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31 of the Best Things to Do in Karuizawa



8. May. 2019

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At only 70 minutes by bullet train from Tokyo, Karuizawa is a quaint mountain resort that’s rich in nature and a prime leisure destination. From stunning natural landscapes to fun filled man made attractions, there’s always something to see and do in the place John Lennon loved to escape to. In this guide, we’ll introduce some of the best things to do when you visit, so you can pick what suits you, without the stress.

31 of the Best Things to Do in Karuizawa


  • Rent a bike near Karuizawa Station
  • Nature Walks
  • Stroll around Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza-dori
  • Remember John Lennon at the Manpei Hotel
  • Relax amidst the moss of the Muro Saisei Kinenkan Museum
  • Sift through the general stores on Church Street
  • Appreciate the landmark style of the historic Mikasa Hotel
  • Hitting the Golf Course
  • Visit the Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church
  • Buying wine at St. Cousair Winery
  • Shopping at Prince Shopping Plaza
  • Be awed by the Shiraito Falls
  • Spiritually recharge at Onioshidashi Park
  • Visit the Karuizawa Kogen Church
  • Admire the Stone Church
  • Stay at HOSHINOYA Karuizawa Resort
  • Hoshinoya Harunire Terrace
  • Karuizawa’s Hot Springs
  • Take a nature tour with Picchio
  • Be “wowed” by the avant-garde exhibits at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art
  • Stay in a 100-year-old guesthouse
  • Go curling at the Karuizawa Ice Park
  • Kick back at Karuizawa Taliesin
  • Get your Instagram on at the Karuizawa Lake Garden
  • Experience the natural art of the Hiroshi Senju Museum
  • Go shopping at Tsuruya Karuizawa
  • Get your thrills at Sweet Grass Adventure
  • Sample the brews at the Yoho Brewing Company
  • Visit the Kumanokotai Shrine
  • Explore the old post town at Oiwake-juku
  • Mount Asama

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