Finally, the heat and humidity of the summer have dissipated, and we can all get outside and enjoy the fresh air without losing half our bodyweight to sweat! This is the perfect time of year to dust off that tent and head out into nature and enjoy our time – either with family, friends, or alone – indulging in some leisurely camping.
However, unlike many countries, Japan does not have general ‘right to access’ laws, meaning that wild camping, unless with explicit permission from the landowner, is technically illegal. That doesn’t mean that people don’t do it, but we do not advise that you try yourself.
Fortunately, catering to the great desire of Japanese to get out into their glorious natural surrounds, there are quite many camp spots at which you can pitch upon without the fear of being chased off by landowners or the local constabulary.
Here are a few that you could check out if you feel like getting ‘in tents’ (geddit?) in the Hiroshima area.
There is a good chance that you have already been to Miyajima Island, home to the famous Itsukushima Shrine and virtually tame deer. But did you know that it is possible to camp on the island?
On the grounds of Tsutsumigaura Park, there are numerous camping facilities. There is, of course, an area in which you can pitch your tent, but should you not want to rough it you may stay in a cabin with western-style beds and a functioning kitchen. In a big group? No problem. Stay in one of their complexes that accommodate up to 20 people!
Ideal for the autumn, when the leaves are beginning to turn, camping at Ikoinomori Park in Higashi Hiroshima makes an excellent base for those of you who want to get out and walk along the mountain trails and those who want to play in the park with kids.
Best of all, it’s free to camp there, though you will need a reservation. Reflecting its free status, facilities are limited, though there are bathrooms, barbecue pits, and washing stations.
With a tagline of ‘play hard at one of the largest campsites in Hiroshima,’ this is a campsite that should suit the more adventurous of you down to the groundsheet. Open all year round – even in the snowy season – Ogidani has much for you and the whole family to do, including zip wires and forest adventure, streams to splash about in, a mountain bike course, open-air baths, and much, much more.
All of the facilities that you might require of a camping site are included, including showers, laundry, and a barbecue. And if you want to enjoy a little luxury, there are a number of cabins and treehouses.
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