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Camping Sites on the Oki Islands

    • Ama Town
    • Nishinoshima Town
    • Okinoshima Town
    • Summer
    • Spring
    • Autumn
Camping Sites on the Oki Islands

Camping has begun appealing to more and more people, offering the prospect of spending time in nature and going at your own pace. (Some people have also been inspired by the fun anime series “Laid-Back Camp”!) The four Oki Islands each have their own campgrounds where you can set up a tent or enjoy a barbecue, with some even offering equipment for rent. Come enjoy refreshing island camping!

Let’s start by looking at the campgrounds on the largest of the four Oki Islands, Dōgo (Okinoshima Town).

Index

  1. Campgrounds on Dōgo (Okinoshima Town)
  2. Campgrounds on Nishinoshima Island (Nishinoshima Town)
  3. Campground on Nakanoshima Island (Ama Town)

Campgrounds on Dōgo (Okinoshima Town)

Kaiyō Sports Center, featuring the largest sandy beach on the Oki Islands

Kaiyō Sports Center, featuring the largest sandy beach on the Oki Islands

An array of camping gear and BBQ equipment are available for rent at Kaiyō Sports Center. Enjoy a more luxurious experience than your typical camping, with equipment such as a Dutch oven, campfire gear, a progector, an underwater camera, and more.

With the special set plan, all the essential camping gear is included, and the staff will prepare the tent for you. You can show up empty-handed and enjoy a relaxed camping experience. The sea that spreads before your eyes remains shallow about 100 m out from the shore, allowing even small children to play in the water safely.

Activities are available including sea kayaking and rental stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Guided kayak tours exploring caves or enjoying the sunset are quite popular! Other guided activities are also offered, including hiking nearby Mt. Takata or a nature walk. Here you can enjoy the mountains and the sea to your heart’s content!

Access: 20 min by car from Saigō Port; 20 min by car from Oki Airport
Facilities: Running water, toilets, warm showers (JPY 200), parking area

Prices:
・Tent site usage fee: 1 night JPY 500 per person
・BBQ set (includes grill and tongs): JPY 1,000 per set per night
・Charcoal JPY 1,000 per box (3 kg); Firewood JPY 500 per box
・”Comfortable Set”: 1 night from JPY 28,000
・”Easy Set”: from JPY 4,000 etc…

Reservations/Contact: Kaiyō Sports Center TEL: 08512-6-2050
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Nakamura Campground, boasting blue sea and a white sandy beach

Nakamura Campground, boasting blue sea and a white sandy beach

Nakamura Campground features the beautifully serene view of blue sea and white sand, as a beach with a swimming area lies right at hand.
Also on the premises is a small restaurant Sazae-mura, where you can try a unique Oki Islands specialty cuisine called sazae-don, a dish of turban shell over a bowl of rice. The soft-serve ice cream here is a popular item, so be sure to try it before it sells out!

Access: 30 min by car from Saigō Port, 30 min by car from Oki Airport
Facilities: Running water, toilets, showers, restaurant with light meals, parking area
Prices: Admission JPY 300 per person, rental tent JPY 1,500 per tent
Sazae-mura (Restaurant): Open 10:00–14:30 (summer hours 10:00–16:00), Closed Wednesdays
Reservations/Contact: Sazae-mura TEL: 08512-4-0611

 

Check out this article about Oki’s summer cuisine!

Nakamura Campground, boasting blue sea and a white sandy beach

Tatsugi Campground, where mountains and sea come together

Tatsugi Campground, where mountains and sea come together

Here at Tatsugi Campground, the sea spreads before your eyes as Mt. Kinbu rises behind you, surrounding you in the nature of both mountains and sea.
At night, feel at ease as the comforting sound of waves reaches you even while surrounded by mountains, providing a truly luxurious experience.

A swimming beach lies only a 5-minute walk away, with a small shop open during the day in summer.

