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Hire a campervan to see spectacular winter spots in Japan.


Nature lovers must come!

If you have a plan to visit Japan in winter, you can enjoy so many beautiful tour spots or some winter festivals and natural beauty with illumination events.
And if you would like to visit there, hiring campervan at JAPAN ROAD TRIP is recommended.
Because to see the landscapes, you have to take a long time from the nearest station or airport.

Campervan or motorhome will make your journey more comfortable and easier.
And at JAPAN ROAD TRIP, which has the largest number of rental bases around Japan, you can find some rental locations near your destinations.

Here are some of the most popular and recommended tour spots in Japan in the winter.

Tokachigawa Onsen



The picture above is a famous winter festival called “Sairinka” at Tokachigawa-Onsen in Hokkaido,which attracts a large number of visitors, from young people to the elderly every year.
Hundreds of objects sparkle in a variety of colors, flashing to rhythmic music and decorating the snowy landscape at night.


  • Location: 14, Tokachigawa Onsen Kita, Ondo-cho, Kawato-gun, Hokkaido
  • Office hours: 19:00〜21:00
  • Access: (By car) Ondo Obihiro IC, East Hokkaido Highway, via Route 241 and Route 73. 20 mins.
  • RV Park: Tokachi Ecology Park (from 1500 yen for 1 night)
    18-1 Minami Tokachigawa Onsen Otosaracho 〒080-0263

Ginzan Onsen


Ginzan Onsen, which changes its appearance from season to season and from day to night, is a photogenic spot, no matter where you cut off the entire town.
The town became popular when it was used as the setting for a famous Japanese TV drama a long time ago.


  • Location: Ginzan Shimbata, Obanazawa City, Yamagata
  • Official Website: https://www.ginzanonsen.jp/
  • Access: (By car) From National Road No. 13/Obanazawa Bypass, take National Road No. 347 (Mabukuro-kaido Road), which leads to Yamagata Prefectural Road No. 29 Obanazawa Sekiyama Line and Yamagata Prefectural Road No. 188 Ginzan Onsen Line.
  • RV Park: Goten Onsen Mogamigawa Sannansho (From 2200 yen for 1 night)
    1034-7 Goten Murayama-shi Yamagata 〒995-0209

Shiroyone Senmaida



Terraced rice paddies with a staircase of more than 1,000 rice paddies on the coastal slopes facing the Sea of Japan.
The beauty of the geometric patterns created by nature is one of the most spectacular in Japan.
The most popular time to visit is in winter, when the paddy fields are illuminated.


  • Location: Shiroyone-cho, Wajima, Ishikawa, Japan
  • Holding period: Mid-October to mid-March
  • Access: (By car)Noto Airport IC, Noto Satoyama Kaido, approx. 40 mins.
  • RV Park: Senmaida Pocket Park (Roadside station)
    Ha-99-5 Shiroyonemachi, Wajima, Ishikawa 〒928-0256




This blue shiny beautiful pond is called “Mishakaike” which is one of the famous photo spots in Nagano.
Especially in the winter season, the contrast between blue pond and white snow forest is an amazing landscape.
And also winter is the best season for stargazing, so you can enjoy both natural beauty and the stars in the sky.


  • Location: Toyohira Oku Tateshina, Chino-shi, Nagano
  • Access: (By car) From Suwa IC of Chuo Expressway, approx. 45 mins.
  • RV Park: Sarashina Park Hotel(From 3000 yen for 1 night)
    TEL 0266-67-2600 for reservation.(8:00-20:00 JST)
    Ha-99-5 Shiroyonemachi, Wajima, Ishikawa 〒928-0256

Chichibu Misotsuchi



In Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, there are three spectacular spots known as the Three Great Ice Pillars.
The three are the icicles of Misotsuchi, the icicles of Onouchi Valley and the icicles of Ashigakubo.
All are beautiful and attractive, but the most popular is “Misotsuchi no Hyobashira”.

The icicles cover a vast area and are not man-made, but are the result of nature.
And the main event called “Ootaki Ice Festival” would be held every mid January, and then the icicles are Illuminated in various colors.


  • Location: Woodroof Okuchichichibu Auto Campsite、 4066-2 Otaki, Chichibu City, Saitama
  • Office hour: 17:00-19:00 on weekdays / 17:00-21:00 on weekends.
  • Official Website: https://www.woodroof.jp/
  • Access: (By car) Hanazono IC of Kanetsu Expressway, approx. 60 mins.
  • RV Park: Midori no Mura (From 2500 yen for 1 night)
    1011 Kamiyoshida, Chichibu, Saitama 〒369-1505




Shirakawago, which is famous for its traditional architecture called “Gassho Zukuri” is the most recommended and popular in the winter.
The best scene of the spectacular is the scene of gassho zukuri houses refracted on the surface of the lake upside-down.
And the scene of the village looking down from the high ground of Tenshukaku observatory is also fantastic.


  • Location: Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture
  • Illumination hours: 17:30~19:30
  • Access: (By car) Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway Shirakawa-go IC approx. 10 mins.
  • RV Park: Sirakawago (Roadside station)
    411 Iijima, Shirakawa, Ono District, Gifu 〒501-5625

Kamagataki Park



Kamagataki in the north of Kumamoto became famous as a commercial filming location.
The wide, beautifully flowing waterfall is as powerful as a curtain of water.
In the winter season, they are illuminated in colors and become a more fantastic atmosphere.


  • Location: Kurobuchi, Oguni Town, Aso County, Kumamoto Prefecture
  • Office hours: 9:00~17:00(Last admission at 16:30)
  • Access: (By car) 15 mins from Yu Station bus stop.
  • RV Park: Aso Otome Onsen Resort(3300 yen for 1 night)
    2052-3 Otohime, Aso, Kumamoto 〒869-2226

Lantern Festival



Lantern Festival in Nagasaki will be held from the end of June to the beginning of February every year.
More than a million people get together around the venue, which is one of the most popular and main event of Nagasaki.
There are 7 venues of the Lantern Festivals around Nagasaki, and a great many lanterns are illuminated at the same time in many colors. It is a really spectacular landscape.


  • Location: Shinchi Chinatown venue, Central Park venue, Tangin Yashiki venue, Kofukuji Temple, Kaji-ichi venue, Hamanmachi venue, Confucius Temple venue.
  • Holding period: 9th February to 25th February.
  • Access: (By Tram) : Shinchi Chukagai tram stop, approx. 2 min walk.
  • RV Park: Nagasaki Sunset Marina(3000 yen for 1 night)
    Fukuda Sunset Mrina Fukudahonmachi Nagasaki 〒850-0068


There are still many other spectacular landscapes in Japan.
And many spots have their own illumination season and events in the winter, so you can find your favorite fantastic natural beauty all over Japan.
When you visit there, please ask and make a contact to JAPAN ROAD TRIP for campervan rental anytime!





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