Go and See 10,000 Tulips at Karuizawa Lake Garden

25.March.2019 | SPOT

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.

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  • 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.

  • Warm The Cockles Of Your Heart This Christmas at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area

    06.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    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.

     

    Mistletoe Illuminations

    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.

     

    Mistletoe Lanterns

    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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christmas Candle Night 2018 to Take Place at Karuizawa Kogen Church

    07.November.2018 | SPOT

    Countless candles are set to illuminate Karuizawa Kogen Church from December 1 to 25 for Christmas Candle Night 2018. The church, located in the town of Karuizawa which was opened by missionaries, is open to all people and loved by many people.

    The church, encased tranquilly amongst the trees and nature, has a long history dating back to 1921. It initially began in the Taisho Period as a place where highly educated people gathered including Japanese author Tōson Shimazaki and poet Hakushū Kitahara. It continues today as a church that welcomes anybody who visits it.

     

    Warm Glowing Lantern Candles in the Holy Forest and the Illuminated Crossroads

    Candles stood in lanterns will light up the forest surrounding the church, and a 6 meter tall fern tree will glow against the night sky. The illuminated crossroads that run through the forest will transform the area into a magical and mysterious marvel as gentle lights flicker before you.

    Date: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Time: 18:30-21:00

    Lantern Strolling Through the Holy Forest

    Just as the missionaries paved the way for Karuizawa, so too will you be able to stroll through the forest lit only by the lantern you carry and the candles surrounding you. This is a chance to make some Christmas memories you wouldn’t be able to in the city.

    Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

    Time: 18:30-21:00

    *Lanterns provided

    Christmas Song & Prayer

    A musical ensembles of hand bells and harps will be carried out as will song and music with a gospel choir and pastor. Enjoy praying, singing and feeling with music.

     

    Hand Bell & Harp Ensemble

    Date: Saturdays and December 24

    December 1 and 8 – 19:00/20:00

    December 15, 22 and 24 – 18:30/19:30/20:30

    *20 minutes per session

     

    Christmas Song & Prayer

    Date: Sundays and December 25

    December 2 and 9 – 19:00/16:00

    December 16, 23 and 25 – 18:30/19:30/20:30

    *20 minutes per session

     

    The Holy Night’s Gentle Melody

    The gentle tune of a music box will calm people’s hearts just as the sounds heard in Karuizawa’s forests do, like the cries of birds and trees rustling in the wind.

    Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

    December 1, 2, 8 and 9 – 19:20/20:20

    December 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 and 25 18:50/19:50/20:50

    *5 minutes per session

    Binding Thoughts & Feelings Into Christmas Letters

    The church treasures the time it takes to put together a letter to send to someone. Write a special letter to that special someone.

    Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

    Time: 18:30-21:00

     

    Enjoy a calm and peaceful Christmas this holiday season at Karuizawa Kogen Church.

  • 17 Restaurants in Karuizawa That Appear in the Netflix Reality TV Show “Terrace House”

    10.October.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture has been seeing an increase in the number of foreign visitors thanks to the ongoing Netflix reality TV show Terrace House: Opening New Doors. We have covered numerous must-visit places that have appeared in the show including tourist spots, cafes and winter spots locations.

     

    In this article we have compiled a list of 17 restaurants that make an appearance in the show.

     

    TRATTORIA RIPOSO
    TRATTORIA RIPOSO has become talked about as the restaurant where Yuudai did some training in cooking. The meals served there use the best meat and vegetables farmed in Nagano. As well as single menu items like pizza and pasta they also served courses. Pizzas there are made in an authentic pizza oven ordered from Naples in Italy and the pasta is homemade by hand.

     

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    TRATTORIA RIPOSO
    Address: 2010-1 Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:30
    Closed: Tuesdays
    TEL: 0267-41-3501
    Website: http://riposo-karuizawa.com

     

    CERCLE at Harunire Terrace
    CERCLE is where Yuudai enquired about a part-time job. They serve French deli and over 250 varieties of wine from France and Italy to be compared and enjoyed. The ingredients are carefully selected by the chefs in the restaurant who go to the production areas. Meals are a mix of French and Italian styles.

