Sobama Beach Campground

Put up your tent next to a sandy beach on Sado Island

By Alena Eckelmann    - 3 min read

If you are looking for a place to escape, ideally on a remote island and ideally involving a remote beach, then you might want to check out Sobama Campground on Sado Island.

This beach that stretches out for several kilometers along the southwestern side of Sado Island is said to be the island’s BEST amongst Sado’s ten swimming beaches.

If you are up for more adventure and less comfort, then drive past the hotels, inns and pensions that you will also find on Sado and instead pitch your tent at the beach. A great swim all day long, a nice place for a barbeque with friends or family and an excellent sunset awaiting you.

You don’t need to be fully equipped with camping gear to enjoy a stay at Sobama Campground. There are rental tents available which will be put up for you upon reservation with the Sobama Campground office. There are 4-person tents and 6-person tents for rental and their rental fees are very reasonable: 1,700 yen/night for the former and 2,500 yen/night for the latter. In addition, there comes a cleaning and service fee per person (adults: 300 yen; children aged 3 to 11 150 yen).

Of course, you may also bring your own tent but you still need to register with the campground office before pitching your tent. The tent site fee for your own tent is 600 yen/night for a 1-person tent, or 1,200 yen/night for a 2-person or more person tent. In addition comes the afore-mentioned cleaning and service fee per person. It truly can’t get any cheaper than that!

To ensure safety for swimmers and water lovers, a Shinto Safety Prayer Ceremony is held at Sobama and all the other swimming beaches on Sado. Well, if this does not assure you, then let me tell you that they have the conventional safety measures at beaches, like a lifeguard station and wave-break enclosures, in place too.

The campground is right by the beach, just a small road and some bushes separate the two. Some of the tents are under the shade of trees if you prefer it less hot. Of course, there are shower and toilet facilities and a small cafeteria where you can buy ice cream, soft drinks and beer, hot ramen or a sandwich. It is manned by an ever-friendly elderly lady who keeps the cafeteria open later in the evening if there is demand for her services.

This campground is only a short car or bus ride from Ogi Town where in August each year Kodo taiko drummers and their guests enjoy the Earth Celebration, a taiko and music festival that attracts droves of taiko fans from Japan and from around the world.

During the three days of the festival a round-trip bus makes a number of trips between Sobama campground and the EC Information Centre in Ogi.

During other times, it is best to have your own means of transportation, be it a car, a motorbike or a bicycle. A parking area for cars and motorbikes is nearby. The bicycle can be parked right by your tent.

The big minus of Sobama Beach Campground is that they are open for business for only one month, roughly from July 15 to August 20.

Well, there is always next season when you can start your day with a refreshing swim in the sea and finish it with a barbeque while watching the sunset at Sobama.


- Sobama Campground Office

Tel: 0259-86-2363 (Japanese only)

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Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Founder of Kii Monogatari, my story and the story of the Kii Peninsula of Japan. Originally from East Germany, I came to Tokyo, via Berlin and London, in 2005. In summer 2011 I moved by choice to remote Kumano in the south of the Kii Peninsula where I live, work and play now, and explore every day.The whole of the Kii Peninsula is a Healing Hub for me with its abundance of forest, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, the ocean, friendly rural communities and sacred places. This is where nature meets spirituality, and tradition meets sustainability, the new paradigm for travel post-pandemic. My deep interest is in Japanese nature & spirituality. I love being in nature, in the forest and in the mountains, and I love spending time at temples and shrines.  I am building my life and my work around these two passions. I am a Licensed Forest Therapy (Shinrin Therapy) Guide and a Licensed Kumano Kodo and Koyasan Guide. I am also a Licensed Retreat Facilitator and I am planning retreats on the Kii Peninsula. Last but not least, I have been the Japan Travel Partner for Wakayama and Yamagata since the conception of the platform in 2011! These two prefectures are close to my heart because they are the centers of Shugendo, a spiritual tradition of mountain ascetism. I am a Shugendo Practitioner for over ten years now and received Tokudo in 2016 at a Shugendo temple on Yoshinoyama. Please kindly connect via my Facebook Page Kii Monogatari. Take care, keep well, stay safe! 

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Novia Mardasari 7 months ago
The blue color very nice!
Bianca Antunes 7 years ago
Thanks for the article. Is very clear.
I wanted to contact them, but I cannot find a way. Do you know how to get in contact with them to book ahead, for Earth Celebration? Phone calls are just in English?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Joe Kelley 8 years ago
Great article. I've stayed there twice for earth celebration. The beach is nice but my only complaint is both times our reservation dates got confused and there is no convenience store close by.