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    Hi there

    The touring season is about to start for me, and I hope to be able to do at least a 3 days weekend a month of long touring,
    so I am looking for recomendations for camping sites or just places or where to set the tent that you might have used in the past

    Thanks for the help

    Basty

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    http://www11.plala.or.jp/soharako/

    This campsite is in Urabandai, Fukushima and is run by a very hospitable, bike-friendly couple. Lakeside bungalows at a very reasonable price, grills, firewood, bedding available. Rowboat, canoe and battery-powered fishing boat available for rent. Great bakery and onsen nearby.

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    There is a site on the lake in Nikko ( Chuzenji ). Surrounded by mountains
    and you can camp about 5ft from the water.

    http://shoubugahama.ftw.jp/

    http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-804.pdf

    http://wiki.worldflicks.org/lake_chuzenji.html

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    That is a good beginning
    but any other sites?

    you guys have been touring this lands for years!!!!


    Basty

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    Quote Originally Posted by basty
    That is a good beginning
    but any other sites?

    you guys have been touring this lands for years!!!!
    That's true but people usually don't keep contact info about the campsites If you want extensive campground listings, pick up some bike Mapples. http://touring.mapple.net/

    Anyhow, in the interest of building a good reference source let's only post here to list campsites

    Motosuko: Good place in Yamanashi. Cabins, tent space, firewood, lots of space.
    http://motosuko.com/shop/shop/motosuca/motosuca.html

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    The problem with the Mapples is that my japanese is null unfortunately, and I have checked the website and couldn't find the books in English


    Basty

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    I'm going to delete all the comments from this post in a few weeks, so that only links to
    camp sites remain.

    Not camping but none the less a useful link
    http://www.outdoorjapan.com/contents/ho ... ge=english
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    Let me second Motosu Lake camping. Here is my favorite spot:

    http://tinyurl.com/42qeek, or geocord 35.476818, 138.593237 if you are kanji-impaired (like me). I just discovered a little Google maps secret--if you switch to the Terrain view, a lot of the geographic place names are in romaji.

    While I have camped Motosuko, it was from a car. Expressway from Tokyo was not cheap. And yes, we found some nice onsen in nearby Kawaguchi Lake township. (???????

    Independent of that, I have ridden bikes, both motor and pedo, out Route 20, to Takao-san Guchi, which I've also pinned on the map. From Takao-san Guchi, it's a great ride up and over the mountain to Sagami Lake, also pinned on the map. Very scenic, and lots of the twisties that bikers live and breathe for.

    It looks like you could ride from Sagamiko?????, heading south to pick up Route 413, and from there ride to Motosu Lake (????by way of Yamanaka Lake?????. There is camping around both lakes, so you could make a long weekend, or even a Golden Week, out of biking and camping.

    Yeah, that's just the excuse I need for that oversized Givi luggage box!

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    Michi no ekis (road stations) deserve a mention. They're all over this country now thanks to a government program to boost local economies. They're not campgrounds, but travelers are welcome to spend the night, and they have restrooms and vending machines. In the daytime they usually sell local foods and other products.

    http://www.michi-no-eki.net/Riyosha/R-001.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by throttle

    Do they allow you to pitch a tent, or are you required to sleep in a car?
    I'm not schooled in michi no eki regulations but I have seen tents on occasion.

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    Official campsites are good but many require prior booking and reception often closes at times too early for bike tourers. So I try to follow an unconfirmed law that I heard some time ago.

    Camping on public reserve land is acceptable between the hours of sundown and sun up.

    Have followed this rule in parks, at the beach, on a library's front lawn and even in a clearing way off the side of a road. Also used a few times in Michi-no-ekis. When not in an authorized campground I don't cook and am always packing up as soon as I wake. I often sleep past sun up and haven't been heckled yet.

    And when you look in the mapple and find the campsite mark, it doesn't necessarily mean there is gonna be an open campground there. If it's closed, I camp there anyway in protest and quote the mapple in defense when confronted(only once so far) 0X

    Has anyone had any experience contrary to this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmac
    Has anyone had any experience contrary to this?
    No, that pretty much sums it up.

    If at all possible, I prefer to pay for a campground, because they have toilets, bath, etc. If I find a campground, but the office is already closed when I get there, I pitch my tent anyway and pay them in the morning.

    Otherwise, I've camped in the same kinds of places like cmac and also in large parking lots (like in hiking or ski areas), and even temple grounds.

    The locals are pretty lenient about this sort of thing. Never been hassled. On the contrary, I've had people come over and chat; even offering me food and stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmac
    When not in an authorized campground I don't cook and am always packing up as soon as I wake
    Jeebus, what are you afraid of, another 12 hour stay at the cop shop?

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    Far up north, in Akita-ken, is a random place I stopped at last year. It's called ????? (tonton yama) and it's on page 51, B-2 of the north Japan Mapple. This place was awesome. There was a huge outdoor onsen for campers, cooking facilities, some really nice cabins that looked rent able, all for only 800 yen. Not many people either in around mid July. The roads up there are fantastic as well.
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    pdf file for a list of campsites all around Japan with prices, locations and facilities
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    If anyone has a Google Earth or MapSource file of campsites this would be a god thing to put up on the wiki;

    http://ridinginjapan.com/index.php?title=Campsites

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmac
    pdf file for a list of campsites all around Japan with prices, locations and facilities

    That's nice.... will get printed out and put under the seat....

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    Thanks for the list... like the detail....
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    Free campsite near Chichibu up the Kanetsu. Have used it as a launch point for touring a few times. They have toilets there but it is a bit of a trek. Acrtoss the river on the 140 are many restuarants, combinis and 24/7 fuel stations. Just around the corner on the 254 is a combini and there is a JA just up the road too.
    http://map.yahoo.co.jp/pl?type=scrol...map&pointer=on
    Great start for the next morning is this section
    http://map.yahoo.co.jp/pl?type=scrol...map&pointer=on
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