Karuizawa Lake Garden Opens and is Filled With Beds of Roses and Tulips
25.April.2018 | SPOT
Karuizawa Lake Garden is a natural garden that displays creative harmony between humans and nature. The garden opened again this year on April 20 and will stay open until November 4. Head there during Golden Week for the best time to see the garden’s popular tulips, and June 16 to July 1 to see the roses in full bloom.
There are 8 areas to enjoy in this natural garden, each of which are decorated in the natural vegetation of Karuizawa through the four seasons, especially roses. Across the 10,000m2 area are close to 400 varieties of English roses, perennial plants, herbs and more. Most of the flowers there bloom along the garden’s waterfront.
The tulips flower a little later in Karuizawa, from April and May. The resort town has cool weather characteristic of such a plateau, and it’s here where the flowering season will arrive later than Tokyo and elsewhere.
Also, the roses are most beautiful from the middle of June to the start of July. Various events are planned for this year’s top rose season.
The weeping cherry trees on the lake shore are also an absolute must-see springtime sight.
If you’re in Japan, then definitely visit Karuizawa Lake Garden during the flowering season.
Cosy Up in the Snow Huts This Winter at Hoshino Resorts KAI
17.November.2019 | SPOT
Hoshino Resorts is once again bringing its kamakura snow huts to two of its KAI hotelsーa brand of hot spring hotels. You’ll catch them at Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru and Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps from February 1 to 29 next year.
KAI Tsugaru: Beautiful Koginzashi Stitched Lanterns Light Your Way
Koginzashi is a type of sashiko stitch work famous in the Tsugaru region. Japanese kogin designer Iemasa Yamahata has designed 50 beautiful Kogin lanterns for Hoshino Resorts’ KAI Tsugaru hot spring hotel, which is hidden away in the town of Owani in southern Tsugaru, Aomori.
When you arrive at KAI Tsugaru, follow the lanterns along the snow and you’ll arrive at the kamakuraーa type of Japanese igloo built in northern Japan for winter festivals. Multiple objects, big and small, have been designed with koginzashi, so guests can enjoy this beautiful art form.
Cosy up inside your secret snow hut and enjoy some tasty chocolate with cute koginzashi designs made by a local Japanese confectionery shop. Order a hot cocktail too made using apples grown in Aomoriーa prefecture famous across the country for its apples. There’s a non-alcoholic cocktail option too.
You’ll also find an original card game inside the huts created by the KAI Tsugaru staff. It’s called “Kogin Awase” and works like the card game Pairs. What could be better than sat warm inside an igloo, eating sweets and drinking while playing a card game?
KAI Alps: Enjoy Life as a Yukinko Snow Child
Turn back into a child and experience young life in the snow country of the Shinano Province (now Nagano Prefecture) with the Shinshū Kamakura Yukinko Experience.
In the harsh cold and knee-deep snow environment of Shinano, people would take anti-snow measures by wearing things like the straw raincoat known as a mino, a traditional winter coat called a hanten, and other things. Guests can do the same and dress up to become a child of the snow, known as a Yukinko. You’ll forget about the snow before you even realise it.
In old Japanese houses, friends and family would gather around an iroriーa sunken fireplace. You’ll find these dotted around the public space at KAI Alps too, where you can sit around and enjoy the crackling and warmth of the fire. There will also be hand warmers and shiruko sweet porridge too so you can rest assured you won’t go cold.
Experience life in the snow at Hoshino Resorts KAI this winter.
