The Snow Peak resort in Hokkaido, Japan is an example of the company’s nature-friendly approach to landscape design. Credit: Snow Peak USA

An $8 million investment in environmental restoration and landscape design will soon transform a decrepit RV park into a state-of-the-art Japanese-inspired camping resort at 5411 Sandridge Road, east of Seaview, Wash., according to the Chinook Observer.

Snow Peak USA, the U.S. subsidiary of a company that Bloomberg calls “Japan’s cult outdoor brand” (tinyurl.com/Snow-Peak-Bloomberg) launched its first American facility with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning at the former Wildwood Campground & RV Park.

“Our U.S. headquarters is in Portland, and we wanted our first Campfield to be close to home,” company COO Matt Liddle told the Observer last week. “After surveying several locations, we ultimately fell in love with the wildness of the Long Beach Peninsula. We’re excited to bring guests to learn the rich history of this place, explore the region’s natural splendor, and reconnect with the powerful rhythms of nature on the Peninsula.”

In high season, Snow Peak’s Long Beach Campfield will include a variety of camping experiences for around 150 guests per night at traditional walk-up campsites, tent platforms, camper-van sites, and about 10 Jyubako mobile cabins designed by noted architect Kengo Kuma. Cabins feature comfortable bedding, cabin amenities and private bathrooms.

A Snow Peak outdoor equipment retail store will be onsite, featuring Snow Peak products for sale or rent, a market for prepared meal kits, groceries and camping sundries. The facility will include a heated soaking tub and sauna in a Japanese-inspired onsen and spaces for gatherings and interactive programming. Guests will park their cars in a lot at the entrance and transport their gear to their site via footpaths and high-efficiency carts.

Taking note of our area’s sometimes-challenging winter maritime weather, the company said that in addition to cabins, “Snow Peak’s Japanese-designed tents and tarps are made for rigorous conditions and will provide protective spaces for our guests to sleep, eat and gather for most of the year.”

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