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Karuizawa
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Karuizawa (y) is an upmarket mountain resort at the foot of the active volcano Mount Asama in Nagano Prefecture. Located at an altitude of roughly 1000 meters, the town provides a pleasant escape from the summer heat. It was first "discovered" and promoted as a mountain resort by Western residents of Japan in the late 1800s. Today, many wealthy urbanites own a second home there. Thanks to the Nagano Shinkansen it takes little more than an hour to reach Karuizawa from central Tokyo.

Various outdoor activities, such as tennis, hiking, cycling, golfing in summer and skiing and ice skating in winter can be enjoyed in Karuizawa, and there are ample shopping opportunities. Karuizawa is located along Japan's Romantic Road, and it offers nice autumn colors typically around mid October to early November each year.

Attractions
 1  Kyu-Karuizawa
Central town with nice shops and restaurants.
User rating: 73/100 (6 votes)
Visited by: 26 users
 2  Naka-Karuizawa
Secondary town center with a few sites of interest.
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Visited by: 20 users
 3  Shiraito Waterfall
A very wide waterfall in the middle of the forest.
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Visited by: 15 users
 4  Usui Pass Deck
Observation deck with views onto mountains.
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Visited by: 11 users
 4  Onioshidashi Park
Landscape of volcanic rocks on Mount Asama.
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