Shiraito Waterfall Perfect Destination for Summer! Top 7 Karuizawa’s Travel Spots and Activities | Japan Guide

Karuizawa is a resort town at the northeastern end of Nagano prefecture and very popular destination in summer and autumn season because this place is comfortable with low temperature.

Karuizawa is a famous resort town at the northeastern end of Nagano prefecture and very popular destination in summer and autumn season because this place is comfortable with low temperature. There are beautiful forest, mountains and hot springs, so people can escape from the stifling heat of the big city. Also you can see beautiful colors of autumn leaves everywhere in Fall. It’s only 1 hour by bullet train from Tokyo. Why don’t you visit Karuizawa?

No.1 SHIRAITO WATERFALL

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Shiraito Waterfall is the icon of Karuizawa and it has 3 meter high and 70 meter wide and cliff in thin white streams. This waterfall is not originally from river but spring water.

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Shiraito means ‘White Thread’ because the waterfall looks like hanging white threads. Enjoy the fresh air and water mist from the waterfall!

Shiraito Waterfall

Address: Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano prefecture

Access: 25 mins bus ride from Karuizawa station, and get off at Shiraitonotaki bus stop. 5 minutes walk from there.

Admission Fee: free

Website: 
Shiraito Waterfall (Japanese)

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No.2 ONIOSHIDASHI PARK

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Onioshidashi Park is a impressive spot to view the landscape of volcanic rocks. This natural park was created with enormous stream of magma after the huge eruption of the Mt. Asama in 1783. Onioshidashi means ‘demon pushed out the lava in the crater’ because local people looked like that who saw the eruption.

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There is a temple at the top of the volcano. Also, you can see nice view of Karuizawa town and Mt. Asama, and unique spectacular panoramic view that only you can see here. Highly recommend you if you are staying around this area. It’s interesting spot!

Onioshidashi Park

Address: 
1053 Kanbara, Tsumagoi-mura, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma prefecture

Access: 
45 minutes bus ride from Karuizawa station or 35 minutes from Naka-Karuizawa station and get off at Onioshidashi-en bus stop

Opening hours: 8:00am ~ 4:30pm

Admission Fee:
Apri 1st – April 8th, November 28th – March 31
JPY 500 (Adults), JPY 250 (Children)

April 9th – November 27th
JPY 650 (Adults), JPY 450 (Children)

Website: 
Onioshidashi Park (Japanese)

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No.3 KUMOBAIKE POND

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Kumobaike is a beautiful pond in Karuizawa and it’s nice to hike around with enjoying insane views from different angles. Some tourists call it Swan Lake because many swans had visited this pond to rest their wings and relax before.

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This pond becomes more popular in autumn season. You can see specular reflections in the water of the pond with reflected beautiful autumn leaves. It’s captivating beauty!

Kumobaike Pond

Address: 
Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano prefecture

Access: 
7 minutes bus ride from Karuizawa station and get off at Roppontsuji bus stop. 3 minutes walk from there.

Admission Fee: free

WebsiteKumobaike Pond (Japanese)

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No.4 KARUIZAWA TALIESIN

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Karuizawa Taliesin is a big leisure park centered around Lake Shiozawa in the beautiful nature.

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There are variety of recreation facilities and activities here that you can enjoy such as go-carting, tennis court, rental boats, miniature golf, rose garden, historic building, museums, cafes and restaurants. Everyone, from child to adult, can enjoy at this leisure park!

Karuizawa Taliesin

Address: 
Shiozawako 217, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano prefecture

Access: 
8 minutes taxi ride from Karuizawa station

Opening Hours: 9:00am ~ 5:00pm

Admission Fee: 
JPY 800 (Adults), JPY 400 (elementary and middle school students), free (under 5)

Website: Karuizawa Taliesin

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No.5 KARUIZAWA PRINCE SHOPPING PLAZA

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Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is a huge outlet mall established in 1995. There are about 240 shops in the mall including fashions, souvenirs and restaurants. Some discounts most are 50% off, so you can get reasonable price.

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This outlet mall is located just next to Karuizawa station, so it is perfect for shopping. There are also attractive places around the outlet mall such as hot springs and ski resort.

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

Address: 
Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano prefecture

Access: 
In front of Karuizawa station south exit

Opening Hours: 10:00am ~ 7:00pm

Phone: 0267-42-5211

Website: 
Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

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No.6 KYU-KARUIZAWA GINZA

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Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street is the main street of Karuizawa and well known for that it has many attractive old shops. There are traditional crafts shops, souvenir shops, fashion shops, food stands and restaurants.

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The Mikado coffee was established in 1948 and this little cute coffee shop is famous for local people. The most popular menu of this cafe is Mocha ice cream! It’s good place to rest after shopping.

Kyu-Karauizawa Ginza 

Address: 
Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano prefecture

Access: 
5 minutes bus or taxi ride from Karuizawa station

Website: Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza

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No.7 STONE CHURCH

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Stone Church is a very unique and beautiful church in Karuizawa. The well-known American architect Kendrick Kellogg integrated the five natural elements of stone, green, sunlight, wood and water into the environment.

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You may see a church wedding when you visit here. Enjoy this excellent work of organic architecture!

Stone Church

Address: 
Hoshino, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano prefecture

Access: 
15 mins taxi ride from Karuizawa station

Opening Hours: 
9:00am ~ 6:00pm (closed when used weddings)

Admission Fee: free

Website: Stone Church

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No.8 SEZON MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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Sezon Museum of Modern Art was established in 1962, Tokyo at first and moved to Karuizawa in 1981.

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The museum has high reputation of modern art and international collections by famous artists from the 20th century art. You can walk around the spacious and cozy garden which has art works on the lawn neaby the trees and river.

Sezon Museum of Modern Art

Address: 
2140 Nagakura-Serigasawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano prefecture

Access: 
Take a bus bound for Kusatsu Onsen from Karuizawa station or Naka-karuizawa station and get off at Karuizawa Sengataki Iriguchi bus stop. 7 minutes walk from the bus stop.

Opening Hours: 
10:00am ~ 6:00pm (July – October), 10:00am ~ 5:00 (November)
*Closed on Thursdays
*The opening term of this year, 2016 is from April 23 to November 23

Admission Fee: 
JPY 1,000 (Adults) , JPY 700 (high school and university students), JPY 300 (elementary and middle school students)

Website: Sezon Museum of Modern Art

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