When you think of camping, Japan is probably not the first place that pops into your head but it should be. With over 3,000 campsites nationwide, there are an incredible variety of places to experience Japanâ€™s spectacular nature and wildlife. Even if roughing it isnâ€™t exactly your style, rest assured that in Japan you can "glamp" in luxury without sacrificing your connection to nature. Here are just a few places to enjoy camping during those summer months.
Onuma Quasi National Park, Hokkaido
The Onuma Quasi National Park on Japan's northern most island of Hokkaido may look like you've stepped into a painting but the breathtaking scenery is very real. Whether you're a photographer, nature lover, or somewhere in-between, thereâ€™s plenty to enjoy. Camp grounds are available but if you'd prefer to retire in luxury after a day of kayaking or nature trekking, might we suggest a stay in the Hakodate-Onuma Prince Hotel which offers a spa, 18-hole golf course, and hot air balloon tours to guests.
Learn More: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-102.pdf
Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture
Just to the east of Kyoto in the Shiga prefecture is Lake Biwa or Biwako, Japan's largest freshwater lake. The crystalline water is great for swimming and a host of other water sports such as water skiing and windsurfing to help you beat that summer heat. This area is perfect for families with plenty of campgrounds available. If youâ€™re a bit of an adventurer you might try your hand at zip lining or sky walking on courses a stunning 3,600 feet above sea level overlooking Lake Biwa.
Learn More: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-502.pdf
Yakushima, Kagoshima Prefecture
The ancient forests of Yakushima in Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu were the inspiration behind Hayao Miyazaki's critically acclaimed classic film "Princess Mononoke." This mystical island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many species of flora and fauna, including native deer and monkeys. Campsites and hotels are available and popular summer activities include snorkeling, hiking, and observing nesting sea turtles.
Learn More: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-708.pdf
Mt. Fuji, Yamanashi Prefecture
Most people are familiar with Mt. Fuji, Japanâ€™s highest peak but now there is a whole new way to experience this iconic landmark. The newly opened Hoshinoya Fuji is a glamping resort that seamlessly blends luxury with the great outdoors. Private cabins provide stunning views of the surrounding forest and gourmet meals can be prepared and served al fresco in keeping with the camping spirit, of course. Activities such as early morning canoeing and horseback riding are also available.
Learn More: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/indepth/scenic/mtfuji/
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