Camping & Glamping – Summer in Fukushima Prefecture

It’s well and truly summer in Fukushima at the moment! One of the things I always want to do at this time of year is go camping, so I decided to have a look at some of the options for going camping in Fukushima Prefecture!

In this post, I’ll show 7 campsites across 5 different areas to camping, as well as information about the highlights of each of these areas.

Hopefully I’ll get the chance to go and take photos of the camping facilities in the future. For the time being, please check out the photos on each facility’s website!

Iizaka Town, Fukushima City

Iizaka Onsen is located just outside central Fukushima City, giving it a very convenient location. Iizaka Onsen is one of my favourite places in the prefecture, and there just happens to be great places to camp just over 10 minutes from central Iizaka by car (or taxi).

Iizaka Onsen is such a beautiful town. It’s especially well known for its long history as an onsen town. Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes onsen hot springs. A number of traditional inns offer reservable baths too (for those who don’t fancy getting naked in front of strangers). There are also a number of public foot-baths in the town.

Iizaka Onsen is home to the enchanting Nakano Fudoson temple, the beautiful Fukushima Fruit Line where orchards stretch for as far as the eye can see, and other beautiful scenery.

1) Moniwa Hirose Park 茂庭広瀬公園)

Website: Click here
Type: Camping grounds (you need to bring your own tent)
Cost: FREE
Food provided? No.
Showers? No shower. But there is a toilet.
Reservations necessary? Yes

How to reserve: Quite difficult to do unless you speak Japanese & happen to be in Japan a couple of weeks before you want to stay there.

  • You can reserve a place up to 1 month in advance by phone.
  • Then submit an application form to Moniwa Lifestyle Museum at least 3 days before your stay.
  • You’ll receive a Permission Form in the post.
  • On the day of your stay, remember to bring the Permission Form & proof of ID such as a driver’s license with you on the day.
  • Show these to the Moniwa Lifestyle Museum on arrival.

Access:

  • Easiest reached by car.
  • You can reach the camping grounds by bus leaving Iizaka Onsen. You should get off at the bus stop called ‘Moniwanoyu もにわの湯’. From there, the campsite is a 10 min walk.

2.) FOME BASE 

Website: Click here
Type: Campsite (Bring your own tent / borrow tent) /  Glamping (Luxury Camping)
Cost:

  • For standard camping it costs around 5,000 yen for 2 adults bringing their own tent. 8,000 yen for 2 adults staying at an onsite tent.
  • For those wanting to stay in a Glamping tent, it costs around 24,000 yen for one tent (which can hold 4 people), plus entrance fees for each person.

Food provided? No, but you can rent BBQ stuff for extra cost. There is also an option to rent a BBQ set including ingredients. (Booking in advance needed)
Showers etc: No shower on-site. There is a toilet though.
Reservation necessary? Yes.
How to reserve: Online bookings OK. The website listed above has some English on it, but booking site is all in Japanese.

Access:

  • Easiest reached by car/taxi from Iizaka Onsen Station or Fukushima Station.
  • 10 minute drive from nearest supermarket / convenience stores.

Both of the campsites I’ve written about below are located quite close to Lake Moniwa, where you can try out kayaking! Here’s more info on that. You can book this experience through the online booking form (although it is all in Japanese).

Shirakawa Area

Shirakawa City is an historic area to the south of Fukushima Prefecture. The area is famous for Komine Castle, the picturesque Nanko Park, and also for Shirakawa Daruma – a local craft which has been produced in the area for generations.

The campsite showcased below takes visitors a little out of central Shirakawa, but it is still relatively easy to access! This is because there is a shuttle bus to the campsite from Shin-Shirakawa Station, which is one of the stations on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line that joins Fukushima Prefecture with Tokyo!

(Photos: Shirakawa daruma, castle, Nanko park, temple nearby)

3.) Enzeru Forest Nasu Shirakawa(エンゼルフォレスト那須白河)

Can even come with pets!
Website: Click here
Type: Campsite (bring your own tent / use provided tents / Glamping)
Cost: Glamping is 16,000-23,000 per tent depending on the season.
Shower? There’s an onsen! There’s also a mixed-gender bath you bathe in wearing a swimming costume! Laundry facility too!
Food provided?  Depends on your plan. Restaurant on site/ Morning buffet for breakfast in restaurant, dinner BBQ course including dessert. There’s also a convenience store on site.
Reservation required? Yes.
How to reserve: Have to reserve online via a Japanese website.
Access: There’s a free shuttle bus from Shin-shirakawa Station (3 buses per day, need to book in advance)

Inawashiro Town

Inawashiro Town is best known for Lake Inawashiro, which lies at the heart of Fukushima Prefecture. Lake Inawashiro is known as one of the 3 largest lakes in the whole of Japan. It is a sight to behold in any season, but is particularly popular with visitors in the summer when tourists sunbathe on the sandy banks of the river, have BBQs and stay overnight. It is also popular to try wake-boarding and other sports at the lake.

4.) Tenjinhama Autocamp Park(天神浜オートキャンプ場)

A campsite on the eastern side of Lake Inawashiro. Peaceful & serene.

