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Japan Camping Guide: Camping in Kanto

Camping in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures.

Oarai Camp-jo (Ibaraki)
Be one of the first out in the water at Oarai Beach, a popular surf spot in Ibaraki. The sandy seafloor and shallow water attracts surfers and swimmers in summer. 
Accommodation: Camping, Cabins
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: Six minutes by bus from Oarai Station. 
Address: 8231 Isohama-cho, Oarai-cho, Higashi Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki-ken 〒311-1301 

Riverside Oasis (Gunma)
Fall asleep to the sounds of the Yubiso River in a comfortable glamping tent in Minakami’s secluded forests. This newly opened glamping site is run by Minakami canyoning and rafting company Canyons. Enjoy canyoning, rafting, hiking or just relaxing during the day and local craft beer and BBQ at night.
Accommodation: Glamping, Lodges
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase.
Access: 24 minutes by car from Jomo Kogen Station or 10 minutes by car from Minakami Station. Free shuttle service to and from Jomo Kogen and Minakami stations available with reservations.
Address: 45 Yubiso, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma-ken 〒379-1728

Auto Campers Naramata (Gunma)
Enjoy camping in the Minakami Biosphere Reserve. This campsite is built next to a reservoir so children and beginners can try canoeing and stand-up paddling in calm waters. It’s also close to some of Japan’s top rafting and canyoning locations. 
Accommodation: Camping
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, blankets, camp beds, tables, chairs
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: One hour by car from Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway. Buses available from Minakami Station to Yu-no-koya Bus Stop. The campsite is a 50-minute walk from Yu-no-koya.
Address: 6322-2 Fujiwara, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma-ken 〒379-1721

Norn Minakami Ski Resort RV Park (Gunma)
Norn Minakami Ski Resort transforms into a stylish RV park in summer. Opening Summer 2020, guests can glamp under the stars in a furnished dome tent and enjoy a delicious barbeque on the deck (ingredients and tools provided on site). During the day, go canoeing, stand-up paddling, rafting, canyoning, hiking up Mt. Tanigawa-dake or visiting the cultural spots and hot springs of Minakami. 
Accommodation: Auto Camping (RVs), Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food also available for purchase.
Access: Five kilometers from Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway.
Address: 479-139 Terama, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma-ken 〒379-1614 

Sukaisan Camp Forest (Gunma)
This campsite is tucked away in a small forest with a stunning view of Mt. Hotaka and clear, starry skies. During the green season, enjoy whitewater rafting and canoeing, fruit picking and mountain climbing. Fukiware Falls, also known as the Niagara Falls of the east, is located nearby. 
Accommodation: Auto Camping, Cabins
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, blankets
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 30 minutes by car from Numata IC and about 40 minutes by bus from Numata Station on the JR Joetsu Line (disembark at Fukikaze no Taki Bus Stop).
Address: 2618 Okkai, Tone-machi, Numata-shi, Gunma-ken 〒378-0303 

Myogi Green Hotel & Terrace (Gunma)
Enjoy golf in the daytime and then settling into a luxurious dome tent at night. This hotel and glamping site is flanked by the cliffs of Mt. Myogi and has its own hot spring source. Pet-friendly glamping tents are also available. On sunny days, you can enjoy paragliding at the nearby Myogi Sky Park. 
Accommodation: Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Fully furnished
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 15 minutes by car from Matsuida-Myogi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway.
Address: 2678 Myogi-machi, Sugahara, Tomioka-shi, Gunma-ken 〒379-0208

Haga Farm and Glamping Camp (Tochigi)
Haga Farm and Glamping opened in August 2020, and it has quickly become a popular escape for Tokyoites. This expansive property, in the beautiful Haga Region of Tochigi, features a 150-hectare thoroughbred racing and training facility. The glamping area is set in a beautiful and tranquil mature forest overlooking the training course.
Each glamping dome and deck area can sleep up to four people and boasts sleep-well beds, a kotatsu (heated coffee table), air conditioning, hi-speed Wi-Fi, a fully covered outdoor kitchen with a fully stocked fridge, sink, Weber Spirit grills and a heated dining table. To top off the five-star experience, each unit has a private toilet, shower and bath.
A six-course BBQ feast is the highlight of any evening with a delicious menu that changes seasonally.
Haga Farm and Glamping is part of the Reiwa Golf Resort, which means visitors have access to a magnificent 27-hole golf course (Murasakizuka Golf Club) that also boasts an onsen. Other activities such as outdoor pool (summer only), basketball court are available, and live music events are frequently organized, as well as yoga/wellness retreats, children’s games, crafts and snag golf too.
Accommodation: Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
Rental Equipment: Yes
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 30 minutes from Utsunomiyakami Mikawa IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway or 30 minutes from Yaita IC on the Tohoku Expressway.
Address: 313 Kyubu, Haga, Haga-gun, Tochigi-ken

