What Camping in Japan is Like (Eating Lots of Food)

What Camping in Japan is Like (Eating Lots of Food)


Hello World! My Japanese brother-in-law and his high school friends,
along with their families, decided to go camping and invited us along. And of course, I brought my camera along as well. However, by the time we arrived at the campsite
on the first day, it was quite dark. Mummy! Why is it as if the patch is saying pitch a tent here? So the main priority was setting up the tent. It’s a Coleman instant tent, which is not unique to Japan,
but I wanted to see how instant it was. Of course pitching the tent wasn’t instantaneous,
but whadya know, it’s in fact the easiest tent I’ve ever set up. If you knew what you were doing you could get this
bad boy pitched in under five minutes. You know what? I’m going to turn this off.
I don’t need it on anymore. After that, it got really dark, and I was tired from
getting up at 4AM that day to drive, so I put the camera away. When we awoke in the morning, this was the view. We happened to go camping at the end of November, which depending on where you are in Japan,
is fairly decent weather. However, we decided to camp on top of a plateau. It made for fantastic views, but this was also officially the last weekend
the site was open, as the temperature would dip down to
around freezing during the night. As it happened, during the day we did non-camping stuff, which was visiting an outdoor theme park. And if you hopped on the train,
you’d find yourself in Canada land. My wife made me pose sadly in front of things,
but in fact, the thing I really was sad about was the price
of maple syrup and whatever this is, which is definitely not poutine. I did perk up when I saw the hill rolling section, although Shin decided to somersault it. Camping at family-friendly campground like this
provide lots of creature comforts, like flush toilets, which I forgot to take pictures of, showers, which I didn’t take a picture of because
we went to a nearby hot springs instead, wash up areas, ash disposal pits, solar powered night lights, paved roads, and the most convenient thing of all, electricity. So when I said it was cold outside,
I was telling the truth, but I also didn’t mention that at night,
we slept on top of a heated carpet. As it happened, it was soo hot that it woke me up in
the middle of night and I had to turn it down. I don’t know enough about camping to tell you
how different this Japanese campground is in comparison to where you’re from, but I did snap a few shots with my smartphone
and maybe you can pick out some things for yourself. A difference I noticed in comparison
to camping in Canada is that people bring their own fire pits. The biggest difference I saw
was the food that was prepared. It could just be that it’s my brother-in-law’s friend group, but they didn’t seem to realize we were camping
and made food just as if were warm inside a home. The previous night I didn’t pick up my camera to film, but we had food from all over the world. On the second night I was told it was going to be
a simple butter chicken dinner, but being a Japanese camping party,
that was only the beginning. Come here, it’s warm here. Do you want this one? Who wants to drink tea? Ah, it’s good. – Is it okay?
– Is it okay? Yes it’s good, nice and sweet. Thanks for the food. It is tasty. Here you are Greg-san. Give rice to the little ones please. Finish the one that’s on your plate first. – Iron grill table.
– Iron grill table. So this not only has a griddle and burner on the side, but a couple burners underneath as well. There are side slats that you can put on, and you
can also convert it to a standard table like this. – It’s a burner, see.
-Uh, yeah. Apparently, holding the blowtorch is for amateurs. The pros have a special technique. Is this really safe? – Technique.
– Technique. – Unagi restaurants use (charcoal).
– Use this. Yes. – Yakitori restaurants too?
– Yes, yakitori restaurants use this as well. What the kids are sitting on is a hot carpet. Of course, to sit in that area
you need to take your shoes off. Yes, I already took my contact lens off. – Leftover vegetables…
– What’s the name of the dish? Leftover vegetable soup. – One more?
– Sure, one more. – Tomato, yeah. Someone told me to add sesame seed oil. – Wow, it’s hot to touch.
– Drink up, drink up. – Japanese-style, right?
– Japanese-style. Right. You guys don’t grill fish and beef at the same time like this, right? I’m going to eat it. – Tasty.
– Tasty, tasty (muffled sound). I’m starting. – Can I?
– Yeah, sure. The sound effects. – Wow, it looks nice and juicy.
– Yeah, it’s good, did you try it? Hold on. – You’re adding a lot!
– Cover the meat with the vegetables so it can steam them. We’ll do a second batch. After that we’ll put sake on and steam it. It’s underneath… These are warm. Very warm! – Those are actually for feet.
– Wow, (your) idea works well. We can eat, we can eat. We’ll make onigiri as well. Yaki onigiri (charcoal grilled rice balls). Miso paste. Don’t touch it. Don’t touch it. I think it’s good. If we put it on longer it’ll burn. Ho… it’s hot. Tasty. It’s tasty. Tasty! No one has eaten this part. What do you think Ai-chan? – So?
– It’s tasty. Put boiled water into the thermos… and dilute it with hot water. Hot water first. Put in shochu. Delicious. This hits the spot. Firewood. We woke up to Fuji-san looking so spectacular again,
and I had to throw my drone up one more time. It was really nice to get together with
all the families and kids, and we even made new friends with the neighbours. The last meal was the simplest,
coffee and french toast. Can you pass me a plate? After that, it was time for the adults to pack up… And the kids to run around. Thanks for watching, see you next time, bye! What’s camping like where you’re from?

