Some Camping Spots I’d Rather be Right Now

18 Beautiful Places to Camp in Japan

With everyone now under stay-at-home requests through May 31 it’s looking increasingly likely the spring hiking will pass without most of us hitting the trail – myself included. To console myself with this thought I’ve been going through some photos of my hikes. Over the 7 odd years of running Ridgeline Images I’ve been fortunate to camp in many incredible locations throughout Japan. Here is a mere sample of them. Perhaps it will provide some inspiration to dream up your next adventure for when a semblance of normal life returns.


Deer ubiquitous at Kougen Hut 高原ヒュッテ near Mt. Kentoku


Fuji san at dawn Notori hut 農鳥小屋


Hanging out with the GW crowds Shougen Yamagoya 将監小屋


Wild camping Furukonba フルコンバ near Daibosatsu-toge


Sheltered campsite at Honzawa-onsen 本沢温泉


Pitched downside Oshojiiwa hinangoya 大障子避難小屋 Tanigawadake


Futagoike Huette 双子池 ヒュッテ Mt. Tateshina


Rocky Akadake-kosen 赤岳鉱泉 campsite Yatsugatake


Wild camping Mt. Hamaiba ハマイバ丸 Yamanashi Prefecture


Laidback Kamanoshita Campground on the diminutive Izu Island of Shikinejima


Wild camping Mt. Hiuchigatake 燧ヶ岳


All-time favourites Mawarime Daira Camping Ground 廻り目平キャンプ場 Nagano


Sunrise at Kata-no-koya 北岳肩ノ小屋 under Kita-dake


Makihatayama Refuge hut 巻機山避難小屋


Chilly morning Ozenuma campground


Set-up outside the Karasawa Hinangoya 唐沢避難小屋 Mt. Nyoho


Wild camping below Shirayanomaru 白谷丸 Yamanashi Prefecture


Wild camping alongside the Takanosuyama Refuge Hut 鷹ノ巣避難小屋

4 comments
  • Wild camping in Denmark : no advertisements, no philosophical monologue, no trying to sell you a branded knife etc. Just peaceful I learned a lot.

  • Awesome. I’m looking for some backcountry spots to set up a tent. Not much information out there (in English anyway) so by FAR ridgeline is the most comprehensive site around for us not looking for the typical “travel” vlog. Just down and dirty hiking. I love this! Thank you for all you do.

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