Website: Click here
Type: Campsite (Bring your own / lodge)
Cost: Around 4500 yen for 2 people staying in their own tent.
Showers? Yes. Coin showers & toilets.
Food included? You can hire BBQ set (extra price) but they won’t prepare ingredients for you. There are also a couple of restaurants within a 700m walk.
Reservation necessary?
You don’t need to reserve in advance if you’re bringing your own tent.
A reservation in advance is needed if you use one of their lodges. When you arrive you can come to reception & pay.
How to reserve: Fill in the application form on their website and send it to them via email.
Access: Car

Kitashiobara Village

Kitashiobara Village, which is partially enveloped in Bandai Asahi National Park is a haven for nature-lovers. Try out kayaking, rent a row-boat, or take a hike around the stunning multi-coloured lakes of Goshikinuma. Pay a visit to the Salvador Dali Museum nearby to the lakes, go on a guided boat tour of Lake Hibara, or just chill out and eat ice cream. Whatever you fancy doing, Kitashiobara (Urabandai Area) will have something to interest you.

5.) Kyukamura(休暇村

Located at an altitude of 800m, Kyukamura is an excellent place for star-gazing on a summer’s night. Kyukamura is also perfectly located as a place to start a 12km walk around some of the most beautiful areas of Urabandai. See here for the route (in Japanese – sorry!).

Website: Click here
Type: Campsite (bring your own tent or hire one. You can rent hammocks & airbeds too!)
Cost:

  • Prices range from 1000 yen to 12,000 per person.
  • The price depends on whether you want to bring a tent / prepare your own food, or if you want to use one of their tents.
  • There’s an option for around 6500 yen per person, including staying in a fancy tent, dinner (BBQ) and breakfast (toast) is provided.
  • There is also more expensive option for if you want to try fancy camping gear . Beautiful location and fancy breakfast.

Food provided: Different food options available (see above)
Showers?  There are onsen hot springs / a sauna in the main area of Kyukamura (about a 10 minute walk from the campside). Some of the ways of booking on their website include a free ticket to use the onsen. The onsen is open from 12:30-16:00.
Reservations Required? Yes.
How to reserve: Online bookings OK. You have to book it up to 4 days before the day you go. They do have an English website but this is only for the hotel portion of their facility and not for the campsite.

Access: Car. If coming by train, there is a shuttle bus that leaves Inawashiro Station every day at 15:40 to pick up guests. This needs to be booked in advance.
Other facilities: karaoke, coffee shop, wi-fi  (in lobby of main building) etc.

Kaneyama Town

Kaneyama Town is arguably one of the most picturesque towns on the Tadami Line – a local train-line which is growing increasingly famous all over the world due to the fantastic scenery that visitors can enjoy while taking a ride. Kaneyama Town is famous for Japanese beech trees, so I highly recommended exploring the area by foot! There is also a local festival that takes place annually at the waterfront of Lake Numazawa which is well worth watching. This year’s festival will take place on August 4-5.

6.) Lake Numazawa Campsite (沼沢湖畔キャンプ場)

Website: Click here
Type: Campsite (bring your own tent). Also bungalows.
Cost: 3000 yen for auto-park (reserved). Basic campsite is cheaper (1000 yen per tent, 1000 yen for tarp) Bungalow stay for around 5000 yen per person.
Reservation necessary? Necessary for staying in autopark or bungalows. Reservation NOT necessary for staying in the basic campsite.
How to reserve: You need to contact Shizen Kyuyo Mura Center (自然休養村センター) to make reservation. Try to email them from the link above.

Access:

  • Easiest reached by car.
  • There are 3 daily shuttle buses that leave from Aizu Kawaguchi Station on the Tadami Line that go to Lake Numazawa Campsite. You need to book this bus in advance.
  • You can reach Aizu Kawaguchi Station from Aizu Wakamatsu Station via the scenic Tadami Line. See my blog here for more on taking the Tadami Line.

7.) Dom’ up Numazawako Glamping(Dom’up沼沢湖)

WebsiteClick here
Type: Glamping (luxury camping)
Cost: Around 24,100~32,500 yen for one tent (can fit up to 6 people).
Food provided? Food isn’t part of the above price. But for 2 or more guests, they can prepare dinner (BBQ set) and breakfast (onigiri / toast) for an extra cost.
Shower?

  • Yes. Can use the coin shower inside Lake Numazawa Kohan Campsite (above).
  • You’ll receive a discount coupon you can use at an onsen facility called Seseragiso (20 minute drive away). Or you can use the coin shower in the campsite. Toilets & coin-showers are shared with Lake Numazawa Kohan Campsite.

Reservation necessary? Yes
How to reserve: Online booking possible but have to go through Japanese booking website of travel website called Jalan through Minshuku Asahiya (see website above).
Other facilities: Optional canoe experience on Lake Numazawa. They take reservations up to the morning of the day before you want to use it. 3000 yen for 1.5 hours!

Thank you for reading! I’m sure there are many more camping facilities to add to this list, so I will try to add more information as I find out more.

I’m excited to make the most of the beautiful scenery that Fukushima Prefecture is blessed with and go camping some time soon. Although there is often the barrier of Japanese application forms when it comes to reserving a place at a campsite, I’m sure it’ll be worth it to soak up the beautiful nature of this amazing prefecture.

Please note: it’s necessary to read the terms of use for each camp site before using them!

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