GPS Waypoints for Camping in Japan

Where have we found camping spots or other forms of accommodation in Japan?

Staying with People

We hospitality of Japanese people has overwhelmed us and we have stayed with a number of people, particularly with the Land Cruiser community. It has been a privilege and we recommend taking up invitations when receiving one!

Staying with a Japanese family (©photocoen)Bedroom in Japan (©photocoen)

Mountain Huts

On Yakushima Island you are not allowed to free camp in its national park but there are shelters. These huts are very basic but clean and free of charge. July / August are the busy months of the year.

Staying at a mountain hut, Yakushima Island (©photocoen)

Free Camping in Japan

Free camping in Japan (©photocoen)

On Yakushima Island we free-camped on the coast, uphill from the Hirauchi Onsen.

We didn’t rough camp a lot during our first six months in the country:

  1. The weather. Our first months were in late autumn and winter. To keep the car as warm as possible we opted for protected parking lots rather than camping in the wilds.
  2. Even when the weather wasn’t an issue, michi-no-ekis are so convenient (more on that below) that we often didn’t bother searching for ultimate camping spots as we may have done otherwise. Blame these roadside stations: they got us lazy…

 

Having said that, we feel rough camping isn’t a problem anywhere in this country and we did much more of it in spring, and especially summer (Shikoku Island). This Facebook Group shares information on free camping and free onsens (hot springs).

Rough camps in Japan (©photocoen) Camping on the peninsula of Huyga, Japan (©photocoen)

Michi no Ekis – Roadside Stations

About 10 years ago Japan wanted to encourage road travel within Japan. Rest areas did exist along the Express Ways, but people wanted them along the minor roads as well. Lo and behold, the government listened and built them.

Some excessive Christmas decorations...

Some excessive Christmas decorations…

These rest areas are parking lots with a public toilet and a shop selling local produce and/or other local foods and/or handicrafts. Some of them sell bentos, a kind of like a set-lunch with rice and several side dishes. Eat it cold or heat it up in the microwave that they will have when selling bentos (or noodle soups).

The michi-no-eki may also have an information counter with brochures and maps about the area.  The rest areas are safe and clean. Unfortunately you can’t cout on them having WiFi. Some do, some don’t, some do at intervals (more on WiFi below). You can’t do your laundry here but you will find coin laundries throughout the country.

The michi-no-eki  system has a website on which you can find all locations. The road stations are often mentioned on local paper maps that are available at tourist information places.

While many michi-no ekis are not the most inspiring places to camp, they are incredibly convenient and you will find them everywhere (which is why we stopped mentioning many of them on the map below after a couple of weeks on the road).

Here’s an article I wrote about michi no ekis.

Convenient Stores – the WiFi Option

There are different brands of convenient stores, the most common ones being Family Mart, Lawson, and 7 Eleven.  Since they are all over the country, I don’t give any specific GPS Waypoints of them. We haven’t spent the night in their parking lots very often but they can be a convenient spot when in need of WiFi.

Lawson offers 5 sessions of maximal 1 hour of free WiFi per day; the 7 Eleven 3 times 1 hour. You have to log in their system and off you go (to prevent having to give your email all the time, download the app Japan Wi-Fi where you register once and when you login here you’re set to go). All convenient stores have bathrooms, and the coffee at the 7 Eleven and Lawson is affordable and good. So besides michi-no-ekis, parking lots of convenient stores are another good option to spend the night if scenery isn’t the requirement.

An additional advantage of the 7 Eleven: the ATMs accept foreign credit and debit cards.

Here is an article I wrote about convenience stores. in Japan.

Let there be no misunderstanding: no, you don’t have to go to these places. No, these are not by definition the best spots. In Japan you will have no problem finding your own places to camp. We decided to share our GPS Waypoins anyway, for travelers who would like some tips about camping spots which we enjoyed or found practical – please note that this is always our personal experience.

