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Karuizawa

When you are ready to stop imagining and start experiencing, Expedia is here to help you organize your getaway to Karuizawa.

It is located approximately 8 miles west of Annaka and 80 miles northwest of the national capital of Tokyo.

Let the kids blow off some steam at popular family attractions such as Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary and Lake Shirakaba Family Land.

At the Manns Wine Komoro Winery, wine lovers can learn about the art and craft of winemaking, before trying out a glass of the end product.

Seleted from landscapes across the earth, the plants at the Komoro Community Garden are impressive. Many travelers also like to roam the Karuizawa Lake Garden and the Karuizawamachi Botanical Garden.

When the sun is shining, grab something for lunch and find a shady corner at one of the area's scenic urban parks, such as Mount Asama or Kumoba Pond. The Kaikoen Garden and Shiraito Falls are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy afternoon with a good book.

If the sun's out, the shimmering, glassy surface of Megami Lake is a gorgeous sight.

Lock your phone in the car and take a break from the stresses of the modern world at Karuizawa Taliesin and Mt. Asama. Nature-loving travelers will also have a great time at Kamisuwa Onsen and Tateshina Gosensui Shizenen.

See the world in a different light by spending some time at one of the area's wonderfully curated cultural institutions. Enjoy the contemplative atmosphere as you admire the displays at the World Silhouette Museum and the Honmachi Machiyakan. The Karuizawa Picture Book Museum and the Hiroshi Senju Museum are also worth considering.

Are you an art aficionado? You'll find galleries of all kinds here. Immerse yourself in the cool atmosphere at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art and the Saku Museum of Modern Art. If you have time afterwards, the Koyama Keizo Art Museum and the Musee le Vent are also well worth your time.

Stroll the silent hallways and take in the artifacts at the Karuizawa Museum of History and Folklore.

Wander back through the ages with a trip to Alexander Shaw Memorial Hall and Ruins of Komoro Castle, just a couple of the historic buildings and sites here. More tales from the days of yore await at the Karuizawa Station Building Memorial and the Karuizawa Ohga Hall.

Discover the region's spiritual side and take in the peaceful atmosphere at the Nozawa Narita-san Yakushiji Temple and the Kogaku-ji Temple. You could also have a walk around Karuizawa Stone Church and Karuizawa Church.

Snap a few photos and have a chat with other travelers at Usui Pass and Usui Pass Observation Platform, a couple of well-known landmarks.

As you wander around, you will find there are some significant monuments and memorials in Karuizawa. If you are interested in in learning about the region's past, stop in at St. Paul's Catholic Church Karuizawa and Karuizawa Shaw Memorial Church. The Sentoji Temple and Hanazurainari Shrine are also well worth taking a look at.

If you're looking to stock up on some local fashion, browse some of the bustling shopping centers. Start your adventure at Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza, Karuizawa Prince Shopping Outlet or Kyukaruizawa Ginza.

Want to work on your game? Grab your lucky putter and hit the fairways at the Karuizawa 72 North Golf Course and the Magoe Golf Course. The Karuizawa 72 South Golf Course and the Karuizawa Asama Golf Course are two more excellent options. Think you've got the drive to beat the high score?

While some places might go into hibernation mode when the mercury drops, Karuizawa thrives. Its variety of mountain resorts, such as Shirakaba 2in1 Ski Area and Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort, make it a winter wonderland for travelers of all ages. Saku Ski Garden Parada and Shirakaba Highland Internationale Ski Area also boast a varied array of runs.

Think you've seen everything worth seeing in Karuizawa? Guess again. While the Karuizawa Town Library mightn't be the first attraction listed in your guidebook, many travelers recommend it.


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