By Venese Lau
If you love camping and want to explore the camping scene, you might be surprised by all the wonderful places Japan has to offer. Most campsites are available throughout the year (yes, even in the freezing winters!). However, I’d recommend camping during the warmer seasons, between the months of March and September. Just avoid the few weeks of rain in June, and the typhoon period in late August, early September.
There are many different campsites in Japan, in places such as parks, beaches, rivers and mountains. Keep in mind that it’s illegal to camp just anywhere, so you’ll need to find official and legally approved campsites! Many of these places are popular destinations for family trips, so they’ll usually have a few activities for children, too. Camping is loved by a lot of Japanese people during the warmer seasons from March to October.
No tent? No worries! Many campsites offer various lodging options that include cabins, treehouses and even luxury huts for glamping (“glamorous camping”), which has become a big part of camping culture in Japan. If you’re worried about safety, all of these campsites emphasize a safe environment and one of them even has a women-only camping area! So let’s get started!
Top 5 Campsites near Tokyo Japan
1. The Farm
The Farm, located in Chiba, is known for its wide range of services. As its name suggests, it’s a farm, and they offer local produce. Combining nature and comfort, it’s a great place to escape the city and enjoy a bit of luxury in nature.
Inside The Farm, you will find a complex facility consisting of cottages, glamping tents, natural hot springs, barbecue pits, fresh vegetable cafe restaurants, and cabins. The glamping tents, cabins and cottages are fully equipped with air conditioning and heating.
They even have zip lining facilities, where you can enjoy gliding in the air. They offer a wide range of seasonal activities like vegetable-picking and glass art-making.
The Farm has a private camping site in the forest, next to a shallow river, which is around 30cm deep at most, making it an ideal spot for children to play. The Farm is a popular choice among Campsites near Tokyo Japan.
Access: Take a bus from Tokyo station and get off at 栗源バス停, where you can get a free shuttle bus that takes you to The Farm.
Takivillage is a campsite in Chiba, roughly 80 minutes’ drive from Tokyo or Kanagawa. It is run by a 26-year-old Japanese man, who quit his full time job and created this little piece of paradise.
Takivillage offers glamping options and free camping. The facilities are fully-equipped with tenral equipment, so you don’t have to worry about bringing anything. It’s advertised as a campsite for beginner campers and families to enjoy comfortably.
The most amazing thing about Takivillage is that it’s located on a hill, and you get to see different sceneries depending on the time of day. At night, you can enjoy star-gazing. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in nature and get away from the city.
Address: 〒298-0112 千葉県いすみ市国府台459-2
Access: It takes around 80 minutes to get here from Tokyo or Kanagawa by car. You can also take a bus from Tokyo station or Shinagawa.
3. Kita Karuizawa Sweet Glass
As the name implies, Kita Karuizawa Sweet Glass is situated in Kita Karuizawa. It is a campsite where you can enjoy different things depending on the season. They have two concepts, “green style” from spring to autumn and “white style” in winter. You can enjoy camping regardless of the season.
The different styles of accommodation here are extremely impressive. From tents to cottages and cabins, there’s a wide range of accommodation so you can find the one that suits you best. Nearby this campsite, you will find natural hot springs, where you can relax and take baths and showers. Additionally, there are plenty of activities for children.
Kita Karuizawa also offers Tipi, which is a North American Indian tent. Although you can’t stay in the Tipi, you can enter and enjoy the experience. At night, a bonfire is lit there and you can spend a quiet night enjoying the moment, surrounded by nature. Of the choices of campsites near Tokyo Japan, this one might be best for pleasing all family members.
Access: Take a bus from Shibuya station towards Kita Karuizawa, then walk or take a taxi to Sweet Grass.
4. GRAN BLUE
Gran Blue is a glamping facility in Minamiboso, Chiba. It takes about 2 hours to drive there from central Tokyo. The area is famous for its calm and consistent weather.
This campsite imitates the ocean with their minimalist interiors, with mainly white and blue colours. They have a cafe space on the huge wooden deck. If you like lying down in a hammock, you will be happy to hear that they have 12 hammocks lined up.
They’re got showers and toilets, and a rubbish disposal area, so you don’t have to worry about lugging your rubbish back with you. They are also quite flexible and will let you use the barbecue pit with no extra cost, and you can even bring your own food into this campsite.
Address: 〒295-0103 千葉県南房総市白浜町滝口5580-6
Access: Take a bus from Tokyo station to Tateyama station, then take a bus to 白浜中学校前 station, then walk 10 minutes to get to Gran Blue.
5. Akiha Auto Camp
Akiha Auto Camp is a huge campsite along the Tenryu River which flows through western Shizuoka prefecture. Akiba Auto Campground is a long-established campsite beloved for over 40 years. The clear stream, which is said to be the best in Japan, is ideal for fishing and canoeing. Above all, the staff here is described as the secret weapon that makes camping comfortable.
This campsite offers all kinds of camping plans, such as mountain-side campsites, river-side campsites, women-only campsites and even bungalows.
The water originates in the southern part of the Southern Alps. The water of the river is extremely clear, making it a very pleasant river for fishing and swimming. There are playground equipment and sports facilities, and there is also a canoeing experience for people to enjoy here. It is also famous as a mecca for sweetfish fishing.
Access: 3.5 hours drive or around 4 hour train ride from Tokyo
Here are five campsites near Tokyo Japan that you can visit and access easily from the center of the capital. Make sure to check the website of the campsite you’re visiting for more information about what to expect, the activities and rules. Camping in Japan is a fun activity and if you are in Tokyo and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, definitely check one of these campsites out! Happy camping!