5 Campsites near Tokyo Japan you will love!

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

5 Campsites near Tokyo Japan. The Farm.
Credit: https://www.thefarm.jp/stay.html

 

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.

Homepage: https://www.thefarm.jp/

Address: 千葉県香取市西田部1309-29

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.

 

2. Takivillage

Takivillage
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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.

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URL: https://takivillage-camp.site/

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

Kita Karuizawa Sweet Glass
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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.

URL: https://sweetgrass.jp/

Address: 群馬県吾妻郡長野原町北軽井沢1990-579

Access: Take a bus from Shibuya station towards Kita Karuizawa, then walk or take a taxi to Sweet Grass.

 

4. GRAN BLUE

Gran Blue
Credit: https://www.nap-camp.com/chiba/tateyama_minamiboso/list

 

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.

URL: https://uyamaresort.com/granblue/

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
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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.

URL: https://akiha-camp.com/

Address: 静岡県浜松市天竜区春野町領家364

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!

 

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Venese is the Founder and Director of FLIP Guide, a Japan guide to help you navigate the ins and outs of Japanese travel, living, culture, and language. She started out as an event organizer and marketing manager, creating unique memories for thousands of people. It’s her mission to bring the most unforgettable experiences to you!

57 thoughts on “5 Campsites near Tokyo Japan you will love!

  • August 26, 2020 at 5:26 am
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    I have always loved Tokyo and I have been there 4 times in my life. I didn’t know you can camp near Tokyo! I want to go to Kita Karuizawa Sweet Glass. It looks like a perfect camping site for me.

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  • August 25, 2020 at 9:33 pm
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    They all look beautiful. I particularly love the Kita Karuizawa Sweet Glass because it reminds me of home.

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  • August 25, 2020 at 3:17 pm
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    What gorgeous places to visit and explore! I’d love to be able to experience it for myself one day (of course, after the aftermath of the pandemic settles down).

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  • August 20, 2020 at 6:06 pm
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    An incredibly detailed guide. Thank you so much for this post. I hope to visit these beautiful places someday.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:24 am
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      Thank you Christopher! Hope you get to come visit in the near future 🙂

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  • August 19, 2020 at 7:14 pm
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    All of them look so amazing. I would love to see takivillage once. It looks so beautiful and unique.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:25 am
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      Thank you! Yes, the takivillage one is very beautiful! Hope you get to come visit 🙂

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  • August 19, 2020 at 8:50 am
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    I’ve always dreamt about visiting Japan, especially Tokyo. I would have never thought there are so many camping sites near Tokyo and with such views. I must save this for future reference.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:26 am
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      You should definitely come visit Japan in the future! Besides these campaign sites, there are also a lot of other gorgeous nature spots outside the big cities!

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  • August 18, 2020 at 10:50 pm
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    Japan is on my list. The Farm is a strange name for a camp though. But very beautiful. I also like the Gran Blue.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:27 am
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      I think it’s called the Farm because there is a Farm near the camping site and campers can try the local fresh produces 🙂

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  • August 18, 2020 at 10:11 pm
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    These all sound like neat places to camp! There are definitely some unique choices on the list. They would be fun to check out!

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:27 am
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      Yes! Definitely come check them out if you get a chance 🙂

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  • August 18, 2020 at 9:44 pm
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    Wow! Japan has such gorgeous campsites! I am not a camping person, but I would not mind these kinds of experiences.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:28 am
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      I’m not really a camping person either but camping in Japan is very clean and everything is easily accessible. The glamping options are great too 🙂

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  • August 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm
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    That Gran Blue looks wonderful! I can’t wait to visit Japan when Covid ends. I love Japan and their culture.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:29 am
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      Yes! Please come visit when Covid calms down. Take care!

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  • August 18, 2020 at 6:00 am
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    Now, I wouldn’t mind camping in Japan at all and that treehouse would be right up my alley. I know the surrounding would be clean and safety paramount.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:30 am
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      Yes, Japan is very cautious about cleaniness and convenience. You will have a great time for sure 🙂

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  • August 18, 2020 at 5:15 am
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    Wow! These campsites are really fantastic. I love them! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  • August 18, 2020 at 3:33 am
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    Good to know, can’t wait to travel again!!!

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  • August 18, 2020 at 2:49 am
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    We are a car-camping family, so I never thought of camping overseas. But these sites have inspired me – their setups look gorgeous! Even the last has bungalows! My fave is #4 – looks beautiful!

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:49 am
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      Oh car camping, there are a lot of car camping and even car glamping services in Japan too 🙂 That’s super cool!

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  • August 18, 2020 at 2:26 am
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    Wow! What a wonderful place for camping. How i wish i could be here on my birthday. Too bad we cant travel because of pandemic.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:48 am
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      Defintiely try to come in the near future! 🙂 Take care!

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  • August 18, 2020 at 2:13 am
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    I think Kita Karuizawa Sweet Glass is my favourite of the ones you posted! I would love to make it to Japan one day.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:47 am
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      There are many great historical spots around there too, definitely like this one a lot!

