Naka-Karuizawa (y) is a secondary town center four kilometers west of Kyu-Karuizawa. It has fewer shops and restaurants than Kyu-Karuizawa, but offers several other sites of interest. In particular, the Hoshino Resort area has an elegant atmosphere integrated into the woods, offering chic restaurants, shops and a hot spring bath. Naka-Karuizawa further offers some museums and attractive parks with recreation space.

Hoshino Resort

Hoshino Resort encompasses the vacation accommodations Hoshinoya and Hotel Bleston Court, the unique Stone Church, the fashionable dining area Harunire Terrace, and a hot spring bath house Tonbo no Yu.

Hoshino Onsen

Tonbo no Yu Hours: 10:00 to 23:00 (entry until 22:00)
Tonbo no Yu Closures: No closing days
Tonbo no Yu Admission: 1350 yen (1550 yen during peak season)

Harunire Terrace

Shops hours: Varies by establishment but typically from 10:00 to 18:00
Restaurant hours: Varies by establishment but typically from 11:00 to 22:00

Stone Church

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (from 10:00 in January and February)
Closed: when used for weddings
Admission: Free


Hiroshi Senju Museum

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (longer hours during summer)
Closed: Dec 26 through February; Tuesdays (except during peak seasons)
Admission: 1500 yen

Karuizawa Taliesin

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: New Year holidays and from January 18 through February
Admission: 800 yen (separate fees for museums and activities)

Sezon Museum of Modern Art

Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 in Nov, entry ends 30 mins before closing)
Closed: Late November to late April
Thursdays except in August and on national holidays.
Admission: 1500 yen

Getting there and around

Naka-Karuizawa Station is the transport hub of the Naka-Karuizawa area. It is connected to Karuizawa Station by trains on the Shinano Railway line (5 minutes, 230 yen, 1-2 departures per hour), town loop buses (15 minutes, 200 yen, one departure every 1-2 hours), and hourly Seibu buses (290 yen, 15 minutes) that continue from Naka-Karuizawa Station in the direction of the Hoshino Resort, Onioshidashi Park and Manza Onsen.

The Sezon Museum is a ten minute walk from the Sengataki Onsen Iriguchi bus stop (烖ꉷ) along the Seibu bus line. To get to the Hiroshi Senju Museum, take the town loop bus from Naka-Karuizawa Station and get off at the Toriihara-danchimae bus stop (䌴cnO, 5 minutes, 120 yen), from where it is a ten minute walk to the museum. The same bus makes a detour to Shiozawa Lake at Karuizawa Taliesin twice a day (10-15 minutes, 200 yen).

Naka-Karuizawa Town can also be explored on on bicycles. Rental shops can be found close to Naka-Karuizawa Station, charging around 1000 yen per day.