Access: 15 min by car from Saigō Port, 25 min by car from Oki Airport
Facilities: Running water, toilets, showers, cooking area, parking area
Price: JPY 300 per person
Reservations/Contact: Oki Sanki TEL: 08512-2-3848 (or through the inquiry form on our website)

Tatsugi Campground, where mountains and sea come together

Mimoza Campground, adjacent to paradise-like Jōdogaura Coast

Mimoza Campground, adjacent to paradise-like Jōdogaura Coast

Located right beside Jōdogaura Coast, a name which means “paradise bay,” is Mimoza Campground. Surrounded by forest and the interweaving sounds of waves and nature, you can enjoy a refreshing camping experience far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

In addition, a popular restaurant run by local islanders opens here only in the summer, where you can enjoy seafood and other local cuisine of the Oki Islands!

Access: 40 min by car from Saigō Port, 50 min by car from Oki Airport
Facilities: Cooking area, toilets, warm showers (JPY 200), parking area
Prices: Usage fee per tent per night: JPY 1,100 for up to 4 people, JPY 1,650 for 5 or more people
Reservations/Contact: Okinoshima Town Office, Fuse Branch TEL: 08512-7-4311 (or through the inquiry form on our website)

Mimoza Campground, adjacent to paradise-like Jōdogaura Coast

Geo Resort Symphony, a unique experience of having a resort nearly all to yourself

Geo Resort Symphony, a unique experience of having a resort nearly all to yourself

A hidden place where you can play in nature and return to yourself.
Immerse yourself in a world surrounded by the raw scenery of the mountains and sea.

Access: 40 min by car from Saigō Port, 50 min by car from Oki Airport

Facilities: Picnic & Campsite (Mountain Side)
5 tent sites, running water, warm showers, changing rooms, hair dryer available (JPY 200 per person), shared cooking area, toilets
Prices: Bring your own tent, JPY 1,000 per night (one tent up to 4 persons), JPY 1,500 per night (one 5-person tent)

Facilities: Slow-Paced E-Campsite (Sea Side)
7 tent sites, searchlight, running water, warm showers, changing rooms, hair dryer available (JPY 200 per person), toilets, table, sink area, cooking stove, electricity available
Prices:
With Electricity: Bring your own tent, JPY 3,000 per night (one tent up to 4 persons), JPY 3,500 per night (one 5-person tent)
Without Electricity: Bring your own tent, JPY 2,000 per night (one tent, up to 4 persons), JPY 2,500 per night (one 5-person tent)

Special Activities: Sea kayaking, trekking, fishing, cruising, campfire, etc. Experience a world you can only find here.

Reservations/Contact: Geo Resort Symphony TEL: 08512-7-4009 (or through the inquiry form on our website)
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Kichiura Campground, available in summer only

Kichiura Campground, available in summer only

In July and August, the sea area around Kichiura Campground becomes a special “liberated zone,” where you are allowed to dive for sazae turban shell and other sea creatures, and enjoy the summer flavors of the Oki Islands.

*Caution: Normally it is illegal to harvest sazae etc. without a license. Please refrain from doing so except when and where a “liberated zone” is explicitly indicated.

This campground also features a beautiful sunset view, and is located only 10 min by car from the Rōsoku-jima Sightseeing Boat, one of Okinoshima Town’s most popular tourist activities.

Access: 40 min by car from Saigō Port, 40 min by car from Oki Airport
Season: July–August
Facilities: Running water, toilets, showers, parking area
Prices: Admission JPY 500 per person; usage fee JPY 1,500 per tent site; rental tents JPY 1,500 per tent
Reservations/Contact: Kichiura Campground TEL: 08512-5-2475 (or through the inquiry form on our website)

 


 

Places to buy ingredients and necessities in Okinoshima Town

Island Supermarkets
・Sunterrace ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.
・Himari ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.
Meat Shops
・Oki Seiniku-ten ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.
Fresh Fish
There are many fish shops near the port, and you can also buy fresh fish at the supermarkets.
Daily Necessities
・Drugstore Wellness (Okinoshima StoreThis will open in a new tab. Saigō StoreThis will open in a new tab. )
There are also many small, local shops where you can buy what you need.

 

Next, let’s take a look at the campgrounds on the three Dōzen Islands—starting with Nishinoshima Island (Nishinoshima Town).

