Got a ¥1,000 bill on hand? This peaceful lakefront features the same view of Mt Fuji depicted on the Japanese banknote. The Koan Camping Ground, which features both tent lots and cabins, doesn’t require any trekking to get to. So you can just pull up with your car, unload your hammock, portable barbecue and whatever other gadgets you’ve got, and set up camp in style. You’ll also have access to proper toilets and a communal kitchen.
When you’re not grilling sausages by the campsite, you can squeeze into a wetsuit for a freshwater diving or windsurfing lesson, or light up handheld fireworks – an essential summer pastime in Japan – to add some sparkle to your weekend getaway.
Best time to go: Early spring to late autumn