KAI Tsugaru – “Kogin Kamakura”
Running: February 1, 2020 – February 29, 2020 (Subject to change depending on snowfall)
Price: ¥1,500 per person (includes snow hut entry, confections, and 1 drink)
*Alcoholic/non-alcoholic cocktail options available
Reservations: Available from the front desk on the day
Address: Kamibotanmori-36-1 Ōwani, Ōwani-machi, Minamitsugaru District, Aomori Prefecture
KAI Alps – “Shinshū Kamakura Yukinko Experience”
Running: February 1, 2020 – February 29, 2020 (Subject to change depending on snowfall)
Time: Kamakura Light-Up 17:00-21:00 / Yukinko Dress-Up 15:00-21:00 / Winter Stroll Preparations 20:00-21:00
No. of People: 4
Reservations: Not required
Address: 2884-26 Taira, Ōmachi-shi, Nagano Prefecture
Hoshino Resorts KAI Official Website: https://www.hoshinoresorts.com/brand/kai/
Natural Ice Area to Open at KERA-IKE Ice Rink in Karuizawa Hoshino Forest Area
23.October.2019 | SPOT
The “Natural Ice” area is set to return to KERA-IKE Ice Rink, an outdoor ice skating area managed by Hoshino Resorts, again this winter, something made possible only by the cold winter weather and without cooling devices.
KERA-IKE Ice Rink is connected to the Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary where countless wild birds and animals roam free. The ice rink opened for the winter season last Friday (October 18) and will run until March 8 next year.
The rink is formed of two areas: the “Man-made Area” which is made together with the cold air and the help of cooling devices, and the “Natural Area,” which appears only during the coldest time of winter and sees the water freeze up naturally, allowing people to skate across 1,080 square meters of land. This Natural Area will open on December 20 and run until February 20, 2020.
Stroll across the forest’s icy landscape
The freedom of skating across the natural ice is like taking a stroll through the forest. Enjoy skating around the little islands in the middle of the lake and finding the fallen leaves from the forest trees locked inside the ice.
Enjoy hot drinks with the sound of the wild birds as your soundtrack
Enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate at the neighbouring cafe. We recommend getting the Wild Bird Cafe Latte which comes with four different latte art designs of the wild birds you’ll often spot around the ice rink. The drink can be enjoyed in the cafe or can be taken out so you can enjoy sipping it on the benches on top of the ice.
Wild Bird Cafe Latte – ¥600 (Tax Included)
Coffee/Hot Chocolate – ¥500 (Tax Included)
Couples can enjoy the “Starry Sky Nighter Skate” Valentine’s event
For Valentine’s season, the ice rink has a special event in store for couples: the first ever “Starry Sky Nighter Skate.” Not only do they get the luxury of skating after-hours, they can also bask under the radiance of Karuizawa’s incredible star-filled sky. There will also be a guide providing commentary on the stars. After the event, all lights will be turned off to allow everyone to enjoy the pure light of the stars.
There will also be hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows for the Valentine’s event.
Starry Sky Nighter Skate
Running: February 10, 2020 – February 16, 2020
Time: 17:30-19:00 (Reception open 17:00)
Price: ¥3,500 per person (Includes skating fee, skate rental fee, drink, binoculars, and consumption tax)
Age: 18+ years
Reservations: By 17:00 the same day by telephone or online. Reservations are mandatory.
Capacity: 20 per day (Must book for at least 2 people)
Kera-Ike Ice Rink Natural Area
Running: December 20, 2019 – February 20, 2020
*Man-made area running October 18, 2019 – March 8, 2020 (Except November 20, 2019, and January 7-9, 2020)
Price: General (Junior High Schol students and older) – ¥1,900 / Elementary School Students and younger – ¥1,300
Official Website: http://www.hoshino-area.jp/archives/area/skate
Autumn 2019: Maple Trees and Roses Adorn Karuizawa Lake Garden in Full Bloom
18.September.2019 | SPOT
Karuizawa Lake Garden is a natural garden that displays creative harmony between humans and nature, where one can enjoy its bountiful selection of plants throughout all four seasons along with the lake across a 33,000m² area.
This year’s autumn season at the garden is scheduled from October 12 to November 4 where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the red and yellow leaves simultaneously alongside colourful roses.
Beautiful Japanese maple trees aren’t the only thing you can enjoy during the fall season at Karuizawa Lake Garden. Soak in the sight of an abundance of autumnal plants and inhale the floral scent of the many roses. They will open across eight areas, including the main Rose Garden, by the waterside.
