The Beatles sang that money couldn't buy them love, but they have never been to Gotemba.
Located in the Northeastern part of Shizuoka prefecture and at the eastern foot of Mt Fuji, it is abundant with nature and also home to the Gotemba Premium Outlets, boasting over 150 big brand names at incredible prices.
I died and went to shopping heaven twice over, and didn't even mind the 6 hours ride to and fro on the local trains. Melissa, Cynthia and I literally crossed rivers, fields and mountains to get there and found ourselves in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by forestation in beautiful hues of orange and red and against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Fuji.
We only had 2 and a half hours proper to shop, but I was very focused and headed straight to the Coach warehouse, hehe. I decided to reward myself with a Coach wallet and wristlet as an early Christmas present.
I definitely want to go back again sometime soon, hopefully with more disposable cash in my pocket. ;)