What Camping in Japan is Like (Eating Lots of Food)

What Camping in Japan is Like (Eating Lots of Food)

Hello World! My Japanese brother-in-law and his high school friends,
along with their families, decided to go camping and invited us along. And of course, I brought my camera along as well. However, by the time we arrived at the campsite
on the first day, it was quite dark. Mummy! Why is it as if the patch is saying pitch a tent here? So the main priority was setting up the tent. It’s a Coleman instant tent, which is not unique to Japan,
but I wanted to see how instant it was. Of course pitching the tent wasn’t instantaneous,
but whadya know, it’s in fact the easiest tent I’ve ever set up. If you knew what you were doing you could get this
bad boy pitched in under five minutes. You know what? I’m going to turn this off.
I don’t need it on anymore. After that, it got really dark, and I was tired from
getting up at 4AM that day to drive, so I put the camera away. When we awoke in the morning, this was the view. We happened to go camping at the end of November, which depending on where you are in Japan,
is fairly decent weather. However, we decided to camp on top of a plateau. It made for fantastic views, but this was also officially the last weekend
the site was open, as the temperature would dip down to
around freezing during the night. As it happened, during the day we did non-camping stuff, which was visiting an outdoor theme park. And if you hopped on the train,
you’d find yourself in Canada land. My wife made me pose sadly in front of things,
but in fact, the thing I really was sad about was the price
of maple syrup and whatever this is, which is definitely not poutine. I did perk up when I saw the hill rolling section, although Shin decided to somersault it. Camping at family-friendly campground like this
provide lots of creature comforts, like flush toilets, which I forgot to take pictures of, showers, which I didn’t take a picture of because
we went to a nearby hot springs instead, wash up areas, ash disposal pits, solar powered night lights, paved roads, and the most convenient thing of all, electricity. So when I said it was cold outside,
I was telling the truth, but I also didn’t mention that at night,
we slept on top of a heated carpet. As it happened, it was soo hot that it woke me up in
the middle of night and I had to turn it down. I don’t know enough about camping to tell you
how different this Japanese campground is in comparison to where you’re from, but I did snap a few shots with my smartphone
and maybe you can pick out some things for yourself. A difference I noticed in comparison
to camping in Canada is that people bring their own fire pits. The biggest difference I saw
was the food that was prepared. It could just be that it’s my brother-in-law’s friend group, but they didn’t seem to realize we were camping
and made food just as if were warm inside a home. The previous night I didn’t pick up my camera to film, but we had food from all over the world. On the second night I was told it was going to be
a simple butter chicken dinner, but being a Japanese camping party,
that was only the beginning. Come here, it’s warm here. Do you want this one? Who wants to drink tea? Ah, it’s good. – Is it okay?
– Is it okay? Yes it’s good, nice and sweet. Thanks for the food. It is tasty. Here you are Greg-san. Give rice to the little ones please. Finish the one that’s on your plate first. – Iron grill table.
– Iron grill table. So this not only has a griddle and burner on the side, but a couple burners underneath as well. There are side slats that you can put on, and you
can also convert it to a standard table like this. – It’s a burner, see.
-Uh, yeah. Apparently, holding the blowtorch is for amateurs. The pros have a special technique. Is this really safe? – Technique.
– Technique. – Unagi restaurants use (charcoal).
– Use this. Yes. – Yakitori restaurants too?
– Yes, yakitori restaurants use this as well. What the kids are sitting on is a hot carpet. Of course, to sit in that area
you need to take your shoes off. Yes, I already took my contact lens off. – Leftover vegetables…
– What’s the name of the dish? Leftover vegetable soup. – One more?
– Sure, one more. – Tomato, yeah. Someone told me to add sesame seed oil. – Wow, it’s hot to touch.
– Drink up, drink up. – Japanese-style, right?
– Japanese-style. Right. You guys don’t grill fish and beef at the same time like this, right? I’m going to eat it. – Tasty.
– Tasty, tasty (muffled sound). I’m starting. – Can I?
– Yeah, sure. The sound effects. – Wow, it looks nice and juicy.
– Yeah, it’s good, did you try it? Hold on. – You’re adding a lot!
– Cover the meat with the vegetables so it can steam them. We’ll do a second batch. After that we’ll put sake on and steam it. It’s underneath… These are warm. Very warm! – Those are actually for feet.
– Wow, (your) idea works well. We can eat, we can eat. We’ll make onigiri as well. Yaki onigiri (charcoal grilled rice balls). Miso paste. Don’t touch it. Don’t touch it. I think it’s good. If we put it on longer it’ll burn. Ho… it’s hot. Tasty. It’s tasty. Tasty! No one has eaten this part. What do you think Ai-chan? – So?
– It’s tasty. Put boiled water into the thermos… and dilute it with hot water. Hot water first. Put in shochu. Delicious. This hits the spot. Firewood. We woke up to Fuji-san looking so spectacular again,
and I had to throw my drone up one more time. It was really nice to get together with
all the families and kids, and we even made new friends with the neighbours. The last meal was the simplest,
coffee and french toast. Can you pass me a plate? After that, it was time for the adults to pack up… And the kids to run around. Thanks for watching, see you next time, bye! What’s camping like where you’re from?

