Japan is often discussed for their high real estate cost and lack of space for real estate. What comes a surprise is the extensive camping opportunities throughout the country. Along side that, the nation is a hub of outdoor activity, able to cater to all tastes – whether traditional like sport, extreme like skydiving or mellow like hiking – everything is possible in Japan when it comes to the great outdoors.The Land of the Rising Sun is home to a large variety of scenic nature strips. Thus, should visitors prefer to experience the beauty of Japan without the high price tag of hotels and other forms of accommodation, they can take a more adventurous turn and try camping instead, which also has a plethora of added health benefits.
There are well over 2000 campsites to be found across Japan – statistically speaking that means there’s an average of more than 40 campsites per prefecture, which will of course vary by a prefecture’s size and environment. But the point remains – camping is a very viable type of accommodation when visiting or when one just wants to get from the busy nature of life in the city.
Price wise, securing oneself a spot on a camping site normally costs 500-1500 yen per night, which translates into 5-15 US Dollars. Obviously, that isn’t that expensive. The downside is that some camping sites are difficult to access without a car – which might make it a worthwhile expense to rent a car when visiting Japan since the price of accommodation is already so low, plus the added mobility would making travelling around the country a lot easier. Some of the sites are accessible by bus, but anyone willing to go camping should make sure first.
When trying to find a campsite suitable to one’s needs, the Japan National Tourism Organization is a good point of reference. They offer a comprehensive index of all the camping sites across Japan, for every region and prefecture. Additionally, they provide information on the local attractions, as well as prizes and how to get there. Through some searches across the internet, interested campers can also find reviews of various campsites to see what visitors have to say or if they’ve any advice to share. There are also a number of free campsites across Japan, but with the generally low cost one shouldn’t look past the more expensive ones along the way.
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Second image by kawakami.nagano.jp