Model Course] First time in Karuizawa 2 days 1 night

Model Course

This is a 2-day/1-night course that can be toured by bus departing from and arriving at Karuizawa Station (with bus departure times). This course is also suitable for those who can not drive and enjoy drinking. *A 10-minute cab ride is available.



Base for sightseeing in Karuizawa

Karuizawa Station is easily accessible by the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, which takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes from Tokyo Station and 2 hours from Kanazawa Station, and is the base for sightseeing in Karuizawa, served by the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line and the Shinano Railway.

Kusakyu Kotsu Bus
Karuizawa Station 9:40 → Shiraito Falls 10:03

Approx. 23 min.


Healing spot full of negative ions

Healing spot full of negative ions

Located at the source of the Yugawa River, this truly beautiful waterfall is 3 m high and 70 m wide, with hundreds of strands of underground water falling like white threads from the rocks. In spring, visitors can enjoy the fresh green foliage, in summer, the spray and cool breeze, and in autumn, the dazzling autumn leaves.

Kusakaru Kotsu Bus

Shiraitonotaki Waterfall Bus: 10:50 → Old Karuizawa Bus Stop: 11:09, 8 min. walk from the bus stop.

Approx. 19 min + 8 min walk


Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Chapel

A church nestled in a grove of trees

The oldest church in Karuizawa was the missionary church of the Canadian Alexander Croft Shaw, known as the "Father of Karuizawa," who made Karuizawa known as a summer resort.
Alexander Croft Shaw's villa has been restored next to the church as the "Shaw House Memorial.

Approx. 5 min.


Old Karuizawa Ginza Street

Old Karuizawa Ginza Street

The main street of Old Karuizawa. Old established bakeries, coffee shops, souvenir stores, and eateries line both sides of the 750-meter Old Karuizawa Ginza Street.
The Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan, a classic wooden structure, provides tourist information.

Please refer to the URL in the INFORMATION below for the bus schedule of Karuizawa Station ↔ Old Karuizawa.

<City walking and shopping including lunch

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Approx. 15 min.


Kumobaike Pond

Kumobaike Pond

Also known as "Swan Lake," this small pond has a very serene atmosphere with beautiful seasonal reflections on its surface.
The area around Kumobaike Pond is a 1-km walking path where visitors can enjoy the scenery while taking a leisurely stroll. It is a representative scenic spot in Karuizawa, especially beautiful during the season of fresh green and autumn leaves.

<Stay about 30 minutes>.

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Approx. 12 min.


Small Art Museum Karuizawa Soka-kan

Small Art Museum Karuizawa Soka-kan

This is a private museum of Ishikawa Koichi, a painter who loved and painted flowers and plants in Karuizawa.
The museum has a collection of more than 3,000 sketches (950 species) of flowers and plants native to Karuizawa and more than a hundred oil paintings.

<Stay about 40 minutes>.

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Approx. 2 min.


Yagasaki Park

Park with a view of Mt.

A large park near Karuizawa Station. The park has a playground, playground equipment, and a large pond with ducks.

5 min. walk



Adapt to your travel style

Karuizawa has long been a favorite summer resort for the cultured, and is home to a wide variety of lodging facilities, including sophisticated hotels.

Classic Hotel
Kyukaruizawa Hotel Otowanomori
Resort Hotel
Karuizawa Marriott Hotel
Culinary inn in the inn town
Kutsukake Stay Nakakaruizawa

Please have a good night's rest.
After breakfast, go sightseeing.


Karuizawa Station

Base for sightseeing in Karuizawa

Seibu Bus
Karuizawa Station boarding 10:00 → Arrive at Hoshino Onsen Dragonfly Hot Spring 10:19

Approx. 20 min.


Harunire Terrace

Harunire Terrace

This "small town" consists of nine buildings nestled alongside a clear stream and connected by wooden decks, as if weaving between more than 100 native haru elm trees. The 16 unique stores and restaurants based on the concept of "everyday life in Karuizawa" will enrich your Karuizawa lifestyle.

<Stay time: approx. 120 min> including lunch, shopping

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Approx. 10 minutes (by cab)


Karuizawa Tagliassen

Karuizawa Tagliassen

The vast site is a concentration of Karuizawa's natural beauty, with Lake Shiozawa at its center, a garden filled with roses, art museums, historical buildings, restaurants, stores, and amusement facilities.
Visitors can appreciate art, enjoy nature such as seasonal flowers and autumn leaves, and enjoy a wide range of activities such as boating and go-karts.

Strolling and Cafe Time

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Approx. 10 min.


Karuizawa Botanical Garden

Karuizawa Botanical Garden

The Karuizawa Botanical Garden is a botanical garden focusing on plants native to the Karuizawa Highlands. On an area of approximately 20,000 square meters, approximately 1,600 species of trees, plants, and flowers in about 145 families are collected and displayed throughout the four seasons. Plants belonging to the same family are planted in a series of locations so that they can be compared.
The park has springs, wetlands, and slopes, which are used to plant a variety of plants. Observation pathways have been established to allow visitors to see all parts of the park.
There is an administration building with a rest area for visitors, an Azumaya, and an exhibition hall that mainly introduces the plants of Karuizawa.
At the entrance of the park, photos of flowers and fruits that can be seen at any given time are posted, so why not take a walk while reading the pamphlet? Tens of thousands of primroses, the town flower, are planted.

<Staying time: approx. 60 min> Explore the city Seibu Bus Express Shiozawako Line Shiozawa-ko boarding 17:09 → Karuizawa Station disembarking 17:27

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Approx. 20 min.


Karuizawa Station

The end of the trip is at Karuizawa Station

The course ends with a return to Karuizawa Station.

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