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There are two types of camp site. One is for auto-camping which are like that you can enter the site with your car and pitch a tent nearby. In many cases, they have a lot of facilities such as a general store, flush toilets, plug outlets and so on. It costs from about 1500yen to 5000yen. As a general thing, they are in handy location; urban areas or major resorts. You might want to avoid this type of site.
The other type is suitable for most of us. They aren't bulldozed so much and have more plain facilities. Many of them have car parking space, but drivers have to carry camping equipment to the site by their hand. It costs starting from FREE to 1500yen.
Usual pay rate varies by locality. The most cheapest rate is that of Hokkaido. In Tohoku, Shikoku and Kyusyu, they are also reasonable. It's expensive in Kanto, but in more inconvenient place, more cheap.
In winter, many of the sites are closed to business. For example, nearly half of them in Kansai district are available all year, and the others are closed from November to middle of April.
The best way to find camp site is use "Touring Mapple". It's written only in Japanese, but it shows campsites on a map by graphical icons.
If adequate campsites are not found by your side, you might want to camp in the open. But any place may be someone's domain, so it's important to pay common-sense attention.
Let's talk to locals first!
In the case like that, let's talk to locals first. They may know the place which is suitable for camping. Even if they don't, you could avoid being regarded with suspicion by giving information who you are and why you are here.
It's good idea to open your mouth like that, "Mizuwo morae masuka?(Would you give me some water?)" , while holding out your canteen. It just doesn't matter if you feel dry or not. That asking makes you aware from his/her manner that if he/she is collaborative to your journey. Then broach the subject.
If you don't speak Japanese, it's convenient to carry a piece of paper with the Japanese words which tells people that you find appropriate site for camping in this neighborhood. Like that;
For further information, "Language page" has another phrases forl camping.
JCN translates your writings
If you'd like writings other than those above, we could translate the sentence you wrote into Japanese. Send us which you'd like to translate into Japanese. At a time, please specifying your full name and habitation country. Then we'll send back you the PDF file written in Japanese character. Now we accept English and Spanish (because one of our staff is rookie of Spanish language and seems to be bursting to use it).
Remember that all we are volunteers, we accept it at no charge and doesn't accept liability for any result of using the file we make.
Find the site by yourself
Asking locals is the best way to find the site, but this may not always be the case. Now we're going to show a knack for finding the site by yourself.
Petrol/Gasoline(gasorin,ガソリン),Paraffin/Kerosene(tohyu,灯油) is sold at petrol station(gasorin sutando,ガソリンスタンド) everywhere in Japan
Butane Gas cartridge
Butane Gas cartridge(gasu bonbe,ガスボンベ) produced by EMI, Prims and Coleman is sold at mountain gear shops.
Methyl alcohol is sold at drugstore(Nenryouyou aruko-ru,燃料用アルコール)
uploaded:18, 02, 2006
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