With its clean, crisp air and low-light surrounds, Karuizawa is the ideal place to experience stargazing in winter. At Picchio, you can enjoy a guided star observation on an ice rink in the midst of the still, night-time forest.
A Starry Night on Ice
On winter nights, Kera Ike Ice Rink becomes the observation area for our stargazing tour. While only skaters are allowed in the rink during the day, at night, tour participants enter together to admire the night sky on ice. Cassiopeia, Perseus, Orion, the North Star...constellations you may only have heard of shimmer brightly above your head.
Lights Down on the Skate Rink
When we turn the lights down on the skate rink, it’s as if a curtain is being lifted. All at once, countless stars scattered across the night sky are revealed. Admire the seasonal constellations while sipping a hot drink.
- From December 1, 2019 to March 8, 2020
- 6:15pm – 7:15pm
- Adults (13 years old and above) – 3,100 yen per person
Children (4-12 years old) – 2,000 yen per child
- Must be 4 years or older
- Meeting Place
- Picchio Visitor Center (View Directions)
- You can make a reservation online up until 5:00pm on the day of the tour.
＊Once capacity for the tour is reached, reservations will close so we recommend you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
- Long sleeves
Extra warm jacket
- Extra warm pants
- Winter boots
- Gloves, scarf, knit hat
- Free rental items
- Knit hat, gloves, fleece blanket, disposable pocket warmer
- ・The temperature can easily drop below zero. Please prepare extra warm clothing beforehand
・Please come to the agreed place on time. If you are late on the day, we might give your spot on the tour to another guest
・Cancellation is free up to 2 days before the tour. If you cancel 2 days before the tour, a cancellation fee of 20% of the tour cost will be charged. If you cancel the day before the tour, a 50% cancellation fee will be charged and if you cancel on the day of the tour then the full cost of the tour will be charged
・In case we have to cancel the tour due to unexpected reasons (weather, observation conditions, etc.), we will contact you by 4:00pm on the day of the tour. Please check your email or phone frequently on the day
・Children under 12 years of age should be accompanied by an adult