Discover Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a small town in the mountainous region of Nagano. It's an ideal get-away from Tokyo for nature lovers, as you can easily visit Kumoba Pond and Shiraito Falls. During winter time you can enjoy skiing and hot springs.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Karuizawa

The easiest way around Karuizawa is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Travelers can also opt to buy the following passes to get around:

  • Karuizawa 1-Day Free Pass

    • Coverage: all buses between Karuizawa and Komoro

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 2500 Yen

    • Where to buy: all train stations within the area


  • Karuizawa 2-Day Free Pass

    • Coverage: all buses between Karuizawa and Komoro

    • Duration: 2 days

    • Price: 3600 Yen

    • Where to buy: all train stations within the area

Getting to Karuizawa

Public transportation:

Travelers who come by train or bullet-train need to get off at Karuizawa station


Valid rail passes:


Rental cars:

How long to stay in Karuizawa

We recommend staying here between one and two days.

Hotels in Karuizawa

Seasonal information

Winter sports:

Ski resorts in Japan typically run from December until the end of April. Though this can differ from year to year, depending on the amount of snow. 

  • Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resort: click here to go to the official website

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