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5 Glamping Spots Around Osaka: Enjoy Stylish Stays Fit for the Whole Family

5 Glamping Spots Around Osaka: Enjoy Stylish Stays Fit for the Whole Family

Date published: 14 May 2022

Recently, glamping has become all the rage among nature-lovers in Japan! This outdoor activity offers luxurious resort-style stays in tents and cottages. What's more, it doesn't require any setup or food prep, letting you enjoy all the best parts of camping without the usual hassles!

We will introduce glamping facilities that are easy to access from Osaka and Kyoto, such as Awaji Island's Grand Chariot Hokuto Shichisei 135° and Iseshima's scenic Kabuku Resort. Stay in a stylish tent or cottage while delighting in delicious cuisine, hot springs, and other various activities!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Kabuku Resort (Mie Prefecture): Relax your body and mind with extravagant BBQ and Finnish sauna
  2. 2. Grand Chariot Hokuto Shichisei 135° (Hyogo Prefecture): Boasting beautiful views and a one-of-a-kind dining experience!
  3. 3. Grax Hanare Kyoto Rurikei (Kyoto Prefecture's Nantan City): Comfortable vacation villa in the Great Outdoors
  4. 4. Sky Dome Hannan (Osaka Prefecture): New glamping facility that overlooks Osaka Bay
  5. 5. Glamp Element (Shiga Prefecture): Enjoy an All-Inclusive Getaway

1. Kabuku Resort (Mie Prefecture): Relax your body and mind with extravagant BBQ and Finnish sauna

Nearby Ichigohama - a secret beach spot among surfers in Kansai!
Nearby Ichigohama - a secret beach spot among surfers in Kansai!

The entirety of Mie Prefecture's Shima City can be found inside Ise-Shima National Park. Scattered in and around this city's bay is a series of islands.

Here also lies the nature-rich glamping complex, Kabuku Resort. Situated a mere 15 minutes away from Kintetsu Railway's Ugata Station, it's right next to Ichigohama - Strawberry Beach!

In April 2022, Kabuka Resort reopened as a wellness retreat-enabling its guests to enjoy overnight glamping as well as day-stay BBQ trips.

In addition to offering free usage of its pool and skateboarding area, each tent comes with its own sauna! Made with Owase Hinoki cypress, these original saunas are also available to those staying just for the day.

Each tent has its own Finnish sauna
Each tent has its own Finnish sauna

This facility is offering a one-night, two-day package deal to commemorate its renewal.

With meals and a sauna included, deals start from 23,000 yen per person (each tent fits two to four people, and packages are 30% off until June 2022)!

Though sauna temperatures are maintained at a lower than usual 60 to 70 degrees Celsius, you're sure to work up a sweat when partaking in Löyly - a method of creating steam by throwing aromatic water on hot stones.

This package also comes with a drum can bath experience! These are enjoyed by filling a drum can with water, starting a fire, and waiting for it to heat up until it's time to bathe.

With staff helping you build the fire and the facility lending you all necessary supplies, it's a fun activity that even beginner campers can enjoy!

A BBQ pergola protected by a plastic curtain
A BBQ pergola protected by a plastic curtain
For the BBQ, fresh ingredients fished by an Ama diver through freediving, as well as one of Japan's finest beef brands - Matsusaka beef - are prepared!
For the BBQ, fresh ingredients fished by an Ama diver through freediving, as well as one of Japan's finest beef brands - Matsusaka beef - are prepared!

In taking countermeasures against Covid-19, a pergola has been prepared for guests to enjoy their BBQ dinner safely! Here lies a spread of freshly caught seafood, beef, chicken, and miso paste-covered pork.

Furthermore, you can make mini mayo and corn pizzas on a cast-iron skillet using stones from the sauna (this cooking class is available until June 2022).

Sinking your teeth into a freshly baked pie after working up a sweat in the sauna is a rejuvenating experience like no other!

On top of amenities such as face towels and shampoos, this accommodation also comes with a lantern!
On top of amenities such as face towels and shampoos, this accommodation also comes with a lantern!

The facility's luxurious tent comes with a bed, air conditioning, heating, and a fridge. Through using translation devices, services that accommodate foreign guests are also offered.

One such guest commented: "Being surrounded by a starry sky while a bonfire blazed was an unbelievably healing experience."

