothes, some are still expensive most specially the Japanese brands. But I believe that prices here are wayyyy cheaper compared to shops in Ginza. Hehe.

We went inside the Gap store and as usual the prices were so low. Old Navy levels ang presyo. Kulang na lang ipamigay nila yung mga damit. Hehe.

If you're tired of shopping you may take a break or ride the 50 meter high ferris wheel and enjoy the view of...

Mt. Fuji. Yes, the beautiful Mt. Fuji.

On a regular sunny day it looks like this. Wow, the location was spot on and had really, really, nice view of Mt. Fuji. Thanks to Wikipedia for the photo.

Shopping Tip: Look for the information center upon arrival, present your passport and ask for a coupon booklet. Most stores offer tax free shopping so make sure you have your passport with you to avail of additional 8% discount. ;)