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.

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