Whenever travelers think of Japan, the first two typical (stereotyped) images they have in their minds are geisha and Mt. Fuji. While geisha will be another topic for the future, this article focuses on Mt. Fuji, specifically giving suggestions about where you can see Mt. Fuji from Tokyo (and a few other recommended spots nearby). It’s everybody’s wish to see snow-white-capped Mt. Fuji under a cloudless, clear-blue sky. And a bonus might be a view that includes also cherry blossoms, pagodas, shrines, temples and yes, even handsome and attractive young people wearing kimono in the foreground.
“I can’t see Mt. Fuji” (That’s because you are standing on it.)
One sightseeing activity that many visitors to Japan want to do is go to Mt. Fuji. Some visitors want to climb Mt. Fuji. When asked why they want to go, the response generally is, “Because I want to see the mountain.” The fact is, you can see the mountain if go there, but you will not be able to get a picture-postcard view if you are standing on Mt. Fuji. In other words, to “really see” the Mt. Fuji that you have in your mind, and which you have seen in hundreds of books, magazines, and websites, you have to see it from a distance.
Many visitors to Japan don’t realize that exceptional views of Mt. Fuji can be seen right from Tokyo. Of course it must be a clear day and the right season, but you need not go any further if you are in Tokyo, especially when you don’t have time to travel to closer viewing spots outside of the city.
The best months to see Mt. Fuji are between December and February, while not the popular times of year to visit Japan, winter is when the cool temperatures ensure the best visibility. During this season, you will see Mt. Fuji blanketed in a white layer of snow from top to bottom. The whole mountain becomes a shimmering and brilliant white, looking as if it were wearing a flowing wedding dress. However, the typical, picture-postcard view of Mt. Fuji with its crown of snow only at the top can be seen beginning in late Mach to the end of May, and then again after summer ends and the air turns crisp and the humidity has disappeared around October. During the fall season you will see the snow-crown gradually forming little by little down the mountain as time passes, becoming longer and longer until the snow covers the entire mountain as winter approaches.
Be aware of two circumstances to avoid disappointment:
(1) Mt. Fuji is hidden in the summer from Tokyo:
From Tokyo, Mt. Fuji hides from view basically between the end of May to mid-September because during these months the humidity becomes higher so the air becomes hazy. That makes it difficult, if not impossible, to see Mt. Fuji, except on rare occasions, such as after a heavy rain in the summer. Then, you might barely see the silhouette of Mt Fuji in the haze. But then, this is a rare occurrence, so don’t be disappointed if you can’t see Mt. Fuji from Tokyo in the summer. At least there are other places where you can go to see the mountain, and they are mentioned below. And furthermore you will never be able to see Mt. Fuji regardless of the season and regardless of where you are, when the weather is rainy and cloudy.
(2) Mt. Fuji’s beautiful snow cap disappears in the summer.
If you do happen to see Mt. Fuji during July-September, you might be disappointed at the sight. Mt. Fuji will be naked. The beautiful, snow-capped Mt. Fuji that everyone wants to see, will be brown and dull because most of its shimmering white snow, except at the very top, melts in summer. On the higher elevations of Mt. Fuji, snow does remain, but unfortunately, the amount of snow remaining is so little, that you probably won’t be able to see it clearly even if you are up close.
Places in Tokyo to see Mt. Fuji (Free of Charge)
(1) Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Shinjuku):
One of the best spots to view Mt. Fuji is from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (abbreviated in Japanese to Tocho) located in west Shinjuku. The reason many people recommend this as the best place to view Mt. Fuji from Tokyo is not only because of the great view of Mt. Fuji but also because it is free of charge, unlike Tokyo SkyTree, Tokyo Tower, and the skyscrapers mentioned below that charge a fee to enter their observation decks.
The Tocho main building has two twin towers (North Tower and South Tower) that each branch up separately to the sky starting from the 33rd floor. Each tower is 48 stories and each one has an observation floor on the 45th floor at 202 meters (663 ft). However, from April 2023 the North Tower observation floor has been closed. Also note that the South Tower observation floor is closed on the first and third Tuesday of every month, and during the year-end/new-year holiday period from December 29th to January 3rd. The opening hours are between 9:30 and 22:00, but are subject to change, so check before you go because there might be other days when the observation floor is closed due to special circumstances.
