Thursday, September 23, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021

RVs in Japan are a lot different

This is a photo from a website that advertises an RV show in Japan. In Japan, apparently, RVs are called camping cars. As you can see, they are far different from what we travel with in North America. The show is underway in Tokyo now through Sunday (Feb. 2).

Our resident subscriber in Japan, Russ Veillard, who divides his time between Seattle and Japan, where he works as a voice actor (he’s the voice of the Aflac Duck in Japan), alerted us about the event.

As you can see in this PR photo, a camping scene is different in Japan from what we’re accustomed to in the U.S. and Canada.

This is about as large as an RV gets in Japan, from what we can tell.

This coach is small, but as you can see it’s equipped with the basics, and is very stylish to boot.

The photo above was taken at the 2018 show, and published on the website Moderncampingmagazine.com. Most of the models pictured on the site, as well as others, are not big by our standards, but they are darn cute.

If you know about RVing in Japan, please leave a comment and enlighten us.

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John Harpel
2 months ago

they fit right in with their minimalist culture. small and quality.

Ray
2 months ago

Well,,,, there goes any hope that Japan will enter the US RV market in such a way as to force the conglomerates to re-institute quality again.

Dan
2 months ago

Is it a coincidence that this article is repeated today (7-22-21) with the article about the 5 Mars conversion of a Chrysler Pacifica?

Lyn
1 year ago

Until 10 months ago, for six years I lived full-time in a 17-foot fiberglass TT. I was tired of everything associated with owning my “traditional” home, so I sold it and moved into my trailer. It had everything I needed, and life was good. Then, 10 months ago, a deal on a 5th wheel fell into my lap. I wasn’t looking, it was scary-big (34′!), and I wasn’t sure I needed all that room. My little trailer would soon need some major work (like $3,500 for new gel-coating, and a few other things with a total output of about $6,000), so I went for it. I’ve adjusted and still have lots of empty cupboards and drawers, but I could very easily, without feeling deprived at all, move back into that 17-footer without a moment’s hesitation. In fact, I’m considering doing just that. We Americans live so differently than people in other countries. It’s not always about big, bigger, and biggest. We could learn a lesson here!

Bob p
2 months ago
Reply to  Lyn

WHY? Most of our states are bigger than those countries. If you’ve got it flaunt it if you can afford it. We like big, elbow room cried Daniel Boone, I’m just glad the people around the world like where they’re at and leave me alone. I like the sizes of our country and everything in it. Yes I’m that way, whatever you want to label me as, that’s also why you won’t see me standing in line to go to some other foreign country that has less than we do. I saw all the other countries I’ll ever need to see compliments of the USMC, more should do that then they would be more appreciative of this great country. Go spend a year in a third world country, when you get back see if you ever want to leave again.

Richard Davidson
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Great Post! I think we should be like Israel, “EVERYONE”, no matter what, serves in the armed forces for at least 2 yrs. No exceptions. You want equality, that would help. Would make a better USA.

Ron S
2 months ago

I agree 100% with your comments. I would modify it some though, to include a mandatory 2 years in service to America not just the military but restoring national parks, assisting veterans, etc.

Jim
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

It always amazed me that we are such a young country compared to others that are thousands of years older but are not as successful as this baby country has become. The American spirit is an amazing gift. Bigger is better, more is better, nicer is better and Freedom is greater than all those others put together. In 1972 the USAF put me in a country that was under Marshal Law, the country closed down at midnight, no camping, no hospital ER, no visiting family, no train or bus rides. As my brothers in arms said before me, leave this beautiful, amazing country and your life will never be the same!

Warren G
2 months ago
Reply to  Lyn

Well said!

Jim G.
2 months ago
Reply to  Lyn

That 17-foot fiberglass TT will still most likely outlast that big ole 34′ 5th wheel. Living on less has many benefits in our society today.

Mark B
1 year ago

City streets and country roads are narrower, parking spaces tiny and parking limited in Japan and all of Europe. The fact we don’t understand how the rest of the world RVs is a testament to our strongest American export – ignorance.

Pierre Woody
1 year ago

We should import these RVs, they are probably better than the **** sold here.

jillie
1 year ago

Japan has always thought small. With its population and societal behaviors they have tried to do things the American way to a point. So this size does not surprise me. On net flex if you want to see the size of apartments and houses in Japan tune into {bleeped} Eye in Japan. There is one apartment that is no bigger then maybe a 20 x 20 square. Our house is a 1000 feet with a basement. Glad we have our basement. I would go nuts.

Randy T
1 year ago
Donald N Wright
1 year ago

These could be a lot of fun, but should get reduced rates at campgrounds.

tom
1 year ago

‘ Too bad. Site mentioned “refused to connect. Having driven in Japan, it would have to be small designs. I will bet that there are some clever ideas at the show.

Michael R Hale
1 year ago
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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael R Hale

Thanks, Michael, and sorry, Tom (and others). The link in the article has been fixed. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  tom

The link has been fixed. Sorry, Tom. 🙁 —Diane at RVtravel.com

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