Originally Posted by Tomlen
Thanks for putting in the effort on the web site. One thing that would be handy to know is the camping situation? Is there campsites around? is free camping allowed?
As stated in my website in the Travel Hints
(carefully placed deep down so nobody actually reads it?
there are plenty of campsites in Japan.
Most of them are noted on the "Touring Mapple" set of atlases for motorcycling. Prices are generally around US$10 for a motorcyclist. However, prices can vary with some "auto camp" places charging as much as $50. Check the price before you pitch your tent!
Free/bush camping is generally tolerated unless posted otherwise (in Japanese of course
). At worst, you will be asked to move along. I have heard of questioning by police because someone reported a suspicious person. But I have never heard of anyone actually being arrested/fined. It becomes dark early in Japan (and subsequently the sun comes up before 5 am in the summer), so the trick is to find a place before dark, pitch your tent in the final light of the day, and get up early.