Welcome the autumntime this year at the incredible Karuizawa Lake Garden.
Karuizawa Lake Garden Autumn Season
Running: October 12, 2019 – November 4, 2019
Address: Address: Lake New Town, Hotchi, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefectur
Autumn Season Opening Hours: 9:00-16:00 (Last Entries 15:30)
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.karuizawa-lakegarden.jp/
Warm The Cockles Of Your Heart This Christmas at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area
This holiday season, Hoshino Resorts is set to hold a Christmas event at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area, a place managed by the company which brings together people who love culture and nature. It will run from November 16 to December 25.
The event’s theme is “A Town Where Happiness Shines.” From mistletoe illuminations to xmas desserts and more, you’re sure to have the cockles of your heart warmed this year at this happiness-filled festival.
At Harunire Terrace, where 16 shops line the cosy wooden terrace, the columns and overhangs will be adorned in Christmas garlands, and mistletoe-shaped illuminations will dangle from tree branches.
You can spot a lot of mistletoe in Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary. Even in wintertime the plant does not wither, instead keeping its green leaves, which in folklore has led it to be viewed as a symbol of immortality.
Mistletoe is known in many cultures as a symbol of happiness. In the Western world, lovers who stand under mistletoe are expected to kiss. The warm illuminations are set to light a warm and romantic atmosphere to all those who attend.
As well as the illuminations, there will also be mistletoe lanterns hiding in the trees to celebrate romantic love this Christmas. Get ready to count down with everybody at the event as when you reach zero, all of the lanterns will turn on at the same time. There will even be mini live performances where you can sing along to Christmas songs.
Christmas Sweets at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court
Order the “Episode de Noel” at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court for a delicious Christmas sweets dessert course of 4 treats.
This is just a peek inside the stocking of what’s to come at the festival. There will be a hot chocolate bar, fresh s’mores, kids events, photo spots, a Christmas market, and more. Ride your sleigh into HOSHINO Karuizawa Area this winter.
HOSHINO Karuizawa Area Christmas 2019
Running: November 16, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Time: 16:00-23:00 (Times differ for certain events)
Location: HOSHINO Karuizawa Area
Location: Harunire Terrace
Running: November 16, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Location: Harunire Terrace, Woods
Running: December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st-25th
Running: December 13, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Price: ¥3,500 (pre-tax and service charge)
HOSHINO Karuizawa Area
Address: Hoshino Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
Access: 15-minutes by car from Karuizawa Station (via JR Hokuriku Shinkansen)
Official Website (English): http://www.hoshino-area.jp/en
Witness the ‘Queen of Lilies’ the Golden-rayed Lily Blooming at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden
30.July.2019 | Uncategorized
The golden-rayed lilies (Lilium auratum) are now in bloom at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden in Hyogo.
Known as yamayuri in Japan, the golden-rayed lily is the most ornate lily in the world. It is native to Japan and has a white form with golden streaks which it gets its nickname from. It has a potent fragrance which fill your nose if you visit the Rokko Alpine Botanical right now where you can witness close to 200 of these magnificent flowers.
The flowers are in bloom until early August so if you’re in Japan, don’t miss this chance to see this queen of lilies.
Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden
Location: Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden (Kitarokkō-4512-150 Rokkōsanchō, Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture)
Price: General (12+ Years) ¥620 / Children (4-11 Years) ¥310
Opening Period: March 16, 2019 – November 24, 2019 (Closed September 5 and September 12)
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Reception desk closes at 16:30)
Official Website: http://www.rokkosan.com
Witness The Refreshing False Anemone In Full Bloom At Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden, Hyogo
25.July.2019 | SPOT
The beautiful false anemone flowers of Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden are currently in full bloom.
False anemone can be found scattered from the south to the central part of the Tohoku region. In the Kansai region, it can only be found growing wildly among the limestone rocks of Mount Omine. Each flower blooms facing downwards and has a diameter of up to 3cm. The petals are a translucent light purple colour. This is a very popular species, especially amongst photographers.
