Snow Peak to Introduce Jyubako Tiny House Trailer to U.S.A.
As the iconic Japanese outfitter doubles down on America, plans to introduce its mobile cabin concept stateside unfold
Most simply know Snow Peak for its titanium camp cups and sporks, but the iconic Japanese outfitter has been quietly selling top quality camp goods stateside for 20 years (and throughout Asia since 1958). What has been available to the North American consumer has long been only a peak at the all encompassing offerings the “outdoor lifestyle creator” has long offered overseas. But that’s all changing soon, as Snow Peak looks to open an all-new Oregon HQ, complete with restaurant, event space, and every SKU they make—including this mobile tiny house concept (fingers crossed). Snow Peak CEO Tohru Yamai has even relocated to Portland in the past year, so you know it’s serious.
Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kenga Kuma for Snow Peak in 2016, the Jyubako micro cabin concept has been available in Asia for some time now. As of October, word is out the brand is exploring an America introduction with plans to include a full-size unit at their Outdoor Retailer trade show booth in January 2020. The move is reportedly encouraged by the ADU, tiny house, and van life movements—all particularly relevant in Snow Peak’s adopted home of Portland.
The modest, box-like Jyubako design epitomizes Snow Peak’s passion for living an indoor/outdoor life, where good design exists outdoors and a spirit of nature follows inside too. Massive picture frame windows and a structure made entirely of wood blur the lines between man-made and natural environments.
And perhaps best of all, it’s discretely affixed to a trailer, encouraging a nomadic lifestyle where one needs not set down permanent roots in any one location to enjoy the comforts of “home.”
All across Japan Snow Peak owns plots of land where they hold seasonal festivals and campouts (Snow Peak Way first landed in Oregon in 2018). Owners of Jyubako units in Japan are granted access to such properties as part of their purchase. With a broadening interest in building the brand in America, we wouldn’t be surprised if something similar were to be established here as well. At least, we hope.
Best estimates for Jyubako pricing land around $31,500. Updates to come as more information becomes available.
Digging the mobile tiny house concept? Check out this striking off-grid iteration from Australian design studio Fresh Prince.