Karuizawa Town flourished in ancient times as a post town along the Nakasendo Highway. Since the Meiji era (1868-1912), the town has developed into a unique international health resort in a lush natural environment, and is now one of the most popular summer resorts and tourist destinations in Japan, attracting more than 8 million visitors annually.
About the Karuizawa Ecotourism Promotion Council…
In 2018, the Karuizawa Ecotourism Promotion Council was established to create programs that utilize the natural environment around the nature trails and forest roads in the town’s national and national parks that utilize nature, history, and culture, as well as the historic Nakasendo Road from the Kumano Imperial Shrine to Oiwajuku, in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being promoted around the world. In May 2023, the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries recognized the Karuizawa Ecotourism Promotion Plan as meeting the criteria of the Ecotourism Promotion Law.
Karuizawa’s Nature and History – Learning, Thinking, and Communicating
Speaker: Shinya Kusubu, President, Nonprofit Corporation Piccio
Part 2: “The Route of Nakasendo and the Three Inns of Asamanegoshi”
Speaker: Yutaka Kishimoto, Director, Nakasendo 69th Street Museum
*Anyone interested in the nature, history, and culture of the town of Karuizawa is welcome to attend. If you cannot make it on the day of the event, you can view the recorded archive at a later date.