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Why Japan is one of the best camper van spots in the world

Why Japan Might Just be, the Best Place for Camper Van Travel


Japan is uniquely suited for Campervan travel, its arguably the best place in the world for it. Here are our top six reasons why to choose a camper van trip in Japan:

Six Reasons why a campervan is the best way to see Japan:

1. The Hot Springs Bath Houses

Japan has over 30,000 bath houses dotted all over the land, which you pay just a few hundred yen to use, these baths beat any bathroom. A decent portion of them also allow you to book private rooms ahead.

2. Network of Road Side Stations “Michi-no-eki” throughout Japan

Japan has built a network of roadside stations which are commonly used by campervans and RVs in Japan as free sleep spots, they have clean toilets, baths and even restaurants and are usually in very convenient locations.

Here is a video we made about one:


3. Freedom – Campers allow you to be spontaneous


Travel where the weather is good or go with the flow as you check out various small towns or spots around countryside Japan. Traditionally if you are going to have a vacation in Japan it requires a lot of pre-planning of transport, accommodation and so forth. Camper Vans remove this hurdle.


4. Some of the World’s Best Driving Roads


Its a really fun place to drive and explore, and once you get away from Tokyo the roads get quiet and very scenic.  


5. Affordable Compared to Hotels and Bullet Trains


In Japan you pay for hotel rooms per person, and although the bullet train can be a great deal for going to Kyoto and a few other great cities, many of the best spots in Japan are much more easily accessed by car.


6. The van is your locker, your changing room, your kitchen, your nap space and your dining room


Take the stress out of your trip. A massive amount of vacation time is wasted dragging a suitcase around and checking into one hotel after another, people want to spend less time in hotels and more timing experiencing this amazing country.


So now hopefully you get why this is a great country for travelling by camper van. 

Continue reading to find out why DreamDrive is the camper van company for you 🙂

Why Choose Dream Drive

1. Unlock a Deep Japan Experience

People love camper vans because of the freedom they offer to get off the beaten path where the trains, buses and planes can’t go. Parking is a breeze and city driving isn’t stressful. You will see the Japan other traveler’s dream of. Also, we provide interesting recommended places from our team and other travellers as well as the support needed to help you if you get into trouble.

2. Clear, All-Inclusive Pricing

We keep our pricing clear and simple and ensure to include all the insurance, bedding and camping equipment travels need to be spontaneous and problem free. Our vans can be booked instantly on our website. Our rates are competitive with other motorhome/RV companies/camper van companies, and even hostels and hotels.

3. We Custom-Build Every Campervan

Every van is built at our depot in Tokyo with love and attention. The designs are improved and optimized from customers feedback and our own experience. We take pride in what we build and adapt each van over time to ensure the best customer experience possible.

4. Fuel Efficient and Carbon Positive

Spend half as much on gas in a camper van compared to an RV. Our fleet is off-set with the help of Offset Earth, and we also write off the carbon created by friends booking overseas making us the most fuel-efficient camping car company in Japan. 

5. Space-Efficient Campers

The way we design the camper vans is to balance space vs comfort. Our aim is that people will not fell like they are sleeping in a car or even an average camper van. We want them to feel like home. We also make sure there is plenty of storage space for suitcases and so forth without sacrificing drivability.

6. It’s Super Comfy

We use hotel grade bedding and memory foam mattresses. Our customers are a mix of experienced Campers and people using them for the first time. We always hear from the experienced campers that our beds are the best they have used in a van.

So don’t delay, book today!


Avid camper, family of 5, long term resident of Japan and founder of Dream Drive