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Helpful information about Karuizawa-town

Transit and transportation
Karuizawa Station is in the center of the town of Karuizawa, about an hour away from Tokyo Station via the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The Usui Karuizawa interchange on the Joshin-etsu Expressway serves as an access point when traveling by car.
Sightseeing and activities
International travelers have always been attracted to Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture. With a history and charm that dates back to the English missionary who founded it, the Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street is a captivating place. It contains fascinating retro hotels, such as the Former Mikasa Hotel with its beautiful western architecture and Mampei Hotel, loved by John Lennon. For a resort-style getaway, try the Karuizawa Hoshino Area which offers Harunire Terrace, a place with trendy shops and a famous hot spring. There are also art venues to enjoy, such as Karuizawa Tagliassen and Moose Forest. Shiraito Falls and Usui Pass are ideal destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. Activities such as hiking and biking are also available. These areas are best enjoyed with rental cars, so if you have a car, take the time to explore the natural wonders of nearby Komoro City, Saku City, and Ueda City. Rental cars are also convenient for shopping at Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza, the largest outlet mall in Japan.
Local events
The seasonal beauty of Karuizawa is complemented by the illuminations of summer candles in summer and Christmas candles in winter. Traditional festivals such as the Kyu-Karuizawa Summer Festival and the Karuizawa Momiji (autumn leaves) Festival are also enjoyable activities. The high elevation and quick climate variations in the area make car travel a reassuring option. Parking around Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street is plentiful.
Seasonal information
Karuizawa Prince Hotel and Komoro Kaikoen Park, notable spots for appreciating cherry blossoms, are also accessible by rental car. Kumoba Pond, Karuizawa Kogen Church, and Mikasa Street are famous for their autumn foliage. With an average annual temperature around 48 degrees Fahrenheit, Karuizawa makes for a cool and comfortable summer resort. Studless winter tires should be used in the winter since it can be very snowy.