     

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    CERCLE
    Address: Hoshino Harunire Terrace, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 0267-31-0361
    Website: http://cercle-karuizawa.jp

     

    trattoria il sogno at Harunire Terrace
    trattoria il sogno is where Mayu invited the new member of the group Noah for lunch. It’s an Italian style restaurant that offers authentic tasting food. They serve Roman-style pizza carefully made one by one by the pizza chefs in the restaurant’s stone oven. Afterwards you can enjoy desserts such as tiramisu.

     

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    trattoria il sogno
    Address: Hoshino Harunire Terrace, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 0267-31-0031
    Website: http://ilsogno-karuizawa.jp

     

    TOMY
    TOMY, where Shohei invites Ami on a a date, is a stylish restaurant and the only one in Karuizawa where you can enjoy live jazz music. The owner uses fresh pesticide-free vegetables picked in the morning that they grown themselves. The owner’s recommended dish is the Tomato Sauce & Tuna Spaghetti. Enjoy delicious food while listening to some chilled-out jazz tunes.

     

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    TOMY
    Address: 4204-1 Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 0267-46-1510
    Website: http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~Tomy/index.htm

     

    La Luce
    The concept behind La Luce, where Shohei and Mayu enjoyed a spot of lunch together, is local production for local consumption. The restaurant serves Italian food made with seasonal vegetables from Nagano and Karuizawa. Their popular organic sorghum soup offers the sweet original flavour of sorghum. One spoonful fills your mouth with the delicious sweetness of nature.

     

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    La Luce
    Address: 24-2 Naka-Karuizawa, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 10:30-13:45 / 17:30-20:30 (Sundays & Winter Season 17:30-20:00)
    Closed: Mondays
    TEL: 0267-45-2019
    Website: https://karuizawa-la-luce.jimdo.com

     

    TRATTORIA Primo
    Taka and Mayu dined at this Italian restaurant. It’s a place so popular that it has people lining up waiting for a seat. From the giant windows of the restaurant there’s plenty of nature to look at, so much so that it feels like you’re eating inside a forest. They serve hot pizza made on iron plates, authentic tomato based pasta and more.

     

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    TRATTORIA Primo
    Address: 330-8 Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:30 / Dinner 17:00-22:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 0267-42-1129
    Website: https://www.karuizawa.co.jp/rest/primo/

     

    Longing House
    This is where Shohei celebrated Seina’s birthday. The restaurant is especially popular with female customers for its delicious vegetables. The vegetables are carefully chosen by the restaurant’s vegetable sommeliers who visit farms across the whole of Japan. They don’t only use vegetables of course – they have dishes with plenty of other ingredients too all flavourful with the great taste s of Nagano.

     

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    Longing House
    Address: Izumi no Moto, Karuizawa Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 8:00-9:00 / 12:00-13:30 / 18:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 050-5595-8728
    Website: https://longinghouse.jp/restaurant/

     

    Codow Karuizawa
    This restaurant, where Mayu and Yui had lunch together, offers everything from a casual Italian-style lunch to special dishes and even wedding plans. The restaurant also goes by the name “restaurant in the forest” due to it being located right in the middle of a gorgeous forest. It also offers courses based on your budget too making it the perfect place to plan a birthday.

     

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    Codow Karuizawa
    Address: 702 Shiozawa Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:30 / Dinner 18:00-22:00
    Closed: Tuesdays
    TEL: 0267-46-5510
    Website: http://www.codow-karuizawa.com/index.html

     

    Kitchen Papa
    Kitchen is an izakaya loved by the locals and where Shohei told Taka about his departure. They have lots of popular Chinese dishes including dandan noodles where you can adjust the spiciness to your liking. The servings are nice and big but the prices are favourable. It’s nice to eat at a stylish restaurant at a villa but it’s also nice to go to a place that locals frequent too.

