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Ideal duration: A day trip

Best Time: June - September

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Karuizawa Tourism

Karuizawa is a popular summer destination in Japan for travelers to explore the stunning landscapes of Nagano Prefecture. Located near the active volcano of Mount Asama, Karuizawa has a temperate climate, making it the perfect place to escape the sweltering summer heat in Japan.

The main attractions of Karuizawa include the beautiful Shiraito Falls, the historical St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza. The Shiraito Falls is a must-see, especially in the summer when the waterfalls are at their fullest. The St. Paul's Catholic Church is also a great place to visit, as it offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Nagano region. The Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is a great spot for shopping, with plenty of souvenirs and unique items to bring back home. Karuizawa is also a great place for outdoor activities. From taking a leisurely stroll along the Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza to cycling around the Shiraito Falls, there are lots of activities to keep travelers busy. For those looking for something more adventurous, there are various hiking and trekking trails in the area, offering stunning views of Mount Asama and the surrounding nature. In addition to all the activities, Karuizawa is also home to some of the best hot springs in Japan. The nearby Kusatsu Onsen and Shin-Karuizawa Onsen are great places to relax and rejuvenate. When visiting Karuizawa, travelers should remember to pack for all kinds of weather. Since it is located near a volcano, the weather can be unpredictable, so it is important to come prepared. Additionally, travelers should also be aware that some of the more popular attractions are often quite crowded during the peak summer season.

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Mt.Asama seen from Karuizawa
From Hiroshige's series Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido (1834-1842), view 19 and station 18 at Karuisawa.
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