Camping in Japan
As the golden sun radiates in the sky and blankets the soil with humidity and warmth, you
know that it is the perfect time to bring out your tent and camping gear. With Japan having
such an affinity for nature, paired with the dazzling landscapes, camping in Japan is nothing
less than tranquil. However, before you head out there are a few things that you should know.
What you need to know
Firstly, and possibly one of the most important points, camping in the public spaces is
prohibited. While this may disappoint some people but don’t let is put you off. There are plenty of good great campgrounds across the country which have a lot to offer.
Prices vary greatly depending on a few factors such as the amenities, location, equipment, and
the type of accommodation, you may want to camp in a tent or a cabin. Campgrounds may charge you for a stay in a variety of ways.
- These include a price-per-night stayed
- price-per-person, or a
- flat base fee
On average, staying at a simple fairly basic campsite with no thrills or luxury cost you around ¥1000-¥1500 per night.
Numerous camping locations are available for free as well. You will generally find the usual amenities you would expect, but a traditional Japanese ‘onsen’ can typically be found close by in most places, allowing you to immerse yourself in Japanese culture just that little bit more.
You can find camping grounds near bigger cities like Tokyo, you will tend to find a greater selection of locations further out which usually boast more stunning scenery. Some of these locations are accessible by public transport either on a bus or train. Personally I would recommend hiring a car as this will help go exactly where you want to. Also if you are carrying your camping equipment it’s easier to put bulky equipment in the boot of your car instead of lugging in through train carriages.
Overall, remember to be respectful of your surroundings and other people while camping, and do not forget to read and follow the rules set out by each campsite you visit.
With an abundance of locations to pick from it can get quite overwhelming, luckily the
Japan National Tourism Organisation has compiled a list of the notable spots, categorised
by the region they are in which can be viewed. A detailed breakdown of each place
is also provided including the price, how to get there, and the facilities that they offer.
Wakasu Kaihin-koen Camp-jo is a low cost camping spot located within Tokyo, along the
ocean near Odaiba. Whilst it may not be the most tranquil or remote campsite in Japan, given how accessible it is, it is ideal for anyone looking for a taste of what camping in Japan is like. You’ll be pleased to know barbeques here are aplenty during the warm summer months. It’s a wonderful way to wind down at the end of the day as the golden sun disappears behind the horizon, and sea Glisson’s magically.
While it may not be the most picturesque image or what you may expect from a typical camping spot, given that you are able to camp right by the ocean in Tokyo is truly something quite unique.
Ionosato Auto Camp-jo is located in Kanazawa and is suited to people who want to
get as close to nature as possible. You have to imagine yourself surrounded by forest with friends and family all huddled around a campfire.
This spot is quite isolated so it must be reached by a car, but worth it for anyone seeking
adventure. Showers are available here for ¥100, however, a 25 minute drive away you can find yourself enjoying a traditional Japanese onsen instead.
Here are our recommended onsen with map locations linked for your convenience.
- Yuwaku Onsen
- Asakawa Onsen
- Okuwa Onma Onsen
Onoji Family Camp-jo is a campsite for people looking for a more relaxed camping
experience. Located close to the majestic Mount Fuji, you are lavished with stunning unrestrictive views of the iconic volcano. The expansive green fields gives you plenty of space to roam and soak up the sunshine. In terms of activities there are fishing ponds nearby and even a golf courses available for anyone interested.
Unlike the previous location this place has a Japanese onsen on site or you can access a private one if you feel uncomfortable using the public baths.
Our final thoughts camping in Japan
There is so much to like about camping in Japan. Japan hosts a large variety of camping sites for all types of campers. Whether you are a newbie camper on their fist camping trip or a camping veteran Japan has something for everyone. There is ample opportunity for you to get yourself Intune with nature. If you are seeking solitude and a secluded living experience this is also available.
Camping offers a much cheaper form of accommodation for any budget conscious traveler visiting Japan. Camping is often overlooked. So, no matter what the reason may be, grab your gear and head off on your adventure. Do not forget your bug repellent! Japanese insects can be a nuisance at the height of summer and can be genuinely unforgiving.