Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground - Hokkaido

Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground (稚内森林公園キャンプ場) is a free campsite on top of a hill overlooking Wakkanai City. This campsite is located at 1 Chome Central in Wakkanai City, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground

Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground details

The Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground covers roughly 50 hectares, whereas the tent site covers approximately 10,000 m2. It can accommodate around 100 tents.

Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground - Wakkanai City, Hokkaido Prefecture

The campground's grounds include two arbors, two kitchens, and two restrooms. These are free to use and properly maintained as a result of the local government efforts and the disciplined campers who use them.


Wakkanai Forest Park map

As previously stated, the Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground is free to use, thus there is no need to make a reservation. It also does not have a manager in charge, but it is cleaned by locals during the day. But, before you go, make sure to check the Wakkanai City website for updates on bear activity in the region, because the camp is closed anytime there is a bear sighting. Here's the 👉LINK👈.

Pictures of Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Grounds 

That is the toilet of Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground



The free-to-use grill and gazebo. It's a first-come first-use facility. 

We pitched our tent at the southwestern edges of the camping ground

This is probably the best spot to camp as it has an awesome view of the city. It's at the eastern edge of the camping ground

There is a walking path on the eastern side of the camping ground. However, there were some cases of bear sightings in this area.

My daughter and I went on an early morning stroll along the walking path.

The walking path on the eastern side of the park

Heads up though, unlike most camping grounds here in Hokkaido that have a nearby onsen, the nearest onsen to Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground is the Wakkanai Onsen Dome which is about 9 kilometers away.

Team Nicerio at Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground




My family and I camped at Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground for the first time last August 13, 2022, my 41st weekend here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. It was the 2nd day of our 5-day Drive Up North road trip. The campsite parking area was jam-packed when we arrived. Luckily there was one last spot available when we arrived. The prime camping spots were all taken though so we pitched our tent at the northern edge of the camping ground. In a way, I was a bit anxious as there was a bear sighting in the area a month prior. There were also mosquitos and noisy children playing even at night. Regardless, it was still an enjoyable stay. Who would complain about a clean free campsite right?

Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground Fees

It’s FREE to camp at Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Grounds. Parking is FREE as well but it’s on a first come first serve basis. The parking lot has a capacity of about 40 cars and about 15 motorcycles. No need for reservations.

Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground Operating Hours

Camping Season: May 1st to October 31st

You can camp at any time of day, but parking is limited, so make sure to arrive early.


Why camp at Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground?

Firstly, the experience comes without a price tag, making it an economical choice for those seeking a budget-friendly adventure. Secondly, nestled in the pristine landscapes of Northern Hokkaido, this camping ground stands out as one of the premier choices in the region.

What sets this camping area apart is not just its affordability, but also the unparalleled natural beauty that surrounds it. Positioned strategically within the park, there is a dedicated area that offers a breathtaking panorama of the cityscape and the tranquil expanse of Soya Bay. Immerse yourself in the serenity of nature while enjoying a front-row seat to the scenic wonders that unfold before you.

Getting to Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground

 

The best way to reach Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground is by private vehicle. Heads up though, you need to drive uphill to reach the campsite. Regardless, there is a paved road and parking area.

Please follow the signboards to reach the camping grounds

If you don't have a vehicle, you can go to Wakkanai Forest Park Camping Ground via taxi or on foot because there is no public transit there. From Wakkanai JR Station, the campsite is approximately 3 kilometers away.

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