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Nijinomatsubara (Kyushu): 33.448307, 130.029680
Milkroad, across the Kabuto-iwa view point (Kyushu): 32.983752, 131.014330
Aso (Kyushu): 32.937012, 131.080880
Beppu (Kyushu): 33.277969, 131.447696
Usuki (Kyushu): 33.120553, 131.800590
Takachiho (Kyushu): 32.718312, 131.277425
Takachiho (Kyushu): 32.708560, 131.300830
Hyuga (Kyushu): 32.418520, 131.669980
Huyga (Kyushu): 32.341411, 131.626126
Saito (Kyushu): 32.122688, 131.390307
Nojii (Kyushu): 31.964631, 131.081586
Kirishima (Kyushu): 31.863361, 130.851640
Minimata (Kyushu): 32.199108, 130.381786
Nagashima (Amaksu Islands, Kyushu): 32.161988, 130.109072
Ohashi (Ikisuki Island): 33.355532, 129.433676
Hirado (Hirado Island): 33.370794, 129.557160
Fukuoka (Kyushu): 33.586138, 130.380310
Hagi (Honshu): 34.415976, 131.389054
Tsuwano (Honshu): 34.450888, 131.759870
Miyajima (Honshu): 34.302639, 132.323660
Miyajima (Honshu): 34.279159, 132.433480
Ginzanso Onsen (Honshu): 38.572828, 140.525490
Yagen Onsen (Honshu): 41.387120, 141.045746
Niseko (Hokkaido): 42.799348, 140.702410
Otaru (Hokkaido): 43.198030, 141.000400
Sapporo (Hokkaido): 43.077277, 141.356720
Asahikawa (Hokkaido): 43.759793, 142.348310
Shirahige / Blue Pond (Hokkaido): 43.473535, 142.638159
Near Nukabiro Lake (Hokkaido): 43.365477, 143.193440
Wakkanai (Hokkaido): 45.417419, 141.677680
Kussharo Lake (Hokkaido): 43.579345, 144.310640
Rausu (Hokkaido): 44.017418, 145.192220
Nemuro (Hokkaido): 43.261930, 145.438240
Akan Crane Center (Hokkaido): 43.144113, 144.146531
Hakodate (Hokkaido): 41.819197, 140.734680
Omazaki (Honshu): 41.545258, 140.916427
Noheji (Honshu): 40.875290, 141.138584
Morioka (Honshu): 39.723802, 141.147220
Nikko (Honshu): 36.724483, 139.687820
Yoichi (Honshu): 43.188948, 140.788906
Namerikawa (Honshu): 36.774485, 137.344870
Takayama (Honshu): 36.142358, 137.247300
Matsumoto (Honshu): 36.228420, 137.986720
Kawaguchiko Lake (Honshu): 35.511816, 138.724079
Yamanakako Beach (Honshu): 35.423502, 138.901041
Miho Beach (Honshu): 35.019774, 138.521290
Nagoya (Honshu): 35.170162, 136.977019
Kyoto (Honshu): 35.023528, 135.785329
Awahi Island: 34.469210, 134.839095
Kitanowaki Bay (Shikoku): 33.893725, 134.682900
Washinosata Michi no eki (Shikoku): 33.863529, 134.501376
Hiwasa (Shikoku): 33.742460, 134.556750
Taihama Beach (Shikoku): 33.772170, 134.585580
Meakawa River Camp (Shikoku): 33.924547, 134.496420
Super Forest Road (Shikoku): 33.842271, 134.401706
Super Forest Road (Shikoku): 33.904167, 134.328710
Kochi Kenritsu Beach (Shikoku): 33.503668, 133.569630
Route 197, River Camp (Shikoku): 33.433712, 133.226748
Shimanto/Kuruson River (Shikoku): 33.097458, 132.801715
Typhoon Beach (Shikoku): 32.923840, 132.996307
Okhinohama Beach (Shikoku): 32.825477, 132.949670
Huyga Beach (Kyushu): 32.414368, 131.652644
Kojima Island Beach (Kyushu): 31.450581, 131.369384
Miike Lake (Kyushu): 31.882603, 130.975140
Route 388 (Kyushu): 32.320084, 131.033101
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Akan Crane Center (Hokkaido)

