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Japan Camping Guide: Camping in Chubu

Camping in the Chubu Region (Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano, Niigata, Shizuoka, Toyama and Yamanashi Prefectures)

Kubota Camp (Niigata)
Sado Island has a storied past as an island for exiles and political prisoners. Today, contemporary art and culture flourish on this beautiful island including taiko drumming and noh theater. Kubota Campground sits on a shallow beach in a pine grove along Mano Bay on the west side of the island. It is ¥1,000 per tent and ¥200 per person. Hot spring facilities are nearby.
Accommodation: Camping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: No
Access: 45 minutes by bus from Ryotsu Port to Sawada Bus Stop.
Address: 1103-11 Kubota, Sado-shi, Niigata-ken 〒952-1325
Tel: (0259) 57-8123 

Konashidaira Camp (Nagano)
Kamikochi is the mecca of hiking and camping in Japan. This campsite along the clear Azusa River and near the famous Kappa Bridge has easy access to popular hiking trails in the area. Hot bathing facilities are nearby. 
Accommodation: Camping, Cabins
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, hot water bottles, benches, chairs, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: An hour and ten minutes by bus from Shin-Shimashima Station to Kamikochi Bus Stop. 
Address: Kamikochi, Azumi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano-ken 〒390-1520

Nagiso Sanroku Araragi Camp (Nagano)
This campsite is only a 15-minute drive from the traditional post town of Tsumago-juku on the Nakasendo, the ancient inland route between old Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. Araragi Onsen is also nearby. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cabins
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, blankets
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 20 minutes by bus from Nagiso Station to Okoshi Bus Stop. 
Address: Azuma, Nagiso-machi, Kiso-gun, Nagano-ken 〒399-5302

Nojiri Lake Resort (Nagano)
Nojiri Lake Resort, near the shores of Lake Nojiri in northern Nagano Prefecture, is a cool place to escape in summer to enjoy kayaking, wakeboarding, stand-up paddling and more. Relax at the on-site Lakeside Cafe and the boutique hotel just across the road from the camping area.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping (RVs)
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: About ten minutes by bus from Kurohime Station to Lake Nojiri or an hour by car from Nagano Station. 
Address: 40-3 Nojiri Shinanomachi Nagano-ken 〒389-1303

Hoshitoge Tree Camp (Nagano)
Overlook Hoshitoge’s picturesque rice terraces at this environmentally conscious campsite. Tents are set up on a wood deck that provides excellent sunset views, and is equipped with a bio toilet and outdoor bath. There is also a cozy cafe called Cha-ya that serves drinks, local craft beer and rice balls (may be closed depending on season). Although tents are available for rent, be sure to bring your own food and sleeping gear. 
Accommodation: Camping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, blankets
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 60 minutes by car from Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway or Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway.
Address: 728 Toge, Tokamachi, Niigata-ken 〒942-1351

Togakushi Eastern Camp (Nagano)
This campground offers a magnificent view of the Togakushi Mountain Range in the northwest and Mt. Iizuna in the southeast. Togakushi Ranch is located across the road. Don’t miss out on Togakushi’s famous soba noodles and if you have kids, drop by the Togakushi Ninja Village (note there are two, one for kids and one for older kids/adults).
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Bungalows
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, lanterns, blankets
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: An hour by bus from Nagano Station to Togakushi Camp-jo Bus Stop.
Address: Togakushi-yama National Forest, Togakushi, Nagano-ken 〒381-4101

Snow Peak Land Station Hakuba (Nagano)
Thrilling adventures await at Hakuba Tsugaike Wow Adventure Park while Hakuba Mountain Harbor features a café with panoramic views of the Hakuba Mountains. Hakuba Mountain Beach offers spa-like luxury at the top of Hakuba Happo-One. 
Accommodation: Camping, Cabins
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, chairs, tables, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 60 minutes by car from Nagano IC and a ten-minute walk from Hakuba Station. 
Address: Happoguchi, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano-ken 〒399-9301

Kozanso Camp (Yamanashi)
Explore Yamanako, the largest of Mt. Fuji’s five lakes. The campsite provides easy access to the area’s local shops, lake activities and hiking courses (three to five hours long). Rental bikes and MTBs available. 
Accommodation: Auto Camping, Bungalows 
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Rental cooking utensils available.
Access: 50 minutes by bus from Mt. Fuji Station to Kozanso-mae Bus Stop.
Address: 508-123 Hirano, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 〒401-0502

PICA Fuji Saiko (Yamanashi)
Lake Saiko offers great fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking. The PICA mountain bike course, with a park course for beginners and intermediate riders and a single-track course for advanced riders, is also nearby. MTB rentals available.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Yurts, Trailers, Cottages 
English-Speaking Staff: Yes. Conversation level
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food also available for purchase.
Access: 15 to 20 minutes by car from Kawaguchiko IC on the Chuo Expressway. 
Address: 2068-1 Saiko, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 〒401-0332

PICA Yatsugatake Akeno (Yamanashi)
Surrounded by the dense forests of Japan’s Southern Alps, PICA Yatsugatake Akeno offers beginner-friendly camping and cottages. Try your hand at park golf and let your pet dogs run free at the dog run. There’s even an on-site bakery so you can pick up fresh bread. There are also BBQ facilities for daytrippers.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Log Cabins, Cottages 
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food also available for purchase.
Access: 25 minutes from Nirasaki IC on the Chuo Expressway or 30 minutes by cab from Nirasaki Station on the JR Chuo Line. 
Address: 5260-5 Asao, Akeno-cho, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi-ken 〒408-0201

