Camping: The most affordable way to enjoy Japanese nature

  • Camping is the best thing to do if you love to be as close to the nature as possible, or even if you are just looking for a way to save some cash while traveling. Fortunately, all across Japan, you can find over 2,000 very affordable campsites!

    Same as all over the world, there are two kinds of camp sites; the free ones and the pay ones. The good thing is that there are a lot of free camp sites but also, the pay sites are quite affordable with prices usually ranging from 500YEN to 1,500YEN.

    Japanese Alps

    If you are looking for camp sites in a particular area you should check the list by the Japanese National Tourism Organisation (see at the end of the article). Just to let you know, if you really need to camp for free you should NOT camp in the wild areas, because it is very dangerous as you can encounter bears, monkeys or even wild boars.

    Bears in the wild

    The only inconvenient thing about camping sites are the location because it is often difficult to access. The best way to solve this problem is to have a car or a good understanding of the local bus system. However, if the location is too difficult to access, it’s mostly because the site is very close to the nature and often nearby some natural Onsens.

    Here are three highly recommended campsites that stand out among others.

    Motosuko Lake and Mt. Fuji (Motosuko Camp-Jo)

    It is the perfect camp site for hiking lovers, because it is located in the middle of the nature with plenty of tracks around. Moreover, you can access a beautiful lake nearby and it is possible to make on-ground camp fire!

    Ryumon Waterfalls (Kai camp area)

    Located in Oita Prefecture, the Ryumon temple operates a campsite just in front of the waterfall! It is the perfect site to relax and to enjoy the nature peacefully.

    Hikarigaoka Park

    Camping in Tokyo doesn’t seem possible, but it is! Hikarigaoka is the perfect place to get away from the stress of Tokyo, you can play tennis, football, basketball and other sport here!


    Japan National Tourism Organization
    Hatinosu *Automatic translation