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[Tour H] Shop and Dine in the Popular Highland Resort Karuizawa

Karuizawa – a Town Welling with Nature and Culture

The popular highland resort Karuizawa has beautiful nature, lots of fun activities, and fashionable streets for strolling. There is also lots of shopping and wonderful cuisine to enjoy.

Trip Details

Tokyo Station

Hokuriku Shinkansen - 70 minutes

Karuizawa Station

Kyu-Mikasa Hotel

Kyu-Mikasa Hotel
Kyu-Mikasa Hotel

This western style wooden hotel is one-of-a-kind in Japan and has been designated as an important cultural property. At the time of its operation this hotel boasted the highest quality innovations such as electric chandeliers, tiled flush toilets, and British-made carpeting. Even today you can feel the presence of the many prominent figures of the Meiji and Taisho periods who stayed there. The hotel ceased operations in 1970 and today operates as a museum, standing as a symbol of Karuizawa sightseeing. (5 minutes from the Mikasa stop, accessible by Kusakaru Kotsu bus from Karuizawa Station)

Kumoba Pond

A sight worth seeing: Kumoba Pond
A sight worth seeing: Kumoba Pond

Affectionately known as Swan Lake and supplied with pure water from a spring within a nearby grove of trees, its shimmering crystal surface reflects the beauty of the four seasons. The greens of early summer and the vivid hues of the autumn leaves are particularly stunning. A scenic hiking path circling the pond provides the means for a 20-25 minute nature walk. This is one of Karuizawa's must-see attractions. (5 minutes by taxi from Karuizawa Station)

Rent-a-Cycle

Highlands cycling
Highlands cycling

Renting a bicycle from one of the many shops in front of the station and throughout town is a great way to see the local sights. Available by the hour or day you'll have plenty of time to see even the more distant attractions. So hop on a bike, or even a tandem, and get some fresh air while riding through pastoral highlands where many keep their summer houses. This is one excursion that's sure to leave a lasting impression. (Karuizawa Station area)

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

Located in front of Karuizawa Station's south exit, this mall features a wide variety of stores from luxury designer boutiques to reasonably-priced outlets. For skiing and snowboarding you can visit the easily accessible Prince Snow Resort just one minute by shuttle bus from Karuizawa Station. You can also enjoy other sporting activities in the area such as golf, horseback riding, tennis, and more, while surrounded by picturesque scenery. (5 minutes on foot from Karuizawa Station)

Karuizawa Station

Hokuriku Shinkansen - 70 minutes

Tokyo Station

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