100 thoughts on “What Camping in Japan is Like (Eating Lots of Food)

  1. My camping is certainly not as glam. I'm more the wild camping type. Then again I don't have the in-laws and all the kids in tow.


  3. For someone who's used to "roughing it" when camping, this looks so luxurious. I'm more used to camping with just a smaller tent, no electricity, basic sleeping bag, thin sleeping pad and a portable gas stove. The campsite itself looks kinda similar to Finnish sites (apart from the obvious difference in geography and nature), even though I mostly have camped outside camping sites. Also as an ex-girl scout I got used to roughing it – and a really "close to nature" camping is still more to my preference than like renting a lodge or a caravan.

  4. That was so wholesome, I loved it <3

    I recently drove down to Wilson's Prom in Australia for a 5 day hiking trip. The hike itself was great and the view was beautiful (despite it raining most of the time), but when it came to food it left a lot to be desired.
    A 1kg zip-lock bag of trail mix, a compact gas burner and an array of cup soups and gross dehydrated meals.

    Honestly after watching this I kind of want to go camping with friends just to cook and eat good food together. xD

  5. Family camp is so fun, that's why we doing this can be 3 times in a year. In my country we call this Glamping or glamor camping. Renting place is including food/bbq, tent, camp fire setup, electricity, or anything else can be required if u doing event in campsite

  6. The children's mother is still a mystery…Why she doesn't come to interact as well???? M so curious 😂😂😂…But ya their food is awesome and healthy…Less oily tasty…good

  7. That was a very interesting Road! I’m in the USA, we cook different food when we camp, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and Corn on the cob. Most people are more adventurous with food than I am! 😂 Your hot floor is a nice touch, especially since you sleep at ground level. Most people stop camping in October in the Northern States, that’s when many campgrounds close for the year. Some Campgrounds have Electricity, but it’s usually for the Motorhomes and Travel Trailers.

  8. This camping in Japan, is very different from camping in the USA. We normally, have no heating pad, or multiple charcoal stoves, but the food you had, looked awesome! That is a thought for me to re-think camping here. Thank you for the new ideas. Is it possible to link the heating pad use in this video? That is a great idea for the tent.

  9. This video should be shared with the starving populations of the world. Whether it is Venezuela, Africa, urban USA poor, rejoice, say goodbye to hunger and hello to camping!

  10. Lots of food!
    And plastic, excessive packaging and styrofoam… being close to nature should have another meaning and teach kids diferently.

  11. That's glamping lol. We don't bring home appliances, like rice cookers, camping with us. We gather firewood and cook over an open flame. Hot dogs, sausages, chicken, marshmallows, anything that you can put a stick in and place over the fire. I bring a single Coleman stove and make pancakes for breakfast. We don't have electricity or heated carpets when we camp. We just pitch a tent and usually camp in the summer when it's warm. We don't go to theme parks, we hike, identify animal tracks and bird calls. Learn about the types of trees in our area, go to the lake or river to fish and swim. We tell ghost stories, sing songs, play charades, and Uno. That's camping for us.