Tozawa Center Camp (Yamanashi)
Wake up to a stunning view of Mt. Fuji at this campsite on Kawaguchiko, one of Mt. Fuji’s five lakes. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride or explore the area on a bike. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cottages 
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food also available for purchase.
Access: 15 minutes by bus from Kawaguchiko Station to Nagasaki-koen Bus Stop
Address: 2578 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 〒401-0305 

PICA Fuji Grinpa (Shizuoka)
Camp at the foot of Mt. Fuji at PICA Fuji Grinpa built a Mt. Fuji’s Second Station. This campsite is popular with families and children and the Grinpa Amusement Park is nearby. There are even full-scale cottages shaped to look like houses from the popular children’s toy series, Sylvanian Families. PICA Wild Base Fujisan is just 10 minutes away and offers activities like downhill luge karting, mountain boarding (a cross between snowboarding and skateboarding) and ATV driving.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Trailers, Cottages
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Local Shizuoka pork and food available for purchase.
Access: 30 minutes by car from Gotemba IC on the Tomei Expressway via Mt. Fuji Skyline. 
Address: 242 Fujiwara, Susono, Suyama-shi, Shizuoka-ken 〒410-1231

Fujino Kirameki (Shizuoka)
Experience luxury at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Gotemba. Fujino Kirameki features 19 container boxes refurbished into glamping rooms. There is an on-site bar and dinner features delicious steak and lobster. Each room comes with an outdoor jacuzzi.
Accommodation: Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
Rental Equipment: Fully furnished
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: Five minutes by car from Tomei Gotemba IC and 85 minutes from Shinjuku Station to Gotemba Station (pick-up service available). 
Address: 3373-25 Higashitanaka, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka-ken 〒412-0026

Inn the Park (Shizuoka)
Self dubbed as a “park you can stay in,” this glamping site is nestled in Numazu’s forests. Relax in a spherical dome tent suspended from the trees and enjoy seasonal dishes at the on-site restaurant. Hot bath facilities and pet-friendly glamping tents are also available.
Accommodation: Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Fully furnished
BBQ Facilities: On-site restaurant
Access: 10 minutes by car from Numazu IC on the Tomei Expressway.
Address: 220-4 Ashitaka, Numazu-shi, Shizuoka-ken 〒410-0001

Izu Shaboten Village (Shizuoka)
Izu Shaboten Zoo went viral a few years ago for its adorable capybara bathing in rotenburo baths. Now you can enjoy glamping in dome tents that come with their own bathroom and shower, located right next to the zoo and also near the extinct volcano Mt. Omuro and Izu Granpal Park’s outdoor activity center.
Accommodation: Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Fully furnished
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food for purchase available. 
Access: One hour by car from Atami on National Road 135.
Address: 1317 Futo, Ito-shi, Shizuoka-ken 〒413-0231

Mitsukejima Seaside Camp (Ishikawa)
Watch the sun set behind Noto Peninsula’s iconic and uninhabited Mitsukejima Island at this seaside camp. Campers can enjoy hot springs nearby at Notojiso Ryokan. 
Accommodation: Camping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: No
Access: 30 minutes by car from Noto Satoyama Airport IC on the Noto Expressway.
Address: 1-30-1 Ujima, Horyu-machi, Suzu-shi, Ishikawa-ken 〒927-1222 

Iou-no-sato Autocamp (Ishikawa)
This campsite serves as a base for travelers wanting to explore Kanazawa, as Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden are only a 30-minute drive away. The camp is located in one of the snowiest places in Kanazawa meaning that it is lush with nature in summer. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Bungalows
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tent, blanket, tables, chairs
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food also available for purchase.
Access: An hour by bus from Kanazawa Station to Iozan Sports Center Bus Stop and then a 25-minute walk. 
Address: 1-5 He Obishikemachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken 〒920-1111

Tateyama Sanroku Kazokuryoko-mura Camp (Toyama)
This campsite, tucked away in the Japanese Alps, regularly welcomes woodland creatures like Japanese macaques and serows. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Japan’s tallest waterfall, Shomyo Falls, are an hour drive away. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cabins 
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food also available for purchase.
Access: Five minutes by bus from Tateyama Station to Sanya Sports Center-mae Bus Stop.
Address: 1-22, Aza Hanakiriwari, Hongu, Toyama-shi, Toyama-ken 〒930-1452

Hida Takayama Camp (Gifu) 
This campsite is located near Hida Takayama Ski Resort and attracts travelers from Nagoya exploring the mountainous Hida Kogen Highlands and the traditional Hida Takayama town.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Bungalows
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: No
Access: 40 minutes by bus from Takayama Station to Takayama Camp-jo Bus Stop.
Address: 914 Iwai-cho, Takayama-shi, Gifu-ken 〒506-0815 
Tel: (0577) 31-1020

Qkamura Irako Autocamp (Aichi)
This campsite is located at Cape Irako on the tip of Atsumi Peninsula and is part of Kyukamura Resort. Enjoy the best of Mikawa Bay and Ise Bay’s seafood while catching stunning sunsets. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cottages
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Local seafood and other food available for purchase.
Access: 90 minutes by bus from Toyohashi Station to Kyukamura Bus Stop.
Address: 1 Omatsuue, Nakayama-cho, Tahara-shi, Aichi-ken 〒441-3615 

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