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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mt. Arafune
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Prefecture Takara-gun Shimanita-cho, Nagano Prefecture Saku City
    This is a famous mountain located in the Myogi-Arafune-Saku Kogen Quasi-National Park in the southwestern part of Gumma Prefecture. The mountain has an altitude of 1,423 meters is one of 200 hundred famous mountains in Japan. The mountain became a table-shaped plateau after many years of erosion. It is said that it was named because the flat top and the steep cliffs looks like a ship breaking through rough waves. The cliffs are an overwhelming 200 meters high. Many climbers visit throughout the year and as there are several climbing courses, you can choose the route best suited to your skills.
  • Kyu Mikasa Hotel
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    3.5
    92 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1339-342
    A historic building located in Karuizawa Town. This hotel was built by the industrialist Naoyoshi Yamamoto in 1906. Purely Western in design, the interior is decorated with accoutrements that were both cutting edge and of the highest class at the time, including a chandelier with electric lights and a carpet made in England. Prominent men such as Eiichi Shibusawa, Fumimaro Konoe, and Takeo Arishima once stayed here at what was called “the Rokumeikan of Karuizawa,” a name which alludes to the cultural cachet of the hotel. The hotel remained in operation until the 1970 and was designated a national Important Cultural Property in 1980.

    Not for everyone. Old hotel converted into a museum. Good for history lovers. Not kid-friendly. Off the beaten path.

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2052-2
    This art museum collects and exhibits works with a theme of ''artists who crossed the oceans.'' Its primary collection features works by artists including Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Shusaku Arakawa, Atsuko Tanaka, and Ayako Rokkaku. The museum also features a gallery where visitors can purchase artwork. Admission includes a complementary cup of tea and a snack, allowing visitors to soak up impressions of the artwork at a relaxed pace. The museum closes over the winter from late November to mid-April. It is a five-minute drive from JR Karuizawa Station.

    if you like Japanese contemporary art, visit this place. unlike the famous Saison Art Museum, this place is small but contains several important artists' work, such as Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama...

  • Muro Saisei Kinenkan Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 979-3
    The poet Saisei Muro was active from Japan’s Taisho through Showa periods. This museum was constructed after remodeling Saisei’s vacation home in which he resided every summer since the first time he came to Karuizawa up until the year preceding his death. As a building in which he met with many literary masters such as Yasunari Kawabata and Naoya Shiga, it is distinctive for its garden with its beautiful green moss.
  • 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.
  • Shaw Memorial Chapel
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 57-1
    The oldest church in Karuizawa, this was built by Canadian minister Alexander Croft Shaw, a missionary who is known as the “Father of Karuizawa” for helping to introduce Karuizawa as a summer retreat. The house of worship lies in a quiet place surrounded by a grove of trees, and is also popular as a place to hold weddings in Karuizawa. In the back is the Shaw House, his restored vacation house, and people can tour the facility free of charge. Take a bus from JR Karuizawa Station, alight from Kyu-Karuizawa and proceed on foot for approximately 10–15 minutes.

    The church has a feeling of great serenity an simplicity. It is a beautiful historic wooden building. There is a little bit of historical information on the walls.

  • 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.
  • Karuizawa Bussankan
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 571-2
    This souvenir shop located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture is immediately recognizable thanks to the large statue of a cow placed near the entrance. Inside the shop are food products such as Shinshu-produced dairy products, jams, and honey as well as miscellaneous goods, and many tourists visit this shop to purchase Karuizawa souvenirs. The take-out jersey milk soft ice cream and rich bottles of milk are popular as gourmet treats to accompany a stroll.

    旧軽井沢にあるお土産店です。 ジャム、はちみつ、ごはんのお供になるような野沢菜とワサビのあえもの、おやき、おソバなどの販売をしています。 ばらまき土産にぴったりのお菓子も。 こちら一軒で、お土産は揃うと思います。

  • Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 739-2
    A tourist information center housed in an old-fashioned wood building located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. An information desk and displays presenting famous Karuizawa destinations and sightseeing spots can be found on the first floor; feel free to use the center as the starting point for your explorations of the area. There is also a rest area and free Wi-Fi. Karuizawa local specialty products are presented on the second floor. The center’s pay toilets have changing rooms and diaper changing stations (toilets free for people with disabilities).

