Sato Auto Campground of Firefly - Hokkaido

Sato Auto Campground of Firefly (ほたるの里オートキャンプ場) is the nearest campsite to the famed Horoshin Spa of Numata. It is located at 612 Horoshin in the town of Numata in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

ほたるの里オートキャンプ場
Sato Auto Campground of Firefly

Sato Auto Campground of Firefly details

If you're looking for a tranquil getaway surrounded by nature, Sato Auto Campground of Firefly in Hokkaido is the perfect destination. The lush greenery of the Horoshin district provides an idyllic setting for your vacation.

Sato Auto Campground of Firefly - Numata town, Hokkaido Prefecture

The campground is open from early June until September and offers a variety of accommodation options, including campsites and cottages. Reservations are accepted by phone from the second Monday of April and can be quite competitive, so be sure to book early to secure your spot.

Administration Building

Administration Building

A miniature water wheel display

Sato Auto Campground of Firefly map

Upon reservation, customers receive a confirmation postcard, which should be brought along on the day of arrival. If you cannot arrive by 6:00 pm, be sure to contact the campground to avoid losing your booking.

Check-in is from 2:00 pm and check-out is by 11:00 am. It's important to note that traveling in or out of the camp by car is restricted after 9:00 pm, so plan accordingly.

Sanitary Building

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Sanitary Building






Sato Auto Campground of Firefly is a nature lover's paradise. There are hiking trails and even a firefly village to explore during the summer months. With fresh mountain air and stunning views, it's easy to rejuvenate your mind and body during your stay. If you visit in July then you would surely be able to see the Firefly Festival which is held every Saturday, Sunday, and public holiday from early July every year.

The Administrative Building and the cottages as seen from the Sanitary Building

Part of the campsite as seen from the Sanitary Building

Cottages

Lastly, the campground's central location also makes it a great base for day trips to nearby attractions such as the Numata Fossil MuseumKlaus No. 15 Steam Locomotive, and Horopiri Lake.

Team Nicerio at Sato Auto Campground of Firefly







My family and I camped at Sato Auto Campground of Firefly from the night of September 9 to the morning of September 10, 2022, as part of our September 9-11 Road Trip. It was my 312th and 313th day in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. Sato Auto Campground of Firefly was our jump-off point for our southeastward trip to the Sorachi Subprefecture. Our stay was quite memorable as we were one of the three campers who stayed there. Since we pitched our tent near the Horoshintachibetsu River, we enjoyed the relaxing sound of its flowing water. Overall, the place is quite pricey for overnight camping but then again if you are coming to see the fireflies it’s worth it.

Sato Auto Campground Fees:

Cottage 

Up to 2 people: ¥7,000
Up to 3 people: ¥9,500
Up to 4 people: ¥11,500
Up to 5 people: ¥13,500
Up to 10 people: ¥15,000

Camper site

Special rate (excluding the months of July and August)
3,000 yen
5,000 yen from July until August

Private Car Site

Special rate (excluding the months of July and August)
2,000 yen
3,000 yen from July until August

Sato Auto Campground Operating Hours:

The season runs from early June through late September.
Check-in begins at 14:00
Check-out is at 11:00 the next day


Why stay at the Sato Auto Campground of Firefly?

Sato Auto Campground of Firefly is the perfect destination for nature lovers looking for a peaceful retreat. It’s also one of the best places to stay if you want to experience the outdoors or are attending the Firefly Festival. With plenty of activities and nearby attractions, you're sure to have an unforgettable vacation in Hokkaido. Don't forget to reserve early during the peak season to avoid disappointment!

Getting to Sato Auto Campground of Firefly

 

To get to the Sato Auto Campground of Firefly, you have several options depending on your starting point. Here are the estimated travel times and routes from different locations:

From Asahikawa: Take Route 12 and drive for approximately 60 minutes to reach Klaus 15 Steam Locomotive.

From Fukagawa: Follow Route 233, and it will take you around 30 minutes to reach Klaus 15 Steam Locomotive.

From Rumoi: Take Route 233 as well, and it will take you approximately 40 minutes.

From Sapporo: Drive on Route 275, it will take you around 120 minutes.

Please note that these travel times are estimates and can vary depending on traffic conditions and other factors. It's always a good idea to check for any road closures or delays before embarking on your journey.

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