Gotemba (Shizuoka - Japan)
The city of Gotemba is located in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture near the foot of the majestic Mt. Fuji, making it a base for transportation to sightseeing areas around the mountain, Fuji-Goko (Fuji five lakes), and Hakone. The average elevation of the city is about 450 meters, and as high as 700 meters in some spots. While snow during the winter season is not unusual, the summer months are also cool, making the city known as a summer resort area since olden times. The summer resort area was popular even among foreigners, and many people from the United States and others countries resided there. Perfectly located between Japans two historical capitals of Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo), the Gotemba valley has something to please everybody! Enjoy relaxing spa's and hot springs to exciting Mt. Fuji hiking and mountain bike treks. With average annual temperatures of 17.5 C (64 F) and easy access from both the Tokyo and Yokohama areas, Gotemba makes for the perfect get-a-way location. An abundance of activities available for everyone including: Hiking on Mt. Fuji, Golf, Horseback riding, Fuji Safari Park, Gotemba Premium Outlets Mall, Fuji Speedway, Grinpa Amusement Park, Fishing, Skiing, the Hakone National park and much, much more.