Akan Crane Center. Stayed at the michi no eki. Nothing special but convenient to walk to the Crane Center across the road the next morning (March ’17). gps: 43.144113 144.146531

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Asahikawa (Hokkaido)

Asahikawa. Michi no Eki. Very convenient. On walking distance from the Ice Sculpture Festival and the road station has a large food court with good WiFi where we worked for a couple of days (Feb ’17). gps: 43.759793 142.34831

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Aso (Kyushu)

Aso. Great michi-no-eki with public toilets and cars can hook up on electricity. It has good WiFi and a shop with good local produce and otherwise locally made products such as delicious rice cakes (Nov ’16 / 535 mtrs). gps: 32.937012 131.08088.

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Awahi Island

Awahi Island. Pleasant beach camp with public toilets (June ’17). gps: 34.46921 134.839095

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Beppu (Kyushu)

Beppu. Parking lot in the older, Kannawa area. Nothing special, just quiet place to spend the night and on walking distance from onsens (hot bath). Access WiFi (Nov ’16 / 460 mtrs). gps: 33.277969 131.447696.

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Fukuoka (Kyushu)

Fukuoka. We camped in a parking lot next to the Ohiri Koen. This was tricky. Its 300 yen per 24 hours for a car, and 3000 for a bus/big truck. So we expected to pay the 300, got our ticket from the machine and parked the vehicle. When wanting to leave 3 days later the machine told us to pay 9000 yen! Shock. A man phoned from the booth on the spot to the relevant company. No problem, we could leave without pay. In hindsight, we noticed 2 vertical yellow beams at the entrance and we assume this measures your vehicle and probably because of the height of our LC (2m70) registered it as a big truck. Apart from that it was a convenient place to stay to go for hikes in the park, use WiFi at Starbucks and from the main road take the metro downtown (Jan ’17). gps: 33.586138 130.38031

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Ginzanso Onsen (Honshu)

Ginzanso Onsen. We parked in one of the many parking lots here. It’s not interesting for parking / spending the night, but it’s a quaint little town not mentioned in guidebooks. Walk down, and about halfway of the town you’ll find a white building on your right which is a small, basic and cheap onsen for 300 yen (260 mtrs / Feb ’17). gps: 38.572828 140.52549

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Hagi (Honshu)

Hagi. We camped in a free parking lot, with public toilets, in front of the beach north of the old section of town. Quiet place to camp and from here easy to walk into town (Jan ’17). gps: 34.415976 131.389054

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Hakodate (Hokkaido)

Hakodate. Stayed in the parking lot of a 2nd Street shopping mall for the reason that inside is a café with good WiFi and we needed to work (March ’17). gps: 41.819197 140.73468

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Hirado (Hirado Island)

Hirado. We camped in the parking lot of a government building across from the former Dutch trading warehouse. Beautiful place from where to watch the city with the early morning sunlight. No facilities (Dec ’16). gps: 33.370794 129.55716

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Hiwasa (Shikoku)

Hiwasa (Shikoku). Lovely spot, very quiet and peaceful along a harbor hemmed in by forested mountains (no shade). Toilet is part of a paid campground that is just up the road (July ’17). gps: 33.74246 134.55675

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Huyga (Kyushu)

Huyga. Parking lot of Sunpark Hot spring resort, right behind the michi-no-eki. You can camp at either place; the michi-no-eki has the toilets, the hot spring resort is quieter (Nov ’16). gps: 32.341411 313.626126

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Huyga Beach (Kyushu)

