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9 best glamping getaways near Tokyo

These luxury campgrounds in neighbouring Chiba and Saitama prove you don’t have to travel far to get back to nature

By Emma Steen
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We could never get bored of this electrifying city we call home, but we will admit that Tokyo’s concrete jungle can get a bit overwhelming at the best of times. If you’ve found yourself fantasising about ditching your city apartment to go live in the forest instead, we’ve got the perfect getaway to heal you from your burnout in the great outdoors. And we’re not talking about camping. 

At these woodsy resorts just an hour or two from Tokyo, you can soak in open-air onsen as you breathe in mountain air or cosy up to a fire for a barbecue with pals for the ultimate glamping minibreak. No elaborate plans for what supplies to bring, how to pitch a tent by sundown or what food to prepare – glamping is all about having the hard stuff sorted out for you. 

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O Park Ogose

Hotels Saitama

The spherical tree tents of this resort look as though they’ve come straight out of a storybook. Be lulled to sleep in gently swaying spheres, suspended high in the treetops of this forest just a stone’s throw from Moomin Valley Park

Not a fan of heights? The resort also features more traditional, spacious tents that can be booked for a full night or just for a couple of hours during the day. The tents come with a charcoal barbecue and you can select a meal plan for different ingredients to throw on the grill. There’s even a hammock for you to curl up in for when the inevitable food coma hits. Standard plans from ¥18,496 per person.

Grandvaux Spa Village
Grandvaux Spa Village
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Grandvaux Spa Village

Hotels Chiba

Inspired by Switzerland’s vineyard region of Grandvaux, the Grandvaux Spa Village is a new glamping site built within the long-established resort of Resol no Mori. The impressive number of leisure facilities the resort offers, including a golf course, swimming pool and equestrian park, means that guests who are glamping can choose to spend their time luxuriating in nature with a glass of Swiss wine or put their energy into trying out a new hobby. 

Here, you can embrace a slower pace of life by starting your morning with some yoga, then go on a guided trek to forage herbs in the forest. In the evenings, you can choose between two mineral hot spring baths (indoor and outdoor) to soak in before grabbing a seat at the bar for a nightcap. 

A standard tent with a skylight can accommodate up to four people, but you can also opt for a package where you get a separate tent to use as a sitting room on the adjoining terrace. Group packages from ¥48,600.

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Comoriver, glamping
Comoriver, glamping
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Comoriver

Things to do Saitama

This riverside camp in Saitama makes a perfect overnight trip for anyone keen for an outdoor barbecue and a lazy afternoon by the riverside. The facility will provide you with food that’s ready to grill, though you can choose to bring your own provisions if you prefer. The tent comes equipped with semi-double beds and an abundance of pillows to keep you comfy, but there are also cabins on site suitable for stays lasting more than one night. Packages start from ¥9,800 per person. 

Hibiya Kadan, Fujino, glamping
Hibiya Kadan, Fujino, glamping
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Hibiya Kadan Relax

Things to do Sagamiko

This mountainous glamping facility in Fujino has only two luxury dome tents, and the site itself might not be very big, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be lacking in things to do. Activities on offer include coffee roasting workshops, berry foraging, woodworking classes and, of course, flower arrangement sessions to enrich your mind and soul.

As far as meals go, barbecue lovers will always have the option of grilling fresh produce over a good old fashioned fire pit, but there are also Japanese and Western-style course dinners guests can feast on. Breakfast also features a choice between Japanese or Western flavours, with both options featuring more freshly picked, pesticide-free local produce. Standard plans from ¥21,000 per person. 

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Circus Outdoor
Circus Outdoor
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Circus Outdoor

Hotels Tama area

Forget camping cots and portable lamps, the tents at this glamp site are heavily decorated with as many cushy, vintage furniture pieces as they can fit. Just remember: lounging on a plush leather loveseat under a chandelier is still glamping as long as it’s in a tent. Go all out and book a yurt that comes with a butler, or opt for a more affordable option with a barbecue dinner included in the meal plan. Packages start from ¥60,500 per person. 

Bamboo Forest, glamping
Bamboo Forest, glamping
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The Bamboo Forest

Hotels Chiba

This spot is a cross between a zoo and a glamping site, where you can rejuvenate in nature while interacting with friendly animals. In addition to the treehouse-style accommodation, there are also two types of luxury tents: a chic yurt (from ¥29,000) and a dome tent (from ¥29,000), both of which can fit up to four people. These two options provide an affordable glamping experience for larger groups looking for something more simplistic. 

Each dome or tent comes with its own private shower and toilet, so you won’t have to worry about sharing with other guests. Breakfast is a selection of western-style dishes such as yoghurt and granola, whereas dinner is a generous spread of steak, sausages and local produce to barbecue, with salads on the side. Standard plans from ¥29,600 per person.

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Tent Ichinomiya glamping
Tent Ichinomiya glamping
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Tent Ichinomiya

These cabins in Chiba are really just an excuse to have a weekend full of barbecues, but what’s not to love about slow evenings of grilling steaks by the sea? The ‘tents’ (more triangular cabins, really) are just three minutes from Ichinomiya Beach, a favourite haunt for Tokyoites who enjoy surfing, as well as Ichinomiya River, where you can catch your own fish to cook for dinner. At sundown, you can set up lanterns provided by the facility to relax on the outdoor roof deck, or try looking through the star-gazing telescope to see the moon up-close. Packages start from ¥40,000 per room. 

10217 Ichinomiya, Ichinomiya, Chosei, Chiba 

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Bub Resort

Hotels Chiba

When it comes to spending quality time as a family, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place than Chiba’s Bub Resort. The facility, which only opened in 2019, offers a boundless list of experiences for all ages, from woodworking and mochi rice pounding to after-dark nature treks and soba noodle making. After a full day of trampolining, bouldering or surfing, feast on a barbecue of local produce complete with a three-hour all-you-can-drink plan before retiring to your tent and concluding the night with a round of board games. 

The resort’s air-conditioned yurts can accommodate up to five people and you can even bring your family dog along for the ride. The facility has a 24-hour service desk should you ever need anything and staff are proficient in English and Spanish as well as Japanese. Standard plans from ¥28,600 per person.

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Skytree Town Glamping
Skytree Town Glamping
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Skytree Town Glamping

If you’re attracted to the idea of glamping but can’t bear to spend a night away from your bed, a feasible alternative might be a glamping-themed dinner on the rooftop of Tokyo Solamachi, also known as Skytree Town. This way, you can have the same experience of an outdoor barbecue or campfire stew before finishing off some cocktails in your own mini yurt before going back to the comfort of your home. Meal plans start from ¥3,650. 

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