Naka Hiruzen Auto Camping Ground in Maniwa city

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share one of the best camping places in Okayama Prefecture called Naka Hiruzen Auto Camping Ground.

Naka Hiruzen Auto Camping Ground in Maniwa City

Hiruzen is in Northern Okayama (quite close to Tottori Prefecture). Getting to Hiruzen would be easy by car or motorcycle, but in case you want to use public transportation, here is a way.

Access to Hiruzen (central) by Bus

Catch a local bus Maniwa-kun at JR Chugoku Katsuyama Station (1.2 hours) or JR Kuse Station (1.5 hours) and get off at Hiruzen Kogen (plateau). To the nearest bus stop to the camping ground, get off at Hiruzen Shinkokyoku Mae.

*To those JR stations, you can reach by JR train or Chutetsu bus / Ryobi bus from JR Okayama Station.


Reception Office

First of all, you need to check in at the reception office which is about 10-minute walk from the camping ground. The owner would give you a paper plate that proves your payment. It costed 1,800 yen for our standard-sized car. Great deal for three of us!


Reception Office
72-3 Hiruzenshimofukuda, Maniwa-shi, Okayama
Camping Ground
8−1, Hiruzenkaminagata, Maniwa-shi, Okayama


Contact (Reservation required)




*As of 2017 October

Trailer 2,800 yen
RV 2,300 yen
Standard-sized car 1,800 yen
Motorcycle 800 yen
Standard-sized car (day camp) 1,000 yen
Power outlet 500 yen
Tarp 500 yen
Tent for day camp 500 yen


Camping Ground

There are two camping grounds. One is in the photo below, and the other is just across the street. The only difference is that the first one has flushing toilet. Well, we cross the street and still can use it anyway. No big deal. FYI, this camping ground does NOT have a shower room. I would suggest to go to hot spring near by (if you feel like).
There are sinks and charcoal bins at both places.
Basically, you can take any available spots at this side of the camp (one across the street). Fun time!
Beautiful morning with fogs covering the mountains! It was definitely the best moment of this camping.



How do you find it? There are many activities to do and places to visit in Hiruzen. Please check other posts as well for reference.

See you around!

Souvenir and Restaurant in Hiruzen: Wood Pao

souvenir and restaurant in hiruzen wood pao

Hey ho. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share a souvenir store in Hiruzen ths time.

Souvenir and Restaurant in Hiruzen: Wood Pao

Wood Pao is a compound store with restaurant, cafe, and souvenir store. It is located pretty much central Hiruzen, right very close to the nearest bus stop to the trailroad of Kami Hiruzen as well. Ideal for filling your stomach before hiking (like we did!)



1201-7 Hiruzenkamifukuda, Maniwa-shi, Okayama


Business Hours

9:30 – 16:00
(Closed between mid December and late March)





Website (in Japanese)




It gets busy during lunch time. You gotta be ready for lining up for 10-20 minutes at least. If you are not in a hurry or in budget, grilled lamb would be satisfying. Grilled beef would be great as well. It offers extra salad during lunch time!

Grilled beef on rice.


Grilled lamb on rice.



Either gelato or soft ice cream is a savior especially on a hot day. Relaxing at cafe space.



Cheese cake, dairy products, and so on. Variety of souvenir is available at its store. Since some items should be refrigerated, I recommend to stop by before leaving Hiruzen.



How do you find it? There are other places to eat or buy souvenir as well. However, in speaking of location, this place is quite convenient for either purpose. Hope it helps.

See you around!