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/
Enjoy a dolphin show and projection mapping at Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa!
23.April.2019 | SPOT
Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa will be running a special event called FLOWER AQUARIUM Directed BY NAKED ーBrand New Sea－ from Saturday 27th April ー Sunday 7th July 2019.
The main attraction of the event is the dolphin performances, which will be even more incredible as a new water fountain is going to be installed at the park. There will be different collaborations running during the day and night, creating an even more spectacular dolphin programme which crosses the boundaries of art!
During the day, there will be a collaboration with female vocal group Little Glee Monster, whose powerful and beautiful vocals and harmonies are worthy of note. The dolphin show will really come alive with the power of their music! The nighttime version features a collaboration with one of Japan’s most creative companies called NAKED Inc., who will also be managing the water tank exhibition areas. Enjoy a show of multicoloured flowers blooming and sunlight glimmering through the trees with the 360-degree projection mapping show. The projection mapping is a fantastic representation of spring, and is further enhanced with the dolphins!
There will also be an exhibition zone dedicated to the water tanks, artwork and colourful projection mapping area. Allow yourself to be completely surrounded by butterflyfish, fluttering like butterflies through the water. Spot the colourful light reflecting off the jellyfish which look like beautiful flowers. Enjoy the relaxing view of a countless number of flowers as the picturesque view of the beginning of summer unfolds.
You can also grab a bite to eat at the cafe bar, which is serving up an original menu with a FLOWER AQUARIUM theme. Come enjoy a moment to yourself regardless of the weather. The cafe is indoors and is the perfect environment for you to enjoy the refreshing taste of the start of summer!
Other event contents include a penguin performance and a jellyfish exhibition which also uses projection mapping over a large area! As we’re approaching the holidays, this is your chance to enjoy a magnificent world through the latest technology, so come on down to Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa!
Times: 10:00 am onwards, (5 ー 6 shows, each lasting approx. 15 mins)
※ The schedule of events running during this event period is subject to change.
Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa.
Address: 4 Chome-10-30 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo (Inside Shinagawa Prince Hotel)
Individual：¥2,200 (adults/ high school students+), ¥1,200 (elementary/middle school students), ¥700 (kindergarten)
Year-long passport ¥4,200 (adults/ high school students+), ¥2,300 (elementary/middle school students), ¥1,300 (kindergarten)
※ There are two event attractions. Each costs ¥500 to attend once.
Event period: Saturday 27th April ー Sunday 7th July 2019.
Saturday 27th April ー Monday 6th May (8:30 ー 22:00)
Tuesday 7th May ー ー Sunday 7th July (10:00 ー 22:00)
※ Last entries accepted up to 1 hour before closing time.
Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa official website: www.aqua-park.jp
teamLab Open ‘The Life of Animals in Japanese Art’ Exhibition at National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
14.June.2019 | SPOT
teamLab are currently holding an exhibition entitled “The Life of Animals in Japanese Art” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. until August 18.
The exhibition serves as the first devoted to artworks that represent animals―whether real, imaginary or religious. A selection of over 300 pieces are on display from artists back in the 5th century to today. The showcasing includes artirange from Sesson Shūkei, Itō Jakuchū, Soga Shōhaku, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, to Okamoto Tarō, Kusama Yayoi, Issey Miyake, Nara Yoshitomo, and Murakami Takashi.
United, Fragmented, Repeated and Impermanent World / teamLab, 2013, Interactive Digital Work, Endless, 8 channels, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Itō Jakuchū was a Japanese painter of the early modern period who was active during Edo times in Kyoto. He is known for his unique painting method called masumega which sees his works built up of tens of thousands of squares which are all painted individually. One of these pieces is the above-pictured famous Birds and Animals in the Flower Garden.
The exhibition will feature a range of mediums including sculptures, paintings, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and more.
The Life of Animals in Japanese Art #teamLab
Location: National Gallery of Art, East Building, Concourse Galleries (6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC)
Running: June 2, 2019 – August 18, 2019
Time: [Mon-Sat] 10:00-17:00 / [Sun] 11:00-18:00
Enquiries: Pace Gallery firstname.lastname@example.org
teamLab Official Website: https://www.teamlab.art/
A Digital World Where Art Meets Nature: Don’t Miss teamLab’s Immersive Exhibition in Kanazawa
05.June.2019 | SPOT
teamLab is a creative group of professionals and artists that creates collaborative digital art projects and exhibits them to the public. Visitors have the opportunity to fully immerse their bodies in the exhibition and become part of the art. Now, teamLab is heading to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa).