    旧軽銀座を歩いていると、少しレトロな洋風建築の建物がありました。中は観光案内所になっていて、観光のマップなどがありました。2階は軽井沢鉄道ミニ博物館でした。建物の横にまわると、有料のトイレがありました。

  • Icchodo
    Shopping
    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Town old Karuizawa 775
    This furniture factory was founded in 1927 in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. It is a long-established store that has been making furniture for the Mampei Hotel and missionaries for many years. The Karuizawa Bori (carving) furniture, which has been developed as Western-style furniture for villas, blending Western influences with traditional Japanese techniques, is characterized by the delicate hand carvings popularized by its cherry blossom motifs. As well as furniture such as chairs, tables and shelves, they also display and sell small items suitable for souvenirs such as trays and hand mirrors.
  • Kouko Fukazawa Nonohana Flower Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Town Shiozawa Lake 217
    This art museum is located within “Karuizawa Taliesin,” a leisure facility located on the lakeside of Lake Shiozawa in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. It is on the second floor of the Western-styled Karuizawa Post Office, built in 1911. It contains and displays 200 watercolor paintings of Kouko Fukazawa, a Western-style painter who loved Karuizawa and painted many plateau flowers. You can also see displays with seasonal themes or recreated ateliers. The first floor is an Italian restaurant with good pasta.
  • Musée PEYNET
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 217
    Musée PEYNET is located within Karuizawa Taliesin. On display are personal painting tools and original paintings by the French artist Raymond Peynet. Here you can see the “Lovers” series of works painted by Peynet. Different exhibitions and events are held three times a year. The building makes use of the atelier villa designed by Czech architect Antonin Raymond. Opening times vary depending on the time of year so please check in advance.
  • Manns Wines Komoro Winery
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Komoroshi Moro 375
    Manns Wines Komoro Winery is located in the east of Nagano Prefecture, a most suitable region for producing wine. The winery has a Chardonnay vineyard and a huge one hectare Japanese garden. The shop sells many products which cannot be purchased from anywhere else such as their domestic premium wine. In the restaurant you can enjoy food made with local Shinshu ingredients, with a glass of wine while looking out over the vineyard. Tasting is possible free of charge on the winery tours.

    アルコールが苦手な人には、甘口ワインやジュースの試飲がいい。売店でワイン以外にも干し葡萄が売っているが、通常のものよりも大きいサイズ。

  • Forest of MUSE
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 182
    This picture book museum displays original drawings and materials associated with picture books. In the First Exhibition Hall, you can view research materials on the culture and history of picture books. A permanent Peter Rabbit exhibition is also housed here. In the Second Exhibition Hall temporary exhibitions are held throughout the year depending on the season. The museum shop sells limited edition products related to the various temporary exhibitions. There are more than 1,800 picture books in the picture book library. The ‘Mori no Ie’ event space can be used for wedding receptions.
  • Sasayaki no Komichi
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    Sasayaki no Komichi (whispering lane) is a path alongside the Yagasaki River. The murmur of the stream, surrounded on both sides by Japanese andromeda plants, is a pleasure to the ears. It is also the stage of Tatsuo Hori's novel, Beautiful Village. The sunshine through the leaves of the acacia trees is beautiful.
  • Karuizawa New Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 1151-5
    Artworks from the postwar period of Japan to the present day are exhibited here. The art museum was created with the intention to publicize outstanding artworks both domestically and internationally. Exhibitions display works not only from Japanese contemporary artists but from overseas artists too. The museum has invented itself to appeal to the expectations of art fans from all over the world. The museum houses a restaurant, café and shop where you can get some KaNAM original goods which can only be purchased here.

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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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