Hyuga beach (Kyushu). Beautiful bay with adjacent parking lot offering a view. No shade. Public toilets and cold shower for 100 yen (Aug ’17). gps: 32.414368 131.652644

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Hyuga (Kyushu)

Hyuga. Parking lot of Cape Green Park on the peninsula with view of ocean. This place was vast and empty with very basic public toilet. Perfect place for a quiet night (Nov ’16). gps: 32.41852 131.66998

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Kawaguchiko Lake (Honshu)

Kawaguchiko Lake (north Fuji). We camped in a parking lot with a nice view of the lake. Quiet and the only facility a simply toilet cabin (June ’17 / 840 mtrs). gps: 35.511816 138.724079

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Kirishima (Kyushu)

Kirishima. Michi-no-eki with public toilets, shop with local food but not much fresh produce. With good weather the nice view of the area is a bonus (Dec ’16 / 520 mtrs). gps: 31.863361 130.85164

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Kitanowaki Bay (Shikoku)

Kitanowaki beach (Shikoku.  Beautiful corner for free camping at the far end of the bay with a beautiful beach in front and forest in the back. One tree for good shade. Toilets and public showers are next to the food stalls, about halfway of the bay (July ’17). gps: 33.893725 134.6829

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Kochi Kenritsu Beach (Shikoku)

Kochi Kenritsu Beach (Shikoku). Kochi is hot, but this camping spot while sheltered behind high wave breakers has a large pine tree forest. The car has to stay in the parking lot alongside it though. Toilets and shower cabins on the beach (until 5.30 pm, free of charge). We had things we needed to take care off in Kochi, but if you don’t need the city, drive west along the coast and camp on the stunning beach somewhere instead (Aug ’17). gps: 33.503668 133.56963

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Kojima Island Beach (Kyushu)

Kojima Island beach (Kyushu). Among our most beautiful spots along the coast in Japan. Not much shade, but a stunning view of the white beach, blue waters and islands. Place for surfers. Public toilet and during the day a small shop selling drinks and offering shower for 100 yen (Aug ’17). gps: 31.450581 131.369384

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Kussharo Lake (Hokkaido)

Kussharo Lake. While camping is not allowed, we parked alongside the onsen for the night. Not a problem in winter but I think in summer it is, but there is a campsite on walking distance from here, when you enter the peninsula which must be open in summer. Beautiful area for hikes, and good outdoor onsen (mixed) as well (March ’17). gps: 43.579345 144.31064

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Kyoto (Honshu)

Kyoto (Honshu). We camped at the top of the hill, alongside the Yoshida Jimja Shrine under the trees. Quiet place to spend the night, (long) walking distance from the sites, no facilities (June ’17). gps: 35.023528 135.785329

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Matsumoto (Honshu)

Matsumoto. We camped along the road but at a beautiful spot along a flowing river line with hundreds of flowering cherry trees. There are a couple of (basic) public toilets along the parking strip as well (April ’17). gps: 36.22842 137.98672

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Meakawa River Camp (Shikoku)

Meakawa River Camp (Shikoku). A free campsite at a beautiful spot along the river with forested hills on the opposite site. Cars have to stay in the parking lot (no shade) but that gives the same view as the campsite itself. Showers, toilets, and sinks for dishes.  (July ’17). gps: 33.924547 134.49642

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Miho Beach (Honshu)

Miho Beach (Honshu). Initially it doesn’t look like the grandest of places, with a view of a big port. However, we camped 3 nights here and quite enjoyed watching life go by: cargo boats, sailing boats, stand-up paddlers, fishing from the shore, hikers, bikers. All in all quite a pleasant place. If lucky you'll have a grand view of Fuji Mountain (when we were there it stayed hidden in fog). Below the parking lot are public toilets (June ’17). gps: 35.019774 138.52129

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Miike Lake (Kyushu)

