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Japan Camping Guide: Camping in Chugoku

Camping guide to Chugoku (Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi Prefectures).

CHUGOKU

Qkamura Hiruzen Kogen (Okayama)
This campsite and resort rests on the Hiruzen Highlands. At 500 meters high, this campsite offers pristine views of Jersey cattle grazing on idyllic pastures, vibrant autumn foliage, a natural hot spring bath and even skiing in the winter.
Accommodation: Camping, Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, blankets, tables, chairs 
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase.
Access: 10 minutes by car from Hiruzen IC on the Yonago Expressway.
Address: 1205-281 Hiruzenkamifukuda, Maniwa, Okayama-ken 〒717-0602

Hiruzen Shiogama Camping Village (Okayama)
Cool down in Hiruzen Highlands with refreshingly cold and clean water from Shiogama springs, said to produce one of Japan’s most delicious waters. This campsite has something for everyone: whether it’s glamping or sleeping under the stars in a sleeping bag. Local produce available for BBQ. Kids can enjoy the netted adventure park among the trees.
Accommodation: Camping, Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, blankets, tables, chairs 
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase.
Access: 15 minutes by car from Hiruzen IC on the Yonago Expressway.
Address: 27-50 Hiruzenshimofukuda, Maniwa, Okayama-ken 〒717-0504

Yunose Onsen Camp (Okayama)
After a day of setting up camp, BBQ and playing in the river, check out the highlight of this camp: Yunose Onsen’s hot springs.
Accommodation: Camping, Bungalows
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No 
BBQ Facilities: No
Access: 50 minutes by car from Okayama IC on the Tomei Sanyo Expressway or 30 minutes from Ukan IC on the Okayama Expressway.
Address: 1538 Toyookashimo, Kibichuo, Kaga District, Okayama-ken 〒709-2661
Tel: (0867) 35-0539

Chirorin Village Camp (Okayama)
This campsite overlooks the Chugoku mountains but it is unique for its on-site activities including geocaching and drone flying. There is also a small farm. If you’re lucky, you might be able to sight wild owls and foxes.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cabins, Bungalows, Trailers
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, lanterns, blankets, tables, chairs 
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase.
Access: 50 minutes by car from Okayama IC on the Tomei Sanyo Expressway or 30 minutes from Ukan IC on the Okayama Expressway.
Address: 1612-1 Kanse Kibichuo, Kaga-gun, Okayama-ken 〒709-2401

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 Forest Park (Shimane)
This campsite is in Matsue Shinji Furusato Forest Park and is a gateway to exploring Izumo City, home to the oldest Shinto shrine in Japan. Seafood BBQ available for purchase at a reasonable price. Inasa Beach is located close by.
Accommodation: Camping, Glamping, Auto Camping, Lodges
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags and mats, chairs, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes.
Access: Five minutes by car from Shinji IC or ten minutes by car from JR Shinji Station.
Address: 3353-2 Sasou, Shinji-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken 〒699-0406

Canoe no Sato Oochi (Shimane)
Become an expert paddler at this canoeing and kayaking campsite near Gonokawa River, the largest river of the Chugoku region.
Accommodation: Camping, Trailers
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, tarp, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes.
Access: 60 minutes by car from Miyoshi IC on the Chugoku Expressway.
Address: 54-1 Kamemura Misato, Ochi-gun, Shimane-ken 〒699-4707

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

DACG Daisen Auto Camp (Tottori)
This campsite is at the base of Mt. Daisen, the Chugoku region’s highest mountain popular for its similar appearance to Mt. Fuji. Daisen Onsen is located close by. Learn more about Tottori here.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping
English-Speaking Staff:  No
Rental Equipment: Tents, tarp, sleeping mats and bags, chairs, tables, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 15 minutes by car from Mizoguchi IC on the Yonago Expressway or 25 minutes by car from Daisen Smart IC.
Address: Fukukane, Hoki, Saihaku District, Tottori 〒689-4216

Tanpori-sou (Tottori)
Cool off with sawanobori, navigating up the clear Saji River which flows along the campsite. The majestic Sanno Waterfall is also a 15-minute walk from the camp. Meals available at the lodge (must be reserved one week prior to stay).
Accommodation: Camping, Lodges, Cottages
English-Speaking Staff:  No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 60 minutes by car from Tottori Station.
Address: 108-2 Sajichonaka, Tottori-ken, 〒689-1325

Tottori Nichinan Mura Mokumoku Camp (Tottori)
This 600-meter-high campsite opened in August 2020 and sits at the border of Shimane, Tottori, Hiroshima, and Okayama prefectures. Great for families with pets as there is a dog run park.
Accommodation: Camping, Glamping, Cabins
English-Speaking Staff:  No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags and mats, tarp, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase.
Access: 30 minutes by car from Niimi IC on the Chugoku Expressway or 20 minutes by taxi from JR Ikuyama Station.
Address: 2962-1 Kadonokami Nichinan, Hino-gun, Tottori-ken 〒689-5662

Ryokusui Lake Camp (Tottori)
Tottori is said to have the clearest night sky visibility in Japan. Camp under starry skies at this campsite nestled in the highlands on the border of Tottori and Shimane prefectures. You can also rent full camping gear by Japanese outdoor brand Snowpeak here.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping
English-Speaking Staff:  No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, table, chairs, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 20 minutes by car from Yonago City (Yonago Nishi IC) on National Road 180 or 30 minutes from Mizoguchi IC for those coming from Okayama or the Kansai region. 20 minutes by taxi or car from JR Yonago Station.
Address: 1128-1 Shimonakatani Nambu, Saihaku-gun, Tottori-ken 〒683-0343

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

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