Photo: PR Times

New campground looks perfect for living out your Princess Mononoke fantasies

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Mie Prefecture doesn’t always slot into travelers’ itineraries in Japan, with many visitors only perhaps catching a glimpse of it in the distance as they slide swiftly by on the Tokyo/Kyoto bullet train route. Those who do make a detour to check out Mie usually do so for a side-trip to Ise Shrine, which is definitely worth seeing, but there’s another worthwhile destination to be found in the prefecture’s Uga Valley.


A region of dense forests, majestic waterfalls, and cool mountain streams, Uga Valley offers beautiful scenery at every turn for outdoors enthusiasts, and soon it’ll also have one of the most breathtaking campgrounds in all of Japan.

Hygge Circles Ugakei, currently in its planning and development stage, will be located in the city of Inabe. Designed by the Japanese division of Danish outdoor equipment supplier Nordisk and nestled into the contours of the Uga Valley, the facility will offer both tents and cabins for campers that look like something out of a Studio Ghibli anime.


The project isn’t focused exclusively on gorgeous aesthetics, however. A key part of the project is an emphasis on environmental sustainability, with Nordisk integrating that goal into its concept of hygge, a Danish term for a lifestyle of comfortable well-being.

▼ The finished facility will include a “Hygge Education Field.”



If these beautiful images have you thinking that you can carve out some time for Uga Valley during your Japan travels, Inabe is about an hour west by train from Nagoya (which has a bullet train stop), and from there you can make your way further into the wilderness. Hygge Circles Ugakei is scheduled to start receiving guests in 2021.

Source, images: PR Times

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Looks nice. It sounds like this is an existing campsite that is being updated, not a new one. There is currently a scheme that gives big companies free taxpayer money to build stuff in inaka in the name of regional development, so it's probably using that. There are big sums available (millions of USD) per scheme if you know how to navigate the application process.

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It looks very nice.

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So any usefull informations available ?

Like how much will it cost to stay there?

possible to get there withouth a car ? I read that you said that there are trainstations somewhere but looking it up on google maps it looks like it will take very long to walk from the closest train station (if I found the correct place as "uga valley" can't be found)

Might be interesting to go if there are some more nice locations to visit nearby.

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WOW, this is my kind of place. I am always looking for new places to visit in Japan

(17 visits so far). My last visit I discovered Kinosaki Onsen.

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