100 comments

  1. That's glamping lol. We don't bring home appliances, like rice cookers, camping with us. We gather firewood and cook over an open flame. Hot dogs, sausages, chicken, marshmallows, anything that you can put a stick in and place over the fire. I bring a single Coleman stove and make pancakes for breakfast. We don't have electricity or heated carpets when we camp. We just pitch a tent and usually camp in the summer when it's warm. We don't go to theme parks, we hike, identify animal tracks and bird calls. Learn about the types of trees in our area, go to the lake or river to fish and swim. We tell ghost stories, sing songs, play charades, and Uno. That's camping for us.

  2. A great way for everyone of all ages to experience and enjoy camping. Electric heated carpets? That’s a new level of camping luxury☺️

  3. I love this channel SOOOOOOOOOOO much!! Thank you for existing!! 🙏🙏🤘🤘💙💙💙💙💙

  4. Is the girl in yellow coat is Aiko??? I mean her face looks familiar and her height just got a bit taller

  5. Way to nice for a regular campground in Oregon. At least my part. Night lights and public electric!? A theme park next door!? No way! Looks vary fun though.

  6. Camping in japan is a enjoyable family trip. Camping in the northeastern USA, bugs everywhere, hot sunny, not electrically

  7. I'm missing Aiko and Shin. So rewatching these videos 🙄. This is my most favorite channel on YouTube

  8. I'm not surprised, most Japanese will not survive in real wildness lol like Canadians do. I am from NZ during school years we all have to take school camps every year for a week, we even had to walk half day up gruelling steep mountain with 10-15lbs backpack to our cabin and learn survival skills, we also set up our tents and learn all survival skills, in Japan they don't. Also, the Japanese campsite are protected from wild animals like bears/boars/foxes so, they don't have to worry about it.

  9. Actually in my eyes this isn't nice at all, for me camping is an outdoor experiance. The fun at camping doesn't has anything in common with luxury foods and sleeping, it depends on starting a fire without tools, stay dry during heavy rain and purify water to drink.
    Until I was 14 I had to tell my parents in wich area i was going to camp, since then (especially since i am grown up) i make my own camping tours with friends.

    I did know that very old and rich people use luxury tents and gas stoves, to be honest I don't like them.

  10. Seems like camping in Japan in this instance is much like camping here in America. Many people choose to use electricity, cook lavish meals, and enjoy some of the same comforts of home. That's not my style, but who am I to stop anyone from having a good time outdoors? The food they made was very interesting, and I'm pretty sure there was guacamole on the table as well. That family really knows how to eat!

  11. I was in Scouts growing up and thats where I did my camping. So it wasnt 'glamping' but we often did have more equipment and hands to do things then roughing it campers do.Also we were younger at the time and by the time my friends and I were older we were often volunteering and helping run things at the big camps which meant we slept in the cabins and had a mess hall to eat at (A perk for those who choose to run events instead of pertake in them). We cooked 'hotdog bombs' and tinfoil dinners (both things that you wrap up and throw into the fire pit to cook) and of course normal hotdogs/smores on sticks but that was mostly during winter camps. Summer camping usually meant fire bans due to dry weather so we used propane camp stoves and grittles. Burgers, chicken, chilli, sometimes Tacos were all common camping foods. Our one leader cool camping toaster device so we also got toast at breakfast along with the eggs and meat. We often slept in tents and when we did sleep in a cabin it was a still on the floor with a wood burning stove for warmth. To stay warm my best friend and I would put our bed rolls together and lay out the thickest sleeping bag under us with the other thinner, but still super warm since its the Canadian prairies in the winter, on top along with our inner linning blankets. Then we have extra barriers from the cold beneath us as well as extra body heat warming us. It worked really well. …. man I miss camping.

  12. Reminds me of our family outings. We Indians in South Africa take everything with us. The entire kitchen, spice rack and all! Precooked Breyani for the first night.

  13. In Ukraine we've got camping since the first university grade. All the time it's simple and easy meal. Mostly fish from cane we meak fish burgers. If we stay longer than couple night, it can be some meat from cane with noodels, rise, etc. Lots of black and herbs tea, rarely cofee.
    Would love to partisipate some time!

  14. The first video of yours that I watched was the breakfast video that your daughter presented. I can’t believe how big she’s gotten now. Your family is beautiful and you must be very proud

  15. i love winter because of camping its so fun.
    here in Saudi Arabia we make grilled corn ,potatoes with butter and salt, milk chocolate, coffee and pancakes and more but we families don't stay for the night because its so cold plus not safe because of animals

  16. it’s nice that the kids also help with food. usually when camping here, the adults do the work and the kids all run off to swim or get thorns in their butts from falling on cactus

  17. Ahh, Mt. Fuji. Because of the bad weather, we weren't able to climb to the top and I haven't even seen him in all his glory because of all the clouds :-/

  18. Thank you for your videos! I homeschool my 10 year old and we are studying Japan right now, your videos have been a hit in our house. Both of my boys want to move to Japan one day. Thanks, Amanda in Texas 😊

  19. When you got invited to this throw down it was an honor. These people must really like you. Best camping I have ever seen.

