Kanagawa Contributor, Nathan Hoernig, wrote an article on "Camping at Motosuko Lake & Mt. Fuji" in 2012. Between his story and the recommendation of our local MWR Outdoor Recreation Center on base, we decided to set a date for our first camping trip in Japan! Nathan covered everything spot on, but as a female I just wanted to add a few more things: 1) Shared restroom facilities are immaculate. No shower stalls, but they’re equipped with clean toilets, sinks and mirrors. 2) Campground store carries basic camp supplies such as gas cylinders, candy, liquor, beer, ice, and firewood. So, load up your vehicle and coolers in advance and be prepared to pay for items in cash onsite. 3) Bring your soap and sponges if you need to clean anything. Large community sinks are available throughout the site. 4) Is there wildlife? Our group encountered a visit from a fox, but the little guy didn’t do any harm. It walked away after sniffing around. You’ll want to secure food and beverage up tightly.
Overall, it was an unforgettable experience especially after stargazing at the lake and waking up to the majestic Mt. Fuji. Be sure to visit the north shore of Lake Motosuko to admire the same sight of Mt. Fuji as it is designed and printed on the 1,000yen bill!
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Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Japan for 4-1/2 years and now I am currently based out of Honolulu, Hawaii. In December 2010, I arrived in Yokosuka with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also ended up going back to California for one month, raised a small monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured a few phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the United States could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. After all, I wanted them to know that all of the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as JapanTravel.com to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here on JapanTravel. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