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Karuizawa, Nagano-ken

Karuizawa Mall lawn 4Karuizawa is a mountain resort in Nagano just a 1 hr Shinkansen ride from Tokyo. Japanese flock to this location all year round. It`s a popular tourist-vacation spot in the summer because it`s quite cool providing a pleasant escape from Tokyo`s heat and humidity. Various outdoor activities in summer include tennis, hiking, cycling and golf; and in winter, skiing and skating in winter.
Shopping is concentrated at the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza and the famed shopping street, Karuizawa Ginza. The Prince Shopping Plaza is an outlet mall for popular brands, outdoor and sporting goods and local souvenirs, and the shopping street just a couple of kilometers north of the station, is where you`ll find various shops, restaurants, wines, honey and jams produced from locally grown fruit.

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Directions:
Take the JR Nagano Shinkansen to Karuizawa.

Suggested Accomodations:
Prince Hotel West / Prince Hotel East  (close proximity to station)
Things to do in:
Prince Shopping Plaza (a 3-min walk station)
Karuizawa Ginza (just a couple of kilometers north of station)

Toy Kingdom (website in Japanese)
Adult 1,000 yen
Child 800 yen + additional fee for rides

karuizawa playgroundYugawa Furusato Koen Playground Park
Free

 

May 2013 UPDATE:  * Kids Play Area on the Prince Shopping Plaza Lawn (Golden Week)

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Karuizawa, Nagano-ken

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