This is the perfect opportunity to take beautiful photos of the refreshing flowers as they are shaken by the gentle breeze, swaying under the pure light that filters through the trees towering above them. The false anemone are predicted to be in full bloom until mid August, so please come see them.
Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden
Address: Kitarokko-4512-150 Rokkosancho, Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo
Open Period: March 16 ー November 24
Closed: September 5, 12
Opening Hours: 10:00 ー 17:00 (Reception closing time: 16:30)
Adults (Middle School +):￥620／Children: (4 y/o ー Elementary School): ￥310
Rokkosan Web Portal: https://www.rokkosan.com/
Don’t Miss The Beautiful Blooming of Karuizawa Lake Garden This Summer
22.July.2019 | SPOT
Over the summer, Karuizawa Lake Garden is holding a range of events for parents and children to immerse themselves in the beautiful nature, smell the fragrant lilies, and experience the popular false anemone, water lilies and many more gorgeous flowers. Approximately 33,000m2 of space is covered with the Karuizawa’s most beautiful plants and even a lake.
At Karuizawa, roses are particularly beautiful during the summer O-Bon festival season, flourishing more than ever in Karuizawa’s unique climate. As the roses bloom for the second time in the year during mid august, this is a particularly beautiful sight. ♪
The entire garden consists of eight areas where you can enjoy different sceneries. The rose garden, for example, consists of roses and a whole range of plants that flower at different times of the year, so you can enjoy the variation in appearance of the garden throughout the year. Different flowering plants and roses surround a waterfront in the rose garden. You must come witness just how beautiful it looks during the summer.
Address: Lake New Town, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano
Opening hours: 9am ー 5 pm (Last entries: 4:30pm)
※ The opening hours of the garden vary according to the season, so please confirm these times by visiting the garden’s official website.
※ The garden will close one hour earlier than the usual time on Wednesdays for maintenance.
Entry fees: Vary depending on the season.
From Wine to Hydrangeas Taste the Regional Shaved Ice Flavours of Japan at Hoshino Resorts KAI
10.July.2019 | FOOD
Hoshino Resorts hot spring ryokan brand KAI is offering guests the opportunity to explore different regional shaved ice desserts that are served with delicious regional syrups and toppings. Shaved ice is a traditional summer dessert that was even mentioned in the famous work The Pillow Book, which was written by Sei Shonagon during her time as Empress Consort Teishi’s court lady during the 990s and early 1000s of the Heian period.
The concept of KAI expresses both originality and the thirst for experimenting to make something new. The event offers a range of original flavours, embracing the Japanese tradition of eating flavoured shaved ice to battle the heat of summer. From wine-flavoured shaved ice in Nagano, to Hydrangea shaved ice at Hakone, this is the perfect opportunity to try a range of shaved ice desserts that are full of vibrant colours. These regional flavours are sure to spark your curiosity for discovery in that region.
Wine Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Matsumoto (Asama Onsen, Nagano)
The cone-shaped region of Kikyogahara, which is located next to Matsumoto city, is well known for its wine production. This area produces around 50 different kinds of Kikyogahara wine. The flavoured syrup for this shaved ice comes from concord grape wine sourced from Kikyogahara. Each porcelain bowl for the dessert is handmade. Customers can enjoy the smooth, rounded feel of the grape pattern on the bowl as they dig into their dessert. As the alcohol is burned out of the dish, even those who do not like alcohol can enjoy this mature dessert. From the carefully prepared wine syrup to the handmade bowl, you will be able to feel all the hard work put into the making of these luxurious desserts. This is the perfect way to cool off after a hot day.
Hydrangea Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone
Due to the altitude differences at Hakone, you can enjoy the beautiful hydrangeas for an even longer time than other areas of Japan. There is a Hydrangea train (Ajisai Densha) that runs up the mountains providing passengers with the beautiful view of blooming flowers, creating the perfect summer memories. Observing the large groups of flowers in full bloom fills you with such a refreshing feeling. Their beautiful colours are expressed in the colour of this hydrangea shaved ice.
