How will you spend the holidays with family and friends in the coming season? One fun way that comes to mind is to enjoy a barbecue during your travel. While going to the mountains or riverside is of course fun, having a barbecue at the beach watching the gentle ocean waves is also exceptionally fine. Recently we heard about a stylish campsite on Awaji Island that has been the talk of the town because it is convenient even for a day trip from Osaka or Kobe, so we decided to check it out.
Just like a tropical paradise! The much-talked-about stylish campsite
The campsite we visited was the First Class Backpackers Inn.AWAJI, commonly called FBI Awaji, located right in the middle of Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture. Camping aficionados in the Kansai region have long enjoyed the Funase Campgrounds on Awaji Island and recently they worked together to transform it into a remodeled campsite with cabins.
Outside the Awaji Island beach house
There is a wooden deck with a fine view of the sea. This is a good place to kick back and listen to the sound of the waves and enjoy yourself as though you were at a resort.
The beautiful Seto Inland Sea is all yours! Enjoy a beach BBQ
The main attractions of this campsite are its stylish atmosphere and beautiful beach! The Funase Coast, one of Awaji Island's most famous beaches, is not so wide and is shallow for a considerable distance making it ideal for children, so scuba diving and wakeboards are prohibited.
The beach area on this coast can be enjoyed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. which makes it ideal for a day camp with barbecue. If you make a reservation at least three days in advance, all the food and barbecue equipment will be prepared for you. So there is no need to take anything with you to enjoy a barbecue.
If you make a reservation in advance, this is what you will find waiting for you.
Awesome! It looks like a scene out of a movie! Everything you need is waiting for you underneath the canopy that will shade you from the sun. You are free to relax here as long as you want between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
We used what was provided by the campsite, but you may bring your own things if you prefer. That way you can set up your barbecue site anyway you like.
The main BBQ set (food) we ordered costs 3,000 yen per person (photo is a set for two people; normally orders are for four or more people). In addition, there is a set with appetizers that costs 5,000 yen. Drinks can be ordered separately. Of course, you can also bring your own food.
Just looking at everything will make your mouth water! Let’s get the grill fired up.
Having two types of seasoned beef was a good selection adding a bit of variety to the meal.
Listening to the sound of the waves while enjoying deliciously barbecued meat is a luxurious way to spend time.
And there was more to come, too!
In addition to the meat and vegetables there was also this Dutch oven. After letting it cook on the grill for a while...
All the preparations for the BBQ set are made just by the cooking staff of the facility and the arrangement and seasoning are GOOD! The rice in this paella is so imbued with flavor from the ingredients, that even if you feel full from the rice and vegetables you’ve already eaten, you’ll still find room for this.
Totally satisfying! After the paella now you will be full! After enjoying the barbecue you can either relax under the canopy, perhaps taking a siesta, or play on the beach; maybe even go fishing.
If you wish to stay later than 5:00 p.m. you may do so by paying a late check-out charge (300 yen per person). So if you want to linger longer after the barbecue, perhaps to watch the sun set or to enjoy a campfire under the stars, this is also possible. The time you spend on Awaji Island will definitely be memorable!
Use it for a special occasion! Introducing the new Premium BBQ Deck
A new barbecue space was introduced in May 2017: the Premium BBQ Deck.
Two wooden decks with barbecues exclusively for day camp use have been newly established in the Sea View Area, a hill facing the sea in the Beach Area along the coast. The use of these decks is limited to one group per day per deck; these are a level up from the previously mentioned facilities.
The decks are more stylish and also have special barbecue sets. They are on a higher ground than the beach and thus afford a greater view of the horizon.
The rental fee is 10,000 yen per person, which includes the fee for the grill, table, chairs, and facility, and a deck can accommodate four to eight people, which makes it perfect for special VIP events. It is perfect for birthdays and other anniversaries.
This day camp which can be used in various ways is perfect for groups who want to get away and do something together. The location is perfect for enjoying the company of good friends in a relaxing atmosphere.
Overnight camping is also recommended! Unique cabins and stylish tents
For our report we only did the day barbecue, however, if you want to stay longer, then consider staying overnight. You may of course bring your own camping gear, but the facility has well-appointed cabins and stylish tents which are popular.
There are six cabins and four stylish tents in total. Here are two of the most popular.
The FRISBY is a cozy cabin with a fish scale shingled roof and galvanized iron walls in a vintage style that can accommodate four people. The color scheme is very pop in style!
When you go outside...
There is a wooden deck with a hammock and a great view of the horizon! You can barbecue here and it’d be the perfect place for night with friends.
This is the stylish tent JERRY. The furnishings inside this cotton tent, which was imported from Belgium, include table and chairs. There are also double beds and there is a space for grilling under the outer canopy equipped with barbecue grill and dining table, all designed to give you an authentic camping experience. There are also toilets and coin showers. This is the perfect place for a carefree and relaxing break from the ordinary.
Reservations for the cabins and stylish tents need to be made at least two months in advance. During the summer season they become fully booked, so you need to make reservations well in advance.
This fashionable campsite near the sea is unlike any other barbecue and campsite and will certainly leave you with many wonderful memories after you visit. Come with family or friends when you have the chance!
BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT CAMPING & CABIN First class Backpackers Inn.AWAJI (FBI Awaji)BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT CAMPING & CABIN First class Backpackers Inn.AWAJI（FBI淡路）
- Address 2359 Torikaiura, Goshiki-cho, Sumoto City, Hyogo Prefecture
- Phone Number 0799-34-0900
Business hours (for inquiries): 10:00 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m.
Closed: Thursday in April, May, June, October; closed for winter from November to March * May vary depending on the year
◎ Day camp with BBQ
Hours: 10:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. * Late check-out charge of 300 yen per person. Inquire the same day whether it is possible or not
Charges (tax included): BBQ Set (for food): 3,000 yen or 5,000 yen per person (for 4 or more people), facility usage fee: 1,200 yen per adult, 600 yen per child (aged 4 through elementary school age), parking: 1,000 yen per vehicle; rental fees for barbecue equipment, canopy, table, chairs, etc. are separate
* For details please visit the website or inquire at the facility.
* All prices mentioned include tax.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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