     

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    Kitchen Papa
    Address: 3-8 Naka-Karuizawa, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 17:30-Midnight
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 050-5890-8611
    Website: https://tabelog.com/nagano/A2003/A200301/20000693/

     

    Sajilo Cafe Forest
    Sajilo Cafe Forest is the curry house where Noah and Seina ate lunch together. Authentic Nepal cooking with lots of spices is served here, made by a chef from Nepal who trained at a high-end hotel in their home country. You can pick from a rotor of curries such as chicken, vegetable and mutton can be enjoyed with chewy naan bread. The outside of the restaurant looks cute with its completely white coat.

     

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    Sajilo Café Forest
    Address: 859-1 Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours:
    Weekdays
    Lunch 11:00-15:00 (Last Orders 14:30) / Dinner 17:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
    Weekends & Holidays
    All Day 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
    No Fixed Holidays.
    TEL: 0267-42-5541
    Website: http://sajilocafe.jp/index.php

     

    Enisha
    This izakaya where Taka and Shion went drinking serves food with carefully selected ingredients. They are particular about local production for local consumption. There’s lots to choose from including meat dishes, fried food, a variety of rice bowls and more. One of their popular dishes is the Ganso Karuizawa Sauce Katsudon Enisha Ryu which is served with soft pork cutlets drizzled with Enisha’s secret Nagano apple-based sauce. It goes perfectly with soft boiled egg!

     

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    Enisha
    Address: 18-11 Naka-Karuizawa, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:30-14:00 / 17:00-Midnight (Last Orders 23:30)
    Closed: Sundays (*Except in August)
    TEL: 0267-31-0520
    Website: https://localplace.jp/t200308816/index.html

     

    Torimiruka
    This is an oyakodon (chicken and egg rice) restaurant where Ami went with her friend from university. The “Kyukoku no Oyakodon” dish is made with a breed of chicken from Nagano which is cooked with charcoal. Added to that is bonito and mackerel amongst other ingredients as well as an original stock and lots of egg. It’s best eaten together with their homemade seasoning!

     

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    Torimiruka
    Address: 1146-1 Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 11:00-14:00 / 17:00-22:00
    Closed: Mondays
    TEL: 050-5284-1455
    Website: http://wid.co.jp

     

    Toufuya Tsurukichi
    Three members of the show cast go to eat here. During the day they serve a range of meals with tofu as the main ingredient, and at night it becomes a popular izakaya where you can enjoy local sake. All of the tofu used is from beans in Karuizawa and Nagano none of which have been genetically modified. The water used in making the tofu is from Karuizawa and the nigari is from the natural seawater in Sado. It’s an izakaya serving the kind of food you can only get in Karuizawa which is also healthy and delicious.

     

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    Toufuya Tsurukichi
    Address: 586 Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 17:30-Midnight (Weekend & Holiday Lunch 12:00-14:30)
    Closed: Tuesdays
    TEL: 0267-42-5962
    Website: https://tabelog.com/nagano/A2003/A200301/20005740/

     

    SASA
    This restaurant is managed by Tsubasa’s father where you can enjoy delicate and eye-catching Japanese-style food for a reasonable price. Their noodles are made by hand from soba flour produced in Karuizawa and are popular with both the locals and foreign tourist. Their menu is also available in English and Chinese.

     

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    SASA
    Address: 1058-16 Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:00 / Dinner 17:30-21:00
    Closed: Wednesdays
    TEL: 0267-31-5053
    Website: https://tabelog.com/nagano/A2003/A200301/20009908/

     

    Ishokuya Miyasaka
    This is an izakaya where Tsubasa ate with his hockey friends. They serve a range of à la carte as well as lots of seasonal menus. Their exquisite beef tendons go together well with sake. Try eating your meal with one of the many types of sake they have in stock.

