Activities For Dogs In Japan

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Introduction

Whether you're living in Japan, or you're visiting with your dog, there are plenty of activities that you can both enjoy together. Japan may be known for its rich culture and jaw-dropping food, but it is so much more. This is a land where anything is possible, and your only real obstacle is a lack of imagination. Check out these pawsome Japanese dog activities!

Canadian Village Hakuba

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
24 - 72 Hours
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
Canadian Village, a pet-friendly lodge, is the place to go with your dog in Japan. Prices vary from 5,000 to 7,000 yen (about $65) for a room, and it includes breakfast. There's a very family style diner, with a large wooden table in a communal area, so anyone boarding there for a weekend shares the same space with their pets. So just imagine you and your dog at a large farm style table in Japan, with about 2 or 3 other guests and their dogs. Hilarious! The food is excellent, the rooms are super clean and cozy, and the Onsen (hot spring) is open until 10 pm.
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Get settled in
First things first, get your things packed, make a reservation, and set up your weekend plans for Hakuba. Once you are there, make sure doggo is on a leash, and head inside the cozy hotel. Let your pup sniff the surroundings and assure them that this stopover will be a fun one. Expect great service. You'll be shown to your room, and be offered any information on the village. Make sure to take a map!
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Go explore
There's a lot to do in Hakuba. There are many beginner and advanced hiking trails, for instance. Most of these trails don't allow dogs, so make sure to search for the ones that do. They're out there! Also, make sure to leave time to eat at the large farm style table, because the food is delicious. Once you're done eating, you can even enjoy the Onsen (hot spring) with doggo by your side. To retain the beauty of this location, make certain to pick up after your pet at all times.
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Camping

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Sunny Day
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24 - 48 Hours
Items needed
Leash
Tent
Blankets
Snacks
Activity description
Camping with your pet is a nice change of pace, and something that is surprisingly common in Japan. You can pitch a tent right on the lakeside at Lake Kizaki, Nagano, and wake up to stunning views. If you're not much of a camper, or you forget your tent, you can rent one at the Kizakiko Pow Pow Campsite and Outdoor Club. They also have BBQ sets, tarps and sleeping bags if you need them. Just make sure you don't rent a Bungalow, as they're not pet friendly. Tents are more than fine, and allow you to get a much more authentic camping experience anyway.
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Schedule Your stay
The campsite costs 1,300 yen per person per night, plus an extra 1000 yen per day for parking, so that's roughly $22 in US. Super cheap! Make sure you call ahead of time, and visit their website for any information so you can better plan. Look for things like maps of the area, and check for activities lists that cater to both you and your dog. You don't want doggo to be left behind after all!
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Pack your supplies
Don't forget to bring your supplies, including bug spray, cooking utensils you may need, clothing, toothbrush and toothpaste, the dog leash and treats for your dog, a tent and sleeping bag, and importantly, bags to pick up and dispose of pet waste. If you forget anything, no pressure. You can rent or buy items at the campsite as well. Things like the tent and BBQ sets are rentable.
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Go camping!
Camping involves being able to cook over an open fire, napping, taking in the views, maybe taking some photographs, and walking around the area to explore. But at Lake Kizaki, you can take it one step further: go kayaking or paddle boarding with your dog! That's right, it's pet friendly and fun! What a way to liven things up during a good camping trip. Just make sure you bring your towels and dry clothing to change into afterward. Additionally, bring along a dog safety vest to keep your pet safe on the water.
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Hammock Cafe

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 1.5 Hours
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
Suppose it's a nice day out in Japan, and you're feeling like you want to get out of the house for a bit. Your dog too, obviously. But you're both in that lazy, "don't want to do anything that involves effort," kind of mood. No worries. Japan has just the spot you've only dreamed of until now. It's called Hammock Cafe, and it's exactly what it sounds like. There are no tables, it's really just hammocks, and you go there to take long naps with your dog. When you wake up, they serve you a coffee, and give your dog water.
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Visit the cafe
These Hammock Cafes are all over Japan, so find the one nearest to you. But be prepared for a grand time of laziness and happiness in its purest form. There are hammocks outdoors, for those who want to enjoy the weather. There's also more inside. Bring your dog, pick a hammock, and take a nice, long nap together. Order coffee, water for the dog, and make sure to try the cakes. Enjoy the peaceful together time!
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More Fun Ideas...

Visit the Hot Springs

That's right, hot springs for dogs! How adorable. At Tsunayoshi no Yu, located in Odaiba, your dog can get shampooed, and a jet bath massage. There's even a bubble bath area they can enjoy!

Visit Ueno Park

Rated highly, this park is in Tokyo, Japan. Bring your dog and enjoy canoe rides, bike rides, walks and the sights. Some of the eye-catching things you can see are the lily pads, the cherry blossom trees, and the beautiful shrines and temples.

Conclusion

As you can see, there is a lot for you and your dog to do together in Japan. Everything from visiting the gorgeous parks to making other doggo friends, getting some tasty food, or just exploring. Next time you're wondering what to do, just think of the endless possibilities. There's a lot to choose from!