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  • August 17, 2020 at 10:11 pm
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    All of the campsites look amazing. Because I am the type of person who likes comfort and clean facilities I love the idea of glamping.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:45 am
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      The glamping option is great! I love trying out different types of camping 🙂

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  • August 17, 2020 at 8:41 pm
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    The farm is adorable! The very concept of being close to nature in all aspects, including locally cooked local produce is ultimate. Akiha Auto Camp sounds awesome. I like the various types available including women-only campsites. Just yesterday, I was thinking if there are any women-only camping site in Europe at all. Good to know one exists in Japan.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:45 am
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      The farm is great, the service there is also spectacular! The women-only campsites are definitely good to have too 🙂

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  • August 17, 2020 at 8:07 pm
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    I always thought Tokyo as a big metropolitan city and never knew that it is surrounded by so many natural places. The Farm looks perfect for camping site as it has cute wooden cottages and also a shallow river. Kita Karuizawa Sweet Glass is my another choice as it has lovely wooden cottage and also hot springs nearby. Thanks for sharing wonderful campsites near Tokyo, Japan.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:42 am
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      Yeah there are actually surprinsgly a large number of nature spots inside Tokyo as well. There are huge gorgeous parks and ponds. Come visit when you get a chance 🙂

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  • August 17, 2020 at 4:53 pm
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    Oh I want to come back to Japan and camping is my plan. Bookmarking the post

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:39 am
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      Yayy, glad you like it! Please do come and visit 🙂

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  • August 17, 2020 at 1:28 pm
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    Japan is HIGH up on my travel wish list, but I’ve honestly never thought of it as a place to go camping! These places truly do look beautiful though. Gran Blue has particularly caught my eye!

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:38 am
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      Yeah, there are a large number of gorgeous nature spots in Japan! Definitely come visit!

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  • August 17, 2020 at 12:05 pm
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    It sure would be nice to experience camping in Japan! Of all these sites you mentioned, I like the Kita Karuizawa Sweet Glass the best. I like that cabin that looks like a tree house. And to think that the place is near a natural hot spring makes it even more inviting!

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:36 am
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      That’s honestly such a great spot. There are a lot of historical sites you can visit too!

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  • August 17, 2020 at 8:38 am
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    Ooooh! These are some fantastic options! I must admit that I’m a huge fan of glamping, so would probably go for something along those lines.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:37 am
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      I love glamping too! Lucky there are so many great glamping options in Japan!

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  • August 17, 2020 at 8:02 am
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    How badly I now want to go camping after reading your post. In fact, Japan is long due on my list of must-visit places. And the idea of camping around Tokyo would be so cool. I loved the treehouse setting of Kita Karuizawa. For me, it’s absolutely ideal. In fact, I love THE Farm as well.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:35 am
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      I’m glad you liked the article! Yes, please come visit in the near future 🙂 Kita Kuruizawa also has a lot of shrines and templates, on top of the amazing campsite!

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  • August 16, 2020 at 9:27 pm
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    These campsites look so gorgeous. So much better looking than any campsite that I have been to. Thanks for sharing.

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  • August 16, 2020 at 3:22 am
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    I really want to visit Japan some day, have a friend in Tokyo! The Akiha campsite looks very tempting esp with the fishing and canoeing options available, 40 years old site is like nuanced! Quite close to Tokyo too by train. Thanks for this informative article!

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:32 am
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      Yes, definitely! Thank you 🙂 Hope you can come visit in the near future!

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  • August 15, 2020 at 7:18 am
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    I badly want to visit Japan and camping in Japan will be a unique experience for me. The Akita Auto Camp looks like my favourite one already. I like that they offer women-only campsite and there are several facilities there like the playground equipment and sports equipments. I will also find swimming and fishing in the clear water relaxing here.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 1:30 am
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      Yes, I agree! The campsite at Akita Auto Camp is also huge and there’s a lot to do there 🙂

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  • August 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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    Japan is very high up on my list, but these days we only have hopes for resuming our travels. I thought my camping days are over, but after reading about these campsites in Japan, I feel tempted to try sleeping in a tent again. In the USA camping is also illegal in places like parks, beaches, rivers and mountains, unless there is an organized campsite.

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    • August 15, 2020 at 8:02 am
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      Hey Anda, when things settle down a little, definitely try and come visit Japan! These campsites are great places to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. I didn’t know that camping is also illegal in those places in the USA, good to know. Thank you 🙂 Stay safe and take care.

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  • August 14, 2020 at 2:42 pm
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    Japan was certainly a great spot to explore. Great to read that there are a lot of campsite options. Although I would be looking for one of those glamping sites! Awesome that the site in Kita Karuizawa even had an option for camping in winter. And at the Farm there was so many activities to engage in. Some good options for sure. Although I am not sure how I would get my glass art home safe.

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    • August 15, 2020 at 8:09 am
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      Hi Linda, thank you! Yes, the glamping sites are great, a lot of them have incredible amenities as well. I have actually been on a glass art experience and managed to fly home by stuffing it inside a small box, then putting box in the middle of a pile of clothes. Was very happy to see that it made it through the journey!

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  • August 14, 2020 at 1:10 pm
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    Among all these I think I like the Farm one. It promises a little rustic experience as well as enough to keep you occupied including ziplines. My 2nd pick would be Akhika River one. That too, seems perfect with the river next to it.

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    • August 15, 2020 at 8:05 am
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      Hey Ami, I’m glad you like them. The Farm is definitely a unique one and Akiha Auto Camp is offers all kinds of activities 🙂

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