My friend and I decided to camp here after hiking up Mt. Fuji a day before. We had originally decided to stay two nights, but we had to take the JR line all the way to Tokyo, then all the way back to Kyoto followed by several smaller train lines. We ended up getting there around 8 or 9 PM and what we THOUGHT was Makino Sunny Beach was closed. Luckily the Prince Hotel is open late, and had plenty of rooms to offer with a meal plan.
The funny thing is that there are two Sunny Beaches. We stayed at Makino Sunny Beach Chinai-hama Camp-jo. After you get off the train at Makino station you want to head straight out into the town and wiggle your way down to the water moving towards the right. If you get lost, ask to find "Prince Hotel". It is smack-right-dab-in-the-middle of the two parks. The first one you will come to is Makino Sunny Beach Takagahama Camp-jo. It is the smaller of the two, and doesn't have as much tree cover. When we walked past, we had seen they had recently planted some new trees, which is nice, but Chinai-hama has much more shade to offer.
The lady who spoke to us was maybe in her 40's or early 50's and was incredibly nice! I don't speak much Japanese, but she tried her best to make us feel at home and accommodate our needs.
There are two separate parts to the property. You will see this when you come over the entry bridge into the park. The right side is for RVs and has a soccer field ( at least I think so...) and has a few camp sites, where as the left side is designated for camping. Both sides have toilets and showers. HOWEVER (!!!) I would advise ANYONE who is squeamish and maybe afraid of bugs to use the showers that they lock up at night that are attached to the office. The one on the left side by the swimming area was full of bugs and the water felt like 60 degrees F. It felt great, but there is no hot water in the men's shower on that side.
The swimming area is very clean, and you can tell that the water is no polluted at all. Lots of fish, shrimp, and crab swimming around. We snorkeled for hours! They even have bike rentals. Usually I think they cost about 500-1000 yen for all day, but she let us use them for free. Maybe because we had to stay at the Prince Hotel because we were late last night?
The grounds are gorgeous if you want to relax all day and soak up some sun. We went in July and could see hawks flying about calling to one another, and even collected some feathers. There is a really neat bridge that connects the two parts of the park, and you can either fish over the bridge, or in the river below. If you want, there are even GIGANTIC frogs which you can look at.
All in all, very beautiful camp site. Very clean (Except for the bugs in the bathroom, but hey, it's a camp site. Don't go camping if you hate bugs), lots of places for waste disposal. They little store run by the campsite has a few things if you need them; I think lighter fluid for grilling, drinks, snacks, frozen treats.
The town itself is very cool too! I think it was one of the most ultimate "wabi-sabi" experiences I had in Japan, but also very sad. It looked as if the town use to be a thriving fishing village, but many of the homes are uninhabited. Very cool town to ride your bike through, pick up some fishing gear, grab a snack, or chat with the locals. There even is a Shinto shrine not too far from the park!
If you want to escape the city for a day or two, come to Makino Sunny Beach Chinai-hama Camp-jo and bring your camera. You will not be disappointed!
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