Karuizawa attractions

Park in Karuizawa

Asama-yama Magma Stone Park

Here's your chance to get up close and personal with Asama-yama – so close, you could almost touch it. Formed in 1783 by Asama's last violent eruption, this 'Hurled by Demons' park has a surreal landscape of jagged,…
Gallery in Karuizawa

'Umi' Museum of Contemporary Art

This light-filled gallery showcases an impressive collection of contemporary work by Japanese artists who have found fame abroad in genres such as oil painting, 3D art and sculpture. It's in a lovely forested spot b…
Viewpoint in Karuizawa

Usui Pass Lookout

On the border of Gunma and Nagano Prefectures, about 4km east of Karuizawa on Rte 18, you'll find the Usui Pass, historically an important point on the Nakasendō, one of the two routes of the Edo period that linked …
Museum in Karuizawa

Former Mikasa Hotel

This property, one of the first Western hotels in Japan, welcomed guests from 1906 to 1970. An exceptional example of elaborate Meiji-era architecture, it's now a museum, showcasing the building's unique architectur…