Autumn Camp in Katsuyama: Utsukushii Mori Camp Ground

Autumn Camp in Katsuyama: Utsukushii Mori Camp Ground

Hola amigos. It’s Autumn! What’s in Autumn? Camping! So I would like to share our autumn camp in Katsuyama, Maniwa City (Okayama Prefecture) this time.

Autumn Camp in Katsuyama: Utsukushii Mori Camp Ground

Katsuyama is in the same Maniwa City where Hiruzen is, however it’s like 60 minutes away by car. Since it is run by Maniwa City, rates are reasonably low (1,000 yen for a tent space/night) and it has other facilities like bungalows as well. Reservation is required (Call or visit the city office. Check information below).

It is like a 30-minute drive from JR Chugoku-Katsuyama Station, pretty much in the middle of the mountain but looks well maintained with full of nature still! There is famous Kanba Falls on the way. We would like to stop by later on.

We brought our own tent. Basically we can set it up anywhere we feel like.


At night, I felt a bit afraid hearing animals barking but turns out, it was all cool. Perhaps I was overthinking (hehe).


Morning! It was still October but quite chilly already….(shaking). Let’s get warmed up with hot coffee! By the way, payment can be done at the visitor center.



Name Utsukusi Mori Camp Ground (勝山美しい森キャンプ場)

By bus (from JR Chugoku-Katsuyama Station)

Catch a bus to Hiruzen Kogen (蒜山高原 (休暇村前) Hiruzen/Kuse route) and get off at Mio. (It costs 200 yen)

453-1 Sugatani Maniwa City, Okayama

Contact Number 086-744-2927
Website Camp Site Page (in Japanese Only)


City office

Name Maniwa CIty Office in Katsuyama (真庭市役所 勝山振興局 地域振興課)
Access 319 Katsuyama Maniwa city, Okayama



How do you find it? It was nice to soak ourselves into the nature once again. Can’t wait for the next camp. Happy camping!

See you around!

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki

I would like to share our trip to Takachiho gorge in Miyazaki Prefecture this time.

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki

Takachiho Town is in Northern Miyazaki, about 2-hour drive from Miyazaki City, considered one of Miyazaki’s most popular sightseeing spots. It is said this is made by volcanic ash and rocks from Mt. Aso that erupted long ago.

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki
Aside from Takachoho gorge there seems to be bunch of places to visit.


Boat Ride

There are rental boats available until 16:00 but they are limited. You would have to come in very early (no reservation accepted) especially during the holidays. The day we visited, it was already full for the rest of the day! (the last person would have to wait for 3-4 hours still!). Well, we still could take nice photos without being on a boat!

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki


View from above

You could spot the boats from above (bridge). Even just watching the river brings me some breeze. Oh but be aware that many cars and buses pass by.

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki
A bit crowded.


Clean Water and Stores

We would have a seat and grab something to eat beside the pond. I was amazed how the water is clear like a mirror! Look at this!

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki
Reminds me of the terminator turning into liquid…


Trail Along the River

Oh hey, there’s a trail. It may take 30 minutes one way. We would try but sudden squall hit us, so we’d have to give in and return. Perhaps another time…

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki
Surroundings look so cool.
Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki
The picture on the official website may have been taken at this spot!



Name Takachiho George (高千穂峡)
Access Mukoyama, Takachiho, Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki
Business Hours

Admission free

Rental boat: 2000 yen for 30 min (300 yen/10 min for extension)

*Parking costs 500 yen/day

Contact 0982-73-1212



How do you find it? It is a nice place for getting the chill in summer. Please swing by if you get a chance.

See you around!