To go to the observation floor, take the dedicated observation-floor elevator located on the 1st floor of the main building. After getting out of the elevator, head toward the "West Direction”. This is the direction from where you should be able to see Mt. Fuji in the distance. Hopefully your visit is on a bright sunny day and preferably in the morning, the time of day when the air is the clearest.
There is a cafe and gift shop on the observation floor. And the Tocho requests that you please do not use tripods or equipment to take photographs.
And since you came all the way up to the 45th floor, you of course should take in all views of the sprawling city of Tokyo beneath your feet. For example, from the north-east direction you can see Tokyo Skytree and from the south-east direction you can see Tokyo Tower.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. Alternately, it takes about 12 minutes to walk from Nishi Shinjuku Station on the Marunouchi Line.
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(2) Park Hyatt Hotel 41st floor (Shinjuku)
Another place in the west Shinjuku area where you can see Mt. Fuji is from the 41st floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel. While the best way to enjoy a relaxing view of Mt. Fuji is by taking a seat and having coffee or tea at the hotel’s 41st-floor lounge, you are free to look around and peak to the west and hopefully catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.
(3) Carrott Tower (Sangenjaya)
The Carrot Tower is in an area called Sangenjaya. While Sangenjaya is not too far from Shibuya on train, it’s not a popular destinations for tourists. However, the Carrot Tower is recommended because its Sky Carrot Observation Deck also is free of charge. While 120 meters (404 ft.) above ground, there are no other tall buildings in the way of the views. From the observation deck you will enjoy a view of the Tokyo skyline, especially Shibuya, and of course, the main attraction Mt. Fuji. In order for you to relax and see a better view of Mt. Fuji, the deck has small sofas that look out to its direction.
Reaching Sangenjaya is fairly easy by taking either a bus or a train from Shibuya. The train line is the Denentoshi Line. The frequent buses will take around 8 minutes, depending on traffic; while trains will take about 4 minutes. The Carrot Tower is a 3-minute walk from Sangenjaya Station after getting off the bus or the train from Shibuya. The building is closed on Wednesdays and the year-end/new-year holiday period. Before you go, always check to make sure the building is not closed due to inspection or maintenance work.
Places in Tokyo to see Mt. Fuji (Entrance Fee Charged)
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View from Shibuya Sky - the observatory on the Shibuya Scramble Square Building - with the outline of Mt. Fuji seen in the distance
(4) Shibuya Sky (Shibuya)
Shibuya is one of the most popular areas of Tokyo for visitors. Among the attractions in Shibuya is the Scramble Crossing and the statue of Hachiko the loyal dog, which is famous and was even the main theme of a movie. If you have planned a visit to Shibuya, one of its newest attractions is Shibuya Sky with its 360° open-air rooftop observation deck. Being able to go outside on the roof and stand atop the 230m (750 ft.) high deck will make you say, “Wow!” It is the largest rooftop/outdoor observation deck in Japan. Up above the city you will be guaranteed spectacular views overall all, and on a clear day it is a great place to see unobstructed views of Mt. Fuji, in fact, one of the best Mt. Fuji photo spots in Tokyo.
Shibuya Sky is at the top of Shibuya Scramble Square building. It actually is the top three floors of the building: 45F, 46F, and rooftop. Out on top there are areas with artificial turf where you can sit. There is even an area called the ‘Sky Edge’, which is a section surrounded by a glass barrier that is right on the edge of the building where you can look straight down at the cityscape below without anything obstructing the views. It is a particularly good photo spot to capture your visit as well as provide you a panoramic view of the city.
Besides the rooftop, the 2 lower floors have art displays, coffee shops, gift shops, and seating areas all indoors in case the weather turns bad. On the 46th floor, for example, there is a café and bar where you can enjoy the aerial views of Tokyo at any time of day regardless of the weather. One of the most popular times to visit Shibuya Sky is in the late afternoon when you can see daytime views, sunset views, and night-time views. Out of all the observations decks to see Mt. Fuji, Shibuya Square is probably the most recommended since you are standing and viewing from outdoors in a large area way up high, and not enclosed behind windows.
