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Shaw Memorial Chapel軽井沢ショー記念礼拝堂


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.


Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 57-1 (Karuizawa / Saku / KomoroArea)

phone 0267424740

[Opening hours] 9:00-17:00 (in winter, until 16:00)
※ You can not enter the hall when using

Review of Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2017/11/11 Beautiful and historic
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.
Reviewed:2016/07/08 Beautiful church in Kyukaruizawa
It is a small beautiful church tucked in the woods, at Kyu-Karuizawa. The church is rustic and made of wood, just like the other churches in the vicinity.

I enjoyed the tranquility and serenity of...
Reviewed:2015/07/03 Just okay
Quaint, small, sort of cute, but not special. It's on a long road leading away from the village which is worth the walk. Very green. Stroll through the grounds.

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Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 57-1 [ map ]
Karuizawa / Saku / KomoroArea
[Opening hours] 9:00-17:00 (in winter, until 16:00)
※ You can not enter the hall when using
Irregular holidays
Parking Lot
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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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