Miike Lake (Kyushu). Beautiful spot right along a lake hemmed in by forested mountains. With public toilet. The 2 km path around the lake has a lot of landslides + is home to leeches! Nonetheless, we wished we could have stayed longer. (Aug '18 / 300 mtrs). gps: 31.882603 130.97514

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Milkroad, across the Kabuto-iwa view point (Kyushu)

Milkroad, across the Kabuto-iwa view point. Parking spot along the side of the road with beautiful views of the countryside and picknick tables. Public toilet. Coffeebar-cum-snackcorner-com-souvenir shop open during the day. During the summer, when in need of shade, you could drive down the track behind the parking lot that after meandering through hills ends in a forest. Seems a nice spot to camp (Nov ’16 / 943 mtrs). gps: 32.983752 131.01433

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Minimata (Kyushu)

Minamata. Michi-no-eki is another good place to spend the night (Dec ’16). gps: 32.199108 130.381786

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Miyajima (Honshu)

Miyajima. Took the car ferry to the island. Note maximum height for vehicles on the ferry is 3m40 (for our 5m vehicle + 2 persons) we paid about 3700 yen. On the island we camped in the parking lot of the ferry terminal for free. From here you can walk downtown and to the famous torii, or hike into the mountains (Jan ’17). gps: 34.302639 132.32366

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Miyajima (Honshu)

Miyajima. Our second campsite on the island was a beautiful spot on the beach on the other side from the town and ferry terminal, with deer around the car (Jan ’17). gps: 34.279159 132.43348

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Morioka (Honshu)

Morioka. Beautiful spot along a lake and stunning views of mountains. With public toilet (March ’17). gps: 39.723802 141.14722

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Nagashima (Amaksu Islands, Kyushu)

Nagashima (Amaksu Islands). Michi-no-eki with public toilet and shop. It’s right along the main road so a bit more noisy from traffic than most Michi-no-ekis, but in exchange you get - weather permitting - a stunning sunset over the ocean! (Dec ’16). gps: 32.161988 130.109072

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Nagoya (Honshu)

Nagoya (Honshu). We camped in a parking lot across a huge cemetery. It lined a park with grass and shade, a public toilet, and a popular place for locals to come for a picknick or a stroll. Quiet and nice. We wish we could have stayed longer (June ’17). gps: 35.1701617 136.977019

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Namerikawa (Honshu)

Namerikawa. Camped in the parking lot of the michi no eki and tour agency where we wanted to sign up for a boat trip to see the bioluminescent firefly squid at night in the bay (but all tours are cancelled for 2017). Convenient, also good place to go for a hike along the shore (April ’17). gps: 36.774485 137.34487

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Near Nukabiro Lake (Hokkaido)

Near Nukabiro Lake. We stayed in the parking lot of the visitor center not far from this lake. The center is well worth a visit btw. Quiet place to spend the night. Nothing special but a good starting point for the next morning walk to the lake (where you can only park along the road and has no parking lot to spend the night. In winter you can walk across the ice to a stone bridge ( 550 mtrs, Feb ’17). gps: 43.365477 143.19344

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Nemuro (Hokkaido)

Nemuro. Stayed at the michi no eki. Nothing special but a good base from where to hike along the lake and watch birds (March ’17). gps: 43.26193 145.43824

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Nijinomatsubara (Kyushu)

Nijinomatsubara. Stunning spot: on the beach with great view and behind an 5-km-long pine-tree forest. With public toilet (Nov ’16). gps: 33.448307 13002968

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Nikko (Honshu)

Nikko. Camped in the parking lot of the michi no eki, for no other reason than having a free spot to spend the night. It’s not on walking distance of the old-temples complex (March ’17). gps: 36.724483 139.68782

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Niseko (Hokkaido)

Niseko. We stayed at a michi no eki amidst stunning snow scenery (Feb 17). gps: 42.799348 140.70241

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Noheji (Honshu)

