The charming Hijet minibus opens into a warm fragrant lodge

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Quite different from a regular camper, even among fancy campsites in Japan, the Quokka camper from the Mishima Daihatsu showroom is a regular white minibus on the outside, a transformable log cabin on the inside. Something like a refreshing spa on wheels, the tiny van surrounds campers made of fragrant Japanese cypress wood, which has long been used for temples and hot spring resorts. The modular interior includes an indoor / outdoor dining table that turns into a full-length bed.

Quokka is as adorable as her namesake, a small elusive Australian marsupial, best known for her constant “smile” that looks in Photoshop. Mishima Daihatsu has chosen a friendly wallaby the size of a domestic cat, often referred to as the happiest animal in the world, as the perfect mascot for his pint-sized micro-ATV, which elicits a smile.

The Quokka microcamper is quite adorable, but perhaps not as adorable as the marsupial animal after which it is named

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Based on the Daihatsu Hijet panel van, a tiny kei commercial truck, the Quokka has a length of just under 340 cm (134 inches), making it one of the most compactthe little four-wheeled campers we’ve ever had covered. Its cab with chassis boxing works best with this short size, adding space for the elbows thanks to the high vertical walls. The camper is 194 cm (76 inches) high and 148 cm (58 inches) wide.

Mishima adds a few extra RV-style windows, but Quokka still looks pretty industrial on the outside, as if ready to throw fruit at the market or deliver goods to the office park. Mishima really switched to rest and outdoor recreation, creating an interior made entirely of hinoki wood (cypress), which is taken from the base of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, located in part in the same Shizuoka prefecture as Mishima. This tree not only provides a deep fragrant aroma, but is also valued for its longevity and antibacterial properties.

Boxes work as storage boxes, shelves, stools or steps during the day
Boxes work as storage boxes, shelves, stools or steps during the day

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By sawing and carving a hinoki tree, Mishima created a functional floor plan that highlights Quokka’s interior. Instead of the main panels, it covers the walls with a more half-log-style design, which adds size and character. The furniture, meanwhile, demonstrates a unique impression on the back dining room, two benches running along the sides of a high central wooden table. Bets open to access the storage cubes below.

The dining table is lowered at night and the drawers fill in the gaps to create a large bed that fills most of the interior
The dining table is lowered at night and the drawers fill in the gaps to create a large bed that fills most of the interior

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At night the table is lowered to bench level and works with four removable wooden drawers to fill the bed platform that extends straight to the front seats of the cab. This platform has a berth measuring 183 x 129 cm (72 x 51 inches) for two passengers on board.

If the boxes are not used as part of the bed, they can be stacked on shelves inside the van, act as street benches or steps, or serve as boxes for storage and carrying. The table can be removed from the van and used as an open table, and two drawers serve as seats.

The Mishima Quokka microcamp table is removed and operated outdoors along with two of the four wooden boxes
The Mishima Quokka micro-camper table is removed and operated outdoors together with two of the four wooden boxes

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Quokka includes an electrical system with a 100 Ah battery and DC and USB sockets. Buyers can stop there and make it simple or choose from a list of options that includes electrical upgrades such as a 200 Ah lithium battery, solar charger and inverter; heating and air conditioning; and a full van of window curtains. We especially like the small microwave and refrigerator box that are mounted on the floor under the wooden platform of the bed, reinforcing some of the cooking options in the tiny camper.

Mishima Daihatsu showcased Quokka at the Japan Camping Show in 2022 last weekend and is offering it at a price of 2,579,500 yen (about $ 22,300) for a two-wheel drive with a five-speed mechanical machine. All-wheel drive options start at 2,737,900 yen ($ 23,675), and all-terrain tires are available additionally. Both prices include tax.

Source: Misima Daihatsu (Japanese)



The charming Hijet minibus opens into a warm fragrant lodge

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