Are you a fan of road trips but haven’t done one yet due to the great public transport in Japan? Exploring Japan by RV (recreational vehicle) is an amazing way to experience the country. With an RV rental, you can discover the countryside and find hidden hot springs while enjoying the comforts of home at your own pace. Whether you're planning a weekend escape or a longer journey, an RV rental is an ideal way to explore all Japan has to offer. With its beautiful landscapes, unique culture and friendly people, Japan is sure to provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you're looking for a cosy place to stay or an adventurous vacation, an RV rental is the perfect solution.
Onsen are Everywhere
Ski trips in Japan usually climax with an onsen at the end of each day. As big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka don’t have easy access to natural hot spring water, why not take the time off to travel and soak in healthy minerals that many onsen offer, while spending quality time with friends and family? Despite well-known onsen places near Tokyo such as Kusatsu and Nozawa, we also recommend Kyushu, southern Japan. With multiple prefectures and landscapes, you can actually find and feel different water types and receive many health benefits depending on the area. Kyushu is also famous for delicious food such as tonkotsu ramen, karaage, mentaiko and fresh seafood. Keisuke Mitsui, a Sales Representative from RV Land, advocates for Hokkaido: "Hokkaido is the best destination with campers for sure. There are lots of hidden hot springs everywhere that you can have all to yourself, since not so many people visit them. This allows for a unique onsen experience." Onsen nationwide usually also offer health benefits and facilities to freshen up after a long day on the road.
While tourists on a tight schedule often overlook this option, locals in Japan have fun bouldering, snowshoeing and more while being at one with nature. In Japan, camping has a rich history with multiple local brands making products specifically for campers. With an RV or car, you don’t have to worry about public transport and carrying gear such as tents or sleeping bags. Besides driving directly to the campsite, you also have the option of sightseeing and hiking at day or night. Dream Drive, an English-language-friendly RV rental company, recommends road-side stations called michinoeki for parking and sleeping, if you’re not a fan of paid campsites. Tyson Faa from Dream Drive’s Marketing team said: "An RV gives you the freedom to adjust your schedule as needed. It's more comfortable and easier to travel without having to book hotels; you can easily visit smaller towns and rural areas off the beaten track that have fewer accommodation options."
Back to Nature
The Tohoku area, north of Tokyo and south of Hokkaido, has six of Japan’s 47 prefectures; its vast space makes up almost one-fifth of Japan and you can visit plunging waterfalls in Akita, shimmering lakes and dense forests in Aomori, or go skiing in Yamagata. Japan Road Trip has 59 rental RVs with different equipment for your needs and locations. "Travelers looking for the inner essence of Japan should visit these places for a different perspective of the country," said Bern Recto, Inbound Marketing Consultant at Japan Road Trip.
Events for Everyone
For the three-day annual Fuji Rock Festival, don’t worry about expensive accommodation, instead call RV JAPAN. While Japan doesn’t have many music festivals, it does boast multiple other events. With spring coming, beautiful plum and cherry blossoms will soon bloom, and summer sees many other flowers for viewing.
Shikoku, a remote island between Kansai and Kyushu, is known for art events but also offers excellent surfing, as do Wakayama and Hyogo prefectures. Around Japan RV rental originated from Osaka, which offers easy access to both Shikoku and Hyogo.