Welcome to Karuizawa

With easy access from Tokyo and Nagano by shinkansen (bullet train), a range of accommodation, restaurants, and a shopping outlet that even anti-shoppers will find hard to resist, Karuizawa makes a worthwhile day trip and a lovely, though expensive, place to spend a night or two.

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Karuizawa activities

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Flying Squirrel Watching Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: PicchioIntroduction of this tour. A professional nature guide will talk about the ecology of Japanese giant flying squirrels (diet, size, flying distance, etc.) at the Picchio Visitor Center. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Karuizawa Hoshino Area, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuObservation. After the lecture, we will walk outside and experience the silence of flying squirrels' glide broken only by the excited gasps of the audience.Duration: 1 hour

$1052.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Karuizawa Private Car Tour

Experience shopping like you never did before at Karuizawa. Embark on a retail therapy with a view of nature, park for pet and a hundreds of stores to shop from. If shopping is not your thing, there are also a number of scenic tour spot to choose from, such as - Walk along Kyu-Karuizawa, cycle to Kumoba Pond, take a picture of the amazing Shiraito Fall, or even skiing at Karuizawa Ski Resort in winter. A private tour just to the beautiful Karuizawa just for you and your love ones. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.  • Feel the nature while shopping • Huge park for pets and family • Beautiful scenery • Flexible schedule • Hundreds of shops to choose from • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

$404.28 Multi-day & Extended Tours

November 3-4 Cycling Tour in Karuizawa by Electric Powered Bike

Day 1:Meet-up with the guide at JR Yokokawa Station Shinetsu Main Line (JR Shinetsu Honsen) at 10am. You will pass through Sakamoto Juku, one of the post-towns which Japanese Shogun made and stayed in 1625. There still be historical and traditional houses lined up. After climbing up the hill, you will arrive at Karuizawa, where you rest yourself at a hotel. Approximately cycling distance: 25km (15.5-miles) Day 2:Explore Karuizawa, one of the most traditional resorts, which is well connected with Japan's emperors. The place is known as a popular summer resort, but also very beautiful with color changing leaves in Autumn. The time you will visit is the season. It was also loved by John Lennon, and you will stop by the bakery shop which he used to visit often. Tour ends at JR Karuizawa Station around 3pm. Approximately cycling distance: 40km (24.8-miles)