Campgrounds on Nishinoshima Island (Nishinoshima Town)

Shimane-bana Auto Campground, overlooking the Dōzen Caldera

Shimane-bana Auto Campground, overlooking the Dōzen Caldera

The only auto campground in the Oki Islands, Shimane-bana Auto Campground offers an excellent location for viewing the Dōzen Caldera.

What is the Dōzen Caldera?
The three Dōzen Islands were formed by volcanic activity long ago. They were once one volcanic island. As a result of eruptions, the central part became hollow and caved in, creating a depression that sea water later flowed into to create the inner sea. The islands make up the outer ring of this terrain known as the Dōzen Caldera.

The tent sites are equipped with an AC power source, and other facilities are available nearby including warm showers. This campground allows for a comfortable camping experience.

Access: 10 min by car from Beppu Port
Season: 1 May–31 October *Advance reservation is recommended.
Facilities: Cooking area, toilets, warm showers, parking area, AC power source
Prices: Overnight campsite JPY 4,000; Daytime campsite JPY 2,000
Reservations/Contact: TEL: 08514-6-0023 (or through the inquiry form on our website)

Mimiura Campground, a campground right by the sea

Mimiura Campground, a campground right by the sea

Mimiura Campground is located in the Mimiura area, in the center of Eastern Kuniga Coast. A pebble-covered shore lies right in front of the campground, making it a perfect place to stay in the heart of summer. Come here to get away from civilization and spend a relaxing time by the sea.

Access: 15 min by car from Beppu Port
Season: Mid-July–Mid-August
Facilities: Running water, toilets, warm showers, changing room, parking area
Price: JPY 1,000 per tent
Reservations/Contact: Nishinoshima Tourism Association TEL: 08514-7-8888 (or through the inquiry form on our website)

 


 

Places to buy ingredients and necessities in Nishinoshima Town

The island’s one and only supermarket
・Yours Kodama Dōzen Store ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.
Located on the route to Shimane-bana Auto Campground

A small shop with a surprising array of goods
・Matsunoya ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.
Located on the route to Mimiura Campground

Fresh Fish
・Nishiwaki Fish Store ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.
・Amakusa Fish Store ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.

Campground on Nakanoshima Island (Ama Town)

Akiya Campground, featuring the romantic Heart Rock

Akiya Campground, featuring the romantic Heart Rock

Akiya Campground is located on Akiya Coast, the home of the heart-shaped rock which has become a popular attraction for couples. Enjoy the view of the sea as it glimmers an emerald green, or take a dip in the nearby beach. On the horizon you can even see the islands of Okinoshima Town.

Access: 20 min by car from Hishiura Port
Facilities: Running water, toilets, warm showers (only mid-July–mid-August), cooking area, parking area
Price: Free
Reservations/Contact: Ama Town Tourism Association
TEL: 08514-2-0101 (or through the inquiry form on our website)

 


 

Places to buy ingredients and necessities in Ama Town

Fresh Fish
Fish can be purchased at Dairyō, a fish shop located inside Hishiura Port’s Kinnyamonya Center.
・Dairyō ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.

Meat Shops
You can purchase meat at Oki-gyū-ten, a yakiniku restaurant located right by Hishiura Port.
・Oki-gyū-ten ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.

Vegetables
Vegetables can be found in Shan’yama, located inside Hishiura Port’s Kinnyamonya Center, or at a shop on the way to the campground.
・Shan’yama ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.

Daily Necessities
You can buy what you need at the island shops, but some are closed on the weekends. When you arrive on the island, we recommend checking with the local tourism association to be sure.
・Ama Town Tourism Association ≫Google MapsThis will open in a new tab.

Akiya Campground, featuring the romantic Heart Rock

As we find ourselves exhausted from everyday life, sometimes even a fun vacation won’t completely rid us of that tired and gloomy feeling.

For times like that, what better way to relax and refresh than a laid-back camping experience in the healing arms of nature? The campgrounds of the Oki Islands are waiting for you!

 

 

Text translation by Katrina