     

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    Ishokuya Miyasaka
    Address: 231 Karuizawahigashi, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 18:00-01:00 (Next Day)
    Closed: Mondays
    TEL: 0267-31-6757
    Website: http://isyokuya-miyasaka.com

     

    Wakadori
    This yakitori restaurant where Taka worked a part-time job is famous for its chicken thighs and has been around since 1960. It’s one of Karuizawa’s most iconic locations where you can enjoy eating tender fried chicken served with high quality seasoning. The secret sauce that coats the chicken is a flavour you will never forget!

     

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    Wakadori
    Address: 3-4 Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 12:00-14:00 / 17:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:00)
    Closed: Tuesdays
    TEL: 0267-42-4520
    Website: https://tabelog.com/nagano/A2003/A200301/20021684/

     

    Shigenoya
    Aya and Taka ate lunch together at this soba noodle restaurant. There’s a line that runs down the middle of the restaurant that sits between Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture, meaning you can walk between the two completely different places in Japan. The restaurant is also close to Kumano Shrine, a famous tourist spot, so you can stop by for food once you’ve paid a visit!

     

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    Shigenoya
    Address: 2 Tōgemachi, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
    Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00
    Open April – November
    TEL: 0267-42-2402
    Website: https://tabelog.com/nagano/A2003/A200301/20000432/

     

    Each and every restaurant in this list is a much-talked about place! Which do you want to visit the most?

  • 6 Winter Sports Locations in Karuizawa – Where the Netflix Reality TV Show “Terrace House” is Filmed

    08.October.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    We previously covered 10 popular tourist spots and 7 must-visit cafes in Karuizawa where the Japanese reality TV show Terrace House, available on Netflix, was filmed.

     

    In this article we’re taking a look at 6 locations picked up by the show where you can experience and enjoy winter sports in Karuizawa.

     

    Karuizawa Kazakoshi Park Ice Arena

    This is the ice ring where Tsubasa from the show trains for ice hockey. You can rent ice skates there and enjoy free time where all people can slide around the arena or you can get involved in any of the ongoing events. They even hold figure skating and ice hockey tournaments there.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Karuizawa Kazakoshi Park Ice Arena

    Address: 182-3 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 8:00am-11:00pm

    Open All Year Round.

    TEL: 0267-48-3626

    Website: http://www.kazakoshi-park.jp/ice-arena/

     

    Kerachi Skate Rink

    This is where Shion and Tsubasa go on a date together. An outdoor ice rink surrounded by a forest, Kerachi Skate Rink is managed by Hoshino Resorts and is open only during wintertime. Since the skate rink is enveloped by trees, you can enjoy the chirping of the birds and the view of Mount Asuma as you skate. The cafe there serves hot drinks which you can sip on the round benches on top of the ice to warm yourself up.

     

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    Kerachi Skate Rink

    Address: 2148 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Running: October 19, 2018 – March 10, 2019 (*Subject to change depending on weather conditions)

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm

    TEL: 0267-45-7777

    Website: http://www.hoshino-area.jp/archives/area/skate

     

    Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort

    This is the ski resort where Taka and Yuudai had fun snowboarding. It’s rife with outdoor activities so you can get your fill of nature. As well as skiing and snowboarding, they also bring out the zip-lines, lifts and four-wheeler buggies during the green season. You can also enjoy a spot of shopping, bowling and other thing after skiing, making it a great day out for the family.

     

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    Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort

    Address: Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Running: November 3, 2018 – March 31, 2019

    TEL: 0267-42-5588

    Website: http://www2.princehotels.co.jp/ski/karuizawa/

     

    Yunomaru Ski Area

    This is the ski resort that Shohei took Ami to. Enjoyed for its powder snow, Yunomaru Ski Area boasts a wide location where you can gaze at the Northern Alps. They also have sleds and a boat park. As well as this, there are hot spring facilities and a roadside station in the surrounding area which are great places to stop by on your way back.

