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.

Address
Hoshino, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
Contact No.
+81-267-45-2288
Access
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
http://www.stonechurch.jp/
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.

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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.

Source:Bauhaus

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.

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.

※ 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.

Source:youtube

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.

Source:Bauhaus

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.

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