- October 1, 2020 at 4:04 pm #9402
Gotenba is one of the gateways to Mt Fuji. It shows up in a lot of guides – which almost always suggest getting there by highway bus. The bus is cheap and runs fairly frequently. However, since it is a highway bus, there is a luggage storage area and the seating is up a set of steps. Those who use folding wheelchairs and can walk a little can have their wheelchair stored.
If you cannot walk at all you will need to use the train to get to Gotenba.
The first option is to get their by local trains. There are several places to transfer, but the most straightforward way is taking the Odakyu line from Shinjuku to Shinmatsuda Station, crosing the street to Matsuda Station and taking the Gotenba Line to Gotenba Station. No reservation is needed as they are just regular trains. The only thing to note is that the Gotenba train like runs fairly infrequently (1-2 / hour). So, you will want to time your train to Shinmatsuda well so you don’t need to wait too long. (But not so close that the station staff don’t have time to help you on the train!).
The more pleasant way to get to Gotenba is to take the Odakyu Romance Car (express train like a mini Shinkansen) from Shinjuku directly to Gotenba. It has a nice accessible space and even an accessible toilet.
There are only 3 trains on weekdays and 4 on weekends, though. You may want to buy your tickets ahead of time to ensure your ride (they can be booked up to 1 week before your trip).
Shinjuku, Shinmatsuda Station, Matsuda Station, and Gotenba Station all have accessible routes and wheelchair friendly toilets.
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