Located on a plateau to the southeast of Lake Reisenji, the Iizuna Higashikogen Autocamp is a well maintained camping ground under the management of the Iizuna Higashikogen resort.

Even ground with lots of trees | Photo by Gregory Lane

The ground is well covered with pine trees and each of the 80 spaces has been well cleared of undergrowth and weeds. The toilet and dish washing facilities are also spotlessly clean and mostly insect free. For bathing, it’s only a 10 minute walk to the onsen at Tengu no Yakata. On days when the camp ground is busy, there is an onsite office for checking in. On days with fewer campers, you’ll have to make your way to Tengu no Yakata before setting up.

Who needs a convenience store when you have a beer vending machine? | Photo by Gregory Lane

There are both powered and unpowered spots available, and the camping ground is well-lit at night, so there is little chance of tripping over a bear as you exit your tent at night. Each site also has a U-shaped concrete fire pit, so you can get a fire going without igniting the whole forest.

Camping meal with eggs, scallops and beer.
A glampalicious meal | Photo by Gregory Lane

Because the camping ground isn’t right next to the lake, there also isn’t a crazy number of insects ready to invade your camp. One thing to be aware of though is the altitude. Even in early summer, it can be quite chilly at night, so be prepared with a warm sleeping bag or extra blankets. The indicative temperature on your phone for Iizuna-machi, may be two or three degrees warmer than the temperature in the campground.

Fees are ¥3,600 for an unpowered site and ¥4,600 for a powered site. The camp ground is open from the end of April until the start of November.

Bookings can be made by email, but the management requests that you phone-in your reservation.

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