The Shibuya Scramble Square building is directly connected to Shibuya Station so it’s right at your footsteps, so to speak, when you arrive at the Station. There are many signs marking the way. It is opened daily between 10am-10.30pm, with last entry at 9.20pm. Depending on the day/season reservations are recommended/required if you want to go at a particular time.
(5) Sunshine 60 Tembo Park (Ikebukuro)
The Tembo Park (Observation Park) is in Ikebukuro on the 60th floor of the Sunshine Building, towering 251 meters (820 ft.) above the city. It’s way up high indeed, but is a totally enclosed area. The theme is centered on the idea of an indoor park. There are “grassy” areas with artificial turf where you can sit and relax. In addition, seating areas are provided if you prefer to sit on a sofa, chair, or bench. Viewing windows are positioned around the 60th floor, from where you can see the city below you and even Mt. Fuji in the distance if it’s a clear day.
Tembo Park is open daily from 11am to 9pm, but always check to be sure before you go.
It takes about 8 minutes to walk from Ikebukuro Station and 3 minutes to walk by taking the underground passageway that connects Higashi Ikebukuro Station on the Yurakucho Line directly to the Sunshine Building.
(6) Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (Roppongi)
Roppongi is one of the many areas in Tokyo known for night life, although in recent years new shopping complexes have opened that are lined with shops selling jewelry, clothing, fragrances, accessories, household items and other varieties of goods, many of which are high-end goods from famous designer brands. One such shopping complex is Roppongi Hills with the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower that has two observation areas from where you can see Mt. Fuji.
On the 52nd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower is an indoor observation area 250 meters (820 ft.) above the city. But for an even higher level of viewing, you can go to the Sky Deck, which is an outdoor, rooftop observation deck that is 270 meters (885 ft.) above ground. It is actually a helicopter pad open to the public and offers a 360-degree view of the city and Mt. Fuji on a clear day. The deck is very simple and not very large. While you can walk around it to see the views of the city from all four directions, and yes even Mt. Fuji on clear days, there aren’t places to sit and relax to take in the views. Open from 10AM – 10PM.
Roppongi Hills is easily accessible from several subway lines. Below is a list of stations and exit numbers, and how long it takes to reach Roppongi Hills on foot.
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line: Roppongi station Exit 1 (0 mins.)
Toei Oedo Line Roppongi Station: Exit 3 (4 mins.)
Toei Oedo Line Azabu-juban Station: Exit 7 (4 mins.)
Tokyo Metro Namboku Line Azabu-juban Station Exit 4 (7 mins.)
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station: Exit 5 (8 mins.)
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(7) Tokyo Tower (Shiba-Koen)
Unquestionably, the grande dame of towers and observation decks in Tokyo is the iconic Tokyo Tower completed in 1958 and standing 333 meters (1090 ft.) high in the center of Tokyo in Minato Ward. The tower is familiar to anyone who has seen movies such as Godzilla, where Tokyo Tower is a featured landmark that is ripe for destruction by the monsters. The tower itself is 3 meters taller than that the Eiffel Tower, after which it was modeled. It is highly visible from many parts of Tokyo, being painted white and orange to comply with international air-safety regulations. While standing over 333 meters tall, the two observation decks from where you can see Mt. Fuji are located 150 meters and 250 meters above ground, respectively. The entrance to the main observation deck, which can be reached not only by elevator but also by climbing 600 stairs (which are for the adventurous and physically fit), is less expensive than the top deck. On the main deck are four “Skywalk Windows” from where you can directly look down to the tower’s base. Views of Mt. Fuji on clear days can be seen from both decks, so if you are in the Shiba Koen area, you can easily spot Tokyo Tower. It might be worth it to not only see Mt. Fuji but also at the same time experience a feeling of a 1950’s Showa-era retro Tokyo structure.
Tokyo Tower (open 9:00 to 22:30) can be reached by various subway-line stations. The closest are Onarimon Station on the Mita Subway Line, Akabanebashi Station on the Oedo Subway Line, and Kamiyacho on the Hibiya Subway Line. All of these stations are about a 5-10 minute walk. In addition, Daimon Station on the Asakusa Line is 10 minutes away and JR Hamamatsucho Station is 15 minutes away on foot. Once out of the stations you should be able to find your way by looking up, as it’s hard to miss spotting Tokyo Tower from anywhere in the area.