Noheji. Camped in the parking lot along the road but with a stunning view of the sea, including a sunset. Public toilet closed during winter but adjacent is a Lawson (March ’17). gps: 40.87529 141.138584

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Nojii (Kyushu)

Nojii. Michi-no-eki with public toilets, shop full of produce and locally-made food such as rice cakes and bentos (Dec ’16 / 170 mtrs). gps: 31.964631 131.081586

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Ohashi (Ikisuki Island)

Ohashi (Ikisuki Island). A beautiful located michi-no-eki along the waterfront below the bridge connecting Hirado with Ohashi. Small shop and public toilet (Dec ’16). gps: 33.3555321 129.433676

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Okhinohama Beach (Shikoku)

Ohkinohama / Ohki Beach (Shikoku). You can’t drive on the beach but camp along a fresh-water stream running to the beach. No shade but very pleasant nonetheless. Across the narrow wooden bridge stretches an enormously long and wide beach (for Japanese standards), and when you walk up the hill, a path will take you to public toilets and showers (100 yen) (Aug ’17). gps: 32.825477 132.94967

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Omazaki (Honshu)

Omazaki, Camped along the shore at a small harbor. Beautiful view. Public toilet on the plaza nearby (March ’17). gps: 41.545258 140.916427

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Otaru (Hokkaido)

Otaru. As we were here during the Snow Festival, this proved a good parking lot, at a Family Mart, as it was downtown and the festival all around us on walking distance (Feb ’17). gps: 43.19803 1410004

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Rausu (Hokkaido)

Rausu. Stayed at the michi no eki. Nothing special but convenient for toilet and WiFi (March ’17). gps 44.017418 145.19222

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Route 197, River Camp (Shikoku)

Route 197, river camp (Shikoku). Beautiful spot along the river. No shade. For facilities: up the road is a Lawson convenience store (Aug ’17). gps: 33.433712 133.226748

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Route 388 (Kyushu)

Rt 388 (Kyushu). Enormous parking lot, but WITH shade! (not common in Japan). Refreshing river alongside it. Nothing special but convenient. With public toilet (Aug '17 / 288 mtrs). gps: 32.320084 131.033101

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Saito (Kyushu)

Saito. A parking lot amidst a series of old burial mounds set in a lovely, green, agricultural area. Nice for a walk and quiet place for the night. Has public toilets (Nov ’16, 60 mtrs). gps: 32.122688 131.390307

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Sapporo (Hokkaido)

Sapporo. Downtown, near the Snow Festival, are very few parking lots and if, then paid. We ended up at this parking lot of Lawson (we asked for permission to stay as it’s small), which is nothing special but it was still on walking distance from the festival (Feb ’17). gps: 43.077277 141.35672

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Shimanto/Kuruson River (Shikoku)

Shimanto/Kuruson River (Shikoku). Beautiful spot along the river but no shade. For toilet, cross the bridge, walk uphill, make a 180-degree turn and find it on your left side (Aug ’17). gps: 33.097458 132.801715

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Shirahige / Blue Pond (Hokkaido)

Shirahige / Blue Pond. Amidst Daizesuzan National Park. Beautiful area for hiking, including to the Blue Pond which is lit in the evening and - in winter - a frozen waterfall (Feb ’17). gps: 43.473535 142.638159

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Super Forest Road (Shikoku)

Super Forest Road (Shikoku). In a hamlet called Tsulungisan, we camped along the river, sharing it with a couple of fishermen. Beautiful, relaxed. In the village is a public toilet (July ’17 / 225 mtrs). gps: 33.842271 134.401706

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Super Forest Road (Shikoku)

Super Forest Road (Shikoku). A true wilderness camp. A logging camp in the middle of the forest, accessible only via unpaved road. Watch out for snakes, KM almost stepped on a (poisonous) mamushi, which are common in Shikoku’s mountains (July ’17 / 825 mtrs). gps: 33.904167 134.32871

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Taihama Beach (Shikoku)

