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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 stop on the historic Nakasendo – an important route that connect Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period – Karuizawa is a popular mountain town located around 10000 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 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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 25 Things To Do In & Around Karuizawa

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  • 25 Things To Do In & Around Kusatsu Onsen

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ACCESS

  • How to Get to Karuizawa

    Located approximately 170km to the north...
  • How to Get to Kusatsu Onsen

    As one of Japan’s most famous hot spring tow...

TOURS

  • [START FROM NAGANO CITY] Private Snow Monkey Tour

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  • [START FROM KARUIZAWA] Private Snow Monkey Tour

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ACTIVITY

  • Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resort

    Operated the Prince Hotel group, Karuizawa…
  • Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

    Located directly across from Karuizawa Sta…
  • Old Karuizawa Ginza Street

    Karuizawa city is in many ways, a town of …
  • Harunire Terrace

    Located in Naka-Karuizawa, approximately 4…
  • Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-yu

    Only a short distance from Harunire Terrac…
  • Shiraito Falls

    Shiraito Falls is a small but scenic water…
  • Kusatsu Onsen

    Famous throughout for its abundant volcani…
  • Kusatsu Onsen 'Yubatake'

    Lying in the heart of Kusatsu Onsen, the t…
  • ‘Yumomi’ Performance

    ‘Yumomi’ is a daily performance taking pla…
  • Onioshidashi Volanic Park

    Said to be the most active volcano on Hons…
  • Mount Shirane

    Located in the Joshinetsu Kogen National P…
  • Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route

    Open from May to mid/late-November, the Sh…
  • Manza Onsen

    One of Central Japan’s most dramatic hot s…
  • Minakami Onsen

    Another of Gunma Prefectures famous four h…
  • Shima Onsen

    This quiet hot spring town is set in a bea…
  • Ikaho Onsen

    Ikaho Onsen is one of four famous hot spri…
  • Myogi Shrine

    Sitting beneath the imposing jagged peaks …
  • Gunma Safari Park

    One of only two safari parks in Japan, Gun…
  • Tomioka Silk Mill

    Established by the Meiji government in 187…

HOTELS

  • Kusatsu Onsen Area

    Regularly cited as one of Japan’s…
  • Karuizawa Area

    A convenient stop on the Hokuriku Shink…
  • Manza Onsen Area

    Manza Onsen is a small yet spread-out o…
  • Shima Onsen Area

    Known as the ‘Forty Thousand Hot Spring…
  • Ikaho Onsen Area

    Known for its iron-rich waters, the mai…
  • Minakami Onsen Area

    Nestled in a beautiful area of Gunma, M…

EVENT

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    Last Saturday of April

    The 34th Ueda Sanada Festival With…

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