Top things to do in Karuizawa

Top Choice Diner in Karuizawa

Kastanie Karuizawa Roast Chicken

For something a little uncommon in Japan, pop into this original place for succulent and tender roast-chicken dinners, pizzas, pastas and sausage platters, all presented with Japanese attention to detail. This place…
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 …
Mall in Karuizawa

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

Just outside the south exit of JR Karuizawa Station, this gargantuan outlet shopping mall has most of the big names. Shopaholics should allocate plenty of time. It's set among an expanse of grassland, with its own l…
Fusion in Karuizawa

Kawakami-an

Just before the start of Ginza-dōri, this is a wonderful place to sample a wide variety of Japanese and Western dishes, including an excellent large serve of tempura soba (¥2090) or, for something different, avocado…
Bistro in Karuizawa

Karuizawa Gumbo

Specialising in hamburger steaks made from 100% Shinshū (Nagano) beef that come out on sizzling platters, and homemade sauces and breads, Gumbo is a chilled-out little spot that will help if you're on a limited budg…
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…