     

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    Yunomaru Ski Area

    Address: Mihari Yunomaru, Tomi, Nagano Prefecture

    TEL: 0268-62-1515

    Website: http://yunomaru.co.jp/

     

    Resort Lodge Suzumoto

    This is the lodge that Taka visited, situated 1300m high with the fresh air. Here you can enjoy activities throughout the year while surrounded by the lush environment that Sugadaira Kogen has to offer. It’s well known to people as a ski resort with a history spanning 75 years. After activities you can enjoy a handmade meal from the owner with Kogen’s famous vegetables. There’s also a convenience store within walking distance if you need a nighttime snack or some quick shopping.

     

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    Resort Lodge Suzumoto

    Address: 1223-5501 Sugadairakogen, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture

    TEL: 0268-74-2110

    Website: http://www.sugadaira.ne.jp/~suzumoto/

     

    Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort

    Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort is where Taka and Ami had their date. The site is split into two main skiing and snowboarding areas: the “Davos Area” and the “Taro Area.” The Taro Area is surrounded by trees and is home to the Taro Long Course. It’s a wide and the slope is steep so it’s recommended to advance skiers and snowboarders. The Davos Area on the other hand can be enjoyed even by beginners with its 1,000m long run. Guests can also enjoy trekking in snow shoes, taking the back country tour or getting involved with a lesson that suits your level.

     

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    Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort

    Address: 1223-1751 Sugadairakogen, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture

    Running: Open from December 1, 2018

    TEL: 0268-74-2137

    Website: http://sugadaira-snowresort.com/

     

     

    Try challenging yourself to one of the many exciting winter sports available in Karuizawa!

  • 7 Must Visit Cafes in Karuizawa – Where the Netflix Reality TV Show “Terrace House” is Filmed

    18.September.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    We previously covered 10 popular tourist spots to visit in Karuizawa where the Japanese reality TV show Terrace House, available on Netflix, was filmed. We’re continuing this theme by showcasing 7 popular cafes in Karuizawa that also featured in the show.

     

     

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    Minerva Sabo

    This is the cafe that cast members Yuudai, Shion, Ami and Mizuki visited. A long-standing pasta house that has been around for over 40 years, it’s a western-style building entwined with rich, green ivy and has a retro Showa era-style atmosphere. We also recommend their sweets made with classic Karuizawa ingredients like apricot, Asama berries, cowberry and more.

     

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    Minerva Sabo

    Address: 2009 Hanareyama Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm

    Closed: Thursdays

    TEL: 0267-42-5981

    Website: https://www.slow-style.com/detail/544/index.html

     

     

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    Natural Cafeina

    Natural Cafeina is where Yuudai visited with his mother. The cafe’s “Açaí Bowl” is packed full of rich açaí berries. When you enter the cafe there’s a roofed terrace on the other side where pets are allowed making it a great place to stop by while you’re out walking.

     

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    Natural Cafeina

    Address: 25 Karuizawahigashi, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Opening Hours: [Summer] 7:00am-7:00pm / [Autumn-Spring] 8:00am-7:00pm

    Closed: Wednesdays

    TEL: 0267-42-3562

    Website: http://www.natural-cafeina.com

     

    Tenku Cafe Aura

    Taka and Ami visit this cafe. It’s a popular dating spot that offers a grandstand view of Karuizawa. The “Majo no Kuro Curry” the two of them ordered is packed with nuts and easy on the body. Whatever season you visit you can expect a gorgeous view while enjoying a relaxing time.

     

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    Tenku Cafe Aura

    Address: 1369-51 Karuizawa Fukafuruya, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-4:00pm (*changes depending on the season)

    Closed: Winter, Tuesdays and Wednesdays ( *changes depending on the season)

    TEL: 0267-31-0865

    Website: http://cafe-aura.com

     

     

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    AU DEPART

    AU DEPART is where Seina bought wine from. She is a returning member to Terrace House. The cafe makes use of a station platform no longer in use at Karuizawa Station. It has an industrial vibe to it. All the wine sold there is from Nagano, all of which can be described and explained to customers a kind and easy-to-understand manner. You can also enjoy meals at their cafe/bar which are made using ingredients grown in Nagano.

