east, south, and west coasts with a few in the north and the interior of Izu.  There are, however, no “backcountry” campsites that you can hike.  They can be found elsewhere in Japan but there are not any here yet.  This is likely partly due to the relatively small number of longer trails on the peninsula.  Many areas of the peninsula are privately owned or are part of a park where camping overnight is not permitted.  Japan does not have the “right to roam” that some other countries, particularly in Europe, do.

A municipal campground in the north western part of the Izu peninsula.

Some campgrounds do close during winter and camping in the hot and humid summers months is not for everyone.

All of the campgrounds are accessible by car and some you can get to (or close to) by train and bus.  A number of the campgrounds are what are locally called “Auto camp” with a parking spot right next to the tent site.  Each campground is set up quite different and range from fairly basic to full-on glamping. They have different services / amenities that may include:

  • Drinking water (I have only come across one so far that doesn’t have drinking water)
  • Hot spring and / or showers (some showers are coin-operated, some are free)
  • Tent rentals
  • Electricity (fairly rare)
  • Laundry machine
  • Barbeque pit (there is sometimes a large shared barbeque / kitchen area)
  • Kayak rental
  • Fishing equipment rental
  • Store (food, drinks, charcoal, firewood etc.)
  • Restaurant on the premises

In most cases booking a campground in advance is required but there are some campgrounds that are first-come first-serve.  Check-in times are roughly what you would expect (afternoon check-in, morning check-out) but there are a few that you can check in quite early.

A municipal campground on the Izu peninsula in a great setting.

Booking in advance can be very difficult if no one in your group can read / speak Japanese.  Your best bet would be to ask at a tourist office for help with booking a campground or try emailing a head of time. There are also websites like Nappu that are third-party campground booking websites but again Japanese language-ability is required.  At the time of writing Nappu had a total of 74 campgrounds in its database for the Izu peninsula. I use it for many of my campground bookings because of the the search function is excellent.

One of the campsites at Baird Brewery in Shuzenji.

One thing to watch out for is that there are deer and wild boar hunters in the region – they keep to the areas where they have permission to hunt and they do not expect hikers / backpackers outside of designated trails.  I have hiked almost every major trail on the peninsula and many of the small ones and have not once come across any hunters. 

High quality ingredients sold almost everywhere means it is easy to put together a great meal when camping in the Izu peninsula

The following is a (hopefully) comprehensive list of campgrounds in the Izu peninsula.

1. North Izu peninsula and the surrounding area. 

2. Central Izu peninsula along route 414 (north to south)

3. East Izu peninsula (north to south)

4. South Izu peninsula (heading clockwise from east to west)

5.  West Izu peninsula (heading clockwise from the southwest to northwest)