Exploring Japan’s natural beauty is easier with camping, as you get to experience it on your terms. Even in the  Tokyo Metoropolitan area have plenty of accessible camping grounds for all types of travellers. Here are some of the best campsites you can enjoy  around Tokyo while also being a safe, respectful traveller.

Japan offers an array of stunning outdoor experiences, and camping is a uniquely beautiful way to immerse yourself in the country’s breathtaking landscapes. While Tokyo is renowned for its bustling city life, not far from the metropolis are serene campsites that provide a perfect escape into the striking nature of Japan.

Auto campgrounds with campervan access are great because you can start camping as soon as you arrive, without the hassle of setting up and unloading your tent. There are some campgrounds in the Kanto area that are accessible for campers and have hot springs nearby.

Choosing Your Campsite

For those looking to explore nature without straying too far from Tokyo, several designated campsites are both accessible and well-equipped. These sites are designed to provide you with a perfect location to pitch up for the evening.

 

Katsuura Tsurun Tsurun Onsen Auto Campground in CHIBA

This is an auto campground in Katsuura, a popular location for swimming and fishing in Chiba Prefecture, and is directly managed by Tsuruntsurun Onsen (hot spring). There is a clear stream nearby, so you can enjoy outdoor activities together with camping, such as playing in the river.

Open fires are allowed in the facility, which is rare in the Kanto region, and firewood can be used free of charge. There is the only hot spring in the Kanto area that has been selected as one of the 100 best hot springs, so you can soak in the hot spring and relax after a long day of outdoor activities.

Kawazu Auto Campsite in SHIZUOKA

Located in Higashi Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, in the southern Kanto region of Japan, this campground is situated at the foot of the Amagi Mountain Range and is open to campers. Surrounded by clear streams and beautiful mountain and forest scenery, the rich natural environment will surely make you forget the hustle and bustle of the city, even though it is located in the Kanto metropolitan area.

Since the campground is accessible by car, you can take a break from camping to visit some of Izu’s scenic spots. Another attraction is that you can take as many free rides as you like in the open-air onsen located in the facility

Marunuma Kogen Camping Valley in GUNMA

Located in Katashina-mura, Gunma Prefecture, in the northern Kanto region, this campground is open to campers from summer through fall on the slopes of the Marunuma Kogen ski resort, which is about 1500 meters above sea level. The most appealing feature of the campground is the free, unblocked sites that make use of the vast ski slope.

Compared to most car-accessible campgrounds in the Kanto region, Marunuma Kogen Auto Campground in the northern Kanto region allows campers to enjoy the great outdoors in an open space with no camping area restrictions.

Next to the resort is a summer slope, a rarity in the Kanto area, where skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed even in summer. Summer luge (grass sledding), very popular with children, and exciting tree adventures are also available.

The hot springs can be enjoyed at two locations within the facility is another attraction of Marunuma Kogen Auto Campground

Be a Responsible Traveler and Enjoy Your Trip

When it comes to camping in Japan, being respectful and safe could be  the two main priorities. To help with this, let’s go over a few tips to help you be a responsible traveller:

Leave No Trace

The principle of “Leave No Trace” is vital when camping in any part of the world, including Japan. This means packing out all trash, respecting wildlife, and leaving the site as you found it. This practice not only helps protect the natural environment but also ensures it remains pristine for future visitors.

Cultural Sensitivity

Japan values discipline and politeness, so it’s important to be mindful of your behaviour. Keep noise to a minimum, especially at night, and be courteous to fellow campers and locals. Understanding and adhering to these cultural norms is part of being a responsible traveller.

Safety Measures

When camping, particularly in more remote areas, safety should be a top priority. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with essentials such as a first-aid kit, emergency contact numbers, and sufficient supplies of food and water. Check weather forecasts and local conditions regularly to avoid any unexpected situations.

What about Wild Camping in Japan

In Japan, wild camping (camping outside designated campgrounds) is generally discouraged and often illegal. However, there are exceptions, such as national parks and some public lands, where camping may be allowed with specific permissions. Always research and follow local regulations to avoid fines or legal issues.

 

 

Explore Japan on Your Terms With Campsites Near Tokyo

There are many campsites in the Kanto region, including the Tokyo metropolitan area, that are accessible by Campervans. In addition, there are many hot springs and sightseeing spots in the area. By choosing the right campsite and being a prepared traveller, with Our Campervans and StationWagon  you can ensure a memorable camping experience!

About the Author

Mayumi

I love nature and travel. I have lived and traveled in some countries and seen many cultures. I would love to share stories of Japan so that visitors can learn more about this wonderful and unique culture and have an unforgettable and enjoyable trip.

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