Shobugahama Camp (Tochigi)
This scenic campsite sits on the shores of Lake Chuzenji in Nikko National Park. The impressive Kegon Falls is an eight-minute drive away.
Accommodation: Camping, Bungalows
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Cooking utensils also available.
Access: 70 minutes by bus from Nikko Station to Shobugahama Motor Hatchakujo Bus Stop. 
Address: 2485 Chugushi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi-ken

Moose Family Camp Resort (Tochigi)
Get a taste of U.S.A. at this American-style campsite located next to a stream. The campsite is equipped with a swimming pool, a children’s room, jacuzzi, bike rentals and fishing pond (October-May). Each site has water, a sewage dump and electricity. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cabins, Trailers
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
Rental Equipment: Tents, chairs, sleeping bags
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: 20 minutes by car from Nasukogen IC on the Tohoku Expressway.
Address: 1268 Tomioka, Nasu-gun, Tochigi-ken 〒329-3212

Camp and Cabins Nasu Kogen (Tochigi)
Your family (including the dog) can enjoy the cooling highlands of Nasu Kogen. This North American-style camp provides good access to the base camp of Chausu-dake, one of the 100 most famous mountains of Japan. Challenge yourself to tree climbing activities, shower climbing, kayaking and stand-up paddling on the lake (your dogs can also join!). 
Accommodation: Auto Camping, Cabins, Cottages 
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, blankets, camp beds, tables, chairs
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food also available for purchase
Access: Seven minutes by car from Nasu IC on the Tohoku Expressway. 
Address: 5861-2 Takakuko, Nasu-cho, Nasu-gun, Tochigi-ken 〒325-0001

Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi)
Twin Ring Motegi is globally known as a motorsport race track, but they’ve also developed a family-friendly campsite and outdoor center with a zipline, go-kart track, aerial walk, a net playground, hot air balloon riding, craft workshop and nature-based tours. 
Accommodation: Glamping, Camping, Cabins
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, blankets, tarp, mats, lanterns, tables, chairs
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase. On-site restaurant also available. 
Access: 40 minutes by car from Mito IC on the Metropolitan (Shutoko) Expressway Route 6. 50 minutes by shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Utsunomiya Station, then a 90-minute bus ride to Twin Ring Motegi. 
Address: 120-1 Hiyama, Motegi, Haga-gun, Tochigi-ken 〒321-3533

Nagatoro Autocamp (Saitama)
This campsite next to the fast-flowing Arakawa River is a popular spot for travelers looking for whitewater rafting and hiking near Tokyo. 
Accommodation: Auto Camping, Glamping, Cottages, Bungalows
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No (glamping cottages and bungalows are fully furnished)
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: A 15-minute walk from Nogami Station.
Address: 559-1 Oaza Ido, Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama-ken 〒369-1312

Comoriver (Saitama)
Get in touch with nature at this idyllic riverside campsite along Toki River. There’s also a mobile sauna. Luxury glamping tents and cabins also available. For a unique experience, drive over to the retro Tamagawa Onsen built in the Showa-era style. 
Accommodation: Glamping, Camping, Cabins
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Chairs, tables, tarp
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food available for purchase. 
Access: 30 minutes by car from Sakado-nishi Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway.
Address: 930-1 Hongo, Tokigawa, Hiki-gun, Saitama-ken 〒355-0353

Ohara Autocamp Sotobo (Chiba)
Emerge from your tent, grab your surfboard and walk right onto the beach at this laidback seaside camp. Chiba’s popular surf spots like Katsuura and Onjuku are just a short drive away. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: No
BBQ Facilities: No
Access: A 30-minute walk from Ohara Station.
Address: 1831 Fukabori, Isumi-shi, Chiba-ken 〒298-0003 

The Bamboo Forest (Chiba)
This campsite feels like something straight out of a picture book: cozy treehouses with hammocks, a charming glamping site and breakfast with giraffes. Campers will get early morning access to Sayuri World, the zoo next door. 
Accommodation: Glamping, Treehouse Cottages
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Fully furnished
BBQ Facilities: On-site restaurant
Access: Five minutes by car from Ichihara Tsurumai IC on the Metropolitan (Shutoko) Central Expressway. By bus, take the Aqua Line Expressway Bus from Tokyo or Haneda Airport to Ichihara Tsurumai Bus Terminal, then take the free shuttle bus towards Zou-no-kuni. 
Address: 790 Yamakogawa, Ichihara-shi, Chiba-ken 〒290-0521

