KKday is a site that offers optional tours in more than 53 countries.Find a special experience tour in Japan!
Uchimura Kanzo Memorial Stone Church
Uchimura Kanzo Memorial Stone Church is a church established based on the philosophy of Kanzo Uchimura, a Japanese Christian Philosopher. The building above ground is a church and a memorial hall for Uchimura Kanzo is located beneath it. The building designed by an American architect Kendrick Kellogg has a unique shape with the stone and glass arch. Kellogg is known as an innovator of organic architecture and his design makes good use of nature itself. It is given high reputation as a design that matches well to the nature-rich Karuizawa.
- Hoshino, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
- Contact No.
- 10-min taxi ride from Karuizawa station (free shuttle bus is available at the south exit of Karuizawa station)
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-18:00 (church tour is available only from Monday to Thursday)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Church without a Cross
The philosophy of Uchimura Kanzo is based on the non-church movement, “where you pray is the church.” Therefore, there is no cross in this church. Please feel Uchimura’s concept that aimed to find one’s own self without any restriction in nature.
Unique Shape that Blends with Nature
This church looks like a caterpillar when seen from far. This nature-themed church building is built only with the materials such as water and wood. You’ll have a refreshing moment in this magnificent spot surrounded by nature.
Fantastic Light Up
The church is closed at 18:00, but it is lit up and enjoyed from outside at night. The light leaking from the glass arch is so fantastic that it gives off a different feeling from daytime. It makes you feel even more serene in your mind.