Health & Safety Measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken in tents, guest houses, powder rooms, kitchen areas available at the facility, stabilized chlorine dioxide available at Cafe Kubuka - Air purifiers set up at reception facilities - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place – Temperature taken upon check-in - Staff wear face shields/masks, wash hands, disinfect, gargle, and take their temperature - Guests who feel unwell are refrained from staying at the hotel - Masks required/temperature and health check enforced - Restrictions on room service (entry) for staff

  • Kabuku Resort
    Kabuku Resort
    • Address 876, Agochoshijima, Shima, Mie 517-0504
    • Phone Number 0599-77-7369
    • ・Hours: Check-in 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Check-out 10:00 a.m.
      ・Rates: One-night, Two-day Tent Package with meals and sauna, 23,000 yen per person (fits two to four people, includes tax and service fees) etc.

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2. Grand Chariot Hokuto Shichisei 135° (Hyogo Prefecture): Boasting beautiful views and a one-of-a-kind dining experience!

The best place to experience this island's star-filled sky!
The best place to experience this island's star-filled sky!

Located in the southernmost area of Hyogo Prefecture is Awaji Island. Nestled in-between Japan's Shikoku region and Japan's main island of Honshu, this isle floats in the Seto Inland Sea. This area is home to Nijigen no Mori, a theme park in Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park centering around anime, technology, and nature.

At the theme park's most elevated point, you'll find Grand Chariot Hokuto Shichisei 135°. This facility is around an hour's drive from Osaka Prefecture and a 30-minute drive from Kobe Prefecture.

As its name suggests, it's situated at 135 degrees longitude-which is also the Japan Standard Time Meridian. This facility offers stays at comfortable villa-style accommodations.

Enjoy the gentle breeze as Akashi Strait's blue waters and Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge - the world's largest suspension bridge - stretches out before you.

The cocoon-like guest rooms fit one to four guests. With dinner and breakfast included, prices for two people booking a one-night stay at the Kaze no Cocoon will start at 45,980 yen (including tax) per person.
The cocoon-like guest rooms fit one to four guests. With dinner and breakfast included, prices for two people booking a one-night stay at the Kaze no Cocoon will start at 45,980 yen (including tax) per person.

Offering spaces filled with aromatic and warm wood, there are 23 guest rooms called cocoons. Besides the standard villa-style rooms, six character rooms are available! These include the Crayon Shin-chan room, Ora no Cocoon; the Dragon Quest room, Slime no Cocoon; the Hello Kitty room, Hello Kitty Star Cocoon; and the Naruto room, Hokage Villa.

Some of the rooms even allow you to stay with your beloved pet!

There are staff who speak English, Chinese, and Korean stationed at the facility (for those who would like an interpreter, please let staff know when making a reservation), Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire facility.

Meals can be enjoyed at a restaurant where light pours through the large windows.
Meals can be enjoyed at a restaurant where light pours through the large windows.
With the Awaji Beef Sankai Tomato Sukiyaki meal, you can enjoy delicious cuisine that incorporates special Awaji beef as well as the island's onions.
With the Awaji Beef Sankai Tomato Sukiyaki meal, you can enjoy delicious cuisine that incorporates special Awaji beef as well as the island's onions.

Chef Hal Yamashita, winner of the world's best chef award at the highly-acclaimed World Gourmet Summit, has produced the restaurant's menu.

Some of the mouth-watering dishes served include Awaji Beef Sankai Tomato Sukiyaki as well as a creamy sea urchin hot pot using top-quality red sea urchin from Yura.

Additionally, creative Japanese courses that use Awaji Island's best ingredients are also a superb option! Ingredients in these courses include Awaji beef - an elegantly sweet, marbled brand of beef that melts at the temperature of body heat, as well as eel and fresh vegetables cooked in a Japanese cast-iron pot.

Shown above is an enzyme bath made using a blend of beautifying rice bran and aromatic Hinoki cypress sawdust.
Shown above is an enzyme bath made using a blend of beautifying rice bran and aromatic Hinoki cypress sawdust.

Chariot de Esthetic is a luxurious, private spa facility that has both an enzyme bath and sauna. Furthermore, in the evenings, we recommend stopping by Hoshizora no Bar to enjoy original cocktails inspired by the 12 constellations.

