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Japan Camping Guide: Camping in Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu

Camping guide to Chugoku (Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi Prefectures), Shikoku (Kochi, Tokushima, Ehimi and Kagawa Prefectures) and Kyushu (Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga, Kagoshima, Miyazaki Prefetures) regions.

CHUGOKU

Sunagawa-koen Camp (Okayama)
This campsite along the Sunagawa River features a water slide in summer. 
Accommodation: Camping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: No
Access: A 15-minute walk from Hattori Station on the Kibi Line.
Address: 792 Kuroo, Soja-shi, Okayama-ken 〒719-1105
Tel: (0866) 92-1118

Matsue Shinji Furusato Shinrin-koen Camp (Shimane)
Shimane’s brackish Lake Shinji produces delicious seafood and offers beautiful sunset views. There are many cultural attractions near the campsite including Matsue Castle and Shinjiko Onsen. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cabins, Cottages, Log Houses
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, blankets, tables, chairs 
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase
Access: 20 minutes by bus from Shinji Station to Shinrin Koen Bus Stop.
Address: 3353-2 Sasou, Shinji-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken 〒699-0406

Yanagijaya Camp (Tottori) – FREE
This free campsite provides easy access to Tottori’s famous landmark including the Tottori Sakyu (sand dunes).
Accommodation: Camping
English-Speaking Staff:  No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: No
Access: 30 minutes by bus from Tottori Station to Tottori Sakyu Kodomo-no-kuni Bus Stop.
Address: 1157-115 Hamasaka, Tottori-shi, Tottori-ken 〒680-0001

Miyajima Tsutsumigaura Camp (Hiroshima)
This campsite is part of Tsutsumigaura Nature Park and popular for swimming and fishing. It also provides easy access to Hiroshima’s iconic Itsukushima Floating Shrine.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cabins 
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Sleeping bags, camping beds, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: Ten minutes by bus from Miyajima Pier to Tsutsumigaura. 
Address: 1195 Miyajima Tsutsumigaura Natural Park, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 〒739-0588 

SHIKOKU

Shikoku Saburo no Sato (Tokushima)
This campsite is in Nishi Awa, Shikoku’s natural water park. There are also showers and laundry facilities (additional charge). The area is best explored by car, and you can enjoy rafting and canoeing, hiking around the picturesque Iya Valley and paragliding. There is also a supermarket and home center for extra camping gear located five minutes by car. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Camping Car Sites, Cottages
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, blankets, tables, chairs
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase
Access: The campsite is ten minutes by car from Mima IC on the Tokushima Expressway. 
Address: 39-10 Sakaime, Mima-cho, Mima-shi, Tokushima-ken 〒771-2107

Cotton Field Kamiyama (Tokushima)
This campsite is located walking distance from the center of Kamiyama Onsen town and several major temples. The nearby Akuigawa River is a popular place for ayu (sweetfish) and amego (salmon) fishing. 
Accommodation: Auto Camping, Cabins, Bungalows 
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Blankets, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: One hour by bus from Tokushima Station to Kamiyama Onsen Bus Stop.
Address: 272 Jinryo Uetsuno, Kamiyama-cho, Myozai-gun, Tokushima 〒771-3310

Ebisuhama Camp (Tokushima)
Watch sea turtles hatching and making their way back to the ocean at Ebisuhama Beach. This campsite is minutes away from the beach and is popular for swimming, sea kayaking and stand-up paddling. Campers can also enjoy the hot springs at White Light House Hotel a short drive away. 
Accommodation: Camping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, blankets
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: A 45-minute walk or an eight-minute drive from Hiwasa Station. 
Address: Ebisuhama, Minami-cho, Kaifu-gun, Tokushima-ken 〒779-2303

Snow Peak Tosashimizu (Kochi)
Japanese camping gear brand Snow Peak runs this campsite in Tatsukushi Marine Park, which is famous for corals and marine life. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Mobile Homes 
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, blankets, tables, chairs
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase
Access: Two hours by bus from Nakamura Station to Kaiteikan-mae Bus Stop, or an hour drive from Nakamura Station.
Address: 4145-1 Ejiri, Misaki, Tosashimizu-shi, Kochi-ken 〒787-0453

KYUSHU

Montbell Gokayama Base Camp (Fukuoka)
In 2019, Japan outdoor retailer Montbell opened up their first campsite. Surrounded by mountains and the pristine Gokayama Dam, Gokayama Base Camp is part of Gokayama Cross, Fukuoka’s most accessible outdoor center. There are tent sites that hold up to seven people, pet-friendly tent areas, autocamp spots and  borderline-glamping canvas wall tents.
The campsite’s most popular attraction is the eight-meter climbing wall. Visitors can enjoy light trekking on Mt. Kusenbu and Mt. Suri, cycling around Gokayama Dam or kayaking and stand-up paddling. The camp’s reception area sells beer and other alcohol, but visitors will have to bring their own food or pick up vegetables from the nearby Kawasemi no Sato shop. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: Conversation level
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, blankets, hammocks, tables, chairs
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 54 minutes by car from Tenjin (Fukuoka City) via Route 385 or 24 minutes from the Tosaki IC on the Nagasaki Expressway. 
Address: 461-1 Gokayama, Nakagawa-shi, Fukuoka-ken 〒811-1234

Nodakeko Park Camp (Nagasaki)
Enjoy cycling or hiking at this campsite near Lake Nodake in Taradake Prefectural Park.
Accommodation: Camping, Bungalows
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, blankets
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 25 minutes by bus from Omura Station to Nodake-ko Bus Stop.
Address: 1097-1 Higashinodake-machi, Omura-shi, Nagasaki-ken 〒856-0002

Beppu-shiei Shidakako Camp (Oita)
This campsite serves as a base for travelers wanting to explore the famous onsen town of Beppu. Campers can enjoy fishing at nearby Lake Shidaka or challenge themselves to a tree obstacle course at Forest Adventure Beppu. 
Accommodation: Tents
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: No
Access: 40 minutes by bus from Beppu Station to Shidakako Bus Stop. 
Address: 4380-1 Shidaka, Beppu-shi, Oita-ken 〒874-0000 

Qkamura Minami-Aso Camp (Kumamoto)
Camp near Mt. Aso, Kyushu’s most famous volcano and one of the largest calderas in the world. This comfortable camp resort is situated within the caldera and is a gateway to Aso’s hiking trails. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Canvas Tents
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Local Akagyu beef and food available for purchase
Access: Ten minutes by bus from Takamori Station to Kokuminkyuka-mura-mae Bus Stop. 
Address: 3219 Takamori-cho, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-ken 〒869-1602

Sakaematsu Camp (Miyazaki)
Sakaematsu Beach is popular for its clear, calm waters making it a great place for sea kayaking, snorkeling and boating. Oshima Island is a ten-minute ferry ride away. 
Accommodation: Camping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: A 30-minute walk from Nango Station.
Address: 4178-1 Nakamura Oto, Nango-cho, Minaminaka-gun, Miyazaki-ken 〒889-3204

Miyazaki Shirahama Camp (Miyazaki)
Feel like you’re in the tropics at this seaside campsite. There’s even a small library on site. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cabins
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, tables, chairs
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 50 minutes by bus from Miyazaki Station to Shirahama Iriguchi Bus Stop.
Address: 6600-1 Oriuzako, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki-ken 〒889-2164

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