How to get to and around Karuizawa

Hotels around Karuizawa

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    • B&B Hotel Hyochoan
      Opened in August 2012, B&B Hotel Hyochoan offers simple Western-style accommodations. Free in-room WiFi is available and guests can enjoy bird watching from the propertyfs terrace. JR Karuizawa Station is a 15-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with Apple TV, Hulu and Netflix, an iPod docking system and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests and the en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub. A washing machine can be used free of charge during specific hours, upon request, and free private parking is on site. Luggage storage is provided at the front desk. A free shuttle is available from JR Karuizawa Station, if requested in advance. The property is handicap-accessible. Japanese and Western homemade meals are available at Caf? Hyochoan. Guests can soak in the Hoshino Hot Spring just 3-minutes away via car or visit the famous Shiraito Falls with a 7-minute drive. Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza and Lake Kumoba can both be reached with a 15-minute drive.
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    • Hotel Wellies
      Situated along a peaceful tree-lined street in Karuizawa, Hotel Wellies offers a British country hotel experience in the highland resort area. There is an English style garden with a lawn and gazebo and it comes with an English-language library, homemade British meals and spacious guest rooms that went through renovations every year since opening from 2013 to 2016. Free WiFi is available at public areas and all guest rooms. The whole hotel is non-smoking inside and all guest rooms include a 32-inch flat screen TV and a fridge. A hairdryer and toiletries are included in the en suite bathroom. All rooms has views of surrounding greenery, and some rooms feature great views of Mount Asama. Guests at Wellies Hotel can leave their luggage and ski/golf equipment at the property, or use a safety deposit box. Free parking and bicycle hire are available. The property's signature dish is a hearty, hot full English breakfast with homemade sausages, home-cured bacon and black pudding (included in the room rate). A 4-course meal, including authentic dishes such as fish & chips, beef stew, Yorkshire pudding and home smoked salmon is also available at a surcharge. Property staff are able to recommend local restaurants to guests who wish to eat out. The on-site bar offers local and imported beers, wines, cocktails and spirits, including many Scotch whiskies. A welcome tea is served to guests arriving before 18:00. Both Karuizawa Shinkansen (bullet train) Station, an outlet shopping mall, the Prince Ski Resort, Shiozawa Lake and the Kyu-Karuizawa area are all approximately a 10-minute drive from the property, while Naka-Karuizawa Station on the Shinano Line is a 3-minute drive. The Hoshino area with hot spring baths, the Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Harunire Terrace and Karuizawa Stone Church are a 5-minute drive away. The Yu River and local temples and shrines can also be reached within a 5-minute walk.
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    • Koya Backpackers
      Offering views of the mountain, Koya Backpackers is located in Karuizawa, 5 km from Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms have a shared bathroom. Koya Backpackers features free WiFi throughout the property. You will find a shared kitchen with complimentary coffee and tea. The guest house also offers bike hire. Harunire Terrace is 500 metres from Koya Backpackers, while Yacho No Mori wildlife conservation park is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Kyukaruizawa Kikyo, Curio Collection by Hilton
      Located in Karuizawa, Kyukaruizawa Kikyo, Curio Collection by Hilton is situated a 6-minute walk from Kyu Karuizawa Ginza Dori shopping street. Complimentary shuttle service is available to/from JR Karuizawa Station, 1.2 km from the property. Featuring a local artwork, the contemporary rooms come with a 50-inch flat-screen TV, complimentary mineral water and Nespresso Coffee Machine. The private bathroom includes Maison Margiela bath amenities. Selected rooms feature a patio or balcony with courtyard views. Restaurant Sonorite serves French cuisine featuring fresh local produces for dinner. The property offers free bike and private parking on site. Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is a 6-minute drive from the property. Haneda International Airport is 2-hour by train from the property, while Narita International Airport is a 2-hour train ride away.
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    • Le Grand Kyu Karuizawa
      Open in July 2016, Le Grand Kyu Karuizawa is situated a 15-minute walk from Karuizawa Station. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. There is free private parking on site. Guest rooms feature classic decor and amenities. All rooms come equipped with a Simmons bed. Restaurant Arpeggio offers continental cuisine prepared by combining elements of Japanese-style and Italian-style cuisines. Seasonal dishes served at this restaurant are complimented by fresh produce acquired from contract farms in the Shinano highlands. Guests can also enjoy a drink at Bar Burgundy, or unwind at the cafe with a terrace facing the street. The open-air bath on site boasts star views at night and forest views during the day. The hotel offers bike hire for exploring the area. Karuizawa Shopping Plaza is a 6-minute drive away, while Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza is a 6-minute walk from the hotel.
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    • Tsuruya Ryokan
      Located in the city centre, Tsuruya Ryokan boasts chic guest rooms with antique furniture. It features large public baths, and free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. Each room comes with a historic ambience with comfortable warm colours, and fitted with a flat-screen TV, an air purifier and a personal safe. Some rooms have tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. Guests at Ryokan Tsuruya can enjoy thorough in-room massages at an extra charge (reservation needed), or relax in the spacious baths. Coin launderette and souvenir shop are available on site. Guestsf luggage can be left at the front desk for free after checking out. Traditional Japanese meals are offered for dinner in the elegant dining room. A breakfast buffet features both Western and Japanese dishes. The ryokan is a 5-minute drive from JR Karuizawa Shinkansen (bullet train) Station. St.Paulo Catholic Church is a 5-minute walk away, while Karuizawa Outlet Shopping Plaza is a 7-minute drive from the property.
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    • Le Grand Karuizawa Hotel and Resort
      Open from August 2018, featuring Mount Asama views and a single-star Michelin restaurant, Le Grand Karuizawa Hotel and Resort is located in Karuizawa. The resort is fitted with garden, bar, fitness and spa facilities including a hot spring bath. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available throughout the resort. Karuizawa Station is 7.3 km away. At the resort each room has a desk and a TV. A buffet breakfast is available daily at Le Grand Karuizawa Hotel and Resort. The onsite restaurant features fine cuisine using local ingredients. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are ready to help around the clock. Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is 7 km from the accommodation, while Karuizawa Lake Garden is 1.6 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto, 90 km from Le Grand Karuizawa Hotel and Resort, and the property offers a free shuttle service.
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    • Kutsukake Stay Naka-Karuizawa
      Located in Karuizawa, 21 km from Usui Pass Railway Heritage Park, Kutsukake Stay Naka-Karuizawa provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Featuring a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space for guests. Kutsukake Stay Naka-Karuizawa offers a terrace. Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is 5 km from the accommodation, while Yukawa Furusato Park is 1.3 km away. Guests use Shinkansen Bullet train from Tokyo, Osaka, and other areas or drive by themselves.
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    • Hotel Grand Vert Kyu Karuizawa
      Conveniently located just a 3-minute walk from JR Karuizawa Shinkansen (bullet train) Station, Hotel Grand Vert Kyu Karuizawa offers spacious guestrooms with a comfortable sofa and free WiFi. Guests are welcomed at the lobby with a fireplace. Featuring unique colour schemes and d?cor, each room comes with a flat-screen TV and a fridge. The stylish en suite bathroom comes with a large bath tub, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Kyu Karuizawa Grand Vert Hotel is an 8-minute walk to Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza. Karuizawa Prince Snow Resort is an 8-minute drive away. The nearest convenience store is a 30-second walk from the property.
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    • Hotel Rosso Karuizawa
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Hotel Rosso Karuizawa is located in Karuizawa, 1.9 km from Kyukaruizawa Ginza and 4 km from Yukawa Furusato Park. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged for free. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All units in Hotel Rosso Karuizawa are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. A continental breakfast featuring bread, boiled egg, and salad are available daily at the accommodation. The area is popular for skiing, and bike hire is available at Hotel Rosso Karuizawa. The hotel can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area. Popular points of interest near Hotel Rosso Karuizawa include Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza, Karuizawa Oga Hall and Kumoba Pond. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 89 km from the accommodation.
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