Some comments from foreign guests include: "We were able to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine in a new way.", and "We were moved by the staff's incredible hospitality."

Health & Safety Measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken - Sanitizer installed in lobby, restaurants, and in front of elevators - Front desk procedures shortened - Installation of partitions/plastic sheets at the front desk - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place - Staff wear face shields/masks, wash hands, disinfect, gargle, and take their temperature - Humidifier and disinfectant installed in all guest rooms - Guests who feel unwell are refrained from staying at the hotel - Masks required/temperature and health check enforced - Restrictions on room service (entry) for staff

3. Grax Hanare Kyoto Rurikei (Kyoto Prefecture's Nantan City): Comfortable vacation villa in the Great Outdoors

Out of the ten accommodation facilities available, seven are standard villas, one is the Tsukiyo Terrace villa which offers a telescope for stargazing, and two come with their own private sauna.
Out of the ten accommodation facilities available, seven are standard villas, one is the Tsukiyo Terrace villa which offers a telescope for stargazing, and two come with their own private sauna.

Rurikei River Valley Hot Spring's glamping facility, Grax Hanare Kyoto Rurikei, is located in Kyoto's southern region of Nantan City. With the area being vibrant with nature, it's known for growing kyoyasai, Kyoto's local vegetables.

It takes around an hour to access by car from either Osaka or Kyoto City. Grax Hanare Kyoto Rurikei has received many positive reviews due to offering a rare glamping experience in Kyoto's great outdoors.

Each accommodation facility has a gas stove (air conditioners are available in the spring and summer) as well as a projector with a DVD player.
Each accommodation facility has a gas stove (air conditioners are available in the spring and summer) as well as a projector with a DVD player.
Grax Hanare Kyoto Rurikei also has a common space called Takibi Terrace.  Here, a fire burns from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Grax Hanare Kyoto Rurikei also has a common space called Takibi Terrace. Here, a fire burns from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

At the Grax Hanare Kyoto Rurikei, glamping vacation villas (fits two to five guests, prices start at 16,500 yen per person for a group of five) have been especially popular!

With enough space for the whole family, this two-bedroom accommodation comes with a kitchen, bath, bathroom, and minibar! Each villa has a private deck, and some even offer additional glamping tents or private saunas! Enjoy a stay that enables you to unwind completely!

All villas offer Wi-Fi.

Offering seasonal menus!
Offering seasonal menus!

Each accommodation facility comes with a gas grill and an appliance/cooking instruction manual, leaving beginner campers entirely at ease! What's more, guests can choose between two full-course BBQ dinners that offer appetizers, mains, and more.

For those who want to enjoy the hot springs, Rurikei River Valley Hot Spring's main building is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (last admissions are at 10:30 p.m.).
For those who want to enjoy the hot springs, Rurikei River Valley Hot Spring's main building is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (last admissions are at 10:30 p.m.).

A short walk from Grax Hanare stands Rurikei River Valley Hot Spring's main building, Rurikei Onsen for Rest Resort. Here, glamping villa guests can enjoy the hot springs for free! In addition to the communal bath, there's a body zone (swimwear zone), pool, and relaxation room!

Facilities at this hot spring village will keep you entertained from the moment you check in until the time you check out! We especially recommend stopping by the year-round light installation held at Kyoto Illumination Synesthesia Hills.

Foreign guests commented: "This nature-filled facility makes it hard to believe you're in Kyoto! We think that it's a new way to enjoy staying in this prefecture."

Health & Safety Measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken - Sanitizer installed in lobby, restaurants, and in front of elevators - Front desk procedures shortened - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place - Staff wear face shields/masks, wash hands, disinfect, gargle, and take their temperature - Guests who feel unwell are refrained from staying at the hotel - Masks required/temperature and health check enforced - Restrictions on room service (entry) for staff

  • GRAX HANARE KYOTO・RURIKEI
    GRAX HANARE 京都・るり渓
    • Address 1-14 Okouchihirotani, Sonobe, Nantan City, Kyoto 622-0065
    • Phone Number 0771-65-5001
    • ・Hours: Check-in starts from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Check-out is until 11:00 a.m.
      ・Rates: Glamping vacation villas are 16,500 yen per person (price for five guests, including tax, service, and entry fees) etc.

