Whether you’re a fan of outdoor activities like surfing or prefer experiencing local culinary delights, Japan’s coastal regions offer a bit of everything. From the eastern charm of Ibaraki and Chiba to the rural tranquillity of Toyama and Niigata, exploring Japan via Campervan hire opens the country up for you to explore in a way that perfectly aligns with your preferences.

The coasts of Japan are some of the most diverse and beautiful in the world, offering travellers picturesque scenes and awe-inspiring views. If you’re thinking about exploring the stunning coastline with an Campervan rental, Japan opens up in terms of where you can visit. From the sun-drenched shores of Ibaraki to the rugged cliffs of Toyama, an Campervan journey through these coastal prefectures promises a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. So, in this post, we’ll travel coast-to-coast to help with planning the perfect seaside Campervan vacation in Japan.

*When going to the beach in a Travellers Autobarn Japan campervan, do not go onto the beach, but park in a paved parking area.

Exploring the Eastern Charm: Ibaraki and Chiba

Although the eastern coast of Japan is more well-known for its hulking cities like Tokyo, this part of Japan also offers some of the most beautiful mountain coastlines in the country. It’s a region steeped in a unique culture and boasts some tremendous tourist experiences that are well worth experiencing.

Ibaraki: A Blend of History and Nature

Begin your seaside Campervan journey in Ibaraki Prefecture, easily accessible within a few hours’ drive from Tokyo. The highlight of Ibaraki is the Hitachi Seaside Park, renowned for its seasonal flowers and panoramic sea views. Park your Campervan and enjoy a bike ride or a stroll through the sprawling fields of blooming nemophilas and kochias. Next, head to Oarai Beach, where the grand Torii gate of Oarai Isosaki Shrine stands against the backdrop of crashing waves, offering a perfect sunrise spot.

Chiba: Surf and Turf Delights

Next, you can cruise down the coast to Chiba Prefecture, which is a hotspot for surfers and nature lovers. Chiba’s coastline has numerous surf spots, with Onjuku Beach being a standout for its white sands and surf-friendly waves. Apart from surfing, the coastal town of Kujukuri is ideal for long beach drives. Don’t miss out on the fresh seafood, particularly the local speciality, spiny lobster, served in various styles from sashimi to grilled.

Journey through the Heart: Kanagawa and Shizuoka

Following your coastal journey south will bring you through the Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures, which offer a blend of historical culture and modern flair. This part of Japan does a fantastic job of blending urban life with the surrounding nature, making it a fantastic place to tour in an Campervan.

Kanagawa: Historical Ports and Modern Resorts

Travelling southwest from Tokyo, the next stop is Kanagawa Prefecture. The city of Yokohama, with its cosmopolitan vibe and historic landmarks, offers a contrast to the natural settings of Ibaraki and Chiba. Here, you can visit Sankeien Garden, a traditional Japanese garden where you can enjoy Japanese old architecture from Kyoto and beautiful green garden. Drive further south to the Miura Peninsula, where Jogashima Island provides stunning cliffside views and a chance to enjoy freshly caught tuna at the local restaurants.

Shizuoka: Majestic Views of Mt. Fuji

Continue your journey to Shizuoka Prefecture, known for its breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji from the coastline. Shimoda, at the tip of the Izu Peninsula, is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Here, you can relax at Shirahama Beach, a white sandy shoreline famous for its clear blue waters. If you’ve used Campervan rental, Japan has plenty of Campervan campsites nearby that offer amenities and direct beach access, making it a convenient stopover. For a more secluded experience, head to the western coast of the peninsula to find hidden gems like Nishiizu with its dramatic sunset views over the Suruga Bay.

The Northern Escapes: Niigata and Toyama

Heading north now, your Campervan journey through Japan can be continued by venturing towards Niigata and Toyama. These regions are a little more sedate, offering a relaxing destination to unwind and explore all that Japan has to offer.

Niigata: Coastal Rurality and Seaside Markets

As you venture into the northern coastlines, Niigata Prefecture offers a stark contrast with its rural landscapes and rich rice fields leading up to the sea. The scenic Sado Island, accessible via ferry, is a great detour for those looking to explore deeper into Japan’s rural coastlines. Back on the mainland, the Nagaoka area is ideal for trying out the local cuisine, especially the seafood and sake, which are among the finest in the region.

Toyama: Rugged Cliffs and Ancient Routes

Conclude your Campervan vacation in Toyama Prefecture, where the traditional and the natural merge beautifully. Toyama is famous for its dramatic coastal cliffs and the historical village of Gokayama, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Drive along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route where the vistas are spectacular, especially during the changing seasons. The seaside town of Himi is another must-visit, known for its bustling fish market and the stunning views of the Tateyama mountain range across the bay.

Get the Most Out of Your Japan Trip With Campervan Hire

Embarking on an Campervan trip across Japan’s coastlines allows you to explore the diverse landscapes and cultural sights at your own pace and offers the freedom to discover lesser-known locales off the beaten path. Whether it’s soaking up the sun on a sandy beach, indulging in local culinary delights, or exploring historic sites, a seaside Campervan vacation in Japan is bound to be an unforgettable adventure.

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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