  20. Ive never seen so much food in one night… I would've died in the first couple meals! Also love your channel keep making great vids!❤️💖

  21. Hey its not a ugly side by side of tons of campers that cost more than my car and student debt combined. I grew up going to northern Michigan where the campsites actually had trees and whatnot separating each plot. But there are hardly tent campers and sometimes these rvs are way too big. This actually seems… nice?

  22. This isn't camping. This is just slightly better than sleeping outside in your backyard here in the U.S. And we never call that camping. Go truly camping in the wild outdoors, in a remote part of Japan, without all these creature comforts. Then you can claim that as camping.

  23. I'm laughing where I go camping there are no flush toilets no electricity only bears and mountain lions the one thing you make sure you bring is a very large gun

  24. Coming from someone who's literally walked from the top of the US to the bottom of the US (Appalachian Trail), and camped with only the supplies on my back every night for 5 months, I see absolutely nothing wrong with integrating luxuries, great food, and family gathering fun into your camping experience. Why "elitist" campers talk down on "glamping", I will never understand.

  25. this is pretty hardcore glamping. Not there's anything wrong with that. You do what makes it a great experience. It's not my cup of tea per se but I think it's cool that manga and anime like yuru camp is opening up young people to the more simplistic aspects of camping. I'm not sure the character but there's this old man that periodically shows up in the anime and I kind of relate more to his style.

  26. You will see a lot of glamping which is glamourised camping. Different folks, different strokes.
    Beware of mountains and rivers especially in Hyogo. There are ticks that carry the bacteria Rickettsia which if bitten results in Japanese Spotted Fever . In America it’s known as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
    If you don’t receive treatment it is fatal.
    However Japan has the most beautiful hideaway spots for camping.
    For free camping it may be difficult to distinguish between government land and private land, but if it there aren’t any signs indicating so, you should be fine.
    Wildlife you may encounter are deer, boar , bears , monkeys, stoats, snakes.
    Avoid summer. You won’t be able to sleep due to humidity.
    Don’t expect to find much grass.
    You will more than likely camp on hard dirt.
    Oh, after a week in hospital with Japanese Spotted Fever I’m nearly recovered and am looking forward to getting back out there.
    Happy 😃 camping ⛺️ folks.

  27. I was surprised when we camped at our first Fuji Rock 3 years ago. We only brought essentials but the Japanese have tables and chairs, cooking stove, alcohol, lighting fixtures and a karaoke machine. But then again, it’s expensive to fly and lug so much items for the festival but we were still surprised. Was jealous in the morning when the brew their own coffee outside our tent. Now our setup and gear from this year is becoming like what Japanese usually brings and wears in Fuji Rock. Camping is definitely fun in Japan with public baths around the area. Not to mention the food choices available.

  28. That is some seriously fancy glamping. Too bad you can't wander into the woods with an ax, knife, tarp, cot, and a few other very minimal tools. Snaring rabbit is always okay, so dressings are whatever edible plants and roots you can find.

  29. Wow! How fun for everyone. Camping in Texas is very different. We like to camp in an RV (recreational vehicle) sometimes. Other times, we like to drive out to far west, east, or south Texas and camp in a tent. They're called "primitive sites" because there is no electricity or people for many miles. You usually have to backpack in, but there are a lot of sites you can drive up to and do more camping like you're used to. When we go RV camping, it's like having a small house at your campsite. Loved your video.

  30. Instead of a blowtorch, I'd bring a newspaper. Section it out, roll it up tight, and snake it through your starter logs. Does take a bit longer to get started, I'll admit, but is very useful for outdoor fire pits and in-home fireplaces.

  31. Looks a lot like camping here in Ohio except I think your food is a lot better 😉 I'd like one of those heated carpets for my house. Best idea ever

  32. This is similar to how our mexican family camps in California 😅 we don’t travel lightly. It’s a lot of work but the experience makes it worth it. Two months in Yokosuka (first time) that’s why I’m watching your videos. 🤗

  33. This is dumb, but shouldn't you ask 'what is/are stuff where you live?' BEFORE you say 'bye-bye!' I mean after 'bye'bye' there is only you, leaving.

  34. Those are all regular home meals, but I bet they tasted 10x better outside in the cold and wilderness. What a great way to enjoy yakisoba!!!

  35. Great group of friends. As far as the differences between Canadian camping and Japanese, I'd say the camp sites were really close together and the proximity to civilization was also fairly close. However, I'm sure you could find similar rural camping if you looked, and Hokkaido is probably similar to Canadian rural get aways. Food looks great! Thanks for showing off Coleman products to Japan. Funny, I've never seen electric carpets for camping, we generally use well insulated sleeping pads, such as the kind made by Thermarest and their later competitors.

  36. Bathers should be required to prove good health (no communicable diseases) before being permitted to use an Onsen. I can't imagine getting in that water.

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