Spots in Karuizawa / Saku / Komoro Area

  • Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    A gigantic shopping mall and virtual landmark in Karuizawa. With a total of seven parking areas, shoppers visiting by car are encouraged to look up which stores they are most interested in before choosing where to park. In addition to fashion brands, the mall also contains a shop selling Karuizawa sweets and jams, making it the perfect place to pick up a few souvenirs as well. Children can play to their hearts’ content in the spacious outdoor kids park.
  • Shiraito Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    The result of underground water welling out of bare rock, Shiraito Falls has a thin stream of water almost like a strand of silk with beautiful lines of water and white spray falling down. The refreshing sight is one of Karuizawa’s representative sightseeing spots. In the winter, icicles are artificially created using water gushing forth from the waterfall, producing a fantastical atmosphere.
  • Harunire Terrace
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2148
    Located in a commercial facility that serves as the entrance to the Hoshino Area in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture, the concept of this store is “everyday Karuizawa.” Taking on the role as the hot spring town for Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-Yu, it features 15 stores that include restaurants and shops. Inside the facility which features a wood deck construction and nine buildings is a space full of abundant scenery that incorporates a grove of more than 100 Japanese elm trees which had been growing there naturally. There are also book cafes and unique miscellaneous good shops, and visitors can experience the vacation home life that is typical of Karuizawa.
  • Kyukaru Ginza (Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    This is the main shopping district of Karuizawa located along the old Kyu Nakasendo. It has over 400 years of history, and the area boasts a row of long-established shops such as a bakery, boutiques of imported fashion, and various new and established shops. The area is bustling with many tourists in the summer months.
  • Kumoba Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    This pond located in close proximity to Roppon-tsuji serves as the water source for gozen-sui. The quiet, beautiful pond is also called Swan Lake since swans used to migrate here in the past. A promenade has been built around the circumference of the pond upon which visitors can enjoy a slow stroll. Visits during the autumn season with its changing leaves are particularly recommended. The sight of the trees steeped in red and yellow reflected in the water is well worth seeing.
  • Karuizawa Kogen Church
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Town Hoshino
    This church full of history and located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County Nagano Prefecture began in 1921 as a small wooden building, and was the origin of the Free Education of Art Salon  movement that attracted cultured people such as Hakushu Kitahara and Toson Shimazaki. The building, which is enveloped in the nature of Karuizawa, is characteristic for its pointy triangular roof. As a church that is open to all people, it holds gospel worship every Sunday and events in accordance with the season. It is also popular as a place for resort weddings.
  • Tsuruya Karuizawa Branch
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2707
    This is the Karuizawa Branch of “Tsuruya,” a supermarket chain with roughly 30 locations throughout Nagano Prefecture. It is close to the “Toriihara Higashi” light along the Karuizawa Bypass. They have original Tsuruya-brand products and fresh food products like green vegetables obtained directly from contracted farms.
  • Mugikusa Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun Sakuho-cho
    A pass situated along the Merchen Highway in a national forest in Yakori, Sakuho Town, Minamisaku County. Located between Mt. Maru and Mt. Chausu. Shirakoma Pond, Japan's largest natural lake above 2,100 meters above sea level, is located nearby. Note that the pass is closed to traffic in winter.
  • Roadside Station Healthy Terrace Sakuminami
    Transportation
    Nagano Pref. Sakushi Tomono 7-1
    A roadside station located close to the entrance to the Saku-minami Interchange in Tomono, Saku City. The station sells prunes, a local specialty product, and other agricultural products and processed foods as well as local Saku liquors and souvenirs. The rice flour bread sold by the adjoining bakery is also popular. The station's restaurant serves dishes made with local ingredients as well as a lunchtime all-you-can-eat buffet which includes some 40 dishes. In addition, the station has a workshop used to hold soba noodle making and cooking classes.
  • Takamine Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Komoro-shi Takamine Kogen
    A cloud top hot spring inn 2,000 meters above sea level with indoor baths, a lamp lit bath, and an outdoor bath commanding a view of the Japan Alps and overlooking Takamine Ravine. The outdoor bath is small, accommodating only a maximum of four people, but its highly medicinal waters, constantly replenished from a source spring kakenagashi style, will soothe away the fatigue of your journey. The inn's sulfur-containing calcium sodium magnesium hydrocarbonate spring is said to provide a variety of health benefits. Be sure to talk to the staff, who can tell you about the best way to bathe so as to improve the efficacy of the waters for your specific ailments. The inn also has an area where you can drink these waters, and doing so is said to treat diabetes, gout, liver disease, and constipation. Non-guests can only use the inn's bathhouse from 11:00 to 16:00; also note that bathhouse fees are different during winter (November 21 to April 20).
