Camping in Nagasaki
Posted by Heliocentrism on January 20, 2014
October 6-8, 2012
The South Africans
This camping trip was planned and arranged by Frida and Roland, fellow nerdy campers. Both Frida and I were ALTs in the JET Programme and they lived about an hour’s drive from us. But we never actually met them until the latter part of our second year in Japan. I knew of them; we had several mutual friends, but we always seemed to just miss meeting each other.
The AJET leader in our area planned an awesome camping trip for JETs in Oita Prefecture. Well, camping not so much. Most of the “campers” were in cabins; cabins with a/c, kitchens, rice cookers… For some JETs, the ones living closer to cities, the cabins were nicer than their apartments.
There were a small few in tents. That’s where we met the South Africans. We were the only ones who brought our own grill. We were the only ones who brought first aid kits. We were the only ones who brought enough food for the whole trip and had coolers. Then I found out that they were a bit nerdy. Mark and I fell in love! Camping soul-mates at last…
We wanted to go camping with our new friends many times over this summer. But this year, 2012, had a typhoon or storm just about every weekend. We would make plans only to cancelled because of the weather. Then in July I was in the hospital. October was the first time we were able to go on a trip together and we brought some other campers too.
Art and Nature
The main reason they pick this particular campsite was because it is near Huis Ten Bosch, which is like a cross between Holland and Disney World. At the time of this trip it also had some Dutch art on display for an extra fee. Frida, Roland, and the other were really keen to see the art.
But, Mark and I are not really interested in art. Although the Huis Ten Bosch itself seemed quite fun, the entrance fee was a bit high. Since I still could not walk or stand for too long without getting very tired we didn’t think we would get our money’s worth. Mark and I chose to stay at the campsite and relax while everyone else went to the park.
The campsite itself was really nice. There weren’t too many other campers and the few that were there kept to themselves. I might have mentioned before how Japanese campers like to set up their tents right next to ours even when there are hundreds of empty sites to choose from. When we are part of a group, that does not happen.
There was a beach right next to camp, but this is not a beach for swimming. It was very cold, but besides that, there isn’t any sand; just rocks. But still, the boys managed to find some fauna to play with by way of the solider crabs scurrying around.
Many families came by to day-camp and fish off the pier. And this seems to be the spot where many pet owners dump their unwanted cats. There were several strays ready to steal from our grill so we had to have someone on guard during all meals.
Frida and Roland brought a nerd trivia game. We played after dinner by moon light while listening to the waves. We had enough people to make 3 teams. Mark and I were on one of the teams. We played 2 rounds and Mark and I crushed everyone both times. And when I say crushed, I mean won by one point.
This was the first of many camping trips together and many Nerd Night battles. Freda and Roland introduced us to the worlds of QI, rooibos tea, and South African braai and showed us how to embrace the nerds within us. We introduced them to John Green, American over indulgence, and regaled them with stories about our Eagle summoning ceremonies.
How to get there:
You can enter Japan by plane or boat. Though, the number of boats going to Japan from other countries has gone down significantly.
Americans get 90-day visas to Japan at the port of entry. Check with your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for visa information.
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- Important phone numbers to know while in Japan
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- ATMs have opening hours. Usually 9:00-18:00 (They have better work hours than most business men and women here.)
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Osaki Nature Park Campgrounds
(Ōsaki shizenkōen-nai kyampuba)
- +33° 3′ 0.79″, +129° 49′ 58.75″
- 500 JYN per adult per night
- 1,000 JYN for grill rental
- Check in 13:00
- Check out
- 18:00 day campers
- 11:00 the next day for overnighters
- There are lots of stray cats. It seems that this is a popular place for people who no longer want to be cat owners to abandon their cats.
- +33° 3′ 20.87″, +129° 49′ 26.00″
Nagasaki Prefecture 859-3618
- 500 JNY per adult
- 9:30 – 22:00
- Many campsites with nearby onsens will give you a one time discount to use at the onsen. Usually the discount is 100 yen per person. You should get the coupon when you pay for your stay at the campsite.
- There is a restaurant in this onsen and outlets to charge phones.
Sumie Family Vacation Village
- Coordinates +32° 39′ 41.94″, +131° 46′ 5.03″
69-1 Sumiemachi Nobeoka,
Miyazaki Prefecture 889-0321 Japan
- Management office 0982-43-0201
- CABIN – 5 persons per cabin ¥8400/cabin = ¥1680/person
-full kitchen (rice cooker, refrigerator, sink, dishes, utensils)
- PERMANENT TENT – 5 people per tent ¥1360/tent = ¥272/person
- AUTO-CAMPING – bring your own tent ¥3150/car = depends/person
-coin operated shower near tents
-rent bedding for 200 yen each or bring your own
- Available year round
- Check in 16:00 to 17:00
- Check out 13:00
- BBQ Pits available to rent for ¥500
- Nearby Aquarium Hours 9:00 – 17:00 M-F
- There are 2 beaches within walking distance. The nicer beach is further away.