One of Japan’s most famous and oldest mountain resort towns, Karuizawa is only 65 to 75-minutes from Tokyo using the Hokuriku Shinkansen line. Notably cooler than Tokyo in summer, the town has long attracted Tokyoites looking to escape the heat and humidity, while in winter, its small ski resort and beautiful white landscape attracts just as many visitors. The town is known for its excellent range of hotels and guesthouses, shopping, fine dining, galleries, museums and outdoor attractions including easy access to Mount Asama, Mount Kusatsu-Shirane and the wider Joshinetsu Kogen National Park.
Karuizawa is home to numerous hotels and guesthouses including luxury and boutique operators servicing the crowds from Tokyo and discerning international visitors. Accommodation is dotted across a wide area with three main concentrations around Karuizawa Station along with the Old Ginza / Kyukariuzawa and Naka-Karuizawa areas. For a breakdown of each area, and suggestions of what to do when there, see our ’25 Things To Do Around Karuizawa & Where To Stay’ page.