Strawberry Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko (Chuzenji Onsen, Tochigi)
Tochigi prefecture has been Japan’s no.1 producer of strawberries for 50 years straight. This shaved ice is served in a strawberry-shaped bowl and is served with sweet yet slightly sour strawberry syrup and a topping of bittersweet matcha sauce. Here, you can enjoy a cool evening up 1,300 metres high overlooking beautiful scenery from inside the establishment whose spectacular interior that boasts Tochigi’s traditional art of Kanuma Kanoko craft.
Tomato Flavoured Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Aso (Sonomoto, Oita)
As tomatoes thrive during the summer, this tomato shaved ice is the perfect way to cool down. This shaved ice is sweet and slightly sour and the vibrant red colour is enough to refresh you. Tomatoes are low in calories and contain an abundant range of healthy nutrients. They are also high in vitamin C which is good for your skin and is known for helping prevent illness. Tomatoes are also a good supply of vitamin E, which is good at slowing the effects of aging. Take a seat on the terrace and enjoy your shaved ice as a refreshing breeze rolls by. This is the perfect way to enjoy a cool summer with a healthy and delicious dessert.
Neputa Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru (Owani Onsen, Aomori)
The Neputa Shaved Ice represents the Hirosaki Neputa Festival that takes place in the summer at the old castle town of Hirosaki. To represent Tsugaru Vidro coloured glass, which is an important part of Tsugaru culture, red, blue and green coloured jelly pieces decorate the top of the shaved ice. These colours also represent the vibrant colours of Neputa festival. This Instagram-worthy dessert shows off the best of the fresh colours of Tsugaru.
Kai Regional Shaved Ice Desserts 2019
Running: July 13, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Hoshino Resorts Kai Official Website: https://kai-ryokan.jp/
Beautiful National Park Projection Mapping to Illuminate Shiraito Falls This Summer
25.June.2019 | SPOT
For eight years now, Shiraito Highland Way, Karuizawa has been showing its gratitude to its summertime visitors with a special nighttime illumination display. This year, that time has come yet again.
The illumination event will take place at Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝, Shiraito no Taki), which is a special area of conservation located in Joshin’etsu-kogen National Park. Abiding by the rules set by the Ministry of the Environment and after a careful study of the wildlife, ecosystem and natural surroundings, preparations have been made in order to hold a successful show without any negative environmental effects. This will be the first ever projection mapping event to be held in a national park in Japan amongst the nature.
The 2019 event will be filled with a rich variety of beautiful animation to highlight the beauty of Karuizawa’s natural undertones and will also celebrate the new Reiwa era. The theme of the projection mapping will be “the birth of the earth and our prayers for the Reiwa period”.
This has been recognised as one of Japan’s Nightscape Heritage sites, so please come witness it for yourself.
2019 Shiraito Falls Projection Mapping, Karuizawa
Running: Friday ー Sunday from July 26 ー August 25, 2019
※ Running every day from August 12 ー August 15
Show Times: 19:00 ー 21:00
※ For safety reasons, the illumination will be prepared from 18:30
※ The projection mapping show will run 9 times on each day in 15 minute intervals starting from 19:00)
※ In times of overcrowding, there will be an entry limit.
※ To confirm whether the event will be postponed due to bad weather, please check the website below.
※ On August 13 and 14 only, the first 200 visitors will be presented with Karuizawa Chocolate Factory sweets
Official Website: http://www.karuizawa-shw.com/
Relax This Summer in Japan at the Hammock & Art Forest in Karuizawa
29.May.2019 | SPOT
Karuizawa Prince Hotel is lifting the veil on its new relaxing spot this summer: the Hammock & Art Forest, which will be open for a limited time this year from July 13 to August 31.
Wind down gently suspended in one of the many hammocks strung up at the hotel’s maple trees, or get some shade underneath the giant hammock dome. Zone out to the sound of the rustling trees and chirping birds of of Karuizawa.
