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Forget what The Sound of Music taught you about raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Real happiness is planning an adventure somewhere far away like Karuizawa!
Karuizawa lies 13 kilometres away from Annaka, and 130 kilometres away from Tokyo, the national capital.
Keen to spend some quality time with the kids? Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary and Lake Shirakaba Family Land are sure to be tons of fun.
Eager for a more relaxing day of sightseeing? Then organise a visit to the Manns Wine Komoro Winery, where you'll learn about the many nuances of winemaking and indulge in a few sips.
Karuizawa has some vibrant, green spaces where you can find a wide range of flowers and plants. The Karuizawa Lake Garden and the Karuizawamachi Botanical Garden are the names to keep in mind.
There's no need to wander deep into the forest to take in a bit of greenery. The Komoro Community Garden and the Kaikoen Garden are just two of the wonderful grassy spots you'll find amid this concrete jungle. You can also kick back with a newspaper and watch life go by at Komaba Park and Yukawa Furusato Park.
Perhaps you're looking for someplace to quieten the endless hum of your mind. If so, the tumbling waters of Shiraito Falls could be exactly what you need.
Why not enjoy a stroll around Kumoba Pond or Megami Lake? Or, simply take a seat by the edge of the water and keep an eye out for interesting birds.
Karuizawa offers an assortment of natural reserves, such as Mount Asama and Karuizawa Taliesin. For those who haven't yet fully recharged, Mt. Asama and Kamisuwa Onsen are two more worth visiting.
The Karuizawa Picture Book Museum and Komoro Highlands Museum are tranquil places to escape a stormy day. Study the captivating displays and ask the staff about guided tours and other one-off happenings! If you're not short on time, also check out Shirakaba Highlands Museum and the Karuizawa Erz Toy Museum.
Art buffs journey from across the globe to appreciate Karuizawa's impressive collections, and the World Silhouette Museum and the Hiroshi Senju Museum are often at the top of their itineraries. Also check what exhibitions are being held at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art and the Saku Museum of Modern Art.
Discover the rich heritage of the area through the assortment of eye-opening exhibitions and artefacts at the Karuizawa Museum of History and Folklore.
Get a deeper understanding of the past by exploring a few of Karuizawa's history-filled sites. There's quite a few to choose from, but Alexander Shaw Memorial Hall and Ruins of Komoro Castle are ideal places to start. If you have the time, the Karuizawa Station Building Memorial and the Karuizawa Ohga Hall are two more must-sees.
No matter what you believe in, the Nozawa Narita-san Yakushiji Temple and the Kogaku-ji Temple can help you check in with your spiritual side. Karuizawa Stone Church and Karuizawa Church also interest many spiritually curious visitors.
Usui Pass and Usui Pass Observation Platform are two of the favourite local landmarks. There will be countless photo opportunities at these attractions, so make sure you charge up that camera!
If you're interested in discovering some of the stories from Karuizawa's past, Hanazurainari Shrine is a great place to get started.
If you're looking to grab some basic supplies, and maybe a few treats en route, plan a visit to Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza or Karuizawa Prince Shopping Outlet. For those that don't have a limit, there are some other trendy shops worth checking out at Kyukaruizawa Ginza.
Spend some time practising your shot on the driving range or enjoying some friendly rivalry with mates 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 places where you can play a challenging round in a pleasant atmosphere.
Wind your way down the mountain at Shirakaba 2in1 Ski Area and Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort. As soon as you feel the fresh, white powder beneath your skis, you'll know your holiday is truly underway. If you're after more, Saku Ski Garden Parada and Shirakaba Highland Internationale Ski Area also come recommended.
Think you've taken in all that Karuizawa has to offer? You might want to think again. The Karuizawa Town Library is a less well-known attraction that's sure to impress.
Be sure to dibs your Karuizawa hotel as soon as your dates are confirmed. With more than 21 accommodations on lastminute.com.au, finding the right place won't take you long.
Thankfully, there's a room for you in Karuizawa. For accommodation that won't break the bank, book yourself in at either the Shiozawa Sanso - Hostel (530 Nagakura) or the Pension and Log Cottage Hoshinoko (2350-8 Nagakura). But then again — you are on holiday. If you'd rather live the high life while you're here, we don't blame you! The welcoming staff at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel West and The Prince Karuizawa are masters of luxury and leisure.
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