(8) Tokyo SkyTree (Sumida)
The undeniable giant in terms of heights in Japan is Tokyo Skytree, a television broadcasting tower rising 634 meters (2080 ft.), which opened in 2012. At this height, viewing not only Mt. Fuji is indeed possible on clear days but it is also possible to see the entire Kanto region in all directions. Tokyo Skytree has two enclosed decks that are located at heights of 350 (1150 ft.) and 450 meters (1475 ft.), respectively. They currently hold the titles of the highest observation decks in Japan. The lower Tembo Deck is three floors with observation windows, cafes, gift shops, and restaurants. The higher Tembo Galleria, which costs more to reach, has a spiral walkway that gradually climbs to 451.2 meters, the highest point for viewing. To reach the Tembo Galleria you need to change from the elevator that takes you to the lower deck and then take another elevator going to the higher Tembo Galleria.
Due to Skytree’s popularity, reservations are recommended. However, same-day tickets can be bought on the 4th floor entrance, as long as they are not sold out. In addition, there might be a long wait to buy tickets and then another wait for your time slot to ascend the tower, which is open 10AM to 8PM, with last entry at 7PM.
Due to its location, very close to the very popular tourist area Asakusa, you might consider combining Asakusa and Skytree in one day if time allows, since Skytree is about a 20-minute walk across from Asakusa, from where it is clearly in sight.
The Tower is located at Oshiage Station on the Asakusa Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line, and Keisei Oshiage Line. The Tobu Isesaki Line (part of which is named the Tokyo Skytree Line) stops right at Tokyo Skytree Station.
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Highly recommended viewing spots outside Tokyo (For day trips or overnight trips)
(1) Lake Kawaguchi (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Lake Kawaguchi is one of the five lakes that surround Mt. Fuji. Some of the five lakes are rather isolated and not easy to reach, especially by public transportation. However, Lake Kawaguchi is undoubtedly the best of the lakes to visit and see Mt. Fuji in its splendor all through the year. The view from the top of the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway that runs from the lake shore is stunning. Mt. Fuji is unobstructed and so up close that you will feel as if you can reach out and touch the sacred mountain.
In addition, besides offering you one of the best and unobstructed views of Mt. Fuji from top to bottom, Lake Kawaguchi is easily accessible. There are direct buses from both Shinjuku and Shibuya, which take about 1 hour and 45 minutes. And furthermore, Lake Kawaguchi is the only lake that can be reached by train, among the Fuji Five Lakes. So travelers holding a Japan Rail Pass can travel there without additional transportation costs.
One of the highlights of visiting Lake Kawaguchi is viewing Mt. Fuji from different angles. One way is to see Mt. Fuji from the ropeway mentioned above. Another way is to ride an excursion boat on the lake, from where you can get another view of Mt. Fuji spreading out in front of your eyes. And if the lake is very calm, you can see a reflection of Mt. Fuji on the lake, which will be an “upside down” view.
If you are thoroughly intrigued by Mt. Fuji, and love to take photographs, then Lake Kawaguchi is a good place to stay overnight. Many of the lodgings have outdoor baths, from where you can see Mt. Fuji as you soak in a hot-spring bath. Just before sunset is a perfect time. And then, in the morning, you can wake up and take photographs of a pink, sunrise view of both the mountain and lake.
Overall, Lake Kawaguchi is highly recommendable if you want a quiet and relaxed day trip or overnight trip. There, you can enjoy not only spectacular views of Mt. Fuji but also walking around the lakeside where there are souvenir shops, restaurants offering local food like hoto (a bowl of noodles served with meat and vegetables such as squash in a miso broth). And then there are various sweets too. Shingen mochi is a type of rice cake that is soft and chewy. It is sprinkled with kinako (roasted soy bean powder) that gives it a nutty flavor and covered with brown-sugar syrup. Another sweet to enjoy if you go to Lake Kawaguchi is the grape-flavored soft ice cream that tastes like the famous kyoho grapes that are a prized specialty of the region.
