10 Must Visit Tourist Spots in Karuizawa – Where the Reality TV Show on Netflix “Terrace House” Was Filmed

09.September.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

The town of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture has seen an increased in foreign visitors partly due to it being the filming location of Terrace House: Opening New Doors, a Japanese reality TV show available on Netflix which takes six strangers, men and women, and places them in a house to live together.

 

In this article we have compiled a list of tourist hot spots in Karuizawa and around Nagano that appear in the show.

 

Karuizawa

 

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Suwa Grand Shrine

This is the shrine the cast members go to as their first shrine visit of the year. It’s located near the Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza a shopping area. The huge sacred tree there is enveloped by moss. It’s a very mysterious place. During summer the shrines bustles with people there for the fireworks and festivals. It’s an important shrine loved by locals as a cultural property.

 

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Suwa Grand Shrine
Address: 865 Kyukaruizawa Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
TEL: 0267-42-5551
Information: http://www.nagano-jinjacho.jp/shibu/03tousin/02kitasaku/2042.htm

 

 

 

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Kumanokotai Shrine

This is the shrine where member Shion prayed for Tsubasa’s victory. The centre of the shrine sits on the border of Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture. It’s known as a branch shrine of the three Kumano Sanzan shrines in Wakayama. The sacred Shina no Ki tree is a popular ‘power spot’ for marriage and good fortune. You can also see the shape of a heart depending on which angle you look at it from, so be sure to try finding it.

 

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Kumanokotai Shrine
Address: 1 Togemachi, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
TEL: 0267-42-5749
Website: http://www.geocities.jp/kumanokoutai/

 

 

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Senga Falls

Senga Falls is where Noah and Mayu went on a date together. You can relax your mind and body by heading on the “Seseragi no Michi” hiking course which follows the mountain stream. You’re sure to feel healed not only by the waterfall but the surrounding lush greenery too.

 

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Senga Falls
Address: Senga Falls, Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
TEL: 0267-42-5538
Information: http://www.town.karuizawa.lg.jp/www/contents/1001000000751/index.html

 

 

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Kyukitazawa Ginza-dori

This is where Taka and Seina went on a date. It’s been a familiar tourist spot of Karuizawa since many years ago.There are many shops lining the street including those specialising in Karuizawa carving. You can also enjoy food like bread and jam, something which was taken on after foreign tourists started visiting for summer, as well as sausages and more. We recommend looking through the variety stores too.

 

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Kyukitazawa Ginza-dori
Address: 878 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
TEL: 0267-42-1775
Website: http://karuizawa-ginza.org/map/

 

 

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Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church

The Shaw Memorial Church is where Shohei confessed his love to Seina. This beautiful chapel is hidden away in the peaceful forests of Karuizawa where the gorgeous scenery of all four seasons can be enjoyed. The sight of the building’s magnificent stained glass will fill you with warmth. If you’re interested in seeing it yourself then don’t forget to book.

 

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Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church
Address: Kyu Karuizawa Hotel Otowa No Mori, Kyukaruizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
Website: http://www.hotel-otowanomori.co.jp/wedding/otowa_style/chapel.html

 

 

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Karuizawa Livery Yard

This is a horse riding club where Noah and Yui went on a horse riding date together. As well as being able to ride the horses, those who take a lesson there are also offered an optional plan for an additional fee to go walking in the forest. How does a horse ride in Japan sound?

 

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Karuizawa Livery Yard
Address: 271 Hotchi, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm (Bookings required)
No Fixed Holidays.
TEL: 0267-48-2020

 

 

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Outside BASE

The camp that everybody went to in the show is located here. It’s a camping site hidden away in the forest with 14 cottages and villages that can house up to 45 people per day. If you’re looking to spend a relaxing time out in nature then consider going here.

 

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Outside BASE
Address: 2032-2457 Kitakaruizawa, Naganohara, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture
TEL: 0279-80-5061
Reservation TEL: 03-3306-4559 (10:00am-5:00pm / Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Website: http://outsidebase.com/base/

 

 

Nagano

 

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Zenko-ji Temple

Shion and Tsubasa visited this temple on one of their dates. The temple is a registered national treasure and famous tourist spot in Nagano Prefecture. It has been loved by locals and tourists since ancient times. The busy Nakamise Street is packed with food you can buy and eat while walking around. They also offer guides of the shrine grounds in multiple languages.

 

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Zenko-ji Temple
Address: Motoyoshichō-491 Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
TEL: 026-234-3591
Website: https://www.zenkoji.jp/

 

 

Komoro

 

 

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Otomeko Park

Shohei and Seina visit Otomeko Park during their date. The park is decked out with many public facilities including a cultural facility with a public hall and gym, a tennis court, a wild bird forest, and other forests you can walk around. The scenery is beautiful whatever season you visit.

 

■Information
Otomeko Park
Address: 1275 Ko, Komoro, Nagano Prefecture
TEL: 0267-23-8880
Website: http://www.city.komoro.lg.jp/category/institution/kouen/otomeko/

 

 

Have you seen Terrace House yet? Whether you have or not, hopefully this list of tourist spots offers an incentive to visit and enjoy the sights of Karuizawa and Nagano.

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