  • Roadside Station Raiden Kurumi no Sato
    Transportation
    Nagano Pref. Toumishi Shigeno Otsu 4524-1
    A roadside station standing along Prefectural Route 79 in Shigenootsu, Tomi City. The station sells confections and processed foods made with Nagano chestnuts, a local specialty product, as well as local agricultural products. The station's restaurant serves dishes made with local Hoe pork, while the cafe offers chestnut soft serve ice cream. The area was also the hometown of the famous Edo period sumo wrestler Raiden Tameemon, and a statue of the man stands on the station's grounds.
  • Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 815
    Located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture, this private art museum exhibits the works it owns created by artist Hiroshi Senju, a modern Japanese painter who is active around the world. The building was designed by architect Ryue Nishizawa and has large glass windows that give it a bright and spacious atmosphere. It also has a beautiful garden with various trees and plants, and is a creative space that achieves harmony with nature. The museum holds exhibitions that introduce Senju’s works as well as special exhibitions according to different themes. There are also a bakery café and shop, and guests can relax and enjoy art and nature.
  • Usui Pass Observatory
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Tougemachi
    An observatory park located in Toge-machi, Karuizawa Town. Situated 1,200 meters above sea level on the border between Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture, visitors can enjoy a view of the surrounding scenery, including Mt. Asama, Yatsugatake, and the Myogi Mountain Range. The park also has a walking path which can be used as a hiking course.
  • Goko Pasture Auto Camp
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Minamisaku-gun Kawakamimura Hisawa 1417
    40 minutes from the Sutama Interchange on the Chuo Expressway via national Route 141. This campground, completely covered with grass, is situated on the vast grounds of a former farm. Sprawling on Nobeyama Highland at the foot of 1,300-meter-high Yatsugatake Mountains, the campground has no designated plots and campers can set up their location wherever they like. The campground is also replete with a free large bath. The cafe adjoining the reception area serves shaved ice made with spring water from Goko Pasture frozen naturally using the area's cold winters. The tasty condensed milk fruit sauces, created using an abundance of fruits, are all handmade. The soft serve ice cream and seasonal dishes are also recommended.
  • Komadeike Campsite
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunsakuhomachi Yakori
    A nicely situated campground located in Sakuho Town, Minamisaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The campground has a variety of lodging styles, including tent sites, bungalows, and cottages. The campground has classes on making crafts with white birch wood, cycling, and sports facilities. Particularly popular is beautiful the view of the sky reflecting off the surface of Komade Pond surrounded by white birch forest.
  • Karuizawa Lake Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa-cho Lake New Town
    A garden located in Hotchi, Karuizawa Town. The garden consists of eight areas surrounding a central lake. The garden is primarily dedicated to growing roses, and visitors can view English roses, French roses, and a variety of other rose cultivars. There's also a garden shop, knickknack shop, European restaurant, and cafe.
  • Shirakoma Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun Sakuho-cho
    The mystical Shirakoma Pond is located in a primeval forest at the base of Mt. Yatsugatake. As a natural lake at an altitude of 2,100 meters, it is the biggest lake in Japan in terms of area. The crystal-clear surface reflects the beauty of the four seasons. There’s a walkway around it as well, so feel free to take a nice, relaxing stroll.
  • Karuizawa Taliesin
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 217
    This leisure facility on the lake shore of Lake Shiozawa located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture is a popular sightseeing spot that allows visitors to easily come in contact with nature, art and history. In addition to enjoying the splendid scenery in each of the four seasons such as the blooming cherry blossoms and flowers in spring, the English Rose Garden in summer, and the colorful changing leaves in autumn, it also offers boats, go-karts, and mini golf. On the grounds are museums and historical structures such as The Literary Museum of Karuizawa  and the Musée PAYNET, and it is visited by customers in a wide range of ages from couples to families.
  • Roadside Station Mimaki
    Transportation
    Nagano Pref. Toumishi Nunoshita 35-4
    "This roadside station is on Prefectural Route 40 in Nunoshita, Tomi City. Its hot spring facility, called ""Nunohiki Onsen Mimaki no Yu,"" has an outdoor bath with a view of Mt. Asama. Its restaurant Mimakien serves local cuisine, and it has a farm stand, too. There is also a tennis court, a hot spring pool, and a gateball field."
  • Matsubarako Kogen Auto Camping Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunkoumimachi Toyosato 5151-226
    "A naturally lush campground located in the Matsubara Lake Highland sprawling at the foot of Kita Yatsugatake in Nagano Prefecture. Surrounded by red pine forest, the campground is cool and comfortable even in the summer. The campground has a field, dog park, and putting golf course, making it a fun destination for people of all ages. The adjoining day trip hot spring bathhouse with bath's constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style is also popular."

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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