Camp near a waterfall

Narutaki Forest Campsite

kibichuo town, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Judith Mikami


Kibichou Town is probably best known for its abundance of nature and varied landscape. The Chugoku Mountain range runs through the region, which is populated by scattered farming communities and newcomers looking for a fresh start.

Although the Kibi Kougen City area is the commercial and political center of Kibichuo, natural wonders and cultural points of interests are spread evenly throughout the town.

Narutaki Forest is just one of example of the brilliance of Kibichuo Town. Located deep within a river valley, the area takes its name from the waterfall that runs through it. There are pre-set trails around the falls and along the river it feeds.

The best thing about Narutaki is that you can stay the night right there. You don’t have to go to Kibi Kougen City for accommodation because with advanced reservations, you have the option of camping at one of seven campsites or staying at one of three bungalows.

The campsites come equipped with a built-in barbeque and an adjacent parking spot. The bungalows also have grills and parking but  you choose to camp, there are well-maintained toilets and shower facilities on site.

Narutaki is a forest retreat that is supported by the community around it. When you visit, making the trek from the main road down into the valley, you might not imagine that people live year round in such a place.

The fact is that locals are proud to call this valley oasis home and have helped create and support a retreat that is welcoming to all visitors.

About the Area

Kibichuo Town is a located within the Chugoku Mountains and is comprised of fertile highland farmland and expansive forests. Its natural scenic beauty has long attracted the attention of visitors from around the country and in recent years, international travelers have followed suit. Easily accessible from both Okayama Station and Okayama Airport, Kibichuo Town is the perfect getaway.

Access: Take the Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Takahashi Station. Take the bus from Takahashi Bus Center to the Kibi Kougen Ohashi bus stop. The Narutaki Forest Campsite is about a 30 minute walk from the Kibi Kougen Ohashi bus stop.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
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4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

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