Friday January 17th, 2020
Where do you stay when traveling in Japan? I think that many people stay at hotels and inns, but recently it more and more people rent camper vans.
If you are traveling to Japan for the first time, you will most likely choose the so-called golden route: Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka. However, many repeaters want to go to places other than the Golden Route, especially the countryside in Japan, and people who are not satisfied with ordinary tours often use a camper van.
Therefore, this time I will write about traveling in Japan using a camper van that is becoming a popular new travel style.
Benefits of traveling in Japan using a camper van
(1) good cost performance
Normally, hotels and inns in Japan have a price per person. On the other hand, camping cars are set at the price per car. Therefore, as the number of users increases, the price per person decreases. In addition, transportation costs can be reduced by dividing gasoline and highway charges by all passengers.
(2) 3 or more people can stay together
There are not many rooms where 3 or more adults can stay in Japanese hotels. If it is a camper, there are many cars that four adults can stay with.
(3) Free travel plan
Trains and buses have a fixed schedule of operation, but you can create a free travel plan if you are a camper. In addition, you will be able to go to places where trains and buses cannot. Tours are only available in popular places. You can also go to your special places that other foreign travelers can not go to.
Recommended service for people traveling to Japan using a camper van
I’ve checked companies that have a good explanation of foreign languages, so I’ll introduce them to you.
(1) Camper van rental ： Japan Campingcar Rental Center
(2) Camper van sharing service ： CarStay
Points to note when traveling to Japan using a camper van
A convenient and cost effective camper trip, but there are some caveats.
(1) Driving qualification
Driving a car in Japan naturally requires a valid driver’s license in Japan.
The requirements vary by country, so check this site.
(2) different traffic rules
There may be traffic rules different from your country, so please enjoy safe driving so that there are no accidents or troubles. Japan is on the left. Please note that the highways running in the center of the city(Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, etc.) have many exits and entrances so that even Japanese people get lost.
(3) Car size
Campers are bigger than ordinary cars, and the height is high, so the stability is poor. Therefore, be careful because contact accidents and rollover accidents occur more easily than other vehicles. There are many narrow roads in Japan.
(4) Spots where you can stay in the car are limited
There are not many RV parks where you can stay in a car like in the US. In recent years, the number of people who occupy a parking lot for a long time while staying in a car has increased, and there have been cases where trouble has occurred. When planning your travel plan, look for places where you can stay in the car. The CarStay site mentioned above introduces good spots.
If you are bored on a regular trip, why not try this new style?
I hope your trip to Japan will be fun.