From Friday 9th August to Sunday 1st September, the exhibition Impermanent Flowers Floating in a Continuous Sea will take place in the museum. Tickets can be purchased from Seven Ticket (Seven-Eleven convenience stores) or from event’s official website.
Continuous Life and Death at the Now of Eternity, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together
teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Reversible Rotation – Black in White
teamLab, 2018, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
The main exhibition features one continuous wave produced by one installation. The concept is; Black Waves: Lost, Immersed and Reborn. The movement of the patterns in the exhibition are influenced by the movements of the visitors. The exhibition aims to show people that the continuous cycle of life and death exists in a moment that lasts forever. You cannot control it, but you can learn to live alongside it.
Black in White is another immersive exhibition. Here, you stand in the exhibition space and watch Japanese sho (calligraphy) being drawn all around you in 3D. The Graffiti Flowers Bombing exhibition is where visitors can draw their own flowers which then grow and bloom on the walls and spread all over the exhibition space.
Graffiti Flowers Bombing
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
All visitors are invited to become one with the art together. As your body intwines with the art, the borders between people and the exhibition disappear, creating a new borderless relationship with the world. This is a chance for anyone to experience the latest technology to their heart’s content.
teamLab exhibition: Impermanent Flowers Floating in a Continuous Sea
Running: Friday 9th August ー Sunday 1st September 2019
Venue: Shimin Gallery A & B, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Address: 1 Chome-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Opening hours: 10:00 ー 18:00 (until 20:00 onFri & Sat)
＊Last entries accepted up to 40 minutes before closing time
Seven Ticket: http://7ticket.jp/g/001913
Official website tickets: https://kanazawa21.teamlabticket.com
Hokkoku Shimbun Reader’s service centre: https://hk-event.jp/event/ev_pcMap.php?mp_kind=ticketcenter
No regular holidays
teamLab exhibition information: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/kanazawa21/
teamLab Official Website: http://teamlab.art/jp/
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Official Website: https://www.kanazawa21.jp/
Watch the Stars and Snow Glow at the Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up in Karuizawa
20.November.2019 | SPOT
Throughout the year, Japanese people escape their busy city life to Karuizawa: a popular resort town hidden in the mountains near Nagano. From December 21, 2019 – February 15, 2020, Shiraito Falls located in Jōshin’etsu-kōgen National Park, Karuizawa will be holding the Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up, providing the perfect excuse for a soothing getaway.
The 3-metre-tall and 70-metre-wide Shiraito Falls does not freeze below freezing temperature as the water flows from a subterranean river of Mount Asama. The winter lighting will make the water glisten and the falling snow and starry night sky glow with the charm of winter.
This light up event is a follow up from last year’s illumination event. The Midwinter Light Up aims to make Shiraito Falls a beautiful tourist spot which can be enjoyed even on a winter night.
The Midwinter Light Up is one step ahead of the summer light up event which previously took place. To emphasise the beauty of nature, the illumination this time round will allows visitors to appreciate the starry night sky on a fine day and reveal the stunning natural scenery which is not visible during the daytime.
As the Shiraito Falls light up event will take place in Jōshin’etsu-kōgen National Park, the event contents were created strictly abiding the guidelines and regulations from the Ministry of the Environment. The quantity of light produced, its hues and even the way it is produced has been carefully considered, creating a light display that does not disrupt the natural environment.
This breathtaking light display will give you an entirely new perspective on the breathtaking winter scenery of Shiraito Falls and would be the perfect experience to share with your family or friends.
Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
Location: Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa
Running on 18 days between December 21, 2019 and February 15, 2020
The running period is split into the following sessions:
・Christmas Session December 21 – 24, 2019
・New Year Session January 4 – 5, 2020
・Spring Festival Session February 1 – 2, 2020, February 7 – 11, 2020, February 14 – 15, 2020
* There will be no light up event on days other than those stated above.
* The light up event on February 15 is a Valentine’s Day special. This includes the display of an ice sculpture and the chance to meet Ruiza: Kauizawa’s mascot. Visitors will also be given a gift.
・Christmas Session 17:00 – 19:00
・New Year Session 17:00 – 19:00
・Spring Festival Session 17:30 – 19:30
Price: There is no entry fee. However, there is a fee to cross the toll road. (The price is subject to change)
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Enjoy a calm and peaceful Christmas this holiday season at Karuizawa Kogen Church.
Karuizawa Kogen Church
Address: Hoshino Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
17 Restaurants in Karuizawa That Appear in the Netflix Reality TV Show “Terrace House”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.View this post on Instagram
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.View this post on Instagram
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.
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.View this post on Instagram
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.View this post on Instagram
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.View this post on Instagram
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.View this post on Instagram
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.
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.