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Naka-Karuizawa is an area with a lot of upper-class restaurants that depict the concept of "Karuizawa, town of good food." The area is also blessed with natural hot springs and has been frequented since old times by cultural figures as a retreat area. In this Naka-Karuizawa area, relaxing in cafes and going to museums or famous monuments are among the recommended pass-times. It is also an ideal place to enjoy the nature, with forests inhabited by a rich variety of animals and plants, and rivers where you can enjoy fishing. You can find your very own way to have a good time.
- Nakakaruizawa, Karuizawa, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
- Immediate walking distance from Nakakaruizawa Station on Shinano Railway
- Time Required
- Half day
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Spend a relaxing time at Harunire Terrace
Harunire Terrace is a tiny town made inside a grove of over 100 harunire (Japanese elm) trees. It is comprised of 15 unique and stylish shops and restaurants with the concept of Karuizawa's daily life. They are all great shops so you will surely find your favorite.
Enjoy Nature in the Wild Bird Forest
Karuizawa Wild Bird Forest is located between 950 and 1100 meters elevation and has a large area of about 100 hectares. There is an approximately 3 km long trail, which is free to explore for anyone. Around 80 kinds of wild birds as well as wild animals live here, so it is an ideal place to enjoy bird watching and observing wildlife.
Karuizawa Kogen Church, Passing on Arts and Culture
Karuizawa Kogen Church is a historic church, which originated from the "Liberal Education of Arts Lectures" where many cultural figures and authors gathered during the 1920s. The original mentality of when the church was first founded is still passed on today, and there are various events held every week Sunday from 13:30, such as a gospel mass or summer candle nights in which everyone can participate.
See Some Japanese Contemporary Art at Museum of Contemporary Art Karuizawa
The Museum of Contemporary Art Karuizawa exhibits mainly pieces by world famous and highly praised Japanese artists like Kusama Yayoi, Nara Yoshitomo, Arakawa Shusaku and Rokkaku Ayako. Taking pictures is allowed in this museum as long as there is a person included, so you can try taking your favorite shot.
Expect Some Beauty Effects at Tombo no Yu, Hoshino Onsen
Hoshino Onsen, opened in 1915, is said to have smooth and soft water that has beauty effects on the skin. At Tombo no Yu, there is a liberating outdoor bath and an indoor bath as well as attractive seasonal changes such as apple baths in autumn and yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) baths in winter.