     

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    AU DEPART

    Address: 1178 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm

    Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays (and occasional temporary holidays)

    TEL: 0267-31-6233

    Website: http://au-depart.jp

     

     

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    Paitsubooru

    This cafe is where Taka and Seina visited. The cafe’s name comes from Norwegian and refers to the fire lit to burn wood. You can feel the warmness of the wood in the interior. This is coupled with the fire stove in the middle which heats up the cafe. Their handmade cakes go perfect with the coffee they serve.

     

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    Paitsubooru

    Address: 197-2 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 0267-42-3159

    Website: https://tabelog.com/nagano/A2003/A200301/20001303/

     

     

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    Coffee House Shaker

    Coffee House Shaker is where Shion and Tsubasa visited. The cafe is decked out with furniture seen in the houses of the Shakers, a sect of Christianity. They have lots of books and magazines available. Their hearty French toast and hamburgers are especially popular.

     

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    Coffee House Shaker

    Address: 3460-16 Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm (Summer – 10:00am-7:00pm)

    Closed: Wednesdays

    TEL: 0267-45-8573

    Website: https://cafeshaker.exblog.jp

     

     

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    Libisco Karuizawa

    Taka and Aya roll up to this shop which sells ice cream and gelato. Aya gives huge praise to this place, exclaiming, “From everything I’ve eaten so far this is the most delicious!” The reason she says this is because what she had was made using milk fresh from that morning and fresh fruits. You can always expect freshness when you eat there. Their products also have low sugar content and use no powdered milks or preservatives meaning you can fully enjoy the quality of real ingredients. They also use no eggs so those with allergies can have peace of mind.

     

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    Libisco Karuizawa

    Address: 746-4 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-Sunse

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 0267-42-9113

    Website: http://www.libisco-karuizawa.com

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you visit Karuizawa, be sure to hit up one of their cafes after checking out some of the sites.

  • 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.

     

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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/

     

     

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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.

     

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    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.

  • The vegan restaurant located inside the forest of Karuizawa “RK GARDEN” was opened

    06.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    The vegan restaurant, RK GARDEN surrounded by flowers and trees of Karuizawacho, Nagano Prefecture which serves organic vegetables produced in the Shinshu Area started this year’s operation from the 20th of April 2018.

     

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    RK GARDEN serves healthy vegan foods that do not use any egg, dairy products and animal-related ingredients. Since they use freshly cropped organic vegetables they purchase their vegetables from contracted farmers every morning, you can enjoy the deliciousness of fresh seasonal vegetables. Why not try eating healthy foods and become healthy?

     

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    The menu items they sell include “Rosemary-flavored potato gallate and grilled vegetables” using organic whole-grain, gallate made of potato and grilled vegetables produced in Karuizawawa and “Seasonal highland vegetables and home-made vegan quiche using mini tomatoes” which taste and look good.

     

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    The interior of the restaurant does not have any windows because they wanted their customers to feel the nature of Karuizawa and is filled with the scent of greens, sunlight, surrounded by flowers and trees. You can enjoy the warmth of Karuizawa’s nature with the antique interiors.

     

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    The restaurant can be used as a space for after wedding parties and usual parties, so why not make an unforgettable memory in this restaurant surrounded by the flowers and trees of Karuizawa?

     

     

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    RK GARDEN

    Address: 1138-1, Oiwake, Karuizawacho, Nagano Prefecture

    Business hours: Morning Time 9:00~11:00

         Lunch Time  11:00~16:00(LO)

    Fixed holiday: Tuesday

    TEL:0267-31-5330

    Website: https://www.rustic-kitchen.net/

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