Taihama beach (Shikoku). Beautiful beach where we camped along the side with lots of shade, providing us with a nice view. Public toilets and cold showers on site (July ’17). gps: 33.77217 134.58558

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Takachiho (Kyushu)

Takachiho. Parking lot of Kunimigaoka is a good place to stay if you want to see a beautiful sunrise with cloud-filled valley in the early hours. But now, in November, it’s quite a bit colder here than below downtown. Public toilets available, and a quite place to spend the night (Nov '16 / 510 mtrs). gps: 32.718312 131.277425

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Takachiho (Kyushu)

Takachiho. Michi-no-eki (roadside rest area) on walking distance from Takachiho shrine. Here it’s warmer than the former night at Kunimigaoka. Good place to spend the night: WiFi, public toilets, shop with local produce (Nov ’16). gps: 32.70856 131.30083

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Takayama (Honshu)

Takayama. Stayed in a parking lot for convenience: a 7/11 and Starbucks for WiFi, a supermarket, and on walking distance to the old part of the town to see the Spring Festival (recommended) (April ’17). gps: 36.142358 137.2473

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Tsuwano (Honshu)

Tsuwano. We camped at a Michi no eki just outside town and enjoyed its onsen (600 yen pp). Free WiFi, quiet place, nothing special (Jan ’17). gps: 34.450888 131.75987

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Typhoon Beach (Shikoku)

Typhoon beach (Shikoku). This is the name we gave it, because here we sat out a typhoon. On clear weather, it’s a nice little spot with the ocean just across the road. Lots of cats, dumped by owners and being fed by a villager. Public toilets, cold showers, and a shaded corner with 2 benches (Aug ’17). gps: 32.92384 132.996307

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Usuki (Kyushu)

Usuki. Parking lot of a tourist information that is nothing special but quiet and convenient. WiFi of the tourist information accessible during opening hours + use of their bathroom. At night cross the road to a public bathroom in front of the castle. Supermarkets in the same block. (Nov ’16). gps: 33.120553 131.80059

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Wakkanai (Hokkaido)

Wakkanai. We stayed in the parking lot of the train station. Perfect. Free of charge, and at the train station you can use the bathroom, and use WiFi. It has an open area with tables and chairs to work. It’s not particularly quiet as it has a kids’ playroom as well, but we enjoyed working here for a day (Feb ’17). gps: 45.417419 141.67768

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Washinosata Michi no eki (Shikoku)

Washinosata Michi no eki (Shikoku). We enjoyed this road station with an enormous parking lot (no shade). It was practically empty and borders a fast-flowing river with a large grass field. It offers WiFi. Note that there is no shop with produce (only handicrafts) and the restaurant is open randomly. From here runs a ropeway to the top of the mountain with a temple, which is used a lot by pilgrims (July ’17). gps: 33.863529 134.501376

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Yagen Onsen (Honshu)

Yagen Onsen. Parked in the parking lot of an onsen (hot bath) right in the middle of the forest. The world was covered in snow, we were all by ourselves and it felt quite magical to be here, especially after all the nights spent in parking lots of urbanized areas. This onsen costs 200 yen (75 mtrs / Feb ’17). gps: 41.387128 141.045746

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Yamanakako Beach (Honshu)

Yamanakako Beach (Honshu). Unfortunately, we discovered this place on our route and had no time to spend the night here. We mention it because if you like a beautiful spot, on a beach and right on the water front, with a good view of Fuji, this is the place to go (June ’17 / 980 mtrs). gps: 35.423502 138.901041

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Yoichi (Honshu)

Yoichi. Stayed at the michi no eki. Closed in winter but convenient because it’s next door to the Nikka Wisky factory and museum which we thought was well worth a visit. The visit includes tasting wisky and since alcohol and driving is strictly forbidden in Japan, spending the night here was perfect (March ’17). gps: 43.188948 140.788906

 

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