(2) Arakurayama Sengen Park (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Visiting this park is a pleasure year round. Visit in winter to see the shimmering all-white Mt. Fuji with barren trees and snowy surroundings. In summer you can enjoy views of Mt. Fuji posing with lush greenery, and in autumn Mt. Fuji is highlighted with bright, crimson leaves. And then in spring when hundreds of breathtakingly beautiful cherry trees bloom, there is nothing more quintessentially Japanese than a view of Mt. Fuji surrounded by pink sakura (cherry blossoms).
The views of Mt Fiji from Arakurayama Sengen Park are iconic. Many travel guide-books and websites about traveling in Japan show the view of Mt. Fuji from Arakurayama Sengen Park. In these photos you see not only Mt. Fuji but also the 5-story pagoda and cherry blossoms too. And if any iconic aspect of Japan were to be added to photos taken from the park, it would be people wearing kimonos.
There is no entrance fee to Arakurayama Sengen Park so visiting the Chureito Pagoda is free of charge. However, to reach the shrine and pagoda requires walking up 400 stairs. Everyone agrees, though, that the view from the top is worth the effort of climbing the 400 stairs. If traveling from Tokyo, allow yourself a full day for travel. Or you might want to break up your journey by staying overnight at Lake Kawaguchi, for example.
To reach Arakurayama Sengen Park from Lake Kawaguchi Staton, ride the Fujikyu Railway train* that takes about 15 minutes to Shimoyoshida Station, the entrance to the park. Another route is to take the JR Chuo Line that starts from Tokyo Station going to Otsuki. (The Chuo Line stops along the way at other stations such as Ochanomizu, Yotsuya, and Shinjuku.) At Otsuki Station transfer to the Fujikyu Railway Line* to Shimoyoshida Station. From the station you can walk to the Arakura Sengen Shrine and Pagoda, which takes around 10-15 minutes.
*The Fujikyu Railway Line is a private line not affiliated with JR, so you cannot use the JR Rail Pass to ride on this line.
(3) Enoshima (Kanagawa)
Located in Kanagawa Prefecture is Enoshima, a tiny island, from where you can see spectacular views of Mount Fuji. If you aren’t familiar with Kanagawa, it is the prefecture where Yokohama and Kamakura are located. Enoshima may be small, but it’s popular because it is close to Tokyo and makes for a relaxing one-day trip. To reach Enoshima, it takes about one hour by train from Shinjuku station. In addition, there is a short railway line (the Enoshima Electric Railway or “Enoden” for short) that directly connects Kamakura to Enoshima in 24 minutes. So that is one option also to reach Enoshima, where there are paved slopes where you can walk around freely up and down. In addition, it has a few shrines, the most sacred of which is located in the Iwaya Cave, which can be reached by walking for 30 minutes or so from the station.
To see the best views of Mt. Fuji, walk to the area of Katase Nishihama beach where the mountain can be seen across Sagami Bay, giving you a scene of ocean, sky, and Mt. Fuji. Of course, the best seasons to view Mt. Fuji from Enoshima is spring, fall, and winter. The beach is 15 minutes on foot from Enoshima Station. There is a closer station, Katase-Enoshima Station, which is the last stop on the Odakyū Enoshima Line, which can be reached starting from Shinjuku and changing trains at Fujisawa. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from Katase Enoshima Station to the beach area.
(4) Hakone (Kanagawa)
Hakone, while famous for viewing Mt. Fuji, is an all-year tourist area proud of its beautiful scenery, hot springs, art museums, and historical sites. And last but not least, it is famous for its various modes of transportation also, which visitors enjoy riding to travel around and take in the scenery and sites. For example, there are buses, a switch-back railway, a funicular, a ropeway, and even a pirate boat that cruises on Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Among all these modes of transportation, the pirate boat and ropeway offer the best opportunities for viewing Mt. Fuji.
The view of Mt. Fuji from the ropeway is indisputably the best in the whole area because you can see the entire mountain from base to summit. The ropeway ride itself is only 9 minutes, but in total there are fewer minutes available to see and take photos of the best views of Mt. Fuji, so you need to keep your hand ready on your camera or smartphone in order not to miss taking great shots of the mountain. Furthermore, the ropeway doesn’t stop moving to let you take pictures, so don’t miss your chance to take that “perfect shot”.