When you’re not quite ready to lay down yet, or have already had your fill of snooze, then why not get involved in one of the weekend art workshops, or check out what film they’re screening on the giant television. Laced around the area will also be ribbon art created by Nagano-born Japanese local and contemporary artist Chihiro Koshi.
Hammock & Art Forest
Running: September 13, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Location: Karuizawa Prince Hotel’s “Momijiyama” area (Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture)
Official Website: https://www.princehotels.co.jp/karuizawa-west/
Karuizawa Umbrella Sky 2019: Enjoy the Rain at Harunire Terrace in Karuizawa
04.April.2019 | SPOT
Harunire Terrace is an outdoor terrace and day trip destination managed by Hoshino Resorts. The facility has announced that it will hold an event named Karuizawa Umbrella Sky 2019 that will run from June 1 until the rainy season lets up. 100 colourful umbrellas will be set up along the terrace, inviting people outdoors to enjoy the rain.
June in Japan is the beginning of the country’s rainy season, meaning people are distracted by the wet roads if they go out. But June in Karuizawa brings the blossoming of beautiful fresh verdure. During this time, the tree leaves drenched by the heavy rain twinkle with the water. That’s where Karuizawa Umbrella Sky comes in, encouraging people to step outdoors to enjoy this beautiful sight. The event began in 2015 and this is the 5th time it has been held.
Harunire Terrace is home to 16 restaurants and shops all surrounded by Japanese elms. It sits peacefully like a tiny town which will be sheltered by gorgeous colourful umbrellas overhead.
On clear days, the sunlight will filter through the umbrellas to create colourful patterns on the wooden deck. When it rains, the wet deck becomes like reflecting water as the water weeps down, but your head and feet will be protected. The sights and scenery transform once more in the evening when Harunire Terrace is lit up with illuminations to create a magical atmosphere.
Another special feature of the terrace once again lies in the wooden deck which reveals pictures of leaves and animals when it becomes wet. Observable only when it rains, the images include the leaves of the terrace’s famous elms, the Japanese flying squirrel, Japanese squirrel, Asian black bear and more.
Head on over to the Umbrella Garden where umbrellas are used in place of flower pots. Enjoy flower arrangements of plants that look pretty in the rain and dew such as hydrangeas and Spanish moss.
Invite your friends, family or special someone on a day out in the rain for this year’s Karuizawa Umbrella Sky 2019.
Karuizawa Umbrella Sky 2019
Location: Harunire Terrace (2148 Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture)
Running: June 1, 2019 until the rainy season ends (Based on announcements from the Japan Weather Association)
Time: 8:00-22:00 (Illuminations at 18:00-22:00)
TEL: 0267-45-5853 (Harunire Terrace)
Hoshino Area Official Website: http://www.hoshino-area.jp
Karuizawa Lake Garden is a natural garden that displays creative harmony between humans and nature. The garden is set to open for its 2019 business on April 19.
The natural garden is made up of 8 areas which blooms different beds of flowers across all four seasons, with a particular focus on roses. Across the 10,000m2 area are close to 400 varieties of English roses, perennial plants, herbs and more. Most of the flowers there bloom along the garden’s waterfront.
In April and May, when the garden’s roses begin to bloom, around 10,000 tulips will join them. There will also be weeping cherries at the lake shore, and plenty of other springtime sights to behold.
Karuizawa Lake Garden
Address: Lake New Town, Hotchi, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
Open: April 19, 2019 – November 4, 2019 (Open on June 10 for Karuizawa Citizen’s Day)
Price: Different depending on the season. Check the homepage for more details.
Garden Time: 09:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)
*Opening times may differ depending on the season so please check the homepage for details.
*The garden will be closed one hour earlier every Wednesday of maintenance.
Official Website: http://www.karuizawa-lakegarden.jp/
Flower High Seasons
[Late April – Mid May] Bulb plants such as tulips and grape hyacinths
[Late July – August] Perennial plants such as lilies
[Mid August] Summer roses
[September – October] Autumn season. Autumn perennial plants and roses.