The Farm (Chiba)
Harvest your own vegetables at this unique retreat combining a farm, camping and glamping all in one. Enjoy farm-to-table BBQ dining using local vegetables and meat. Aside from farming, you can enjoy canoeing or try your hand at wood carving or candle making. Keep kids entertained with the petting zoo, zipline and athletic course and and relax in the evening in the onsen.
The Farm is located near Sawara, a charming Edo Period town. Go on a leisurely boat ride down the Onogawa River which runs through the town, admire the architecture of the preserved buildings and temples and hop on a sake brewery tour. In July and October, the Sawara Grand Festival with its nonoji mawashi, sculptured floats, is a parade you don’t want to miss. 
Accommodation: Camping, Glamping, Cottages
English-Speaking Staff: Yes
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, blankets
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Local gibier meat and vegetables available for purchase. 
Access: 75 minutes by bus from Tokyo or Hamamatsucho Station to Kurimoto Bus Stop. Shuttle bus from bus stop available.
Address: 1309-29 Nishitabe, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken 〒287-0103 

Hikawa Camp (Tokyo)
Okutama is an easy getaway for Tokyo outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy riverside camping next to Tama River. Moegi-no-yu Hot Spring is close by. 
Accommodation: Camping, Bungalows, Lodge
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Mattresses, blankets
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: A five-minute walk from Okutama Station.
Address: 702 Hikawa, Okutama-machi, Nishi-Tama-gun, Tokyo 〒198-0212

Circus Outdoor
Glamping sites vary from minimalist to luxurious, and this Gothic-style accommodation is definitely on the glamorous side with its leather couches and vintage furniture. Full-course dining available. This campsite sits on the banks of Lake Okutama. 
Accommodation: Glamping
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Fully furnished
BBQ Facilities: On-site restaurant
Access: An hour by car from Uenohara IC on the Chuo Expressway or 90 minutes by train from Shinjuku Station to Okutama Station, then a 30-minute bus ride to Chuokutamako Bus Stop. The campsite is located next to the bus stop. 
Address: 290-1 Kawano, Okutama, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo 〒198-0225

Umi-no-furusato-mura Camp (Tokyo)
Camp on Izu Oshima, the largest of Tokyo’s volcanic Izu Islands. Enjoy hiking Mt. Mihara or fishing and snorkeling before hopping into natural hot springs. Tokai Kisen runs high speed ferries between Izu Oshima and metropolitan Tokyo’s Takeshiba Ferry Terminal which take about two hours and cost around ¥8,500 yen one way.
Accommodation: Camping, Lodges
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, blankets
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Rental cooking utensils also available.
Access: 40 minutes by bus from Motomachi Port on Izu-Oshima Island or 15 minutes by bus from Okada Port to Oshima Koen Bus Stop, then 20 minutes by free shuttle bus (runs two to four times a day, reservation required).
Address: 2-1 Genya, Senzu, Oshima-machi, Tokyo 〒100-0103 

Ina Camping Village (Tokyo)
These bungalows overlooking the Aki River are great for large groups and BBQ parties. There are several light hiking and cycling trails and fishing spots, and the area is easily accessible from Tokyo making it a popular spot for daytrippers. 
Accommodation: Bungalows
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Chairs, tables
BBQ Facilities: Yes
Access: A ten-minute walk from Musashi-Masudo Station 
Address: 1145 Ina, Akiruno-shi, Tokyo 〒190-0142

Ashinoko Camp Mura (Kanagawa)
Ashinoko Camp Mura is the only campsite on Hakone’s iconic Lake Ashinoko. Rather than rushing through Hakone on a day trip, relax and enjoy the views of Mt. Fuji and the area’s many attractions.
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cabins 
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Blankets, fans, heaters, towels
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food also available for purchase
Access: 45 minutes by bus from Hakone Yumoto Station to Togendai bus stop.
Address: 164 Moto-Hakone, Hakone-machi, Ashigara-shimo-gun, Kanagawa-ken 〒250-0522

Well Camp Nishi Tanzawa (Kanagawa)
Catch your dinner in the fishing pond and enjoy hiking around the mountainous Nishi Tanzawa area, including a spot to view the magnificent Hondana Falls. 
Accommodation: Camping, Auto Camping, Cottages, Lodges
English-Speaking Staff: No
Rental Equipment: Tents, sleeping mats, blankets, lanterns, tables, chairs
BBQ Facilities: Yes. Food also available for purchase.
Access: 45 minutes by car from Oimatsuda IC on the Tomei Expressway. 
Address: 868 Nakagawa, Yamakita-cho, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa-ken〒258-0201

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