Camakuruma Concept Camper has an interior inspired by an igloo

The Camakuruma is an adorable little concept motorhome from Japan. It features a custom interior with walls that look like stacked blocks of ice, so you can pretend to sleep in an igloo. In fact, the name is a portmanteau of the Japanese words for igloo (kamakura) and car (kuruma).

The Camakuruma is a joint venture between the Hoshino Resort Alz Bandai, Camping Car Co. and Toyota’s development and prototype department. The starting point of the concept is the Robinson 771 Compact Motorhome, which uses a Toyota HiAce for its platform. The vehicle looks normal on the outside, but it’s inside that things get special.

Hoshino Resort Alz Bandai is a ski resort which is located at the foot of Mount Bandai. The idea behind Camakuruma is to allow people to experience snow even when they are resting. The interior of the motorhome uses Toyota’s 2.5D printing technology to apply the texture that makes the walls look like stacked blocks of ice.

The Nippon Design Center handles the rest of the interior styling and maintains the winter look. The cabin is monochromatic white except for the tiles near the sink and a few pillows. The bed extends from wall to wall on the floor and has a Snail camping mat underneath.

The interior has large windows on each side. There is also one in the alcove above the driver’s cockpit. There is no bathroom or kitchenette, but occupants have access to a sink. A TV mounts against the wall to entertain people in bed.

Camakuruma is just a concept. Hoshino Resort Alz Bandai is using the vehicle to promote its RV rental program for people who want a more outdoor experience during their ski trip. The models available are just regular motorhomes and do not have walls that look like blocks of ice.

Betty K. Park