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Camping In Japan
Urban camping in Japan
If you combine urban camping, bicycling, hitchhiking, and eating discount supermarket and restaurant meals, it’s quite easy to visit Japan on a very tight budget. This article has some simple tips and locations of where you can safely camp undisturbed.
How about a tent by the river? I was walking along the Yodogawa River one day; taking photos, when a vagabond from Switzerland approached me. He had been staying in a tent by the river, and had become friendly with a homeless man. He generously shared food and wine with the man, and in return had his belongings cared for while he went out in the day.
Where to camp in Osaka
The safest place to camp in Osaka is near the Three Bridges at the Yodogawa River near Nakatsu Station.
Close up Photos Of Yodogawa River Camping LocationClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Camp in Japanese Cities
Don’t stay where there are many homeless. They may feel you are encroaching on their territory. Find a quiet out of the way location where not too many people will walk by. Always stay only one night in each location if you feel the area is not discreet enough. If you cant find a discreet location, pitch your tent late and leave early in the morning, and always avoid causing any pain for passers by. Avoid inner city parks where there are many people. Move to the outskirts of the major inner city areas. Don’t pick very small parks, parks with playground equipment or parks near schools. Find a reasonable size park with some bushes to hide your tent behind if possible. Finally always pack light so it’s easy to move locations.
Where to camp in Kobe
If you find yourself in the neighboring city of Kobe, it’s possible to camp on the beach or in the mountains. However I recommend you find a place well off the trail, only go there after dark, wake up early and pack up your tent. As many elderly hikers may be on the mountain trails. Nunobiki falls is a great place in the mountains, with a beautiful waterfall; just minutes walk from Shin Kobe station.
Photos Of Nunobiki FallsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Camping At The Beach
If you prefer the beach, go to Suma station. Walk west to the first beach after Suma beach. You will see a long fishing jetty with a circular building at the end of the jetty. It’s a barbecue restaurant. This beach is rocky and quieter, and does have a few homeless living there. However, the authorities won’t bother you if you stay there. This is also a great place to fish. If you’re there in summer, Suma beach also has night parties and beach bars to enjoy.
Photos Of Suma Beach Camping LocationClick thumbnail to view full-size
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