  12. A great way for everyone of all ages to experience and enjoy camping. Electric heated carpets? That’s a new level of camping luxury☺️

  13. I love this channel SOOOOOOOOOOO much!! Thank you for existing!! 🙏🙏🤘🤘💙💙💙💙💙

  14. Is the girl in yellow coat is Aiko??? I mean her face looks familiar and her height just got a bit taller

  15. Way to nice for a regular campground in Oregon. At least my part. Night lights and public electric!? A theme park next door!? No way! Looks vary fun though.

  16. Camping in japan is a enjoyable family trip. Camping in the northeastern USA, bugs everywhere, hot sunny, not electrically

  17. I'm missing Aiko and Shin. So rewatching these videos 🙄. This is my most favorite channel on YouTube

  18. Definitely not the kind of Canadian camping that I do . All I can say is way to many conveniences to be called camping to me.

  19. I'm not surprised, most Japanese will not survive in real wildness lol like Canadians do. I am from NZ during school years we all have to take school camps every year for a week, we even had to walk half day up gruelling steep mountain with 10-15lbs backpack to our cabin and learn survival skills, we also set up our tents and learn all survival skills, in Japan they don't. Also, the Japanese campsite are protected from wild animals like bears/boars/foxes so, they don't have to worry about it.

  20. Actually in my eyes this isn't nice at all, for me camping is an outdoor experiance. The fun at camping doesn't has anything in common with luxury foods and sleeping, it depends on starting a fire without tools, stay dry during heavy rain and purify water to drink.
    Until I was 14 I had to tell my parents in wich area i was going to camp, since then (especially since i am grown up) i make my own camping tours with friends.

    I did know that very old and rich people use luxury tents and gas stoves, to be honest I don't like them.

  21. Seems like camping in Japan in this instance is much like camping here in America. Many people choose to use electricity, cook lavish meals, and enjoy some of the same comforts of home. That's not my style, but who am I to stop anyone from having a good time outdoors? The food they made was very interesting, and I'm pretty sure there was guacamole on the table as well. That family really knows how to eat!

  22. I was in Scouts growing up and thats where I did my camping. So it wasnt 'glamping' but we often did have more equipment and hands to do things then roughing it campers do.Also we were younger at the time and by the time my friends and I were older we were often volunteering and helping run things at the big camps which meant we slept in the cabins and had a mess hall to eat at (A perk for those who choose to run events instead of pertake in them). We cooked 'hotdog bombs' and tinfoil dinners (both things that you wrap up and throw into the fire pit to cook) and of course normal hotdogs/smores on sticks but that was mostly during winter camps. Summer camping usually meant fire bans due to dry weather so we used propane camp stoves and grittles. Burgers, chicken, chilli, sometimes Tacos were all common camping foods. Our one leader cool camping toaster device so we also got toast at breakfast along with the eggs and meat. We often slept in tents and when we did sleep in a cabin it was a still on the floor with a wood burning stove for warmth. To stay warm my best friend and I would put our bed rolls together and lay out the thickest sleeping bag under us with the other thinner, but still super warm since its the Canadian prairies in the winter, on top along with our inner linning blankets. Then we have extra barriers from the cold beneath us as well as extra body heat warming us. It worked really well. …. man I miss camping.

  23. Reminds me of our family outings. We Indians in South Africa take everything with us. The entire kitchen, spice rack and all! Precooked Breyani for the first night.

  24. In Ukraine we've got camping since the first university grade. All the time it's simple and easy meal. Mostly fish from cane we meak fish burgers. If we stay longer than couple night, it can be some meat from cane with noodels, rise, etc. Lots of black and herbs tea, rarely cofee.
    Would love to partisipate some time!

  25. The first video of yours that I watched was the breakfast video that your daughter presented. I can’t believe how big she’s gotten now. Your family is beautiful and you must be very proud

  26. i love winter because of camping its so fun.
    here in Saudi Arabia we make grilled corn ,potatoes with butter and salt, milk chocolate, coffee and pancakes and more but we families don't stay for the night because its so cold plus not safe because of animals

  27. it’s nice that the kids also help with food. usually when camping here, the adults do the work and the kids all run off to swim or get thorns in their butts from falling on cactus

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