You can board the ropeway from either Sounzan Station at the ropeway's eastern end that you reach by first taking the switch-back railway from Hakone Yumoto to Gora, and then the funicular from Gora for a short ride to Souzan Station. On the western end, or Ashinoko Lake side, you can board from Togendai Station that is right next to the pier where the pirate-themed sightseeing boat and other boats that cruise Lake Ashinoko dock.
And speaking of Lake Ashinoko, you can see great views of Mt. Fuji from the shore of the lake and even better views from the excursion boats that operate on the lake. The scenery is beautiful, and indeed you can see Mt. Fuji on a clear day. However, the lower half of the mountain is obstructed by foothills, so you get a “partial view” of Mt. Fuji from the lake.
Buses run directly between Hakone Yumoto and Lake Ashinoko, taking about 35 minutes. Once you get off the bus, the pier from where you can ride the excursion boats is nearby.
There are one-day bus tours to Hakone from Tokyo that operate daily. If you plan to go on your own, the Odakyu Railway operates its express Romance Cars that take 1 hour and 20 minutes from Shinjuku to Hakone Yumoto. There are also local trains too running from Shinjuku to Hakone Yumoto, which take longer but are less expensive.
(5) Fujimi Terrace/Izu Panorama Park (Shizuoka Prefecture)
No need to go to Mt. Fuji if you don't have the time but want to see it up close. You can easily go to Fujimi Terrace, another one of the best vantage points in Japan. The word “fujimi” means “Fuji view”. This terrace at Izu Panorama Park is on the Izu Peninsula and can be reached in around two hours by train from the Tokyo Area. To reach the terrace itself, you will need to board the 1,800-meter ropeway that will take you to the top. The terrace, which is designed to reflect "wa" (Japanese style), is located 452 meters (1,475 ft.) above sea level. The large observation deck enables you to see unobstructed views of Mt. Fuji and Sugaru Bay. The terrace has seating areas such as the premium lounge and sofa area.
The fastest way to reach Izu Panorama Park from Tokyo Station is to take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to Mishima Station. From there, change to the Odoriko 13 Limited Express Shuzenji train, get off at Izu-Nagaoka Station, and take a short 10-minute bus ride to the base of the park.
(6) Mishima Skywalk (Shizuoka Prefecture)
This skywalk, which is a gigantic suspension bridge with a total length of 400m (1,300 ft), offers a relatively close-up view of Mt. Fuji. The suspension bridge is the longest one in Japan. The best time to see Mt. Fuji from the Skywalk is in the mornings or late afternoon during the sunset. Mt. Fuji and the view of Suruga Bay are especially beautiful around nine in the morning before the temperature rises.
Take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Mishima Station (55 minutes). From there, take the Tokai Orange Shuttle Bus (Route N) from Bus Stop 5 that is located at the South Exit of Mishima Station. The final destination of the bus is Motohakone Port, but get off at the Mishima Skywalk bus stop, which is a 20-minute bus ride. The entrance is right in front of the bus stop.
(7) Gotemba (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Gotemba, while just a small town in Shizuoka Prefecture, is famous among bargain hunters because there is a large outlet shopping mall in the town. If you like going to outlet malls and shopping, and if you want to see Mt. Fuji up close too, then Gotemba is the perfect place for you. The mountain is so close, in fact, that unless you look hard, you won't realize that it is indeed the real Mt. Fuji standing right before your eyes.
The easiest way to go to the Gotemba Outlet Mall is to take any one of the direct highway buses leaving various stations around Tokyo, such as Tokyo, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Shinagawa; and also from Yokohama too. By train, the fastest way to go is by taking the Odakyu Line Romance Car from Shinjuku Station to Gotemba Station, which takes about 95 minutes, although there are few departures during the day going to Gotemba. From Gotemba Station, you can take a free shuttle bus to the outlet mall. The trains and buses arrive in under two hours, making it a great place for a day's shopping and viewing Mt. Fuji, or for an overnight trip since another feature of Gotemba is the availability of direct buses that go to Mount Fuji.