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Kyu-Karuizawa (Old Karuizawa)
Kyu-Karuizawa (Old Karuizawa) is a suitable place to taste the good old-fashioned atmosphere of Karuizawa. There are many long-established and traditional restaurants or shops such as Mikado Coffee, Asanoya, and France Bakery and these are familiar spots as standards. The cottage areas have rich nature and are suitable for a stroll. If you walk in a quiet atmosphere, seeing great cottages aside, time will fly soon. This area is a fusion of retro atmosphere and nature and you will have fun walking around.
- Karuizawa, Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
- 25-min walk toward Kyu-Karuizawa from Karuizawa Kitagushi station on JR Line
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
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Crowded main street, Old Karuizawa Ginza Dori
In this popular street, stores sell breads, jams and sausages made using recipes from the old days when Karuizawa was a summer retreat for foreigners and, or Karuizawa-bori, wood carving; as well as clothes and souvenirs. The crowded street has a retro feel and it will make your stroll more exciting.
Go to backstreets of Old Karuizawa Ginza Dori if you wish to walk around in a relaxed atmosphere
The main street, Old Karuizawa Ginza Dori, is always crowded with people but one street away is quiet and relaxed. You will find forests, churches, and traditional stores here and you can take your time to stroll. We recommend this to people who would like to spend a relaxed time.
An Oasis in Old Karuizawa: Kumobaike
This spot has a walking trail to go around in 30 minutes and is kind of an oasis in Old Karuizawa. There are azaleas and maple trees planted around the pond and many people gather here, as it's a good spot for a view of autumn leaves. The winter view is also interesting and worth visiting.
Oldest church in Karuizawa: Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Chapel
This church was built in 1895 by Alexander Croft Shaw, a Canadian minister. He is the man who promoted Karuizawa as a summer retreat and is called the "Father of Karuizawa." Shaw's cottage was rebuilt to be used as a memorial hall at the back of the church.
Shopping place in Karuizawa: Church Street
In this shopping mall, about 20 stores like restaurants offering dishes with Karuizawa's local stuff, variety shops, and souvenir shops selling souvenirs of Karuizawa are scattered. You can enjoy marches or seasonal events sometimes held in open-air terraces.
Old Karuizawa cottage area in a nice atmosphere
The most interesting point in Old Karuizawa is a stroll in a historical cottage area. It's fun to see a variety of cottages built among trees in the quiet atmosphere and the environment with rich surrounding nature is also nice. If you want to taste the original atmosphere of Karuizawa, this is a must-visit spot.