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Camping in Japan

Do I need to bring my own tent and camping equipment?

You can usually rent a tent. In the summer time there are permanent tents that you can rent. They seem nice. Just call ahead to make sure.

Of course it is cheaper for you to bring your own tent. And sometimes when the campsite is officially closed, you can still stay there, many times for free, if you have your own tent. There is no guaranty that you will have running water and/ or electricity, but there will be a bathroom with flushing toilets. This is Japan after all. Those toilets might even talk and wash your backside for you.

Renting camp equipment might be tricky though. It seems that in Japan you will either need to bring nothing or everything. Those permanent tents I mentioned, usually have beds and blankets, but I haven’t found any blankets by themselves to rent.

Rented equipment are usually limited to things for B-B-Q-ing. And it is usually coal grilling. Don’t expect to find sleeping bags, towels, or pillows to rent.

Where can I buy a tent and camping equipment?

Inexpensive tents can be bought at the big grocery or hardware stores like Trial, Home Wide, Costco, or GooDay. During the camping season, there are more brands and styles to choose from. I don’t know what the quality of the Trial tents are like, the camping equipment is fine.

Out side of the regular camping season, you can go to Sports Authorityamazon.co.jp, or any of the many on online shops for more options.

You can buy camping equipment anytime in almost every store.

Do I have to bring my own food when I go camping?

Yes and no. If you have a car, no. You can always drive to the nearest supermarket or convinced store or even go to a little ramen shop. While you’re there you can pop into a hardware store and pick up a sleeping bag and tent.

But chances are, if you don’t have a car, you can’t get to the campsites, so don’t even worry about it.

What do I HAVE to bring?

Cash. Don’t even bother with credit or ATM cards. Anything you need can be bought at a store in the town near the campsite. Just don’t try to go there after 8:00 P.M.

Where are the campsites?


Kyushu Prefectures:


  • Amakusa
    • Todorokimantarou village campsite

      • Address: 2971-1 Shimodakita
      • Address (Japanese): ?
      • Website
      • Phone:
        • 0969-42-3956 Bungalow
        • 0969-42-3424 Camping
      • Open:
        • May – September for tents
        • Bungalows available year round
      • Cost:
        • ¥ 16,000 Tent (permanent)
        • ¥ 1 2,000 per bungalow
      • Check in/out: ?
      • Brochures: none
      • Facilities:
        • bungalow with ensuite bathroom and shower
      • Notes:



  • Beppu
    • Lake Shidaka Campground (B1)
      • Address: 4380-1 Shidaka, Beppu, 874-0805
      • Address (Japanese): 大分県別府市志高4380-1
      • Website: none
      • Phone: 0977-25-3601
      • Open: April – October
      • Cost: 310YEN /person + 410 for parking
      • Check in/out: 13:00 / 11:00
      • Brochures: 1
      • Facilities:
        • Toilets (no showers)
        • water near campsites
        • No tents to rent
        • No electrical outlets
      • Notes: There are many hiking trails within the camp grounds. You can rent bikes and scooters. There is no swimming in the lake.
  • Bungo-Takata
    • “Campsite in Northern Oita-Ken”
      • Address: none – but here are directions:
        • Get on Route 213 heading east.
        • You will pass 4 tunnels.
        • After the 4th tunnel you will be in a little town. You will need to make a left onto a little road that is opposite to a pedestrian tunnel. The first time you go, it will be a little tricky, because you can’t really see the pedestrian tunnel when making the left. But if you reach a 5th tunnel, that is kind of long, turn around and you will be able to clearly see the pedestrian tunnel.
        • Take the road across the little one lane bridge and take the biggest road up the hill.
        • You will pass a rape field and a sunflower field.
      • Website: none
      • Phone: ?
      • Open: ?
      • Cost: 1,000YEN per tent  & 300YEN per person
      • Check in/out: ?
      • Brochures: none
      • Facilities:
        • Bathrooms
        • no showers, but there are pay showers down by the beach.
        • There is running water.
      • Notes:
        • They also have cabins, some with AC.
        • There is a beach at the campsite.
        • Plot 16 is the best place for camping!
        • There are free electric bikes you can borrow.
          • 1 person – 1 hour max
          • 2 people – 2 hours max


  • Kobayashi
    • Mamako Daki Campground

      • Address: ?
      • Address (Japanese): 宮崎県小林市須木大字下田976番地2
      • Website: and link
      • Phone: 0984-48-2480
      • Open: Open May to September
      • Cost:
        • Bungalow (8 person max) 4000YEN/per building
        • Permanent Tent (8 person max) 3000YEN/ tent
        • Bring your own tent 100YEN/ person
      • Check in/out: Check in before 18:00
      • Brochures: none
      • Facilities:
        • There are toilets
        • There were showers, though none were turned on at the time of our stay.
        • There is a kitchen area with running water and outlets
      • Notes: It’s a bit hard to find
  • Nobeoka
  • Takanabe
    • Camping Village Beach Takanabe
      (高鍋海水浴場 キャンプ場)

      • Address: ?
      • Address (Japanese): 宮崎県児湯郡高鍋町蚊口浦
      • Website
      • Phone:
        • 0983-22-1311
        • 0983-22-5588 (City Hall)
      • Open:
        • The campsite is open July 17 – August 31
        • You can stay here when the campsite at other times of the year if you have your own tent.
      • Cost:
        • To rent a tent – 1,200/night
        • To bring your own tent – 600/night
        • Free when the campsite is closed. (It’s ok to camp here when the site is closed. I called city hall and they said it’s ok.)
        • Free Parking
      • Check in/out: ?
      • Brochures: none
      • Facilities:
        • There are toilets
        • There are working showers with solar heated water even when the campsite is officially closed.
      • Notes:
        • There are toilets near the campsite.
        • There are showers close to the beach where the surfers hang out.
        • The showers are free and available even when the campsite is closed.
        • I think there is a kitchen, but it’s only available when the campsite is open.
        • No electrical outlets.
        • This is a surfing beach. It is not good for swimming.

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