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Shiraito Waterfall (̑, Shiraito no Taki), measuring three meters high and 70 meters wide, is located in the forests north of downtown Karuizawa. The mountain slopes above the waterfall contain a volcanic stratum on which groundwater flows before surfacing here. This explains why no river flows into the Shiraito Waterfall. Also, as only a small portion of the water flowing is rain water, the strength of the flow stays relatively constant independant of the weather.

Shiraito no Taki literally means "the waterfall of white threads", which aptly describes its appearance, as multiple streaks of water drape over the surface forming what seems like a white curtain. The site is most beautiful in summer when the vegetation is lush; it is a somewhat popular destination for autumn colors around late October each year. Immediately below the Shiraito Waterfall is a secondary waterfall that is shaped such that water cascades over several steps.

Getting there and around

Kusakaru Kotsu operates buses between Karuizawa Station and the Shiraito Waterfall (25 minutes, 720 yen one way, 1-2 buses/hour, less in winter). Get off at "Shiraito no Taki" bus stop (̑) from where the waterfall is a five minute walk.

For those visiting by car, the waterfall is located along the Shiraito Highlandway toll road (500 yen), which starts just north of the Former Mikasa Hotel and ends at the Mine no Chaya intersection.

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    • B&B Hotel Hyochoan
      Mid-range
      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
      Mid-range
      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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    • Kyukaruizawa Kikyo, Curio Collection by Hilton
      Luxury
      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 and Nespresso Coffee Machine. The private bathroom includes Maison Margiela bath amenities. Selected rooms feature a patio or balcony with courtyard views. The property offers 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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    • Tsuruya Ryokan
      Luxury
      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
      Luxury
      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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    • Hotel Indigo Karuizawa
      Luxury
      Situated within R km of JR Karuizawa Station, , Hotel Indigo Karuizawa in Karuizawa has a number of amenities including a restaurant, a fitness centre and a public bath. This 4-star hotel features a 24-hour front desk and room service. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a coffee machine. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a hot tub and slippers, all rooms at Hotel Indigo Karuizawa have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms have a seating area. The rooms have a safety deposit box. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is 2 km from the hotel, while Karuizawa Oga Hall is 2.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 66 km from Hotel Indigo Karuizawa.
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    • Bellscabin Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Situated around a 15-minute stroll away, or 900 metres from Naka-Karuizawa Station, the completely non-smoking Bellscabin Guesthouse provides cosy rooms in bold colours and free WiFi throughout. Skiing and summer outdoor activities can be found nearby. Looking out on the natural surroundings, rooms at Cafe & Guesthouse Bellscabin are air-conditioned. Bed linen is provided. Showers and toilets are shared with the other guests. The shared bath is open 24/7. Karuizawa Prince Ski Resort and Kyu Karuizawa Golf Club are both about a 15-minute drive away. Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is 4 km away. Parking is free, and bicycles and cars can be hired on site. Tonbu-no-yu hot-spring bath and Ishino Church are both a 20-minute walk away. There are hiking opportunities in the area. A free-use internet PC is provided. A Western breakfast is served daily from 07:30-09:00 at the property's cafe.
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    • Hotel Grand Vert Kyu Karuizawa
      Luxury
      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
      Mid-range
      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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    • Kutsukake Stay Naka-Karuizawa
      Mid-range
      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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