About KaruizawaKaruizawa is a popular resort town located in the very east of Nagano prefecture.
Located at an elevation of between 900 and 1000m, Karuizawa remains relatively cool even in the summer months, making it a popular spot for escaping the heat of the cities.
Originally a post town of the Eastern Nagano Nakasendo route, Karuizawa provided weary travellers during the Edo period with a place to rest before they crossed the Usui mountain pass. Now it is more famous as a summer retreat with its many impressive villas and stylish shopping areas.But throughout its history, Karuizawa has always been surrounded by abundant nature, from the volcanic slopes of Mt. Asama to the stretching forests in the east.
This abundant nature is home to many unique species such as the revered Japanese serow and the elusive Asiatic black bear.
What's happening in Karuizawa?
Picchio Visitor Center & Cafe Terrace
Did you know?
Some of the rocks in Karuizawa are very light and originate from when Mt. Asama erupted over 200 years ago. In Japanese they are called "karui ishi" which could be where the name of the town originated from.
Find out more about the Karuizawa area
Visitor Center & Cafe
Sit back and enjoy the tranquility of nature
Find out how to get to Karuizawa