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  • Eat, Shop and Play!

    Karuizawa's Prince Shopping Plaza and Prince Hotel Snow Resort make the town popular all year round.

  • A Taste of Tokyo in the Mountains

    Elegant design, relaxed dining and boutique shops at Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-yu and nearby Haruine Terrace provide a taste of Tokyo surrounded by nature.

  • Enjoy Karuizawa's Seasonal Beauty

    A place of four seasons, Karuizawa is at its most spectacular each autumn as the changing leaves transform the forests.

  • Stay & Unwind in Kusatsu Onsen

    One of Japan's most famous hot spring towns, Kusatsu Onsen can be easily accessed from Karuizawa Station

  • Explore Joshintesu Kogen National Park

    Head deeper into Central Japan by exploring one of its most beauitufl national parks - home to volcanoes, Japan's largest ski resort and snow monkeys!

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Karuizawa & Kusatsu Onsen

Once a 'post town' on the historic Nakasendo – an important route that connect Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period – Karuizawa is a popular mountain resort town located around 1000 metres above sea level. Blessed with a cool climate in summer and snow in winter, Karuizawa is a popular resort town for Japanese and an increasingly popular destination for international visitors.

The expansive Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza – boasting more than 200 stores and restaurants – is immediately accessible from Karuizawa Station while in winter, Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resort is popular with Tokyo-ites and families. Within walking distance of the station, the old area of Ginza Street is home to many excellent stores, galleries and restaurants while nearby attractions including Hoshino Terrace and Shiraito Falls are always popular.

Karuizawa is a convenient stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and from the station, local buses run to destinations in Joshinetsu Kogen National Park including Mount Asama and Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, Mount Shirane and Kusatsu Onsen. Often cited as one of Japan’s most famous hot spring towns, Kusatsu’s iconic ‘yubatake’ is a unique sight – a ‘Hot Water Field’ in the centre of the town, through which the volcanic water flows to cool before being channeled into the surrounding guesthouses and hot springs.

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