4. Sky Dome Hannan (Osaka Prefecture): New glamping facility that overlooks Osaka Bay

With an altitude of 140 meters, this facility offers a sweeping nightscape of Osaka.
With an altitude of 140 meters, this facility offers a sweeping nightscape of Osaka.

In March 2022, Sky Dome Hannan opened in Osaka's southwest region of Senshu. Home to Kansai International Airport, this area serves as the entryway to Japan's Kansai region.

In addition to Sky Dome Hannan being only an hour away from Osaka City, it's also on the grounds of the Hannan Sky Town Observatory Green Area.

This lets guests to enjoy the best nightscapes in Senshu, even offering views of far-away Awaji Island and Kobe Prefecture. Don't forget to enjoy Hannan City's sunset as it's been selected as one of the "Top 100 Sunsets' of Japan"!

Dining areas and bathrooms are set up next to the tents.
Dining areas and bathrooms are set up next to the tents.
Dome tents equipped with air-conditioning and heating are the epitome of comfort!
Dome tents equipped with air-conditioning and heating are the epitome of comfort!
Equipped with air conditioning and heating, guests can reserve one dome tent per party.
Equipped with air conditioning and heating, guests can reserve one dome tent per party.

This is the first large-scale glamping facility in Osaka that offers a total of 12 accommodation facilities as well as many dome tents. Here you'll also enjoy a view of the entire prefecture! For the dome tents, four types are available.

Some options include the largest dome tent in Japan with a diameter of ten meters, a 100 square meter, pet-friendly dome tent that comes with its own dog park, and a dome tent with a personal jacuzzi. Standard dome tents have a diameter of seven meters (fits two to five people), with prices starting at 22,220 yen per person. This is for a one-night, two-day package that includes meals!

All accommodation facilities have Wi-Fi.

Here you can enjoy a Naniwa Black beef sirloin steak! Usually only available at luxury hotels, this beef is acquired from the Osaka black beef breeding facility, Matsusaka Farm.
Here you can enjoy a Naniwa Black beef sirloin steak! Usually only available at luxury hotels, this beef is acquired from the Osaka black beef breeding facility, Matsusaka Farm.

During the outdoor BBQ, you can delight in beloved ingredients from the Senshu area. Some of these include the Senshu water eggplant and onion as well as Naniwa Black beef and octopus. Enjoy an extravagant BBQ meal like no other!

Additionally, those who want to bring their own ingredients can choose the "without meal package." If two guests book this deal for one accommodation facility, prices start from around 13,420 per person.

Keep your mood lifted by enjoying activities such as bouldering and hiking!
Keep your mood lifted by enjoying activities such as bouldering and hiking!

Sky Dome Hannan will keep you entertained with its outdoor bouldering facility, a short hiking trail that takes you up to the observatory, and an outdoor Russian sauna tent! There are also private campfire spaces at each tent to enjoy, ensuring a full day of fun!

Health & Safety Measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken - Disinfectant sprays available in each room - Front desk procedures shortened - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place - Staff wear face shields/masks, wash hands, disinfect, gargle, and take their temperature - Guests who feel unwell are refrained from staying at the hotel - Masks required/temperature and health check enforced - Restrictions on room service (entry) for staff

  • SKY DOME HANNAN
    SKY DOME阪南
    • Address 8-1-1 Momonokidai, Hannan City, Osaka 599-0236
    • Phone Number 072-476-1216
    • ・Hours: Check-in starts at 3:00 p.m., Check-out is at 10:00 a.m.
      ・Rates: Seven-meter dome tents are 22,220 yen per person (one-night, two-day stays for two people, including tax) etc.

5. Glamp Element (Shiga Prefecture): Enjoy an All-Inclusive Getaway

Encompassing the lake are a total of 15 guest facilities.
Encompassing the lake are a total of 15 guest facilities.

Glamp Element is a large-scale glamping facility situated in the foothills of Mount Ibuki. Chosen as one of the "100 famous mountains in Japan", this alp can be found nestled in-between Shiga and Gifu Prefecture.

When driving from Kyoto or Osaka, it takes approximately 15 minutes on Meishin Expressway's Maibara Interchange. There's also a free shuttle bus (reservations required) leaving from Maibara Station or Omi-Nagaoka Station, making it an easy spot to access.

What's more, Glamp Element is located inside Maibara City's Green Park Santo - a leisure facility on the northeastern side of Shiga Prefecture. With its abundant nature, superb location, open space, and views of a vast lake, you're sure to have an absolutely unique and luxurious experience!

What's more, the accommodation facilities are environmentally friendly, taking inspiration from the four elements both in its design and color schemes (red, yellow, green, blue).

Because they're said to be representative of ancient alchemy - you'll even find gold, iron, and lead motifs. Stays at this facility will relax all of your senses.

Elemental Bar (open from 7:00 p.m. until last orders at 10:30 p.m.) serves over 120 kinds of drinks!
Elemental Bar (open from 7:00 p.m. until last orders at 10:30 p.m.) serves over 120 kinds of drinks!
Each accommodation facility comes with a canoe to enjoy views from the lake! We recommend taking a row in the evening.
Each accommodation facility comes with a canoe to enjoy views from the lake! We recommend taking a row in the evening.

A characteristic of Glamp Element is that meals, drinks, and activities are all included in the accommodation fee! For example, a four-person stay at the facility's lotus tent would come to about 23,595 yen per person (during regular seasons).

Included are drinks at Elemental Bar, desserts and coffee at the cafe lounge, free usage of Green Park Santo's bathing facility, Kamoikeso, as well as activities such as canoeing and minigolf! This enables you to fully enjoy your stay without having to worry about additional payments.

The largest accommodation at this facility is this two-story villa that fits up to six people.
The largest accommodation at this facility is this two-story villa that fits up to six people.

Glamp Element has a total of 15 accommodation facilities that all surround the lake. Keeping guests' privacy in mind, each villa is spaced out generously. You're sure to find something that you absolutely love with options such as luxurious two-story villas with outdoor decks as well as wooden cabin-style accommodations offering breathtaking views of Mount Ibuki!

The lotus tents and raindrop tents, which made its first debut in Japan in 2018, can be found on the Mount Ibuki-side of the facility, whereas the dorm tents are located on the opposite side of the lake.

When the sun goes down and each villa is lit from the inside, a mystical atmosphere takes over the entire area!

English-speaking staff are on-site, and all facilities have Wi-Fi.

Comments from a foreign guest include: "Staff service was extremely pleasant. Also, the stars were so beautiful! I won't forget looking up at the night sky while enjoying some drinks."

Enjoy a meal outdoors made using a staub - an iron-cast skillet from France's Alsace region.
Enjoy a meal outdoors made using a staub - an iron-cast skillet from France's Alsace region.

Another perk is the private dining-style dinner served by the concierge at each accommodation's private deck.

Enjoy an indulgent menu of an eight-appetizer platter, a seasonal fish and clam acqua pazza, and skewered Japanese black beef sirloin! What's more, for an additional 1,210 yen, you can upgrade the Japanese black beef sirloin to an Omi beef skewer.

With a kid's menu also available, this is an experience the whole family can enjoy!

Health & Safety Measures
Indoor disinfection measures taken - Sanitizer installed in lobby, restaurants, and in front of elevators - Front desk procedures shortened - Installation of partitions/plastic sheets at the front desk - Disinfected after each guest leaves - Ventilation measures in place - Staff wear face shields/masks, wash hands, disinfect, gargle, and take their temperature - Humidifier and disinfectant installed in all guest rooms - Guests who feel unwell are refrained from staying at the hotel - Masks required/temperature and health check enforced - Restrictions on room service (entry) for staff

  • GLAMP ELEMENT
    グラン エレメント
    • Address 60-1, Ikeshita, Maibara City, Shiga 521-0221
    • Phone Number 0749-55-3755
    • ・Hours: Check-in starts at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Check-out is at 11:00 a.m.
      ・Rates: Lotus tent per room per person, 23,595 yen (for 4 persons, including tax and service charge. Consumption tax and service charge are included.) Etc.

Here we have introduced glamping facilities in the Kansai region where you can enjoy nature, camping, and BBQing!

All of these sites offer amenities you would find at luxury hotels, amazing hospitality, and an opportunity for beginner campers to indulge in the great outdoors. Why not take a relaxing trip to one of these extraordinary locations?

Text by: Efeel
*The information in this article is from April 2022. For updated information, please refer to each official website.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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